DIY Natural Car Deodorizers: Simple and Effective Recipes

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Car odors can be caused by a variety of things, from food spills to pets to everyday use. 

While commercial air fresheners can mask these smells, they often contain harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances that can be harmful to both your health and the environment.

Fortunately, there are many natural and effective ways to deodorize your car using ingredients that you likely already have at home. 

Here are a few simple and effective recipes for DIY natural car deodorizers:

  1. Baking Soda and Essential Oils: Baking soda is a natural odor absorber, and when combined with essential oils, it can also add a pleasant fragrance to your car. Simply mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with a few drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lemon, lavender, or peppermint) and sprinkle the mixture on your car’s carpets and seats. Leave it for at least an hour before vacuuming it up.
  2. Coffee Grounds and Vanilla Extract: Used coffee grounds can help absorb unpleasant smells, and the vanilla extract will add a sweet, comforting aroma to your car. Simply put a cup of used coffee grounds and a few drops of vanilla extract in a small container and place it in your car.
  3. White Vinegar: White vinegar is a powerful deodorizer and can help neutralize bad smells in your car. Simply place a cup of white vinegar in your car, and leave it for several hours or overnight. The vinegar will absorb any unwanted odors in your car leaving it smelling fresh and clean. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar for a pleasant fragrance.
  4. Charcoal: Charcoal is a natural odor absorber and can help neutralize bad smells in your car. Simply place a small bag of activated charcoal in your car, and replace it every few weeks.

6 Easy Tips for Maintaining a Clean and Fresh-Smelling Car

  1. Regularly vacuum and clean your car’s interior to remove any dirt, dust, and debris that can cause odors.
  2. Avoid eating or drinking in your car to minimize the risk of spills and stains.
  3. Keep your car’s windows open as much as possible to allow fresh air to circulate.
  4. Use natural air fresheners like essential oils to keep your car smelling fresh.
  5. Clean the air conditioning and ventilation system, this will help to remove any odors that may have accumulated in the ducts.
  6. Avoid smoking or carrying around smelly items like wet gym clothes or dirty shoes in your car to prevent unpleasant odors.


Keeping your car smelling fresh and clean can be a challenge, but with these simple and effective DIY natural car deodorizer recipes, you can easily neutralize bad smells and add a pleasant fragrance to your car without exposing yourself or the environment to harsh chemicals. 

Whether you’re using baking soda and essential oils, coffee grounds and vanilla extract, charcoal, or white vinegar, these natural ingredients can help keep your car smelling fresh and clean.

If you’re looking for more car DIY tips, see Natural Car Cleaning for Tree Sap and Other Sticky Residues.

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-Baking Soda Guy   

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