Getting Rotten Meat Smell out of the Car?

My husband accidently forgot chicken breasts in the car after coming back from the grocery store. We realized that when the car started smelling real bad. We used car freshners, and also left the car open a couple of times, but it didn't work. Now every time we sit in the car, it smells horribly bad. Any ideas to get rid of the smell will be appreciated. - Gina

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November 10, 20040 found this helpful
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A friend of mine did that with the juice from a roast! After getting the juice up the best she could she just sprinkled a lot of baking soda on the mats and let it sit. She'd vacuum it out and then do it again. After about 2 or 3 times, the smell was gone - the baking soda had absorbed all the odor.

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November 11, 20040 found this helpful
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There's a product called "Damp-Rid" that is great for absorbing odors. It can be purchased at Home Depot (or probably any home improvement store) for approximately $3. It comes in a small container. All you do is open the package and pour the contents into the container and wait. It lasts up to 4 weeks and absorbs odors well. Hope this helps!

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September 8, 20160 found this helpful

Try Nature's Miracle (great success with this) or Ozium (used in dental office). Febreeze and Lysol only mask smell. The first two have enzymes to neutralize bacteria smells. I left chicken in my car for 2 days in summer, and this worked.

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January 2, 20090 found this helpful
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Unfortunately the same thing happened to me. The meat was left in my car for about 2 days and the blood leaked out into the carpet. Even though the weather was not hot the smell was horrendous! I tried everything... spent tons of money on carpet shampoos, odor removers and deodorizers, etc. None of them worked. I searched online and found that hydrogen peroxide would remove the blood stain and it worked! I poured 2 pints on the spot and let it sit a couple of hours, then vacuumed it up at the car wash. The stain was 100% gone (it is light gray carpet) but I still had the odor. I poured white vinegar on the spot and used it just like the peroxide. It worked! Vinegar does not smell great but it's like roses compared to the smell of rotten meat. After the carpet dries you can spread baking soda over the spot and it will remove the vinegar smell. Good luck to anyone having to deal with this problem. I can certainly sympathize!

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November 10, 20040 found this helpful

you might try putting a bowl of vinegar in the car at night and see if that will help it might absorb the oder it if is on the carpet or somewhere where you can wash it sponge the vinegar on it

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November 10, 20040 found this helpful

I had the same thing happen with chicken breasts in my van a few weeks ago. It took a long time to find the source of the smell because the juice from the breasts did not have any color to it and on a grey carpet in the back of the van it did not show up. I made a solution of water and baking soda. I poured that over the whole area and then scrubbed the rug. Then I poured pure vinegar over the whole area. (Lots of bubbling happened.) Scrubbed that in, too. I used old towels to absorb some of the extra liquid but left the carpet still really wet. Then I parked the van in such a way so that the sun would dry my carpet for me. They say that the sun will also take away odors, anything was worth trying. The vinegar smell took a few days to disappear,..... but the rotten smell is gone. The spare tire that lay on the carpet in the back also smelled because the juices had gone under the tire. The tire... I just washed with pure vinegar and now there is no rotten smell to it either. Thank goodness for vinegar and baking soda. The baking soda solution took care also of all the strains that were on the rug in the back of the van. Hope this works for you too!!

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November 10, 20040 found this helpful

Just realized I forgot to sign in...I was the one that suggested to use baking soda and vinegar. Note...the rotten smell will not go away on it's own. You can't just cover it up with an air freshener. You have to wash it out. Sprinkling the baking soda on top won't do it because the juice has gone down down into the carpet and that is where your solution needs to go too.

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November 14, 20040 found this helpful

Water and about 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract in a spray bottle. Spray liberally and all of the odor will be gone. I got this tip from a former used car salesman years ago when I had the exact same thing happen to my car with chicken that had leaked and sat overnight ! He said they used this trick to remove smoke and pet odors from cars they were trying to sell. This is AFTER you clean carpet thoroughly and IF POSSIBLE air out well. I really did work well for me !! Fill the spray bottle about 3/4 full of water.

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November 16, 20040 found this helpful

I usually don't recommend commercial products but after a jar of pickles broke in my vehicle I tried all the natural solutions but still had the odor. I bought a bottle of Febreeze Heavy Duty and sprayed it all over the back of the storage area. Wow! Not only did the pickle smell disappear but there was no "flowery" smell to bother my allergies. Tried it later on the "kids eating in the backseat" smells and they're gone now too. I use it in the car every couple of months now as maintenance.

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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

The only true way to rid your car of the smell is to have your carpets shampooed, Then use a ozone generator. You can rent one at a professional carpet cleaning supply house or flood restoration rental. These are used to remove foul odors from homes after fires, floods, or pet odors. Car lots use them to remove all odors from cars going up for sale. You may also check into having your car fogged with a thermal hot fogger this will "mask" the smell and in some cases eliminate it all together.

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July 24, 20050 found this helpful

I just tried the vanilla & water spray method and it worked terrific! (2 frozen rabbits left in the car for 5 days!)

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Mix water with bicarbonate soda to make a thick paste, spread over area and leave for a couple of days to dry. Vacuum off with strong vacuum cleaner, the industrial strength vacuums at your nearest car wash/car cleaning depot. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times, but it does work, also great when a new animal soils on your home carpets or furniture.

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August 20, 20120 found this helpful

Enzyme pet stain spray. Just buy tge large refill and put it in your own spray bottle. It's about $13 at walmart, but I would bet that this would work better than anything else. Just thoroughly saturate the carpet. You can always spray it more than once. Maybe once a day, or twice a day.

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