Sunday, July 13, 2008

How do you get the smell of car sickness out of your vehicle?

I had a ghastly day today. I was heading for Nashville, where I'll be visiting with Oleg for a few days, but (perhaps foolishly) I agreed to give a ride to Memphis to the daughter of friends. She developed a really nasty case of car-sickness, resulting in a stop at a hospital for a shot of anti-nausea meds, a long rest, and then a slow, careful journey back home to drop her with her parents. I'll head out again tomorrow.

Problem is, my truck now smells of car-sickness. I'll be washing it out this evening (fortunately it's got rubber floor mats instead of carpet, and the seats are in a utility fabric rather than a luxury one, so that's relatively easy), but I'm not sure that'll remove the smell entirely. I can try Febreze, of course, but there may be better solutions.

Anyone got a pet recipe for a concoction to remove the smell? If so, please post it in Comments. I'll be grateful!



walter hern said...


Try one of the Orange Peel Oil based air fresheners. They seem to do a good job eliminating eau de kitty litter box. Spray in air and on stinky surface.


Anonymous said...

Check and see if your car has a cabin air conditioning filter- and replace it if it does.
-Joe ex PNG

Murphy said...

1) Fuel.

2) Matches.

3) Your welcome.

Peter (NOGH) said...

How about listing it on Craigslist or eBay?


Peter said...

Gee, thanks, Murph, Peter. How can I ever tell you how deeply grateful I am for such helpful suggestions?


Anonymous said...

Here is what has worked for us while having two kidlets who to this day (ages 7 & 9) get car sick.

Clean up as much of the vomit as possible using lightly damp white cloth and soap and water. Do not soak the area, thereby forcing the smelly fluids further into the fabric or seat cushioning. Pat off any excess water.

Next step, spray with oxy-clean liquid in the spray bottle. Let sit for for 20-30 minutes. Blot gently and repeat as is necesary. (You may want to test spray the car fabric in an inconspicuous area before hand to make certain the seats are fade resistant. Also use a white cloth in order to reduce the chance of the dyes bleeding during the cleaning process.)

Lastly, liberally sprinkle baking soda on the spot in question and let dry over night and vacuum next day.

We have gray fabric in both autos and this works to this day. Good luck!