Dog ownership is becoming increasingly popular in America, and its popularity doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, over 60 million out of the 85 million American families who own a pet have at least one dog in their homes.1 If you are like many other Americans and own a dog, odds are that your furry friend has been in the car with you at some point in time. Even though most dog owners love spending as much time as possible with their dog, driving with them can be an unpleasant experience if they leave behind a foul stench in your car.
However, there are ways in which you can easily get rid of these stenches and have your car smelling like it's brand new. In this article, I will be discussing seven easy, and effective ways you can remove dog smells from the interiors of your car.
Vacuums do a great job of cleaning everything, and dog odors are no exception. If the odor your dog left behind is caused by a physical substance, then vacuuming your car is the first thing you should do before anything else. This first step to eliminating the odor in your car is to eliminate the cause of it, and vacuuming does just that.
Change Your Air Filters
Regularly changing the air filters in your car is something that many people don't do, but should be doing. Air filters do an excellent job of filtering out polluted air in your car, and if you don't change them regularly, they begin to get clogged and will no longer work effectively. After you take a ride with your dog, changing the air filters is something that you should do in order to help ensure that your air filters do not get clogged with any particles your dog may leave behind. However, constantly changing your car's air filters can get time-consuming and expensive especially if you drive with your dog in the car frequently. Therefore, I would suggest you purchase some washable and reusable air filters. These type of air filters are easier to change than traditional ones and will end up saving you money in the long run.
Car Shampoo For Pet Stains
There are many different car shampoos you can choose from, but this specific type of shampoo will clean up the source of the smells more than a regular car shampoo will. This is because the chemicals in this product do an excellent job of breaking down the chemical compounds of pet urine which eliminates the odors. If your dog has an accident in the car, I would highly recommend using this product.
Vodka and Water
Believe it or not, spraying a mixture of vodka and water will act as an air freshener and will eliminate foul odors. If you decide to spray this mixture in your car, make sure that you spray it where the source of the odor is coming from, and that you leave the windows open after you spray it. If you don't leave the windows open after you spray it, you run the risk of the mixture getting into your car's air filters, and that is something that could be problematic in the future.
Laying down a piece of bread on a dish towel in your car will do a great job of absorbing the foul odors that your dog may have left behind. Don't worry about finding a specific type of bread to use because all types of bread will do the job.
Just like bread, placing some baking soda in a bowl and leaving it in your car overnight will do an excellent job of absorbing all of the foul odors in the air. If the smell is really bad, repeating this process multiple nights in a row will do the job. If the odor is really unbearable and you are in a hurry to get rid of it, then this option is not the best for you. If the odor is really bad and you do have time to get rid of it, I would suggest using this option because it's cheap, easy, and resourceful.
White Vinegar acts as a natural odor remover and will do a great job of eliminating foul odors in your car. If you mix it with water and spray it in the car, the smells should be gone after it dries. However, just like the vodka and water solution mentioned previously, you do not want this solution to get into your car's air filters, so making sure you leave the windows down after you spray it is very important.
In summary, if you are a dog owner, there are going to be times when you have to drive with your dog in the car. Unfortunately, dogs have the tendency of leaving foul odors in your car, and this can make driving with them an unpleasant experience. Thankfully, these six simple and easy tips will help remove any type of foul odor from your car and make it much more enjoyable to ride with your dog.