Consuming cannabis while driving isn’t a new (or smart) move, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never smoke weed in a parked car. Maybe you don’t smoke in the house and the weather doesn’t allow you to smoke outside. Maybe you just enjoy the comfort of premium plush seating while listening to the latest episode of your favorite podcast. Or maybe your previously owned wheels came with a legacy stink.
Whatever the reason, if you’re faced with a bad smell that you need to get rid of, there are a variety of tools available to you. Depending on the severity of said stench, some of these options might be more effective than others. And if it’s an overpowering type of stench, you may need to resort to a comprehensive, multi-pronged plan of attack to get the weed smell out of the car’s fabric and vents.
Getting a strong smell of weed in a car isn’t a new problem, and cannabis enthusiasts everywhere have experimented with all sorts of solutions over the years. Here are some classic options.
Air fresheners are the first line of defense for many and range from OG hanging trees to vent sprays and clips. These may do the trick if you have a minor odor that needs to be eliminated, but air fresheners generally mask odors more than they eliminate them. Consider a car diffuser with essential oils — some models plug directly into USB ports — or a car air purifier for another hands-off approach.
The next line of attack might include odor absorbers like baking soda, coffee beans and grounds, or activated charcoal. Sprinkling these substances on carpets and upholstery might do the trick for a less than totally offensive level of odor, but reports vary. In addition, you will need a very powerful handheld vacuum cleaner, because cleaning will be a big deal.
Leaving a bowl of white vinegar or vodka overnight to absorb odors is another method that cannabis connoisseurs have tried with mixed results.
Neutralizers and odor eliminators
If air fresheners and absorbers aren’t enough, neutralizers and eliminators might be the next step. There are many such sprays on the market and a few products that cannabis enthusiasts swear by – such as Ozium – but keep in mind that many are highly toxic, especially in small, confined spaces like car interiors. car.
Recently, a variety of all-natural, cannabis-specific air fresheners have also hit the market. Despite the “neutralizing” and “eliminating” labels, these sprays often tend to be a short-term fix and need to be used periodically to maintain freshness.
The serious game plan
If you’re serious about eliminating odors, your best bet is to go on the all-out offensive. A concerted deep cleansing attack or full professional detailing should deliver the most lasting results.
- Remove all clutter and trash, including weeds or stinky paraphernalia.
- Vacuum all upholstery, surfaces and carpets.
- Follow up with a light cleaning using an upholstery foam shampoo or a deep cleaning using an upholstery machine.
- Replace the air filter.
- With the car running and the air conditioning system in recirculation mode, use an ozone machine to deodorize your car and ventilate it well before driving.
- Finish with an air freshener of your choice.
High maintenance method
Maybe when using cannabis in your car, consider a vaping option instead. Although vapes tend to be a little more expensive than straight flowers, you’ll be guaranteed a smell-free car after consuming inside. Or, just let your car air out completely after smoking while sticking to regular cleaning and maintenance.
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