How to Get Dog Smell Out of a Car

Written by charlotte johnson
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Even though your pet may be a great riding buddy, it can also cause your car to smell bad. Dog odours can linger in a car for months, especially if the affected areas get wet. Prevent foul odours from your dog by washing your pet regularly, checking with your vet to make sure bad smells aren't a result of health problems, and by making your animal lie on a towel or dog bed while riding. If your vehicle already has a dog smell, there are some steps you can take to remove it.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum with hose attachment
  • Car interior protectant such as Armor All
  • Baking soda
  • Carpet shampoo

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    Remove any trash from the car, especially items such as dog toys or food.

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    Remove the mats from your car and vacuum the interior and mats thoroughly. Make sure to get any residual pet hair that might be on the upholstery.

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    Wipe down the vinyl or leather parts of the interior with a cleaner and protectant.

    Treating the Odor

  1. 1

    Sprinkle baking soda on the floor of the car and the seats (if they aren't leather). Leave the baking soda overnight, and vacuum it up the next morning. This should help odours diminish.

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    Purchase some carpet shampoo for heavier odours. Some companies, including Bissell, make shampoos specifically for eliminating pet odours.

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    Use a damp rag to apply a small amount of shampoo to the affected areas of your car. Rub in small circles until the entire area has been covered.

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    Go back over the shampooed areas with a clean, damp rag. Use small circles again. Damp is fine, be sure not to saturate.

  5. 5

    Leave your car in a warm, sunny place for at least four hours to dry the interior.

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