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One tip that I have is to cut a small piece of sponge, soak it in Lemon Juice then place it under one of the front seats, replace as required when sponge dries out.

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Could you give me more detail what I can do with warm & soapy water?

What kind of soap do I need to use? etc.

I hung one of those leaf-shape air freshener thing, and the smell got worse after a couple of weeks.
Any kind of soap that suds up well. Even car wash concentrate, but I prefer either dish soap, Murphy's oil soap, or something like Simple Green or Purple Power. They key I think is hot water. Seems to get all the grime off the vinyl (and you won't believe how dirty MB tex can get). And don't forget to vacuum out the pleats in the seats. All kinds of interesting things in there.

But I'm thinking maybe your smell is in the carpet... or worse yet, maybe the horsehair in the seat cushions got wet. That'll make it smell like old McDonald's farm real quick.

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Keep it clean and don't eat in it. Don't keep old gym clothes in it either.
Agreed but I would recommend one other thing use Ozium air deodorizer once a month. Do a Google search to find out hwere to purchase it.

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Agreed but I would recommend one other thing use Ozium air deodorizer once a month. Do a Google search to find out hwere to purchase it.
I forgot about Ozium. They sell it at Target. That stuff is great. In another vehicle, I had a bad mildew-like smell coming out of the heater vents and Ozium cured it when I sprayed it into the returns with the heat on.

I used a nail brush to scrub the MB-Tex with vinyl cleaner and rinsed with clean damp towels. My MB smelled like diesel and oil when I got it. After a thorough clean and detail, it has no offensive smell and my wife is happy to ride in it now. (I don't mind the smell of diesel) My car doesn't smell new, it smells faintly of cleaning products.

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Steady diet of beer 'n beans.........smells like home
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I forgot this one. Someone said pour some whole coffee beans in a lid and put them on the floor...

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Use Ozium, it's cheap and it works.
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I just bought a Yankee Candle hang on the rearview mirror thingie that's supposed to smell like leather. I'll report back if it makes any appreciable difference, but I bought a used non-smoking car and I have never smelled anything objectionable.

If you have a partial leather interior, you might consider buying the Rejuvinator Oil and Pristine Clean from Leatherique
Let us know how that thingie works out for you LOL! My indy who works on my car when I am not pressed for time, said my car is a pleasure to work on because it is clean inside and out and even smells great inside No smoking in my car and if your a smoker and smell of smoke I won't have you in my car either. The carpets are immaculately clean and so are the nice special edition floor mats. I have my car washed once a week and detailed every 6 months. Never have dirty clothes in my car unless dumping them at the cleaners and I never have food or drinks in my car. No eating or drinking beverages is allowed in my car. Only food when picking up fast food or take out. A small water bottle sometimes on hot days but I won't allow anyone to have food or drinks in my car period. I never have stuff in my car except my briefcase for work. I also have a few packets of potpourri under the back seats. They smell great with the clean leather smell in the car! I change them every 4 months. Yes I am a bit uptight with my car but then again, my car and my rules.
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