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

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Doe's she have her license? Our rule for ours is if she doesn't have the room clean and relatively scent free then she can't have the car for 'personal' trips. We didn't want to punish us, so she can still drive to school, and to work if the room is a mess, but nowhere else. She's figured out (took a couple of months) that we monitor the mileage on the car. Of course that still doesn't explain how we just "happen" to be where she is when she isn't where she should be. Some parental things just are not meant to be understood by the kids grin.gif

Rich

PS: Colleen says the ozone will definitely work, but do not overdo it, keep an eye on it, a car is not like a house it won't take nearly as long for the car. Also in the meantime if you can circulate air through the car to help it 'breathe' it might lessen the odor as well.

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Yes, Mary the daughter drives. It's a little tough to come down too hard on her messy room, given the similar condition of a lot my "areas" (garage, workshop, etc.). Thanks for the tip on the ozone. I've got high hopes for this ozone thing.

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You've probably already thought of this but have you checked the large vent tubes located on each side under the hood? Those are big enough for a colony of mice, one cat overstuffed with mice to the point of not being able to escape the tube, one small to medium sized dog with cat in it's sights or possibly all three. Shame on you for parking a nice Buick for 4 years anyway!

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Yep... I checked the two vent channels you mentioned, although the one on the right contains the heater fan; when I run the fan, no smell emits, so I think I'mj safe there. The left vent is indeed large enough to accomodate the various critter configurations you described. An earlier poster suggested that a dead skunk would get rid of mouse pee fragrance, and I'm thinking a skunk would fit easily in the left vent if I remove the grill. I'll let you know how that goes.

Yeah...four years. When I took it apart, I figured it would be four weeks.

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So what happened Krauseheim ??? Were you able to get the smell out?? I'm having the same problem and I don't know what to do. I cant even breathe in my car its so bad. I know this post is really really old but I'm hoping a notification will return you to this site. 

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On 9/16/2002 at 7:46 PM, Guest said:

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

 

After reading this post I don't feel quite as bad as I first did when I thought to recommend some fly bait (which is the smell of a thousand rotting corpses).

I will say that one could always become a heavy smoker, but that would be equally callous.

So, I suggest repeated application of copious amounts of 'Smells Be Gone'.  It differs from other products in that it does not introduce another scent to mask the offending one.  Generally it works. Alas though, it's effects are temporary, just like any other product of its ilk. 

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Our elderly cat started refusing to use the litter box after we had her teeth cleaned. She started peeing on the bedroom rug. After we had her put down,I shampooed the rug four times. Still it reeked so bad I had to start sleeping on the couch. We tried all the pet store sprays but nothing worked. Finally, the vet suggested a product called "Urine Away" by Ceva Animal Health"

Their phone number is 1-800-999-0297 It worked miracles! Not perfumey, just a natural freshness.As far as my car, I use Bounce Dryer Sheets slid under the seats!

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My dad went TDY so we rented our house out for 3 years.  When we got back we found that the renters had let a cat pee over and over in one area of the living room.  We tore out the carpet and pad but it was soaked into the plywood subflooring.  We washed it again and again with everything we could think of - vinegar, pinesol, bleach, you name it.  Nothing worked.  Finally dad got a bottle of his Mennen deodorant and poured it all over and let it soak in.  It worked.  They don't seel that type deodorant any more.  It was a liquid in a squeeze bottle. 

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When our dog tangled with a skunk the vet told us to wipe him down with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. It worked, mostly.

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Tomato juice for skunk.

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I have an ozone machine and it works wonders. Loaned it to a fellow with the same problem you have and it took care of it. A lady friend bought a house trailer that was smoked in and smelled terrible, two days later it was fine. 

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Throw four used hockey bags from the end of the season into your trunk. Not only will the mouse pee smell disappear, but there won't be any passengers to let you know how bad the smell used to be. I used the ozone machine and it really works. Good luck!

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I'll try to stick to your actual question.  I have used coffee grounds to absorb odors in cars.  Also charcoal.  Although I have not tried on mouse urine (which I know can be incredibly strong especially if they hibernated there), both have been effective on other odors.  Of course, soap and water on the actual source, if you can find it, helps too.

 

Good luck!

 

Andrew

 

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I suspect this thread is long dead ... but hopefully someone else adds to it.

