How To Get The Weed Smell Out Of Your Car

Having a smoke in your car can be really relaxing, especially if it’s cold outside or raining. But the problem with smoking weed in a car is that the smell can linger for quite a while, which isn’t great if you’re sharing the car with non-smokers. 

Sometimes, even just storing weed in your car can cause a lingering smell, and trying to work out how to get rid of it can be really stressful (Also check out How To Hide The Smell Of Weed)

How To Get The Weed Smell Out Of Your Car

Luckily, there are quite a few ways in which you can get rid of the smell, and we’re going to walk you through some of them now!

You’ll never have to worry about the smell of weed lingering in your car again once you try some of these methods out for yourself. 

How To Get The Weed Smell Out Of Your Car

There are a lot of methods you can try to get the smell of weed out of your car, but we’ve narrowed it down a bit to make your life easier! Each of these methods does work, but you will have to try them for yourself to see which one works best for you. 

Method 1: Air Out Your Car 

This method might seem a bit silly, and you may have already tried it, but it is worth airing out your car before you try any other methods. At the very least, this method will get fresh air into your car and get the initial smell out before you try anything else. 

You call simply roll all of your windows down for this method, but if you want to take it a step further, open all your doors and open the trunk too.

Obviously, this only works if you are keeping your car in a garage or you are sitting outside with your car, but it is worth giving a shot if you can. 

You can keep your windows rolled down while you are driving though, and this will get a lot of clean, fresh air into your vehicle with ease. 

Method 2: Baking Soda

Baking soda is considered to be an “odor absorber” and it is great to use if you need to get the smell of weed out of something. This, of course, includes your car! 

All you need for this method is baking soda, a vacuum cleaner, and a bowl. The whole process takes about 15 minutes if you have a vacuum cleaner. 

Simply sprinkle a fair amount of baking soda on all the seats and the carpets of your car. Once you have done that, leave it alone for 15 minutes and make sure all the windows and doors are closed.

Once the 15 minutes have passed, just vacuum the baking soda up. Once you have finished, take the car out for a drive with all the windows down for better results. 

If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, then the next best thing to do is to apply a generous amount of baking soda in a bowl and leave it in the car overnight with all the windows and doors closed. 

Method 3: White Vinegar

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Another “odor absorber”, white vinegar is also great to use if you need to get the smell of weed out of your car. Like baking soda, it is quite strong. 

For this method, you will need white vinegar, a spray bottle, a bowl, and some water. It will take either 15 minutes or overnight for this method to work.

All you need to do for this method is to pour a cup of white vinegar into a bowl and leave it in your car overnight with all the windows and doors closed. 

If you’d rather not leave such a strong liquid in your car overnight though, you can instead make a spray mix out of a teaspoon of white vinegar and water.

Using a spray bottle, you simply need to spray the mix onto the sets and carpets of your car and leave it alone for 15 minutes. 

For both versions of this method, you then need to take your car out for a drive, making sure all your windows are open. 

Method 4: Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal also works really well as an “odor absorber” and it traps the weed in the pores of the activated charcoal. This method is incredibly simple to follow and only really requires you to put activated charcoal bags in the right places in your car. 

Simply put the activated charcoal bags on the floor or on the seats of your vehicle and leave them in there for about 1 to 2 days. Just make sure that if you do use activated charcoal, don’t leave any loose on the seats, because it will stain and ruin the vehicle’s upholstery. 

If you don’t have access to activated charcoal, then a great alternative is a tin of dry coffee grounds. These dry coffee grounds will also absorb the odor of the weed and they will also mask the smell so your car will smell like freshly ground coffee instead. 

Method 5: Replacing Your Car’s Air Filter

If you have tried some of the other methods on this list and your car still smells like weed, it’s very likely that your car’s air filter is the reason why. If you smell weed specifically when you run your car’s AC, then it is definitely the culprit. 

The air filter in a car is usually found behind the glove compartment or under the car’s hood. If you aren’t sure exactly where yours is, just check your car manual.

All you need to do is take out the old filter and put in a replacement filter in order to change it. 

Make sure you clean the vents with a vent cleaner spray before you put the replacement filter in for better results. 


When the smell of weed sticks to your car, it can be very stressful (see also “Why Do My Armpits Smell Like Weed?“). If you’ve been pulling your hair out trying to get the smell out, then give some of these methods a try! 

Zack Finch
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