Fish odors can be one of the most difficult odors to get rid of, especially after they get on your car seat. The best thing you can do to prevent your car from becoming permanently contaminated with the smell of rotting fish is to act quickly. Learn how to get rid of fish odors in your car by following the CarMats instructions in this article.
How to get rid of the fishy smell from your car?
Use these techniques as needed to get rid of the fishy smell in your car.
Use old rags or newspapers to quickly cover the spill or source of the fishy odor in your car. If you have any, the newspaper is preferred because it absorbs substances much more quickly than other materials. The sooner the spill can be contained and the cleanup process begins, the better.
Use an old rag to scrub a solution of two quarts of water and one cup of vinegar into the location where the fishy odor is coming from. Because vinegar is a natural cleaner and odor absorber, it can reach the upholstery of the car’s interior at the fiber level.
Cover the area that smells like fish with baking soda. Baking soda will work to eliminate odors in your car in the same way that it does in your refrigerator.
Keep your car windows rolled down, especially in hot weather, to allow the odor to escape. Drive with the windows down and a vent open to the outside instead of turning on the air conditioning, which will only spread the fishy odor throughout the vehicle. This will give the car plenty of fresh air and a way for contaminated air to exit.
If the smell still persists after a day or two, apply some fabric refresher spray, such as Febreeze, to the affected area. At this point, the smell might be gone enough for the fabric freshener to start working.
If the issue persists, bring your car to a car detailing shop so that the upholstery can be shampooed and vacuumed. Sometimes you won’t be able to eliminate the odor on your own, in which case a professional will need to handle the job.