How do I remove odor from milk spilled on car floor mats?
After spilling milk in my car, I had a terrible time removing the odor, even after several attempts with carpet cleaning and Febreze. The only thing that worked was a cleaner I purchased at a vacuum cleaner store. The carpet cleaner contained enzymes to neutralize odors. I thoroughly sprayed the entire area, waited a day or two and then shampooed the carpeting. No odors at all!
My toddler spilled his milk in the car and it left a terrible smell. I tried Natures Miracle (enzyme cleaner) and Febreze which didn't work. The only thing that worked was wet vac, then a baking soda and vinegar paste left overnight with the windows cracked open, then wet vac again in the morning, then baking soda and wet vac one more time. No smell, thankfully!
First, take the floor mats out of the car.
If they will fit, put them in your washing machine and wash with regular laundry detergent in warm water. I was able to fit mine in without folding. They don't move around much when the washer agitates, but they still get quite clean.
Then hang them out to dry.
If they won't fit into your washer, you can scrub them down with a mixture of either laundry detergent and water, or any other general household cleaner (Lysol, Spic & Span, Simple Green, Mr. Clean, etc.)
Hose them off and hang to dry.
This may help. I use cider vinegar in the bleach compartment of my washer when my towels smell sour so I'm wondering if a vinegar/water solution may neutralize the smell in your car. I would try spraying it down and sponging it up with towels a few times.
I accidentally left a gallon of milk in my car for a week, in the hot garage! It exploded...everywhere. I used a pet urine enzyme, it did Ok, but not great. Shampooed the car 5 times...it did better, buy you could still smell it. Used a Skunk Enzyme from Pet Store...Did very well, but still a little odor left. Poured Rubbing Alcohol on the few spots that still stunk, finally...it's gone!
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My husband spilled milk in the car and did not tell me. The stink is overwhelming. I need help as I cannot even get into the car without feeling nauseous.
By Jeannette from VA
First off, while cleaning it, smear Vicks under your nose, and wear a face mask, to help you deal with the spoiled-milk smell. You didn't specify if it was spilled on the carpeted floor of the car, or on the seat, so I'm not sure which method to use, to get it out. I would think some sort of carpet cleaner solution would be in order. Finally, after cleaning it up as best you can, slice up some oranges and leave them in the car. They're great for absorbing and masking odors. I use them a lot, with great results. (11/08/2010)
How do I get a spilled milk odor out of my car?
How do I get a milk spill out of my car? It is gray fabric, and I have had it detailed. I then took the seat out, it is Styrofoam on the bottom. I took it to the car wash and used the brush on it. I am going to spray Febreeze on the Styrofoam and put it back in my car. Does anyone have any suggestions? I also have to clean the metal that is under the seat because there is still a smell even though the seat is not in there, because it is drying. Thanks.
Sheryl from Oklahoma
This same thing happened to me in August when the temp was over 100.
Go to a pet store and purchase "Nature's Miracle" and saturate the carpeting with it. This is also good for laundry cleaning at home as well as carpeting at home. (02/25/2009)
After spilling milk in my car, I had a terrible time removing the odor, even after several attempts with carpet cleaning and Febreeze. The only thing that worked was a cleaner I purchased at a vacuum cleaner store. The carpet cleaner contained enzymes to neutralize odors. I thoroughly sprayed the entire area, waited a day or two, and then shampooed the carpeting. No odors at all! (03/01/2009)
By Quilty Girl
My toddler spilled his milk in the car and it left a terrible smell. I tried Nature's Miracle (enzyme cleaner) and Febreeze, which didn't work. The only thing that worked was wet vac, then a baking soda and vinegar paste left overnight with the windows cracked open. Then do wet vac again in the morning, then baking soda and wet vac one more time. No smell, thankfully! (09/18/2009)
By Beth D.
Pattie from Bridgton
The first thing you need to do is be sure all of the milk is out of the carpet and upholstery. If you don't have an (extraction) carpet machine (like the big green clean machine, or the many others like that), ask around and borrow one to clean the carpet. If you can't borrow one, you might try using a wet-dry shop vac and a cleaner like Resolve, or something similar.
Once that is done, and the carpet is thoroughly dry, you can sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit a day or two, preferably with your car closed up and in the sun. Then vacuum thoroughly, its probably worth the dollar you would spend to use the really heavy-duty one at the self-serve car wash.
If this doesn't take care of the odor, you may not have gotten all the milk up. If you are pretty sure you did, the next step would be to put some plates with fresh coffee grounds (can be the cheapest brand, but not used) in the car, with it all closed up, for a day. Longer if needed.
If you spill milk in the trunk, be sure that you have checked under the carpet, like in the spare tire well! Hose down the spare tire (and check its inflation while you have it out!) Make sure the carpeting in the trunk is clean, then try the baking soda, coffee as needed.
You can also use charcoal briquettes to help absorb odors. And you can still use them for the barbeque later. Editor's Note: Be sure to use the plain charcoal briquettes, not the kind that have lighter fluid in them. (03/04/2008)
You can get rid of this problem but it will take time and effort. You will need to buy the following:
You need to get the milk out of the carpet. Take towels and soak up the milk from the carpet. Step on the towels to make sure you put enough pressure on the towels to soak up the milk. You are done with this step, when you no longer notice enough milk in the towel.
Switch to the following technique:
I had milk spill in the back of my van in the middle of summer. I sprayed it with plain white vinegar and soaked the area. Once it dries the smell is gone. You may have to repeat a couple of times, but it works great. (03/05/2008)
I know they are not so labeled, but the vacuum cleaners for car interiors at car washes are actually wet/dry vacs. Go to one with lots of sudsy water in jugs, and liberally scrub and rinse as many times as it takes. I did this for the time I threw up in the truck, so suddenly I couldn't pull over. (03/07/2008)
Have you tried sprinkling baking soda over the carpet generously and rubbing it in and letting it sit for a while? Applying that several times, may get the odors out. I had to do that when a dog got sick in my car. If that doesn't work, maybe spraying it with a vinegar /water mix?
Apples. Cut apples in halves, put in a bowl and leave in your vehicle, it will remove the smell. White vinegar also helps. (03/07/2008)
I had a zucchini roll under the seat in July and after 4 days in the heat it smelled like raw sewage. I cleaned the carpet as much as I could and then used Febreze. It worked.