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How To | Remove Odor From Your Car's Air Vents

Updated on March 15, 2015

Musty Odor Coming From Your A/C?

There's nothing worse than a stinky air conditioner on a hot sunny day. That musty odor is caused by all kinds of nasty stuff, from bacteria to mold, even last fall's old rotting leaves! Here's a quick and easy way to get rid of odors in your car's duct work.

Lysol To The Rescue!

First thing's first, wash your car and make sure you blast away as much visible leaf rot as you can from the nooks and crannies of your car, Some of this leaf material may be the source of the odor. Even with the leaves gone, the mold that was on the leaves may have entered your ductwork, so carry on to the following steps.

If your car has a cabin filter you will want to remove it before proceding. At this point it might also be a good idea to splurge and buy a new cabin filter, that might solve the smelly odor all together.

Before you begin, familiarize yourself with your vechile, and locate the cabin's air intake vent. The air intake vent is usually at the base of the windshield. Check your user's manual, it might tell you exactly where the cabin's air intake vents are.

With the cabin filter removed, start your car and turn the fan on high. Ensuring that there is no-one in the car, place the vent selector to receive air from outside. Now, make sure your windows are rolled up, and simply spray lysol spray into the vents from the outside of the vehicle.

When you think you've sprayed enough, pop back into the car and switch the vent switch to recirculate the air within the vehicle, then quickly pop back out and close the door. Let the Lysol circulate for a couple of minutes. When done, roll down your windows to get rid of the excess Lysol scent and you're done! Any bacteria along your cars ventilation system will have been neutralized and will no longer stink up your summer day.

So? What do you think? Did it work?

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      Ardot 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your comment Flourish! It's horrible to drive around every day in a smelly car! Something had to be done! I hope you, and anyone else who reads this, will benefit from my solution. :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You have described places on my car that I didn't know about. Good description of problem solving. I used to have a car that smelled like it had been rained in. Terrible.