How to Get Weed Smell Out of a Car

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Nothing clings to the interior of a car like the smell of weed smoke, and few things are as recognizable. Additionally, despite its growing acceptance, there are many people who still hold negative views on it and those who use it. The smell of weed infiltrates throughout the car, including inside the ventilation system, on the seat belts, seats, carpets, plastics, and any other possible hiding places.

As a result, when trying to sell your car you will have to thoroughly clean it and ensure that it doesn’t have any lingering odors. A clean and fresh smelling car makes the buyer believe the car has been cherished and looked after. Getting the smell of weed out of your car is difficult since you must eliminate the weed smell from all the parts of your car’s interior including the upholstery, carpet, and the air conditioning and heater system which is the main challenge. Below are some effective tips on how you can eliminate the smell of weed in your car.

How to Get Weed Smell Out of Car

1. Carpet and upholstery cleaning

The first thing you should do when trying to eliminate the smell of weed in your car is to scrub the upholstery and carpets. If you’ve leather seats, they you should focus mainly on the floors. Wipe down the carpets and upholstery with a cleaner, allow the cleaner to soak into the material.

Clean your car at a self-service car wash or use a vacuum, you should then vacuum up all the cleaning solution from all the carpets.

2. Wiping Down the Dashboards

Mix warm water and a mild detergent in a bucket. Soak a sponge in the cleaning solution and begin to wipe down the dashboard, door panels, control panel, basically anything that you could not clean with the upholstery and carpet cleaner.




Weed smoke can hide just about anywhere, so be sure to wipe down the seat belts, steering wheel, even the floor mats. Once you’ve wiped down the dashboards, you should use paper towels to dry off the areas you have wiped and given them a new clean look.

3. The headliner

Most people miss the headliner when trying to eliminate the smell of weed smoke from their cars. Smoke rises and the material on the inner surface of the roof acts like a smoke magnet, as a result regardless of how well you scrubbed your car, it will still smell like you’re inside a bong.

Do not soak the headliner, because it will be damaged and sag. Soak a sponge in the cleaning solution, and then wring out all the water. You should then wipe the sponge gently over the surface of the headliner, then blot dry quickly with paper towels or a dry sponge.

4. Clean the windows

The more you smoke weed in your car, the more the smoke gets everywhere. The windshield is one of the places inside a car that weed resin and smoke, clings like a magnet and over time creates a greenish-blue film on the glass. You should use paper towels and a glass cleaner to eliminate all traces of the weed resin and smoke on the glass.

5. Getting weed smell out of the duct system, air intake, and heater

  • The duct system- Get a good bottle of odor neutralizer. You should park your vehicle in an area that is well-ventilated. If the weather is okay then park it outside. Ensure that the parking brake is set and turn on the engine. You should turn on the air conditioner and the fan full blast for at least 30 minutes.
  • You should then change your car’s cabin air filter. This filter performs a function similar to what the furnace air filter does. You should change the cabin filter regularly so that you can keep your vehicle smelling fresh. Alternatively, you may spray a disinfectant into the filter. This will kill all the bacteria within the cabin filter, and improve the smell. Nevertheless, it may make your car smell like a disinfectant for some time.
  • The air intake – the air intake for air conditioner and the heater are normally located just under the windshield, but they can also be located in a different place depending on the make and model of your car. You spray a deodorizer directly onto the intake screen so that it goes into the air intake system. The deodorizer will get the weed smoke out of the evaporator, ducting and blower, all the places where weed smoke sticks.
  • Clean the heater – Turn on the heater to its hottest setting. You should then spray the deodorizer into the intake until you do not smell any weed smoke. Turning on the heater on, and spraying the deodorizer will clean the heating core, ducting, and blower.

6. Ozone machines can remove extreme weed smells

If you find that doing all the above still leaves traces of the smell of weed, you should give your vehicle an ozone-shock treatment. This will denature any smell compounds so they’re no longer smelly and will kill all bacteria which hold onto the weed smoke odor.

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