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Old 03-20-2017, 12:54 PM
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Originally Posted by NextStage View Post
I know it won't do anything about the toxicity but for smells, coffee works well. Of course, you have to find the aroma of coffee appealing but I've found that a couple bowls of whole beans or unused grounds can help clear the air. It's often used as a "palate cleanser" for people who sample perfumes.

I hope you're able to get this bettered OP. That smell is hideous and usually leaves me with a headache. It's got to be frustrating to have a nice new car that you don't even want to ride in!
Thanks so much... many people say they suffer bad headaches with the new smell of a car.. some car manufacturers are now working on it.. some better than others.. mabye we need the public to do more and talk up, as its our health at risk..
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:44 AM
Location: Florida
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Originally Posted by dizzybint View Post
yes I understand exactly what your saying... only Im so sensitive to chemicals that if someone wore perfume or smoked in the car that would have the same results.. also when they valet a car they put some horrid stuff on the dashboard to make it shine, most old cars have that done, or they have it sprayed with some lethal air fresheners..... so its back to square one with smells...I could have laughed when with the car they gave us sachets of air freshener and says on it.. to keep that new car smell.... even in my distress I smiled......oh sorry to answer you question, I react to everything I have MCS.. its an intolerance to all chemicals so the list is endless from petrol to perfume, to DIY stores smell, to housepaint.. air fresheners being the worst and fabric conditioner... Not everyone is like me , I agree with you.. but that doesnt mean that these glues and solvents arent causing harm also to ones who dont mind the smells..... its even worse than tobacco smoke in a car and thats horrible.. some car manufacturers are now taking steps to cut down on these lethal toxins..

BBC - Autos - Is new-car smell bad for your health?
When I go to a hotel I always smell it before I take the room. One fellow had to walk me into many rooms so I could smell it. I picked the one that smelled with NO SMELL.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:45 AM
Location: too far from the sea
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Somewhere I read that they spray that "new car smell" on purpose!

I would get sick from that too. I don't know what to do about it. I used to have a supply of charcoal filled masks to wear in cars or smelly hotel rooms.

Don't spray Febreze or whatever it is, but you already know that. It's just another mixture of toxic chemicals that some people think smells "nice."

Over in the USA, we would put that car out in the sun on a 90+ degree day. It would take a few of those days for that awful small to out gas. You have nice cool weather where you live so it looks like the charcoal is the best bet. Can you buy a charcoal air filter for the car? I have one but the refills are very expensive. You plug it in to where the cigarette lighter used to go. Good luck.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:30 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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This may sound stupid but I would try sitting in the car with a lit candle. It might be an old wive's tale but I have heard this dissipates bad smells. Maybe you could get someone else to do it.
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