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Removing a Chemical Smell in a Car?

When it gets warm/hot outside the inside of my car has a weird chemical smell and when I get out my hair and clothes smell like I have been riding on a go cart or something. It's gross and I can't figure out how to get rid of it!

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I tried leaving baking soda in there for a few days and it didn't work. I bought it in October and had it detailed in December because some food leaked into the back seat. So idk if it's from the actual car factory or if it's from whatever they used when they detailed my car. Any suggestions? The smell burns my eyes and nose when it's really hot outside and I live in SW Louisiana.

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April 21, 20180 found this helpful
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You probably should return to where your car was detailed and ask for their help since this seems to have happened since the detail job was done.

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Just so you know - this is not really an unusual complaint about "smells" after car has been detailed.

  • It is possible whatever cleaner they used is causing a reaction on/in your upholstery or carpets when the heat builds up so they may have to reclean it with a different product.
  • If a return to the detail shop is not possible, then you may have to clean your upholstery and carpets yourself.
  • Whatever cleaning is done should include removing (at least pulling out) your back seat to be sure there is nothing remaining that should be removed. That also includes cleaning under the seats and the trunk.
  • You should also have your engine checked to be sure there are no leaks (from anything) that could be coming into your car when it is hot weather.
  • Spray some of the odor removing product into your AC unit while unit is running.
  • There are a lot of good odor removing products available (white vinegar does a pretty good job) but it would be a better idea for you to visit an auto parts store or department and check out what they have.
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April 21, 20180 found this helpful
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The car you purchased was it a clean title or salvage title? In the past, my fiancé had a salvage title car and once a car is salvaged (it would never be the same original condition) but anyway, in the vents there was a chemical smell and I couldn't stand it. We sold it immediately the following month as the place we bought it said sold - as is only.

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In the air vents the odor would spread into the car, like from the exhaust or something smell. It was horrible, I tried everything and anything.

I would definitely return back to the car and tell them you've smelt this smell since purchased and they need to find out what it is because you can't stand it.

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April 19, 20180 found this helpful

Try a product called Nok-Out. It removes odor

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