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removing the smell of dog out of car upholstery? 
11th-Feb-2008 01:38 pm
Question - help!
dearest LJ genie,

do you have any ideas about getting the smell of dogs out of my new-to-me car? it's not overwhelming, but i can smell it, even after they cleaned it up at the dealership. and to be clear, i'm not talking about vomit or urine, just, you know, dog-smell.

febreeze is the obvious answer, but i hate the smell of febreeze...
11th-Feb-2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
We've used something called "Nature's Miracle" in our carpet/upholstery. You can get it at most pet stores.
11th-Feb-2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
oh, i've heard of it! does it work pretty well for y'all?
11th-Feb-2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
It does indeed!
11th-Feb-2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
this might be just the thing. okay, what kind of smell does it have?
11th-Feb-2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the smell might bother you. But it fades pretty quickly.

Alternately, you might try dusting on baking soda and then vacuuming.
This is a labor intensive method, but very inexpensive.
31st-May-2008 03:02 am (UTC) - how to remove dog smells from a car
Thats the first thing I tried...baking soda! I couldn't believe it didn't work...I am now going to try a little shampoo mixed with vinager, as I have found that vinager and baking soda combined with shampoo removed the smell of skunk from my dog instantly!!
11th-Feb-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Do you like the smell of coffee? I've used coffee grounds to get nasty smells out of cars and refrigerators. I buy a tub of the cheapest coffee I can find, and spread liberally (or put it on trays). It takes a day or three (and with cars, they need vacuuming after).
11th-Feb-2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
i do like the smell of coffee. i heard something about this and i like this idea. mmmm..
11th-Feb-2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Borax. Dust it on and vacuum it off.
13th-Feb-2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Nature's Miracle. I'm also a big fan of vinegar and water. If the Nature's Miracle doesn't do it (and it might not be enough), fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water (I honestly have no percentages, dump vinegar in, dump water, I'd say about half and half). Spray all the upholstery you can. Pull out the mats and make sure you do the rugs, too. Do it a few times. If that doesn't work, that coffee grounds idea sounds like it's got serious promise. I was going to suggest something similar but different. When the vinegar was dry (or even before the vinegar), completely shake everything with baking soda, let it soak for an hour, vacuum it up, and do it again until the smell goes away. The baking soda pulls up the scent. The coffee might cover it. Perhaps a combo deal. Besides, cars smelling of coffee ROCK.
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