Add in a road trip, and you’re likely to have miles of messes. Odors can be caused by ordinary objects and liquids that you may never suspect. - Gina. Just put one or two in car and trunk and forget about it. A smell that arrives when the A/C is first on? No spills or chemicals to worry about. 1,009 Posts . Discussion Starter • #1 • Sep 11, 2011. Any suggestions. I tried baking soda, eucalyptus oil and oxy clean. I would pour it freely over the area - get it really wet. Maybe some food spilled on the carpet. However, after clearing all the water and drying, the underlying layer of insulation material is still wet tho the top carpet seems dry. Fortunately that is about it, no further damage to the critical parts of the car. As a result the car will have a stale smell without verntilation and after the windows are closed for awhile. Could be antifreeze leaking into the car through the heating system. However, you can permanently remove the mildew smell by following these simple steps. You can buy these for around 2 - 3 dollars each in kitchen gadget stores or just go direct - contact them at customerservice@innofresh.com and ask for order form. This stinky smell cannot be solved by just spraying an air freshener and no matter how many air fresheners you use, you will not be able to get rid of this smell. The first step in treating any spill is to blot and clean, then deodorize. Mildew is a growth, usually white in color, produced by molds and fungi. Mildew thrives and grows in places that are damp, warm and dark. Ocean water smells salty, but it may smell like crude oil after a spill or pipeline leak. I replaced the rubber mats— but the smell still lingers, like an angry dybbuk. Now every time we sit in the car, it smells horribly bad. The car now smells like a fishing boat. Try baking soda. Local lakes might smell like mud, fish, and outboard engine oil. The car seat absorbed the liquid of the fish. Something as simple as water spilled on a dirty seat or a child’s sippy cup dripping milk can be the culprit, or it can be something else altogether such as a mechanical problem. A car mildew smell can be quite disturbing and annoying. Remove what you can, and then sprinkle baking soda on it. Local ponds may smell like mud and fish. Get rid of other common smells in your car. By Teresa Shearer (Guest Post) ... Don't know if this will work but I would try soaking the area where you think the blood spilled in vinegar. If you have recently had to deal with any kind of leak in your home, chances are you've had to deal with mold and mildew. Any ideas to get rid of the smell will be appreciated. I put one of the shopping bags in the back car seat, not know it had fish defrosting during a 29 degree day. Blanca asked: How do I remove fish odor from back car seats? If the carpet still reeks, use a carpet-cleaning machine. Answers. Check whether the evaporator drain is blocked. 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