How to Prevent the Burnt Rubber Car Smell

  • 1-2 hours
  • 5-10
What You'll Need
Spray Bottle
Lemon Juice

Getting rid of an interior car smell can be quite tricky. Some smells just linger and are hard to clear away. Burned rubber will last a long time if not dealt with correctly. Prevention is better than cure, so taking some precautions can prevent against it.

Step 1 – Mixing

Take the spray bottle and add a quarter pint of vinegar, a quarter pint of lemon juice and top up with water. Make sure the lid is secure and give the bottle a gentle shake to mix up the contents.

Step 2 – Using

Spray the solution inside the vehicle but into the atmosphere, not on to the fabric. You can spray a little onto carpets, but don’t saturate them.

Step 3 – Preventing

To prevent the smell from returning, keep the spray handy and re-spray the interior once a week. Also, if the rubber smell is being caused by an issue with the car, you should have it looked at by a mechanic. He may find that there is a hose overheating or a rubber part of the engine is getting too hot. If the smell is caused by your tires being spun, stop doing it. Burning rubber has a very pungent odor and is hard to eliminate, but preventing it is much easier if you know what the cause is.