Does Your Car Smell Like Garbage?

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Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

Getting into a brand new car and smelling that “new car smell” is invigorating. You want to savor the moment, remember it, but most of all you want your car to smell that way forever. There exists an article written for Car and Driver, about the secrets behind the ever desired “new car smell.” So why does that lovely smell go away? More importantly, how can you get your car back to smelling at least sort of like a new car? Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and more.              

Getting into a brand new car and smelling that “new car smell” is invigorating. You want to savor the moment, remember it, but most of all you want your car to smell that way forever. People even buy air fresheners that are said to have the odor of a “new car,” but those air fresheners don’t hold a candle to the actual smell of a new car. There exists an article written for Car and Driver, about the secrets behind the ever desired “new car smell.”

The author, Sherri Daley, even went from dealership to dealership with a professional sommelier, analyzing the different smells in different types of cars. That may sound extreme, but people will try anything to keep their car looking and smelling nice.

New Car Smell

That new car smell goes away over time, simply because of many different varieties of odors entering your car. First, as humans, we are constantly shedding skin cells, which decompose over time. We are also dirty and smelly from perspiring. Perfumes, deodorants, colognes, and body sprays can have an effect on the way your car smells, because you leave behind odor molecules that get trapped in all the nooks and crannies of the car. That being said, you also leave behind the not so pleasant odors such as body odor and foot odor. If you bring food inside of your car, those odors also get trapped within your car. Different kinds of bacteria can emit odors as well. These are the different kinds of smells that linger and take away that wonderful “new car smell.” Essentially, you are locking in all of these different kinds of odor molecules that permeate throughout your vehicle, thus creating a unique smell every time you open and close your car’s doors.    

All of these different odors that you have introduced into your car cannot be removed completely by cleaning and vacuuming.  Unfortunately, these odors have implanted themselves within the fabric of your car’s interior. There are many kinds of products out there that call themselves deodorizers. Household products or even more natural deodorizers like baking soda and vinegar are used by people every day in attempt to get bad odors to go away. Many of such products simply, however momentarily, cover up bad smells; they act simply as masking agents. In extreme instances, ozone generators are used to eliminate bad odors; however, they are dangerous, corrosive, and require capital equipment. 

In a recent discovery, pure chlorine dioxide has been demonstrated to be a very effective odor eliminator, performing superiorly to undesirable aforementioned “cover-up” products without the dangers and setbacks exhibited by chemicals such as ozone. Finally, here are a few tips on how to actually remove the odors from your car:Using Chlorine Dioxide

3 Tips for Removing Odor From Your Car

  1. One quick and simple way is airing out your vehicle. On a nice day, leave your windows open and let the air flow through your vehicle, carrying some of the bad odors away.
  2. Deep clean your car. This means removing all trash and wiping away debris from surfaces and shampooing your carpets and seats. This will help get some of the lingering odors out of the porous surfaces and fabric of your car.
  3. Employ a professional to administer a superior odor eliminator, such as pure chlorine dioxide, which is a gas that permeates the interior atmosphere to more fully eliminate odors than can other deodorizing agents. 

There are some smells, however, you should not ignore. They are listed on this useful infographic: http://www.carcare.org/2013/10/car-smells-infographic/

6 Vehicle Warning Smells Infographic

Car and Driver article: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/secrets-of-that-new-car-smell