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Old 09-07-2016, 07:08 PM   #1
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Remedy for smelly tow vehicle

Not exactly trailer related but my "new to me" tow vehicle has a very strong smell of some kind of cleaner or air freshener. I am thrilled to have found a great tow vehicle that meets my needs, a 2009 Toyota Venza with low mileage and factory towing adaptations.
When I tested it, it had one of those little air fresheners. I assumed that the smell would go away once it was removed but it has been 3 weeks and it seems stronger than ever. I am thinking that it may actually be something like Febreeze or a spray cleaner. So far I have washed every surface with a vinegar solution, have put baking soda in the car, have tried a substance that is supposed to remove odours and have left the windows open for 4 days. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:29 PM   #2
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...but my "new to me" tow vehicle has a very strong smell of some kind..
I would contact Jerry.. he might have some ideas

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Old 09-07-2016, 07:41 PM   #3
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Kanberra Gel - Tea Tree Oil Airborne
Could very well be your answer.

Contact the person who you bought the vehicle from to find out what the smell is. Did someone die in the vehicle?
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:07 PM   #4
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Thanks for the laugh, Gordon. As soon as I saw his face, I remembered the whole episode.
Darwin, I am allergic to scents- get migraines and sinus issues- so for me it does not have to be anything that dramatic to be a real nuisance. it is definitely some "cleaning" product.
I have some tea tree oil. Do you think putting some in hot water and wiping things down with it would work? Or just a bowl of it in the car?
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:57 AM   #5
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Air cleaner

Ozone is a great air purifier. There are ozonators that put out concentrated ozone, small portable units, etc. Read the directions closely, at a certain concentration you should not be in the same room. I find it works best if you've got a window or two open while the unit is running. You can find LOTS of info through Google. Good luck.
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Have you looked under the seats? It's possible the past owner shoved clothes washing softener sheets up under one of the seats. It's a cheap way to mask dog, smoker or gym shoe odors. Look under the dash too.
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Had a very bad odour in a previously owned car every time the heater in winter or or the air conditioner in summer were used. Replacing the air filters has solved the problem nicely.


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Old 09-08-2016, 05:44 AM   #8
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Thanks for the laugh, Gordon. As soon as I saw his face, I remembered the whole episode. ..
Sometimes you have to laugh...

But I guess if it were me, I would in fact do as Jerry did and seek out a professional. Maybe call local car dealers and see who they use and what they recommend. Or call car detailing companies and see what they say. If it's an episode on the Jerry Seinfeld show then you can't be the first and no doubt the pros have dealt with the problem before.
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Hi: Patricia D... Bought a chain smokers car once. Apart from the ashburns to the seats I spritzed white vinegar into the air ducts. Smell eliminated eventually.
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You may want to replace the cabin air filter. Makes a difference on air quality in my vehicles.
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I just put the Kanberra Gel - Tea Tree Oil Airborne I. A co tai ear and let it work. I use it year around to keep mold from growing also.
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Thanks for all your comments. I am going to look in all the nooks and crannies today and try a few more home remedies.
I had contacted a company about detailing. It would cost over 200.00 and require the car to be there 2 days. On Amazon there is an ozone machine for 115.00 so I may go for that. I understand that these machines require very careful use.
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I would try the less expensive solutions B 4 investing in a Ozone machine.

Detailing the inside will require the use of other chemicals so if you are Scensitive, that many add to your problems.
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Thanks for all your comments. I am going to look in all the nooks and crannies today and try a few more home remedies.
I had contacted a company about detailing. It would cost over 200.00 and require the car to be there 2 days. On Amazon there is an ozone machine for 115.00 so I may go for that. I understand that these machines require very careful use.
I picked up an Ozone Generator off Amazon from Forever Ozone for about $100 a couple years ago. Great investment. I just bought a 2007 4Runner with only 65K and the only issue was it was owned by heavy smoker. Between changing cabin air filter and running ozone, almost gone now. I like the idea of spritzing air ducts with vinegar...I have just run the ozone generator with car running to pull through as much as possible on recirculate.

I also use every so often at home just to freshen up after being closed up for winter. Just run in front of a large return duct for a bit. Also will run in basement in conjunction with dehumidifier if it gets a bit musty.

But as one other commented, need to be careful with high concentrations as you don't want to oxidize your lung tissue...
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