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Cleaning Sour Milk Smell in a Car

December 8, 2010

A car seat in a car.How do I remove odor from milk spilled on car floor mats?

By Lori Franklin

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By Quilty Girl (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful
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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!

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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No smell, thankfully!

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January 8, 2011

My grandchild spilled milk a couple of months ago in my husband's truck. Is there any way to totally remove the smell? He thinks he needs to get a new truck!

By FBell from Atlanta, GA

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful
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First you have to be sure all the milk is cleaned from the carpet/upholstery. You can rent a steam cleaner at the grocery store if you don' t have one, or cannot borrow one. (Or, you could take the truck for a detailing.) You may need to go over it twice!

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Once you know that the source of the odor is gone, you can deal with the residual odor with any of the methods people have mentioned in other posts. My personal favorite is coffee grounds, but kitty litter, baking soda, citrus, enzymatic (pet odor) eliminators, or the like caan work. Close up the truck, put the odor absorber/eliminator inside, and let it sit for a day or two.

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August 2, 2014

I left milk in car for 2 days. It smells awful, how do I get this smell out of car?

By denisevmason

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August 3, 20140 found this helpful

Put an unpeeled banana under driver's seat and leave it for a week. Or put some unused coffee grounds in a bowl under the driver's seat.

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The fresh unused coffee is also great to keep odors out of the fridge and freezer.

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Anonymous
March 26, 20160 found this helpful

Get 7up and pour it all over The affected area let it dry then vacuum up

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January 19, 2013

A faulty gallon milk jug leaked a whole jug into the car's carpet. I have been trying to clean it since the leak occurred over a month ago. It still smells really bad, like something "died".

By LaRinda

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January 21, 20130 found this helpful

Purchase some of the charcoal they use in fish tank filters and sprinkle that in the area where the milk was spilled and leave it for a few days. It will absorb the odor. I have done this and it does work. If you can't find the charcoal, just wad up some old newpapers (not the colored ads) and put them on top of the area and after a few days the smell should be gone as well.

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If using the newpapers you might want to weigh them down with something heavy.

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January 22, 20130 found this helpful

The problem may be that it has soaked through to the padding and the floor underneath. Putting something on top will not always take care of the problem. My suggestion would be to make a solution of baking soda and water, thin enough to penetrate the carpet and padding. Then put a fan facing the spot and allow to dry completely. Vacuum the spot thoroughly when dry. It may take a couple of applications, but this should work.

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June 26, 2013

I have split cream in my car. I have tried remedies (vinegar and warm water, car spray, am now trying Gram's remedy powder for toe jams) to try and get that smell out. Helpful hints will be appreciated.

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By Dulcie

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January 20, 20170 found this helpful

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December 13, 2004

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?



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December 1, 2010

After endless hours and many different methods, I think I finally got the soured milk out of my car seats with white vinegar and lemon juice mixed together and sprayed on the area where the milk was spilled.

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