Not everyone appreciates the appeal of the brand new car smell. If the smell from the glue and the new materials is giving you a headache, you're not alone. Many people find this particular smell offensive.
If waiting for the smell to go away on its own is not an option, help is available to you. Check out these solutions to solve the problem and deal with this issue right away so you don’t continue to suffer.
You can neutralize the new car smell by picking up a citrus odor absorber from a department store. Look for the type that has vents on top. Leave it in your car at night. Remove it during the day or when you are using your vehicle. Otherwise, you may find the smell a bit too intense.
Another way to get rid of the off-gassing in your new car is to set the climate control so that you are pulling in fresh air with the fan. Allow fresh air to circulate in the car as often as you can. Over time, the new car smell will dissipate.
This solution won't work very well if you leave your car parked on the street. If have a secure garage for your car, leave your windows rolled down slightly when you park your car at night. Letting some extra ventilation get into your car can help speed up the off-gassing process and get the smell out.
Fresh coffee grounds can be used to absorb the new car smell in your vehicle. All you need to do is place them in a shallow dish on the floor of the car. Leave them in place for several days. Stir them every so often to help speed up the process. Remove the coffee grounds as soon as you stop smelling the new car stank.
Baking soda can also be used to get the smell out of your new car. You can crack open a box and leave it under a seat or pour some of it out onto a shallow dish or an aluminum foil pie plate. You'll probably need to leave the baking soda in place for several days before you will notice a difference in the way your car smells.
You can use activated charcoal to deal with the new car smell, too. Drive to a pet store that carries aquarium supplies or to a hardware store to get some activated charcoal. Take it out of the mesh bag and spread it out onto a low dish. It will absorb any funky doors in your car. The best part about choosing this solution is that you can refresh the charcoal by placing it in direct sunlight for several hours. Use it as a natural odor absorber in any room in your home by leaving it in place for several days.
Spray the interior of your car with Febreze or another brand of fabric refresher spray. Give the soft surfaces a light misting of the spray. Some people find that they experience headaches if they inhale a lot of this type of product. Parking the car inside a garage with the windows down after applying the fabric refresher spray can help to speed the process along if you want to get rid of the new car smell more quickly.
Go to a health food store and buy some zeolite powder. It is a porous mineral that is used for a number of applications, including manufacturing cat litter, laundry detergents, and as a soil treatment. Put it in a special "breather" bag and hang it up in your car. It will absorb the new car smell without adding any new fragrance to your ride.
ExStink is a natural product that is available online. It will get rid of various types of nasty funk, including cat pee, garbage, vomit, smoke, skunk smell, formaldehyde, and mildew. It will have no problem dealing with new car smell. Sprinkle the crystals onto the upholstery and carpet, wait for one hour, and vacuum them up. The odor will be gone, according to the manufacturer's website.
Mix up a solution of vodka and water to mist the new car smell out of your car. Don't use expensive liquor for this purpose; cheap stuff will do. Use two parts water to one part vodka. Put it into a spray bottle and give the upholstery and carpet in your car a light misting. Allow it to dry and the stank should evaporate along with the alcohol content in the spray.