Another rain spell has hit Karachi and that means plenty of blocked roads, leaking roofs, and flies. And if you somehow forget to close your windows, then you’re going to be stuck with an unpleasant mildew smell from your car for days at end.
But fear not – here are 5 hacks to ensure that you get that musty smell from your car out in no time!
Hack One: Use a Car Vacuum
It goes without saying but the very first (and most important) step to ensuring that you get rid of car smells is to clean your car out thoroughly. Start by patting any wet seats dry with a towel or cloth. Take out any soaked mats or accessories and allow them to dry properly before you put them back in.
While there’s a pause in the rain, or if the sun’s finally out, roll down your windows and let your car air dry. If your seats and floor are too wet, or if there is consistent rain in your city and you don’t get a chance to air your car out – you can use a car vacuum.
This nifty little tool is important to have if you live in a rainy city or if you have a habit of leaving your windows open. The thin tube attachment can get into the tiny nooks and cranny of your car which means you have a good chance of getting all that moisture out properly.
Hack Two: Try Using Some Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great natural and cheap odor absorber. If there is still a musty odor in your car, try sprinkling your mats and seats with some baking soda and leave it for a few hours. This will allow the baking soda to really soak up the nasty smells.
After you’ve given it enough to sit in your car, you can vacuum it up. If you don’t have a vacuum, you can simply pat it off an absorbent cloth.
Hack Three: Vinegar
Like baking soda, vinegar is also a powerful odor absorber. However, you have to be very careful because it is possible to damage your car if you spill vinegar on the interior.
The best way to utilize this ingredient is to very carefully place a bowl of vinegar somewhere sturdy like the seat of your car or on the dashboard for a while to let it absorb. You can ensure protection from spillage by placing this bowl on top of a piece of cloth or a towel.
Hack Four: Car Air Fresheners
Once you’ve got rid of the initial wetness in your car, you can move on to adding some pleasant smells to your car with some air fresheners. These come in a number of different forms from traditional spray cans to hanging solid fresheners and gel varieties.
Hack Five: Natural Air Fresheners
If you’re looking for a faster, easier way to get rid of mildew smell in your car, you can opt for a natural air freshener. Place a bowl, glass, or small box filled with coffee beans in your car. The scent of the coffee will overpower the smell of mildew after rain.
You can also use essential oils like lemon, orange, mint, or jasmine on some cotton balls and place them in your car for a DIY air freshener.