5 Reasons Our Car Can Stink, and 5 Things We Do About It: Giveaway

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As you probably already know, we just got our new puppy – Astro!

Talk about cute! And smelly! We just brought him home but he has short legs and his belly is pretty low to the ground. If we let him play outside for even a little bit, his belly gets muddy! Luckily we haven’t had any potty accidents, yet, but I’ll never forget that we had one when Athena was a puppy. It was not fun! Our car is an old clunker at this point, but it runs so well that we’re keeping it around until the last possible second. Then I can’t wait to get a new car! For now, we love our old van and we’ll do whatever we can to make sure it runs well and stays fresh. That’s where Refresh Your Car® comes in.

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Here are five reasons our car smells not so fresh:

1 – We have kids. They’re young enough that they don’t smell bad after even two hours of running and sweat, but their stuff does! They leave food in all crevices of the car, as well as musty water bottles, dusty toys, and garbage.

2 – We have three pets! We actually have 13, but the chickens don’t come in the car. That said, we do buy their food and bedding so I guess you can say that our van sometimes smells because of all 13 pets.

3 – We live in New England and mud season lasts a long time. We are muddy, and our car is muddy.

4 – Our car is old. It’s a 2004 minivan that has seen LOTS of pet and kid-friendly road trips.

5 – It rains a lot here and Des has a tendency to leave the windows open. Ugh! I hate the wet car smell.

And there you have it! Now here are 5 things we do about it:

1 – We use a fabric freshener on the upholstery.

2 – And we clean the a/c vents with products made for that purpose.

3 – We pour a little baking soda on the carpets and brush it in with a toothbrush.

4 – We use Refresh Your Car® Vent Sticks in our vents. They’re so easy to use and they have delicious smelling scents.

5 – And we use Mini Diffusers too!

Classic and tropical scents:

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Fresh Linen – A classic crisp and clean fragrance that will remind you of your favorite sheets dried on a clothesline by a blowing breeze.
Cool Breeze™ – A crisp, clean and strong fresh sent that will keep your car as fresh as a cool breeze. Island Coconut – The smooth tropical smell of an island coconut, with fruity smooth notes of the Caribbean.
Lexol® Leather – Rich leather, orange zest, black pepper and cedar scents mix perfectly together to create a timeless fragrance that is sure to delight.
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Fresh Strawberry & Cool Lemonade™ – This mixture of freshly picked strawberries and the tastiest lemonade creates a dynamic duo, with the perfect combination of freshness, fruit and fun – guaranteed to brighten up even the longest of road trips.
Alpine Meadow™ & Summer Breeze™ – The smell of crisp clean mountain air coupled with the alluring scents of sea oats and crashing waves makes this an all-season fragrance to celebrate.
Lightning Bolt™ & Ice Storm™ – A bold combination that creates a soft, clean and smooth sent, which releases a hint of cool musk.
Wildflowers & Love™ – A dual combination of scents that will bring the easy-going, gentle smell of love on a nice summer day to your commute.
Citrus Sparkle™ & Summer Splash™ – A refreshing mixture of berries, tart mandarin, jasmine and vetiver blend to create the perfect summer escape.

So if you’re experiencing car odor, and you’re looking to refresh your car, this is the answer for awesome long-lasting fragrance. You can find them at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, or even local auto part stores!

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In the comments, tell me something good – like a way you make your car smell better, or the Refresh Your Car® you most want to use. And the winner will win an Auto Fragrance Prize Pack! Enter by June 7th. I can’t wait to read what you write!

Good luck!

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


5 Reasons Our Car Can Stink, and 5 Things We Do About It: Giveaway — 15 Comments

  1. I always keep air fresheners in my car. With kids going back and forth, I need them. I generally use Yankee Candle or Febreze, but will have to give these ones a try.

  2. The Mixed Berries & Vanilla Cream scent sounds heavenly! Or maybe Very Cherry & Vanilla? I’ve never used this type of product, so any of the car fresheners would be great!

  3. I love the Vent Sticks, I always keep a few in my van’s glove compartment. In addition to the tips you shared, I also like to air my van out. Open all the doors and do a good cleaning. My granddaughter has a habit of throwing snacks around so I try to clean it out at least once a week, especially during the warmer months. Plus my husband goes fishing in my van and i hate that fishy smell!

  4. I love these! Air fresheners are a must in my car. Between a messy toddler and a man covered in sweat and dirt at the end of each day, my car definitely gets stinky.

  5. My kids are so bad at leaving all their junk in the car, and I’m no stranger to car funk! We also do a lot of swimming, and it’s amazing how bad a wet swimsuit or towel can stink up the car1

  6. I would like to try the Refresh Your Car Vent Sticks. I usually just use the tree fresheners but they run out of smell quick. cshell090869 at aol dot com

  7. Well, my big secret for keeping my car from stinking is making sure I pull out all of the backpacks and fishing bags and lunch bags. I always ask if everyone got all of their stuff but there is always something left way in the very back of the van tucked in a spot where the sun is sure to cook whatever is brewing inside, Experience has taught me to double check.

  8. I would love to smell the Fresh Strawberries and Cool Lemonade vent sticks in my car. My car stinks like dogs and could use all the help it can get!

  9. I keep a travel size febreeze in my car because my 2 dogs tend to make my car smell like wet dog. The smell doesn’t bother me but it bothers everyone else who gets in my car.

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