Asked on Jun 20, 2019

How to remove odor of spoiled meat from car (solids gone)?

left chicken liver in car 3 days. 90+ putrid odor HELP

  8 answers
  • Em Em on Jun 20, 2019

    Baking soda. Baking soda always works well to remove odors. If you spilled something on the carpet and a smell lingers, then sprinkle baking soda on it. Rub the baking soda in and leave it for a few hours. The baking soda will absorb any free smells. After a few hours, vacuum up the baking soda.

    Charcoal. Charcoal is one of the best substances to absorb smells. You will find that charcoal is used in many air and water filters. Grab a chunk of charcoal, the ones you use to grill will work fine, leave the charcoal in the car for a few days, and you will soon find the smells have gone away because they are absorbed into the charcoal.

    Natural air freshener. Choose a favorite scent and see about masking the bad odors. You can put some vanilla on cotton balls and leave them in the car. If you enjoy the smell of coffee then keep a container of ground coffee in the car. Soon the car will smell like coffee rather than any nasty smells. Many people will also use mint extract or citrus oils. It depends on your preference.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jun 20, 2019

    Have you tried ODOBAN? It Is pretty amazing.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 20, 2019

    the best thing I have ever used is taking a crumpled up paper towel and pouring 1-2 drops of vanilla extract (imitation is okay) onto the top of the paper towel and leave it in the car in face I would put one piece in front and one in back of car and let it sit for several hours the odor will go away and so will the smell of vanilla this works for fish smells in coolers, even in washing a dog that has rolled in something dead

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 20, 2019

    I used a product called Bad Air Sponge after I left ice cream in my trunk.

  • OMG! I know how you feel. While living on Kodiak Island, we had went crabbing.  Some bait had slid under the back seat. Who knows how long it had been there. Couldn't figure out where that smell was coming from.  Finally found it. Steamed and steamed and steamed the carpet to no avail - it wasn't going away. Living on an island we had limited stores and the commissary/exchange were small. Pre-computer days so no where to look for advice. Dumped bottles of cologne on it. Yeh, we had fancy smelling dead fish.

    went around for months....people could smell us coming before we got there! One time we were having Mass at the Beach House, helping Father set up chairs, etc. We opened the doors to unload, everyone turned green.  we unloaded ASAP and parked far away. Finally it after months it went away - or we got used to it

    Wishing you the best of luck!

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    • Oh no! I know how you feel. It eventually faded with all that cheap cologne - or rather got covered up. We ended up selling it. So unsure if it ever came back. Good luck with your truck!

      OH! Have you tried Nature's Miracle? You can find it in a pet store. It's an enzyme cleaner that removes most odors ie. pet accidents. But have heard of people using it for other smells too.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jun 30, 2021

    I used a product called Bad Air Sponge after I left ice cream in my trunk.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 15, 2021


    Maybe try spraying Febreze!

  • Kevin Kevin on Apr 07, 2022

    Did anything work?