Cigarette Odors in Car

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This is an old used car dealers trick. Take a 2 lb can of any type ground coffee and cut up two onions in big chunks, mix this with water in a large metal boiling pot, like the kind you cook pasta or corn on the cob. Put it in the back seat and roll up the windows and let it bake in the sun for 1 day. Throw the mixture away and roll down the windows for an hour or so and now you have a nice smelling car. I didn't believe it until we got a car that was so bad, the white on the interior was yellow, of course you have to clean the interior first.


By K. Swartz

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November 19, 20040 found this helpful

What can be done in winter time if sun is not strong enough for "baking" as described above?

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By DVG (Guest Post)
February 4, 20090 found this helpful

Great tip! I have read that white vinegar is good for removing odors as well - people place bowls throughout their home...why not overnight in the car?

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda has a fabric refresher which is unscented and I would try that on the carpet and fabric interior - don't forget the trunk.

Plus change the air filter to make sure you aren't recirculating old smells once you clean the interior of it.

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