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How to remove rubber odor from mats

Updated February 21, 2019

New rubber mats emit a chemical smell that can be quite overpowering, especially if these mats are in your car where the smell can permeate through an enclosed space. This smell can be more than irritating and can even cause headaches. Removing this odour takes a little bit of perseverance but is well worth it once the odour is gone.

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  1. Fill a tub or sink with warm soapy water and add 1 cup of white vinegar.

  2. Place the mats in the water, making sure that they are completely submerged.

  3. Allow the mats to soak for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Scrub the mats with a clean cloth and rinse them with clean water.

  5. Place the mats outside in the sunshine to dry. Leave the mats outside even after they are dry as the sunshine will help to kill of any lingering odours. Give the mats at least 3 hours in direct sunlight.

  6. Tip

    If the mats are for the car, place a dish of baking soda or fresh coffee grounds in the car to help absorb the odours in the air.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Clean cloth

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

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