How to Remove the Smell of Rotten Eggs From Inside a Car

by Rachel Terry Swick

People often spend a great deal of time in their cars--driving to work, picking up children and going to the store. Foul odors can ruin a car ride, but in most cases these odors are easy to remove.

Locate the source of the smell. Sometimes food items can be pushed under car seats and forgotten. Rotting food can cause egg smells in the car, so go through the car and remove all trash. Check under the seats and make sure the smell isn't coming from trash.

Sprinkle baking soda onto the car's floor mats and carpeted areas. If needed, remove the floor mats and air them out in the sun. Vacuum up the baking soda from the carpets. This will remove bacteria, which can cause odors.

Fill a bucket with 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups lukewarm water. Use a rag or sponge to scrub the seat surfaces, as well as the dashboard and door interiors. Make sure all car doors and windows are open to allow proper ventilation. After about 10 minutes, use clean water or a wet-vac to clean the vinegar mixture out of the car. Let the car air dry for an hour. The smell should be gone.

Spray an air freshener such as Febreze on all surfaces. As a last attempt to remove the odor, use a spray.

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About the Author

Rachel Terry Swick graduated in 2004. Since then, Swick has worked as a reporter for both daily newspapers and weeklies. She currently works as a senior reporter for the Sussex Countian in Georgetown, Del. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Millersville University in Pa.

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