Here Are 10 Tips On How To Get Rid Of Durian Smell In Your Car

Durian smell no more! (in your car, at least.)
It’s that time of the year again when the King of Fruits graces us with its delicious presence. Not only is it a treat for our taste buds, but this season brings good news for our wallets too, as prices have dropped due to abundant supply.

However, we all know that the pungent aroma of durian can linger in our cars and cause discomfort for those who aren’t a fan of the fruit.

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As such, here are 10 handy tips to help you keep your vehicle smelling fresh and inviting, even after indulging in this aromatic fruit!

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1. Coffee powder

Coffee powder
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Did you know that the aroma of coffee can effectively neutralize unwanted scents? Simply wrap some coffee powder in a cloth and place it in your car.

Over time, the coffee powder will work its magic, absorbing the durian’s odor and leaving your car smelling less pungent.

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2. Durian stem

Durian stem in car's ac compartment
Photo via Facebook/Mingguan Wanita

The next time you purchase a durian, don’t toss away the stalks. Instead, break them and split the ends, then place them in the air conditioning compartment of your car.

This is because the natural properties of the durian stem will help combat the lingering smell.

3. White bread

Photo via Cooking Classy

Who would have thought that white bread, a common household staple, can also come to your rescue?

Simply place a few slices of white bread (any brand is fine) in your car for a couple of days. Although the bread will eventually become stale, but it acts as a “sponge” that soaks in the durian’s scent and hardly leaves a trace behind.

4. Charcoal

Photo via Good Housekeeping

If you find yourself without bread, charcoal can be an excellent alternative.

Leave some charcoal in your car for a few days, and it will gradually absorb the durian smell. However, do make sure that your car isn’t parked under the scorching sun as the heat may cause the charcoal to catch fire.

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5. Soda bicarbonate

Soda bicarbonate
Photo via Food and Wine

Soda bicarbonate, an ingredient commonly used in baking, is also a fantastic deodorizer. All you need to do is to place some soda bicarbonate in an open container and leave it in your car for a few hours.

Alternatively, you can sprinkle it and clean it up once the smell becomes less overpowering.

6. Pineapple

Photo via Mental Floss

This fruit that comes with a rather prickly skin is surprisingly effective when it comes to removing strong odors.

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Simply cut a pineapple in half and place it in your car, and the natural enzymes in the fruit will slowly absorb the smell, leaving behind only a refreshing and tropical aroma.

7. Pandan leaves

Pandan leaves
Photo via Ruzita Kitchen

A plant commonly found and used in Malaysian cuisine, pandan leaves have long been utilised to keep stubborn or unwanted odors away inside vehicles.

All you need to do is to wrap some pandan leaves with a piece of paper and place it inside your car. Not only will it counteract the durian smell, you also don’t have to worry about it attracting unwanted insects when it wilts!

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8. Vinegar

Photo via Bon Appétit

Vinegar is a versatile solution for many household problems, including the elimination of lingering durian smells.

Simply place a container of vinegar in your car boot, and let its acidic properties neutralise the durian’s pungent smell.

9. Wrap the durian

Durians in a box
Photo via Dokter Mobil

If you happen to find any of the the nine methods mentioned previously to be a hassle, what you can do it to wrap the durian with shrink wrap before placing it in your car.

When you do so, make sure to exert some force while wrapping as wrapping it too loosely will cause the durian’s pungent odor to seep out and cause the car to smell like it.

10. Open the windows

Car windows
Photo via Maklumat Automotif

Last but not least, remember to open your car windows and avoid using the air conditioning system immediately after transporting and placing durians inside your car.

By allowing fresh air to circulate and the odors to dissipate, you’ll maintain a pleasant ambiance inside your vehicle.

With these tips, you can enjoy durian season without a smelly car. Implement them for a fresh and pleasant journey while indulging in the King of Fruits. Happy feasting and safe travels!


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