Removing Vinegar Smell from Carpet?

How do you remove vinegar smell from carpet in a car? I spilled a gallon of milk on my car carpet and immediately cleaned up with water, then applied a mix of cider vinegar and water.


That dried, now it stinks like vinegar. I shampooed it and have tried baking soda and it still stinks so bad. Help! I love my car and can't afford to trade it, but I have allergies and the smell is annoying my allergies and stomach.

By Vicki from PA

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April 13, 20101 found this helpful

You might want to try putting a container of coffee grounds in your car for awhile. I know it gets rid of cigarette smoke, and that is pretty hard to remove.

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July 27, 20181 found this helpful

I have had a simular accident in the back of our SUV. My wife to be put a jug of homemade weed killer in the back and it tipped over.
I read all of your posts.


Coffee helps with the oder! I spread it all over the areas it was spilt, even lightly rubbed it in. I left it there until the next day. Returning home from work, i could still smell the strong oder!
I did it again. I did vacum the last spread before adding another.
Four days later its still there! Oh, I even used a carpet cleaner the very first time! LoL!
Im now on to the comments about it dissipating at some time.
Love the ideas though!!! Didn't know where to start.

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April 13, 20100 found this helpful

Let the vinegar dry completely. The smell will be gone. Dried vinegar does not have any smell after it is throughly dry. It will take a while for the carpet pad to dry. Put a fan in the room. I use vinegar and water and rags to wash my carpeting.


It takes off all dirt, etc. And even 'street dirt' from shoes. google 'uses for vinegar'. It will surprise you. Good luck, but you don't actually need it!

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

Just let it dry the smell will disappear on it own.

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May 27, 20180 found this helpful

I had a mildew smell in my car and used vinegar and some essential oils to clean it. Afterward I ran a dehumidifier in my car for four days. I still smell really, really strong vinegar. There is no question that it is totally and completely dry.

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April 4, 20200 found this helpful

No the smell is actually worse and this spill is 3 months old

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May 26, 20170 found this helpful

How do I get rid of vinegar smell from my car seat?

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March 7, 20190 found this helpful

4 bottles of apple cider vinegar that includes the mother froze & busted on my car seat. The smell is so strong.


How do I rid of it ??? Were suppose to take off tonight for a 10 1/2 hr ride in it . Help ???

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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

Try baking soda to neutralize any vinegar and to help deodorize. I would place towels on the seats and vacuum it all up when you are back from your trip.

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