Whether you take your dog everywhere you go, or you travel to the nearest watering hole once a week, we bet your car smells like wet dog, dirty dog or just plain old dog. We get it; your dog is happy go lucky when you say the magic words, “Wanna go for a ride?” Let’s face it; you love taking your dog everywhere possible, but after they’ve been playing around in the mud or swimming in the lake, it’s a different story. After all is said and done, your car smells like dog; are we close?
Here are 9 ways you can remove that pungent dog smell from your car:
#1 Buy shampoo that’s purpose is to remove urine and pet stains.
Clean your car thoroughly, following the directions closely. These types of shampoos are better to use compared to regular car shampoos because they attack the source of the smell, the urine and pet stains. A regular car shampoo may not be as powerful, leaving you with a car that smells somewhat like cleaner and somewhat like dog. The difference between urine and pet stain shampoo is the enzymatic cleaners. These chemical compounds are made to break down pet urine and completely eliminate smells your pet left in your car.
#2 Place a small bowl of baking soda in the car overnight.
After you and your pup have had a wild day, reach for the baking soda. Baking soda is perfect for absorbing smells; however, it may take more than a couple of days to work. Leave the baking soda filled bowl in your car for a few days if the smell doesn’t dissipate.
#3 Reach for the loaf!
Did you know that a slice of bread can absorb bad smells? Now’s your chance to give it a try. Lay out a piece or two of bread slices on a dish towel in your car overnight. In the morning the smell should be gone.
#4 Buy charcoal briquets.
Just like baking soda and bread, charcoal briquets also have the ability to soak up unpleasant smells in your car. Crumble up charcoal briquets on a paper towel and lay them out in your car overnight. In the morning, your car should smell as good as new.
#5 Mix vodka and water and use it as a spray solution.
You may be thinking we’re crazy for telling you to spray vodka on your car’s seats, but the fact of the matter is vodka, as it dries, will carry off unwanted odors. Just be sure you leave the windows down while the solution dries.
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