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A friend of mine was once heading back from a local farmers market when she broke an entire gallon jar of fresh milk- on the floor of her station wagon. Though the cow juice was soaked out of the car as much as possible, the stench of rotten dairy is probably still lingering on, and is probably still permeating the atmosphere of that poor VW, years later. Short of replacing the carpet, insulation, and sound deadening materials in the cabin, there’s really nothing you can do to get rid of a stench like that, and the car will carry its badge of stank to its rusty pick-a-part grave.
Well, let me amend that. There was nothing you could do. Now there’s hope. We’ve discussed at length how a set of proper floor mats could hold such a capacitous volume, but what about the spills already committed to the clutches of your car’s fabric? What about those that never even reach the floor mats?
Enter Biocide Systems.
It starts with an ice cream cup. Not an ice cream cup per se, but a small cardstock cup with a lid that looks like it holds ice cream. But don’t confuse the two. Inside the Biocide Quick Release Odor Eliminator kit, there’s a packet of crystallized chemical you won’t want to eat. You’ll also find a packet of desiccant to keep it dry, because it’s activated by water; and a small measuring cup, so you can activate it. With water.
What is it?
The crystals in the packet, when wet, will release a gas called chlorine dioxide. The gas will expand throughout your car, its molecules attaching to and destroying odor-causing organic molecules lurking in your carpet, your seats, your headliner, and just about everywhere else. Since it’s a gas, it goes everywhere air can reach, beyond the scope of what you could wipe or scrub.
But chlorine dioxide isn’t a very sturdy compound. It tends to break down and dissipate after about 4 hours or so, if it’s not exposed to direct sunlight. So if you can park your car in the shade for an afternoon and keep it sealed, you can use Biocide to its fullest extent. And all you have to do is put some water in a cup.
Is it safe?
While chlorine dioxide sounds like something that would be in the center of a pre-EPA, small-town, industrial scandal, it’s actually quite harmless. It might make your eyes all stingey if you’re directly exposed to it for too long, but that’s about it. To prevent eye-sting, activate the Biocide kit by pouring in the water, then get out of the car and close all the doors and windows for the 4-hour period. And since it falls apart so quickly, 20 minutes with your car doors open after use will blow the last remnants of the gas away, leaving only a cup of salt water.
We tried it on Friday and put together this instructional video so you’ll know exactly what to do. Step-by-step instructions are also included with the kit.
So did it work?
Brilliantly. I was a little skeptical going in. Sometime in my wagon’s misted past, someone removed the factory roof rack, and instead of installing proper one-piece roof tracks, they simply filled the mounting holes with silicone. Now that old stuff is coming loose, which means I get the occasional water leak during a particularly heavy storm. Things had gotten musty, my friends.
But that stank was gone when I got back in the car. The shade we’d borrowed had shifted during our 4 hours, and my rear quarter windows were now basking in the sunlight. But it still worked, despite less than ideal conditions.
I will note that there was a lingering scent of chlorine as I climbed into the car, even after letting it ventilate for the allotted 20 minutes, but it was gone within a couple of days of windows-down cruising, and now my car smells like…nothing. It’s a strange and wonderful thing.
We’re not saying you should never have your seats and/or carpet shampooed or steam cleaned or whatnot, but we can honestly report that in our case, Biocide Systems’ Quick Release Odor Eliminator absolutely worked as advertised. It gets the Streetside Stamp of Approval. And if you’re trying to get rid of car stank without spending time or hundreds of dollars on interior detailing, this is the definitive way of getting it done. You can find our full Biocide line here.
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But we want to hear how well it works for you. We want you to check it out so bad that we’re giving some away. For free. Just drop a quick story in the comments featuring your very worst smelly car experience. What was the nastiest thing you’ve ever spilled? Have you ever bought a car that smells like a 1963 teachers’ lounge? Have you, like my poor friend, deposited an entire gallon of milk into your carpet? Have car-sick kids? Failing diapers?
Let us know. Our very favorite stankcar story will win a free Biocide Systems Quick Release Odor Eliminator kit to eliminate the agony. Just add water. Click here for all the legal stuff you need to know. We’ll pick the winner at end-of-business on Wednesday, so check back then for a reply to your comment letting you know you’ve won.
Down with the stank.
Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.