The aroma of pepper spray is one of those smells that is difficult to describe. One of the best descriptions we have found is that it’s something like cutting onions, only 100 times stronger. It’s this distinctive aroma that makes it such an effective deterrent against an attacker. One shot of this stuff to the face, and the burning of the skin and eyes will stop a would-be criminal in his tracks. If you carry this stuff for self-defense and it gets spilled in your car by mistake, you will want to eliminate the scent as soon as possible.
Even though the initial onslaught of burning will only last for a relatively short time, it’s possible to get a lingering whiff of the pepper spray later. It can cling to soft surfaces in the vehicle for some time. If the spray gets into your ventilation system, you could be treated to this particularly nasty smell every time you turn on the car’s air conditioning system. You will want to be sure that you have eliminated all traces of the spray from your ride by giving it a thorough cleaning. This step will save you from inhaling Eau de Ant Killer when you are traveling on the freeway.
The best thing you can do to get rid of the smell of pepper spray is bring some air into your vehicle. Get the windows and doors open right away. Run the exhaust fan, too. The sooner you can lower the stankiness in the car, the sooner it will be easier for you to breathe in there.
The cloth car seats will need to be shampooed to get rid of this special kind of funkiness. Use cool water and upholstery shampoo to clean them. Rinse well to remove all traces of the detergent. Let the seats dry thoroughly. Give them a sniff to determine whether you need to repeat the process.
All the vinyl and leather surfaces inside the vehicle will need to be wiped down to get rid of the pepper spray smell. You can use a dish detergent and cool water for this purpose. Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands. Rinse well after wiping off the affected spots.
Use dish detergent and cool water to wipe down the glass in your ride. You don't need to use a large amount of soap to deal with the stank issue. Add a drop of detergent to a small pail of water to get started. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Wash the glass in sections. Dry with a soft cloth or paper towels before moving on to the next section.