How to Remove Spoiled Milk Odors from a Car's Interior

by Brooke Pierce

The odor of spoiled milk is repulsing and challenging to remove. Techniques exist that you can use to remedy the problem. The earlier you clean the areas soiled with milk, the higher your chances are to restore the freshness of your car’s Interior. Get your car smelling fresh again with some simple tricks and products commonly found under the sink or in your pantry.

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Soak up as much of the spill as you can, using the sponge or paper towels. If the spill is on your car’s carpets and fabrics, dab the spot. If there are spills on your dashboard and windows, wipe them off with the paper towels.

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Remove your seat covers and car mats, then wash them thoroughly with water and detergent. Scrub the floor mats with a brush as needed. Place the mats and covers out in the sun to dry. Ensure that they dry completely, as some wetness can bring about a musty odor in your car. Wash soiled area inside your car. Dry the area completely with a hair dryer. If the smell remains or the stain proves stubborn, move to step 3.

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Sprinkle baking powder over the soiled area, then pour some water and let it sit for a day. If you don't have any baking powder, spray vinegar or sprinkle household carpet deodorizer on the area and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

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If you used baking powder or carpet deodorizer, vacuum it up and wash the area thoroughly with water and detergent. Rinse away any remaining detergent, then dry the area.

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Once your car's floor mats and seat covers are dry, put them back into the vehicle. If there is any dampness left on any of the fabric of your car's interior, leave the windows open until the areas are dry to prevent the possibility of mildew.

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If the smell persists, there may be some unreachable areas that need cleaning. If that is the case, have your car cleaned by a professional cleaner.

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About the Author

Based in Amsterdam, Brooke Pierce has been writing automotive-related articles since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in automotive engineering technology from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.

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