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Getting rid of interior odor #4717479
04/05/18 06:36 PM
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Purchased a nice 2011 Honda Accord last spring. When I test drove it I noticed the overwhelming smell of perfume. I thought I could use some various means to get rid of the odor. Boy was I wrong. We are now 11+ months on and the smell is as bad as day one. I've tried baking soda, coffee beans, cleaning the carpets, even an odor iodizer. Most of these will mask the odor for a day or two but thats about it. At first, I thought the previous owner either wore too much perfume or sprayed the car with it because she liked the scent. I now think she spilled or poured it somewhere in the car. Any help would be appreciated. I'm tired of smelling like a little old lady when I get out of the car.

Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717503
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Do you have cloth or leather seats?


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717512
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Zorbx will eliminate perfume smells, not just mask them with more perfume. It's non-toxic and has no smell of its own. It breaks down the molecular structure of the odor-causing chemicals. Also works great on pet urine, smoke and skunk.

I have extreme perfume sensitivity, and had the same problem with a used car I bought. It was fine when I looked at it, but when I came back the next day to buy it, they had taken it to a car wash and apparently dipped it in a vat of "Cherry Car Smell." Nothing got it out. I could smell it across a parking lot.

After trying everything, including professional detailing and ozone gas, I got some Zorbx from Lowe's. Sprayed it on every surface, worked it into the upholstery, carpet and headliner. The smell was gone in five minutes.


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: aquariuscsm] #4717514
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Do you have cloth or leather seats?
Leather.

Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717518
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Start by shampooing the carpet and mats. Do you have leather or cloth seats? If the stuff is in the air vents then I’m not sure and hopefully a expert will chime in. Perfume is a aromatic oil so it is not going to be easy. Look for odor neutralizing products.


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717522
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Eat baked beans with cabbage or brussel sprouts.

Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717526
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Ozone machine

Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717543
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Fabreze?


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717544
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I don't know about the O/P, but the perfume in my car was immune to repeated ozone treatments, soap and shampoo. I'm telling you guys, that Zorbx stuff is just amazing. I wish I owned stock in that company.


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717577
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Don't forget to pull out the seat belt and clean all the seat belt. You basically have to clean every surface of the vehicle. Also look for bits of hidden air fresheners that may be hidden under the seat or in the sides.

Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: Wolf359] #4717585
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Originally Posted By: Wolf359
Don't forget to pull out the seat belt and clean all the seat belt. You basically have to clean every surface of the vehicle. Also look for bits of hidden air fresheners that may be hidden under the seat or in the sides.


Kinda what I was thinking, only there may be an open bottle/vial jammed in somewhere that is constantly feeding the air?

From experience, perfumes and all scent products eventually wear off if no new ones are added. If rolling the windows down and doing what has already been done didn't eliminate it, then something is still feeding it into the air.


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717595
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Thanks for all the suggestions. BTW, tried Fabreze and it didnt touch it. I will try the zorbx and also search better for open containers, etc. under the seat or hidden around the car.

Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717603
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I wonder if it's saturated in the headliner?


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717628
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Try vinegar.


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Re: Getting rid of interior odor [Re: cwing6] #4717639
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Highly rated ozone machines are about $70 on Amazon.


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