How to Get Rid of Mold Smell in a Car

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The smell of mold in a small and enclosed space, such as a car, can be particularly unpleasant. More than that, mold can actually carry disease, so it is best to get rid of mold as quickly and as completely as possible.Getting rid of mold smell in a car is extremely simple and can be accomplished with ingredients that most people normally have around the home.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Water

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    Fill a spray bottle half way full of ordinary household laundry bleach. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with plain tap water. Do not add more bleach than water. Keep the mixture 50/50.

  2. 2

    Locate the source of the mold smell in your car if at all possible. Do this with your nose and your eyes. Mold is often a dark black color and can appear as a patch on almost any surface of your car. Be especially observant around areas that are continually damp or areas that have recently become damp. Mold can appear in carpets (common) and on plastic and other surfaces as well. The common theme with mold is dampness and darkness. Mold does not like sunlight or dry places.

  3. 3

    Once the mold has been located, spray lightly with the bleach/water mixture. Do not saturate. Open the area up as much as possible to the air and remove the source of moisture. Give the bleach/water spray 10 or 15 minutes to dry and then lightly spray a second time. This should be sufficient to destroy any mold colony.

  4. 4

    Spray the bleach/water mixture lightly on all carpets in the car or on the floorboards if the car does not have carpeting. This will add a fresh scent to the car while destroying any lingering mold smell. Open all car windows and doors and allow the vehicle to air out.

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    Remove the source of moisture to prevent a re-occurrence of the problem.

Tips and warnings

  • As long as your mixture is not stronger than 50/50 bleach and water there should be no problem with the bleach staining anything. However, if you are concerned, then spray a small unobtrusive area first and wait 10 minutes to see if any discoloration is going to take place.
  • Expect your spray bottle to deteriorate after a week or so.
  • This same mixture can be successfully used in shower stalls to remove mold and mildew almost instantly.

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