How do I Get Rid of a Red Wine Smell in a Car?

by Pilar Ethridge
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If you are like many other Americans, you probably spend a considerable amount in your car. For this reason, maintaining a clean car is important to the overall driving experience. While smelling wine might be appropriate at a wine tasting or fine restaurant, it is not something to be engaged in while driving. There are steps you can take to remove the odor of red wine from your car once and for all.

Step 1

Locate the source of the foul odor and remove it promptly. In this case, if there is an old or unsealed bottle of red wine somewhere in your car, dispose of it right away. Remember to check the trunk if you have trouble locating it.

Step 2

Clean any mess that the red wine left behind. If your carpet or upholstery is stained by the wine spill, start by blotting the area with a clean towel to soak up most of the wine. If the wine has already dried, you can mix 1 tbsp. of ammonia with 1 cup of water and pour the solution over the stain. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes, and then blot with a clean towel until the stain is removed.

Step 3

Purchase a deodorizer for your car in the form of a spray. Keep in mind that air fresheners and deodorizers are not the same, although they may be used simultaneously. Spray either of these underneath the seats of your car and into the vents for freshness that will last.

Step 4

Make a routine out of cleaning your car's carpet and upholstery after you initially get rid of the wine smell. By doing this, you'll be sure to notice and eliminate other odor-causing agents before they leave a lasting impression.

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