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My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

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I have only myself to blame, but after four years in storage, my '53 Buick Super reeks of mouse pee. It's been a challenge finding all the nooks and crannies where these guys hung out, and I've taken apart everything I've dared to, shopvac'd, shampoo'd and sprayed/brushed with OdoBan (available at Sam's Club). The car still reeks. My next stunt will be an ozone generator. Other stunts I've heard of that are supposed to banish the odors include vinegar, Febreeze, charcoal and garlic...I haven't tried these, and don't want to until someone tells me they'll work. I suspect, however, that I haven't located all the "odor sources", i.e. dead mice and mouse nests. I pulled the back seat and seat back and back side panels off, and took care of the two vent inlets under the dash too, spraying every surface I can find with OdoBan. Where else should I be looking? The car smells, and when it's moving, it REALLY smells. Anyone know of the Grand Cure for getting rid of the smell? It stinks so bad I have to drive with my head hanging out the window like a hairy dog on a hot day. By the way, did I mention that my car smells?

Tom Heimerman

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My wife has the solution for you take a pot of Hot VINIGER and Cinimon (sp) and boil it them move it to the car close the doors and let it do it's trick.

If you see where the stainis just wash it first with viniger.

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Sorry - not much help in the cleaning department - but when you do get things taken care of you can use moth balls to prevent the little critters from returning. Just put an old sockfull inside your vehicle and it should do the trick laugh.gif Good luck and please share the solution that eventually does the job!

Thanx

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I tried pretty much all of the above to get rid of a musty odor that was caused by a broken a/c condensation drain in my wife's cars. All were partially effective, but there was really only one thing that finally worked.

[color:\\"blue\\"] FRESH AIR!

Expose the interior to the most moving air you possibly can. Taking the car on as many trips with the windows down as possible will be the best thing you can do.

And it's a heck of a lot more fun than scrubbing with cleansers! smile.gif

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After a thorough cleaning you might want to try a portable ionizer for a few days. They usually are available for rent. Also, pet stores sell a nuetralizer for urine which might help as well.

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After cleaning go to a leather shop and get as many bags of leather scraps as you can. You may want to cut them up in small pieces. Bag them in some kind of netting, close the windows and put them in the car. Every 2 to 3 weeks rearrange (stir) the leather scraps or replace with a new bag. It may take awhile but before too long your car will start smelling like and hopefully stay smelling like leather. Good luck!

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A dead skunk in the trunk will eliminate the mouse smell.

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As I type this, a bowl of vinegar with cinammon is cooling off in my odiferously challenged Buick. Hey, I'll try anything. Something tells me, though, that it's gonna take a lot more than this. I'm sure I'll have to keep pulling apart the inside of my car in search of more Mouse Hotels.

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Gosh, this is a tough choice... should I load up the car with vinegar, cinammon, scraps of leather or a dead skunk? Maybe all four will do the trick. I'm gonna need a pretty big blender.

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Breathe through your mouth.

A dead skunk in the trunk would only MASK the dead mouse smell, and only do it when the car is stopped or you're driving in reverse.

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Thanks, T&A, and everyone else too. I've got an ozone generator arriving next week (I'll also use it on musty old farmhouses, which I restore for a living), and will let you know if/when/what works. If nothing works, then that match and gasoline idea will start to make more sense...

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So what you're saying is that I'm going to have to obtain two dead skunks... one for Drive, and one for Reverse (it's a Dynaflow). Will I need a third one on my lap for Park?

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I would really like to know what eventualy works! I won't go there with the dead dear carcas that I was thinking of when my boys and I roared about the skunk idea!!! grin.gif

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Maybe your problem is twofold. Dead mice and whatever.

Check the front end, could be you killed something and it's hung up underneath.

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OldCarNut was correct as far as the pet store remedies are concerned. Having pet dogs and cats all my life, the only thing I ever found that work on their 'accidents' was a product called "Simple Solution' made by a company called 'The Bramton Company' and available at most good pet stores. It even eliminated the odor in the plywood subfloor! It's worth a try.... smile.gif

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Reading all the posts generated by my original sad tale of mice and their byproducts, I've now got quite the mix of creatures and/or substances on my mind to keep me awake tonight, including but not limited to mice, mice pee, mice poop, mice nests, mice carcasses, vinegar, cinammon, apples, hunks of leather, charcoal, OdoBan, AtmosKlear, ozone gas generators, methane gas generators (human), skunks (living and/or dead), bleach, chlorine gas, a deer carcass possibly hanging from my radiator, pet store odor killers, spiders, garlic, moldy drippy air conditioners and gosh, the list goes on. When I hit on The Cure, I'll let everyone know.

Tom Heimerman

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Well, I consulted with the expert, <span style="font-weight: bold">my</span> girlfriend. She says the ozone generators will work just fine, shouldn't take long at all. She use to sell them and they were often used to remove the odiferous annoyances caused by all manner of creatures and beings no longer with us.

Rich

PS: You can keep the skunks, we have enough of them occuring naturally down here.

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My ozone machine should arrive next week... it's a big'un, one of those "shock treatment" kind that you plug in and run for cover. Someone told me not to overdo it, or it'll bleach/fade my car interior and make it rust faster. Well, if it gets rid of the stench, I'm all for it. Convey my thanks to your odor-expert girlfriend. You didn't mention where "down here" is that is home to skunks, but we've got 'em "up here" in Minnesota too. They seem to compete with the raccoons for most road kills.

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If it does do the job I for one would really like to know. I have a 17 year old who's bedroom hasn't been habitable (from his parent's perspective) in about 5 years. Thanx

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Bought a '21 Overland once. Previous owner took it apart to bebuild the engine in 1937, installed new pistons, gave up on the job, shoved the car in the barn but never reinstalled the sparkplugs....I removed the head and apparently a few hundred generations of mice lived, played, and peed (peeed?) in # 2 cylinder, eating a hole completely thru the aluminum piston...now if we could just bottle that stuff...

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Sounds like either the dead skunk solution or the mega-ozone shock treatment would take care of your 17-year-old's room. I haven't decided which to use yet for our own 17-year-old's room. We're afraid to go in there. I think she may have had it land-mined.

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