3 Ways To Get Rid of Smoke Smell in Your Car

posted 21 July, 2017 by Julie Briggs
Car Care

Most of us are well aware of the detrimental effects smoking can have on our health, but did you know that it can severely diminish the value of your car? A lingering smell of cigarettes in your car isn’t just unpleasant; it can make it less appealing to a potential buyer. And if you have a job that requires driving, like being a contractor for Lyft or Uber, it could ding your passenger rating and earning potential.

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Are you a recovering smoker looking for a fresh start? Or maybe you lent your car to a friend who lights up? Here are a few Spiffy-approved ways you can keep your car from smelling like a Mad Men scene and help you and your passengers to breathe a little easier on the road.

1. Prevention

It may seem obvious, but rolling the window down or cranking the air isn’t going to cut it. The best way to keep your car from smelling like a dank ashtray is not to make the problem in the first place. If you, a friend, or a family member must light up, pull over and get out. You’ll not only be doing your children and pets a huge favor since carcinogenic toxins can linger long after you’ve stubbed that butt but your car's interior will also thank you. Enforce a strict “no smoking” rule in your car and be sure to let your passengers know before they pull out their pack.

2. Quick Fixes

If you’ve purchased or inherited a car from a smoker and want to get rid of the smell, there are a few stop gaps you can use to make it a little more bearable until you can get a professional after it. Start by giving the dashboard a good wipedown and cleaning your windows with the product of your choice. Then, sprinkle some baking soda on your rugs and upholstery and leave overnight to soak up the smells. The next day, beat the rugs outside and vacuum your interior thoroughly. After that, you’ll want to replace your cabin air filter, or find a well-ventilated area and clean your duct and air intake system to make sure your car is completely refreshed.

3. Turn to Spiffy

If any of the quick fixes above didn’t work, or you simply don’t have time for that (I don’t either), save yourself some effort and gain some peace of mind by booking a Spiffy Awesome Detail which includes a deep interior cleaning that’s sure to de-stank your car. Shampooing of all of the carpets and seats and a thorough wipe down of every surface should help substantially. The service starts at $159, and you can also add on an Odor Eliminator upgrade for $29. This process sprays a special solution throughout the car and cycles through your vents to permanently eliminate stink at its source.

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Written by Julie Briggs

Cat mom and skeeball enthusiast based in New York, NY.