If the interior of your car has been the unfortunate recipient of a urinary mishap, you're probably faced with the lingering odour even after cleaning up the "accident." Short of selling the car, many folks will try just about any product at any price to get rid of the smell. Before you invest in any superfluous solutions, which may or may not work, try a few home remedies. Open a few cabinets in your home and try some odour-eliminating products you likely already have on hand.
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Three-per cent hydrogen peroxide mixed with water eliminates odours and kills bacteria in the process. One part peroxide combined with three parts water is the general recipe for cleaning. Just dab on the urine stain, wait five minutes, then blot dry with a clean cloth. Add a few drops of essential oil such as tea tree, lavender, lemon or orange to assist with the odour. Repeat the process if necessary. Keep in mind that 3-percent hydrogen peroxide has a mild bleaching effect on most surfaces, so caution must be used to avoid damaging carpet and upholstery.
A basic staple in most kitchens, vinegar enjoys a centuries-long reputation of being tough on stains and odours. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Dab on and blot off, repeating the process as necessary. The residual vinegar smell dissipates over the course of a few hours. A small bowl filled with white vinegar left on the floorboard overnight also helps to eliminate the overall odour of urine from the car—just remember to remove it before driving off.
Baking soda absorbs odours by neutralising extreme pH levels. It works in refrigerators, litter boxes and garbage cans. It'll work on urine smells, too. Sprinkle some on the floor mats and upholstery and leave it for several hours. Later, vacuum your car, removing the baking soda and the odour.
Dryer sheets won't eliminate the source of the odour, but strategically placed dryer sheets can do a terrific job of masking unwanted smells. If you're in a time crunch and can't get to the more permanent solutions just yet, dryer sheets can be your best friend on the commute until you can properly address the situation. Tuck them under floor mats and in seat cracks between the upper and lower supports.
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