It's about this time of the year when every time I get in my car I think, "Ugh, I have got to do something about this smell." The combination of wet floor mats, stinky kids, and unopened windows for months at a time creates an aroma that is a far cry from pleasing.
But using some quick tips from earlier this week can help you freshen up your wheels and make driving a more pleasurable experience.
First, if you have time, dry out your mats. If you are going to be out of the car for a while, hang them up to dry out. I often don't have time for this, so I just skip to the next step, which is sprinkling the mats (and wets seats if you have 'em) with baking soda. You might try mixing in some essential oils with the baking soda for an even sweeter smell as Stephanie suggested earlier this week. Then just leave that sit for a spell (15-30 minutes) and vacuum up. This is great because it rids the car of smell and crumbs at the same time. And anyone with kids knows that crumbs accumulate at an alarming rate in your vehicle.
Next, dish the smelly cardboard thing you probably have hanging in there. Why? Because it's toxic, and cardboard, and disposable, which makes it a Mama E nemesis. Besides, inhaling toxic fragrance in a small enclosed space is a super bad idea.
Instead make yourself a small spray bottle (if you have one of the little travel versions laying around, these work great) of air freshener to keep in your console or glove compartment. Just use yesterday's recipe in the smaller bottle. Use about 5 drops of a subtle smelling oil, you don't want to overdo it in such a small space.
If you still must have your store bought air freshener, that's ok, just choose one that's safe for breathing! I like this Method aroma ring that comes in a variety of scents and looks kind of cute sitting in my car (in case cuteness is an important factor in a smelly agent). You can also sort of adjust your level or aroma with this, which is nice.
I've got a very busy day ahead and have to hit the road. What are your tips for a great (green) smelling car?