Quick Fix: 3 DIY Car Air Fresheners
Does your car still smell like that fast food you picked up a few days ago? Is the aroma of your kid’s hockey gear still lingering after being carted around all season? Unwanted odors can turn any car trip into an unpleasant experience, but there may be easy ways to get rid of them. Try these three quick fixes to freshen up your ride.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda can help to neutralize odors, according to Consumer Reports:
Step 1: Pour baking soda into a mason jar.
Step 2: Put the open jar into one of your car’s cupholders. Let it sit overnight or as long as it takes to remove odors. To help prevent spilling, be sure to remove the jar from your car or put the lid on before driving.
2. Coffee Beans
Coffee beans can also help absorb unpleasant smell. Thrillist recommends this approach:
Step 1: Gather a clean sock you no longer wear, some whole coffee beans, a piece of twine or string and a funnel.
Step 2: Pour the coffee beans through the funnel into the sock.
Step 3: Once the sock is full, tie the end closed.
Step 4: Place under your passenger seat until the odor is gone. Be sure it’s not blocking an air vent, speaker, heating element, motor or any other object.
3. Clothespin and Essential Oil
Here’s how to transform a simple clothespin into an air freshener, as suggested by Simple Life Mom:
Step 1: Gather a wooden clothespin and a small bottle of essential oil, in whatever scent you prefer.
Step 2: Apply 5 to 10 drops of the essential oil to the clothespin.
Step 3: Clip the clothespin into an air vent in your car. Depending on the essential oil, how often you drive your car and how much air is blowing, the scent may last a few days or longer. You can add a few more drops of essential oil to the clothespin when the scent has faded.
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White text appears in front of red brick wall: 1. Baking Soda
Hand in front of brick wall holds box of baking soda, and another hand holds an empty mason jar. Hand pours baking soda into jar.
View changes to interior of a car. Hand puts jar without the lid into one of the car’s cupholders.
Text appears: Put the lid on before you start driving!
White text appears in front of red brick wall: 2. Coffee Beans
One person’s hands hold a grey sock with colorful polka-dots and a funnel, while a second person holds up a jar of coffee beans.
The coffee beans are poured through the funnel into the sock, which is then tied with brown twine.
View changes to interior of a car. Hand is shown putting the bean-filled sock under the passenger seat.
White text appears in front of red brick wall: 3. Clothespin and Essential Oil
A hand holds up a wooden clothespin and a bottle of essential oil. The hand applies several drops of essential oil to the clothespin using the dropper from the bottle.
View changes to interior of a car. Hand clips clothespin to the vent on the car’s dashboard.
Shot of interior of car with sparkle graphics to indicate that the car now smells nice.
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