Sour Milk in Car Carpet

Updated on July 29, 2008
H.B. asks from Boulder, CO
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Hi there, We just got back from a trip and the next day I went out to the car to get something and all I can smell is sour milk. It is terrible. I think what happened is my daughter's sippy cup leaked and I thought she just drank it all. Needless to say, its bad. I have tried scrubbing the carpet in our car and using Febreeze, but these things aren't working. I will take any suggestions you have. Thanks!

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W.E.

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Fill a small paper lunch sack about 1/3 full with ground coffee and park the car in the sun. The coffee will filter the smell out of the car. I used to live in Florida and this happened to me when my DD was little. I also used to work for a rental car company and we used this trick several times to remove various odors. Good luck.

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W.E.

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Fill a small paper lunch sack about 1/3 full with ground coffee and park the car in the sun. The coffee will filter the smell out of the car. I used to live in Florida and this happened to me when my DD was little. I also used to work for a rental car company and we used this trick several times to remove various odors. Good luck.

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J.L.

answers from Pocatello on

Try neutroleum alpha. You can get it from the Pocatello Supply Depot: ###-###-####. You can order it over the phone. It gets any smell out: urine, vomit, milk, I have yet to have it fail on me. Also, clean out your car the best you can and leave the windows completely rolled down whenever it is in your garage. Eventually the smell will leave.

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B.M.

answers from Pocatello on

I detail cars for a living so when this happens the best thing I have found to work is using Pinesol. I know it sounds weird because it is for Mopping tile floors. It really works. Try it. Put a cap full in a spray bottle fill the rest with water. Spray it on and scrub away. Sometimes it takes a couple of doses but it really works. Good luck

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S.M.

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Hi H.,
Oxyclean, the powder form used for laundry, is the best. Mix the powder to make a watery paste, pour on affected area, let sit for 10 min., clean off, use clean water to rinse, vacuum when dry. There will be no smell left and no chemical or cleaner smell. I have used it in my car many times for kid spills and pet smells. Oxyclean is also great when you start potty training for those times accidents still happen. Use in the laundry with your regular detergent and there will be no urine or poop smell, again no cover up smell from another cleaner, just fresh clean clothes.
Good luck,
SarahMM

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M.N.

answers from Denver on

You could try calling a detailer and see what they may recommend. I use this product called Protek, but you have to order it off line at protekchemicals.com. It is a tax write off but a little pricey. I hope this helps and gl.

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K.W.

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I'd try the Young Living Essential Oils "Thieves" household cleaner. It is safe to use around children, environmentally safe, smells great, and takes out everything on which I've tried it. I've never used it on spoiled milk but I got out other car stains with it. Young Living is online, their main office is in Lehi, and they have pick-up places in Lehi and Spanish Fork. You can also have things shipped to you. Hope it works--for your sake!

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S.H.

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Just call Service Master (Lisa Lewis) and they can work wonders getting smells out of your car. ###-###-####.

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S.S.

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Oxyclean is great. Mix a tsp. with a cup of hot water and stir, then spoon it on the area that has the smell. you can rinse or blot it up with a rag. It really does take out the odor.

M.S.

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Biokleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator is perfect for this kind of odor and stain. It's natural, non-toxic and biodegradable and destroys stains and odors.

I buy ours at King Soopers.

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A.F.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Eeeeewww... Sour milk. In my opinion, there's not much worse than that! Kids n' Pets. I recommend it every time someone has a carpet cleaning question like this. It's amazing at getting the stain, and even more amazing at getting the smell out. If you use it, and still smell the milk, then maybe follow up with some Febreeze. But I've never had to use the febreeze after. I've even used it on a disgusting 'potty' accident in the upholstered seat of the car, and there is absolutely no remnants of stain or smell. You can find it at Walmart, Target or probably the regular grocery chains in the all purpose cleaner aisle. It's in a white pop-top bottle with a yellow label and blue lettering. Good luck.

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C.C.

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get a spray bottle and put a couple of capfuls of distilled white vinegar in it and then add water. Spray the spot down and dab it up do that a few times and leave all the windows open for a few hours. the vinegar will neutralize that sour smell. You can also use borax if the vinegar alone isn't enough. It's on the laundry aisle and only a few dollars for a big box, it's the booster most cleaning agents use anyway. Put it on dampen it and rub into the carpet and then vacuum it out. We got our van detailed and it STILL smelt funny so I did the vinegar spray--smelled a bit like a salad that day while it aired out but after that nothing. It was great--except I was annoyed I had paid to have it detailed if that was all it took...seriously. lol

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M.A.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I had the same issue with my car! I used spot shot (quite a bit of it)and scrubbed really hard. It got the milk and the smell out. Another suggestion would be to rent or borrow a steam cleaner. Same car, different time (about 6 months later) - my daughter got sick and that was way worse than the sour milk smell. I used a steam cleaner for that and kept the windows down for a couple days and it worked wonders! Good luck!

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R.R.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I would suggest oxyclean, it is great on stains and really bad oders. I use it for just about any of my really bad clean ups that I have with the kids, and has a prewash detergent with our laundry. I also love it because its not has harsh has some other stain removers, and its great on oders.

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