Got Milk Smell in Your Car? Here’s How to Get Rid of It

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Have you ever experienced the unpleasant smell of spilled milk in your car that just won’t go away? Whether it’s from an accidental spill or a baby’s bottle, the smell can linger and make driving a less-than-pleasant experience. 

Fortunately, there are ways to remove the milk smell from your car, and I’m going to tell you how. It’s important to act quickly to prevent the smell from setting in, especially if a baby has spilled milk in the car, as the milk can spoil quickly and create a strong odor.

In this article, we’ll discuss ways to remove milk odor from your car.

Let’s begin.

Why is it important to remove the milk smell from your car?

Milk can spoil quickly, and the smell can make your car smell bad for a long time. The longer you wait to clean up the spill, the harder it will be to get rid of the smell. If you don’t remove the milk smell, it can even attract pests like ants and rodents.

What causes milk smell in a car?

Milk smell in a car can be caused by spilled milk, spoiled milk in spill areas, or leaking milk containers. It’s important to identify the source of the smell like specific spots with spilled/dried milk before you try to remove it.

How to remove milk smell from your car

  1. Identify and locate the source of the smell: Look for the area where the milk was spilled or leaked. Check under the seats and floor mats, as well as any nooks and crannies where the milk could have seeped in.
  2. Dry the spill area: Use paper towels or a clean cloth to absorb as much of the milk as possible. If the milk has seeped into the carpet or upholstery, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove it.
  3. Use baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda over the affected area and let it sit for several hours. Baking soda can absorb the odor and help neutralize it.
  4. Use vinegar: Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the affected area and let it sit for several minutes. Vinegar can help break down the proteins in the milk that cause the smell.
  5. Use enzyme-based cleaners: Enzyme-based cleaners can help break down the proteins in the milk and eliminate the smell. Follow the instructions on the label and test in a small, inconspicuous area first.
  6. Use air fresheners: Once you’ve cleaned and dried the affected area, use an air freshener to help mask any remaining odors. Be careful not to use too much, as strong scents can be overwhelming.
  7. Hire professional car cleaning services: If the milk smell is particularly strong or has been left for a long time, you may need to hire a professional car cleaning service to get rid of it.

Tips to prevent milk smell in your car

  1. Use proper containers for milk transportation: Transport milk in a sealed container to prevent spills and leaks. Choose containers that are designed for transportation, such as insulated cooler bags or spill-proof cups. If you’re bringing a baby bottle, keep the cap on when not in use.
  2. Clean spills immediately: If you do spill milk in your car, clean it up as soon as possible to prevent the smell from setting in.
  3. Properly store milk containers in the car: Make sure to secure milk containers in the car, so they don’t tip over or roll around during transportation. You can use a car organizer or a seatbelt to keep them in place. 


Removing the milk smell from your car can be a challenging task, but it’s important to act quickly to prevent the smell from setting in. 

With the right tools and techniques, you can eliminate the odor and prevent it from returning. 

Looking for more car deodorizing tips? Read DIY Natural Car Deodorizers: Simple and Effective Recipes.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy  

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