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How do I Get Rid of a Red Wine Smell in a Car?

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are like many other Americans, you probably spend a considerable amount in your car. For this reason, maintaining a clean car is important to the overall driving experience. While smelling wine might be appropriate at a wine tasting or fine restaurant, it is not something to be engaged in while driving. There are steps you can take to remove the odour of red wine from your car once and for all.

Locate the source of the foul odour and remove it promptly. In this case, if there is an old or unsealed bottle of red wine somewhere in your car, dispose of it right away. Remember to check the boot if you have trouble locating it.

Clean any mess that the red wine left behind. If your carpet or upholstery is stained by the wine spill, start by blotting the area with a clean towel to soak up most of the wine. If the wine has already dried, you can mix 1 tbsp of ammonia with 1 cup of water and pour the solution over the stain. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes, and then blot with a clean towel until the stain is removed.

Purchase a deodoriser for your car in the form of a spray. Keep in mind that air fresheners and deodorisers are not the same, although they may be used simultaneously. Spray either of these underneath the seats of your car and into the vents for freshness that will last.

Make a routine out of cleaning your car's carpet and upholstery after you initially get rid of the wine smell. By doing this, you'll be sure to notice and eliminate other odour-causing agents before they leave a lasting impression.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • Clean towel
  • Car deodoriser in spray form
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About the Author

Since 2006, Pilar Ethridge has had the pleasure of honing her writing skills as the assistant editor of the newsletter from a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization. Her interests include children's media, film, American pop culture, crafts, and performing arts in general. Based in Southern California, Ethridge received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of California.