My poor car. It has been subjected to smokers. Their nasty habit has caused odors to adhere to all the interior surfaces, especially the fabric and the carpeting. It felt like an old car by now with a previously smoking owner. She is begging me for a good wash. Doing the exterior is not the answer. You deal with the inside in a different manner. Why did I drive those classmates home? We were studying late, and it was starting to drizzle. We had a big test coming up and thought a group session would help us absorb the material more efficiently. It worked. We felt really prepared. Nonetheless, I faced the consequences of the smokers. I was no longer nervous about the test. Now I was pissed about my car. I had to get that gross smoke smell out of my car!
Because I don’t smoke myself I didn’t have a hanging deodorizer in the car. They do a pretty good job, but now it was too late, or was it. I bought some “odor defense” spray and used half the bottle. The car smelled good for a week and then a telltale odor came back. It was less intense but nonetheless annoying. I wanted the freshness to return as before. I took it to the car wash and they sprayed it again. It just replaced one scent for another, albeit the lemon flavor wasn’t bad. I bought some just in case (although I was not planning on volunteering to drive anyone ever again).
I had to get a bit more resourceful and found nothing online other than the obvious. Spray, spray and more spray. Now it was starting to add up to a big expense. I should have asked my smoking friends to chip in. Ha! Seriously, I couldn’t stand it. Most non-smokers don’t tolerate the smell. One person in a car is bad enough; image four puffing away the entire time! I just kept on surfing the Web.
Eureka! I hit upon an idea all on my own. I guess thinking about ridding my car of smells made my brain cells churn. I ran to the kitchen pantry and grabbed a large candle I use in case of electricity blackouts during a storm or other emergency situation. I put it in the car and lit it up right then and there. The flame flickered in all its glory. I let it burn as I watched it quiver. I didn’t want to leave it alone. After an hour, I put it out and waited for the results. No more cigarette smoke odor. Candles are great at deodorizing. They don’t have to be heavily scented. Is this like lighting a match in a bathroom after use. It seems like magic. No, it emits sulfur dioxide that just masks the smell. A candle would do far better.