A half gallon of milk spilled on my rear floor mat and drenched the carpet underneath. I tried to absorb what I could and used acsponge and water to suck some of the excess milk from the rug. Then I had a car spa shampoo the area. But stench was disgusting the next day. Today I applied Simple Solution it's supposed to be Petzyme- but the company has changed the brand name. The smell has been cut in half. Now I'll see how it is tomorrow, I may need to reapply it.
My wife bought a gallon of milk which spilled in the car on the carpet in the passenger seat. Fortunately, we live in a cold climate state. What should I do to prevent the milk smell from coming up?
By Cracker Jack
We live in Florida and as you can imagine, the smell was really bad! I removed the bag, washed it out with soap, let it dry but the smell was still there. I used bleach and the smell didn't go away. I later remembered that white vinegar removes odors so I wiped the bag down with a vinegar soaked rag and left the rag in there for several days. The smell went away and now the bag smells like a fresh salad! Just kidding.
I swear by using vinegar. My husband thinks I'm nuts because last night I boiled two cups of white vinegar in a frying pan that always made food stick. I boiled it for ten minutes, cooked summer squash with a little olive oil and it never stuck to the pan. I'm glad I found out about that remedy because I paid $25.00 for the pan. The house smelled like a wine distillery for awhile but from what I read, vinegar also 'cleans' the air in your house. (01/13/2006)
Secondly, vinegar? Deanna, I don't know how this worked for you. I thought of this with our spilled milk in the house. I know vinegar removes a lot of smells. So I poured vinegar directly on the milk stain and let it sit all day. Then I washed, scrubbed, used detergent and water ... you name it. Now, our family room smells like very sour milk. Consider what happens to fresh milk when you put vinegar in it. Now consider what happens to a sour milk stain when you soak it in vinegar. My husband came home and said "Wow, the smell is worse!"
So, I am at a standstill. I guess our 20 year old carpet has had it anyway, so maybe I'll just rub baking soda into the stain and hope that it doesn't turn too white. =) Editor's Note: The baking soda and vinegar should make some fizzing and the vinegar should remove the baking soda stain. I found out the hard way that putting baking soda on something wet doesn't work very well. One thing you could try when the stain is dry is borax. Rub that in, then vacuum out. It should help remove the smell. (06/02/2006)
By need it neat
This is actually the second time a milky coffee spill has occurred. I can't quite remember what I used in the clean-up phase last time, but in the odor-removal phase I used a product called "Odorzout," which is granules of a mineral called zeolite. After cleaning the area and allowing it to dry, you sprinkle on a layer of zeolite and leave for at least 24 hours, then vacuum it out. It got out about 75% of the odor, which came and went on a schedule of its own. I've made a list of everyone's solutions, which I'll be trying one by one until I get rid of the problem entirely.
Kind of nice to know there are ten or twelve other people out there who've spilled milk in their cars. (03/13/2007)
Petzyme seems to come in two varieties - I used the one with a green label, not the pink and purple label -- the latter has a revoltingly strong perfumey odor, whereas the green-labeled Petzyme smells a bit citrusy and more neutral. Incredibly, this stuff took care of the problem! (03/19/2007)
I then used a light solution of bleach and water (10:1) and it worked. I let it sit for a while and was aware that I might change the color of the carpet. at that point I didn't care since it smelt so bad. I also coated the whole carpet on in the back seat floor so it if faded it would all fade. It didn't fade and the smell is gone. This happened around a year ago. Bleach can change the color of your carpet. test first but it was better then spending 100's on new carpet. I found this site when I researched the first time. Good luck! I will never leave milk in the car again! I have also found that White vinegar and baking soda works well on carpet stains. It worked for me in a rental house better than the bought stuff.
You sprinkle and brush in soda and then pour on vinegar. it bubbles but it's worked for me. I let it sit and then rinse and suck up water with shop vac. (04/11/2007)
By thrifty gal
I really thought I was going to have to sell the car, but this really, really worked. Good luck, but you must have a wet/dry vacuum. I got mine a Target for about 50.00. It is the small one. Don't forget to really rinse out the hose and the filter when done. (09/29/2007)
A co-worker of my wife informed her that she had the same problem in the past and here's what always worked for her - Coffee Beans! Just spread coffee beans over the area and let it sit overnight. It smells great and absorbs all the sour smell. I spread coffee beans over the mat, replaced the seat on top of the beans and kept it there for three days and then vacuumed them up. It works. The car smells great. You have to use beans, not ground coffee. Editor's Note: Ground coffee also works well. (11/27/2007)
First, I removed all floor mats to expose the bare carpet. Then I poured clean water around the same area where the milk was spilled (try one cup at a time). I then tapped around the floor carpet to find areas where the water pooled. The main area where the water pools, you'll see a wet spot emerge, and this can be quite far away from the area where you poured water (a couple of feet in my case). Determine the largest area that you can cut where the cut line will not show after you put back your floor mat. Also, do not completely cut out the area. Make it so that it will open like a flap. The open-end should ideally be below the seat or some other plastic molding of your car interior.
Cut (or try pulling the carpet from below the molding) along those lines. This can be tough, and careful with that blade. You have to cut through the carpet, and also through the thick padding (about 3/4 inch thick). Once you open the flap, you will immediately notice the stench coming from the thick padding. You will realize that it is almost impossible to go that deep with steam vac or anything by cleaning just the surface of the carpet. Once you have the flap open, with your blade, separate the padding from the carpet. Thoroughly clean the padding with running water, squeeze dry, and let it dry outside (or in your garage somewhere).
Close the flap, with a very damp towel, rub the carpet-side of the flap. Use a dry towel to dry. Open the flap. With a very damp towel, clean the area below the flap and underneath the flap. Check if stench is coming from nearby (you can check under the padding by lifting). If so, cut out the padding and clean with damp towel, etc. With a small fan, dry the area thoroughly. Apply Febreeze (this is what I tried) around the general area if needed. Get some old newspapers and stack them up below the flap, and close the flap. Apply Febreeze over the flap, and around the general area. Keep the windows open so that strong Febreeze odor can escape. Hope this helps. (12/04/2010)
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