My suggestions, only partially effective, are below.

 

My car (1941 Buick Roadmaster Touring Sedan) has this same problem. I was

able to get / reduce most of the smell. Then I goofed up this winter and failed to

properly protect against mice. Late in winter I finally figured out where they were 

coming in by placing traps at the two ends of the garage door and at all four wheels. 

They were entering by the edge of the garage door where a couple inches of weatherstripping

was missing. I put all my traps there and have since caught 3 mice. If I close that

opening they will just find another. I'm better off leaving it as is.

 

I put moth balls in the car, especially under the seats. It did not help. I put Walmart

dryer cloths in the seats and floor. It did not help. My only solution has to been to 

remove the seats and clean out all the cotton fill that is inside the springs.

(Does this stuff belong there or did the mice deposit it?)

I wear gloves and yank the stuff out and also use a vacuum cleaner. The fill is

sprinkled with mouse feces. I have even removed complete desiccated mice from the

spring cavities.

 

I don't know if that fill is supposed to be there but removing that and leaving the seats

in the sun does help. I also scrubbed under the seats with powdered cleaner (Ajax?).

 

Next stop will be new seats and more mouse traps. Some photos attached.

 

Rear seat cleaning station.JPGDown the mouse hole sm.JPGMice feces in springs sm.JPG

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Disturbing the dust and cotton can cause cognitive damage to your brain. After being exposed to the old seats do you find yourself looking at cars for sale and thinking about buying another one?

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They love hedaliners and often that is where the smell is coming from.  Those aren't water stains on your headliner.

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3 hours ago, 60FlatTop said:

Disturbing the dust and cotton can cause cognitive damage to your brain. After being exposed to the old seats do you find yourself looking at cars for sale and thinking about buying another one?

Funny you should mention that. I came close to buying a 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood Anniversary 4-door sedan. Gave up

when I finally got guy to admit I could not test drive it  ... no brakes and he wasn't interested in fixing them.

So as of next Tuesday I will be having a nearly complete front end replacement so I can finally drive straight.

I'm committed! 

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2 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

They love hedaliners and often that is where the smell is coming from.  Those aren't water stains on your headliner.

No smell or stains from the headliner. My wife patched that last summer

so it wouldn't look so bad for my son's wedding.

See my blog site for the rest of the story and photos.

04-Buick-at-RISD-1024x683.jpg

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Most of the pet chains have a pet urine absorber. The one I used comes in a jar and has some kind of absorbing material inside. Just open the lid and let it do it's thing. Hint, never rent to people with a cat!

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2 minutes ago, 46 woodie said:

Most of the pet chains have a pet urine absorber. The one I used comes in a jar and has some kind of absorbing material inside. Just open the lid and let it do it's thing. Hint, never rent to people with a cat!

You and several other people have the same suggestion. I will be visiting a pet store soon.

Thanks so much!

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I covered everything with baking soda and sprayed it with hydrogen peroxide. No significant change.

I also vacuumed out all the debris they had stored inside the springs.

 

CAUTION: Shortly after my first vacuuming of the seat springs i noticed that there was a tick on me.

I could not remember going in the woods and so had no idea where it came from.

The second time I removed nesting material from the seats I saw a tick on my pants while I was

still using the vacuum. 

Those ticks must have been left behind by the mice. Be careful! Lyme disease is prevalent around 

here.

 

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There is a deadly serious side to this discussion -- Hantavirus. It's a potentially deadly infection that comes from mouse droppings and urine.. I don't know if many of you followed the "Ice Road Truckers" show, but one of the drivers, a guy named Rick Yemm, contracted  a case of Hantavirus from driving a used semi that had a mouse infestation. As a result he spent a long time in the hospital recuperating. The show turned quite dramatic when a fully dressed hazmat team was required to clean the truck properly.  Here's a link to an article about the disease:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/index.html

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A lot of posts here.  If you're still having a problem with odor, pour some ammonia in a bowl and let it sit in the closed car over-night.  Repeat the next day with a fresh bowl if necessary.  The ammonia smell goes away very quickly, afterwards it smells like...nothing. 

 

Ammonia can be bought at the grocery store.  Use about 1/2 cup or so.    I've used this method for years...it works!  Easy, cheap, and environmental friendly.

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