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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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Stir the vinegar mixture with a spoon.

Step 3

Split the vinegar mixture evenly between two plastic containers.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Place two dryer sheets under each seat of your car.

Step 7

Close your car's doors and windows.

Step 8

Leave the plastic containers in your car overnight.

Step 9

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.

Items you will need

  • White vinegar
  • Lavender or other extract
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • 2 plastic containers
  • Box of dryer sheets

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