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How to Get Perfume Smells Out of Cars

by Nick Davis

You recently purchased a new perfume. While smelling the perfume, you accidentally spilled it in your car. You cleaned up the perfume, but the smell is still lingering. Getting a perfume smell out of a car takes time. Spray deodorizers only mask the perfume smell. To remove the lingering smell, you need a substance that can absorb the smell and eliminate it from your car.

Mix 4 tbsp. of white vinegar and 4 tsp. of lavender or other fragrant extract in a large bowl.

Stir the vinegar mixture with a spoon.

Split the vinegar mixture evenly between two plastic containers.

Place one plastic container on the floorboard under the brake pedal of your car.

Place the other plastic container in the back seat of your car.

Place two dryer sheets under each seat of your car.

Close your car's doors and windows.

Leave the plastic containers in your car overnight.

Remove the plastic containers the next day if you plan on using the car. When you return home, place the plastic containers back in your car.

Repeat step 9 until the perfume smell is gone. Change out the dryer sheets every other day.


  • Do not drive your car with the containers of vinegar left in place---the vinegar could spill and soak your car's upholstery.

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About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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