Car Freshening Hacks You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

These unconventional tips will help get rid of car smells and keep unwanted odours at bay.

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Freshen your car with bath salts
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Make a DIY scented sachet for your car

Car freshening hacks don’t get easier than this DIY scented sachet. Simply pour fragrant bath salts into a loose-leaf tea strainer (an old—clean—sock will do in a pinch!) and place it in the glove box. You’ll enjoy a burst of fresh fragrance every time you pull out the map.

Here are more things you should always keep in your glove box.

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Freshen your car with wax tarts
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Freshen your car with wax

Drop a potpourri wax tart—commonly made by candle companies—into a cup holder, and take your favourite scent with you wherever you go.

Find out more clever hacks to make everything in your home smell amazing.

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Freshen your car with basil
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Freshen your car with herbs

Lay fresh herbs, such as basil, on a piece of newspaper in the backseat and leave the windows rolled up to dry the leaves and banish bad odours. This eco-friendly car-freshening hack still won’t be the strangest thing a mechanic has ever found in a car!

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Freshen your car with essential oils
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Freshen your car by sprinkling oil

Shake a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil onto car mats for a naturally sweet scent that will last a few weeks.

[Sources: Real Simple, Apartment Therapy,,]

For more DIY car freshening hacks, check out these tips on how to get rid of smoke smell in your car.

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