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How to remove odors from rubber

Updated February 21, 2017

New rubber can have a strong, chemical smell. When placed inside a home, the smell can overpower the room. Unfortunately, only time and fresh air can completely dissipate the smell. However, cleaning the rubber can make the smell fade faster. Air out the rubber or air out the room as much as possible and continue to clean or treat the rubber until the smell is manageable.

Combine 931ml. warm-to-hot water with 14.2gr non-bleach, scented household cleaner, such as pine, orange or lemon, in a 907gr spray bottle.

Spray the cleaning liquid onto the rubber surface. Rub in the cleaning solution, using a soft cloth.

Dampen a soft cloth in cool water. Wipe the cleaner from the rubber.

Allow the rubber to air-dry in a well ventilated room, or outdoors.

Mix equal parts baking soda with water in a bowl. As you mix the ingredients, a paste will begin to form. If the mixture is too watery, add more baking soda; if the mixture is too thick, add more water.

Add a half-dollar-sized portion of the paste onto a soft cloth.

Rub the paste into the rubber. Allow the paste to dry on the rubber and absorb the odour for approximately an hour.

Dampen a soft cloth in cool water. Wipe the paste from the rubber.

Allow the rubber to air-dry in a well ventilated room, or outdoors.

Tip

Baking powder and vinegar absorb odours. Place 1 cup of either in a small bowl and position a couple of bowls around a room to help conceal and neutralise the rubber smell.

Things You'll Need

  • 14.8ml. non-bleach, scented household cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Soft cloth
  • Baking soda
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About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.