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Weird Ways to Freshen Your Car

These unconventional tips will help get rid of car smells and keep unwanted odors at bay.

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Sniff salts

Pour fragrant bath salts
into a loose-leaf tea
strainer, and place it in the glove compartment for a
fast refresher every time
you pull out the map.

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Get a whiff of wax

Drop a potpourri wax tart—
commonly made by candle
companies—into a cup holder,
and take your favorite scent with you wherever you go.

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Dry and drive

Lay fresh herbs, such as basil, on a piece of newspaper in the backseat and leave the windows rolled up
to dry the leaves and banish bad odors.

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Sprinkle oil

Shake a few drops of lemon
or eucalyptus essential oil onto
car mats for a naturally sweet scent that will last
a few weeks.

Sources: Real Simple, Apartment Therapy,,
Originally Published in Reader's Digest