How do I remove a fish smell from my car's carpet?

How can I get rid of a fishy smell in my car? I spilled the cooler that stored the fish I caight from my fishing trip. Now my car smells terrible. How can I remove the fish smell from my car's interior carpet and upholstery?

“While you may be tempted to buy a different vehicle altogether, you can get the fish smell out of your car’s carpet rather easily.
Here’s how:
  • Wash the affected area using an equal mix of water and vinegar.
  • Follow that with soapy water.
  • Then, rinse thoroughly and let it dry.
  • Last, air out your car.
These steps should get rid of the fish smell. If all else fails, you might want to get your vehicle professionally detailed or have the carpet shampooed.
Unfortunately, even if you have comprehensive coverage, it won’t cover this type of incident. So if you see lots of fishing adventures in your future, it seems like the perfect excuse to buy a cheap pickup truck! That way, you can throw all your gear—and all the fish you catch—in your truck bed.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 26, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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