How do I get the mothball smell out of my car?

Karen Tabor
by Karen Tabor

I put mothballs in my car to repel mice. What gets the smell out?

  5 answers
  • Gk Gk on Jan 06, 2019

    You can put charcoal in bowls in several places in your car for a few days. You can try Odorban-a spray deodorizer-as well. Wiping things down with vinegar will also help. Driving around with all the windows open as often as you can will help!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 06, 2019

    The odor may have gotten into the carpet and any other upholstery, the vinegar will help that, just make sure you spray enough to sink into anything fibrous. Next time try peppermint extract or oil on cotton balls, it is much easier to live with that odor than mothballs, they don't like mint either.

  • Oh boy... that is the hardest smell to remove. I'd try spraying it down with this odor remover. The ceiling, seats and floor, concentrating on where you placed the moth balls. It may take a few sprayings. It is the best odor remover I've found. Good luck!

  • Ellen Gregory Ellen Gregory on Jan 07, 2019

    Next time use peppermint extract instead of mothballs. Or, put dried fresh peppermint in mesh bags. Mice hate the smell.

  • Sheila Ryan Sheila Ryan on Jan 08, 2019

    You’re probably stuck with it! Maybe remove the seats & carpet & start over. I know it’s drastic, but moth ball smell never comes out. That’s why people used to c

    say little ole ladies smelled because they kept things in trunks with mothballs & it never came out. Besides being bad for you to inhale ( benzene) bad for environment too. Peppermint oil is so much easier. Never, ever use mothballs.