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Bad Smells in Your Car? Consider an Ozone Generator

Ozone Generator can eliminate bad smells in your car.

Now that most of the country is open back up for business—what business survived the lockdowns, that is—and there are places to go, you might be driving a lot more than you did this time last year. You might also be noticing unpleasant smells in your car, like aging fast food wrappers or the foot odor of your passengers. A new report from Jalopnik suggests a way to get rid of that smell that doesn’t involve a lot of oddly-shaped air fresheners.

Jalopnik’s idea, featured in the “Cool Tools” segment, is a device that should get bad smells out of a car: an ozone generator. Ozone, also known as “trioxygen” because it has three atoms of oxygen instead of the two that we’re more accustomed to breathing in, is a highly reactive molecule, which means it undergoes a lot of chemical reactions. One such reaction is oxidization, which in iron creates rust, and in bacteria, creates death. Ozone has already been found to treat MRSA, or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a bacteria that will actually survive contact with many common antibiotics.

So if ozone can kill a so-called “superbug” like MRSA, then it stands to reason that the much more common bacterias—like those that cause odors in our cars and tend to cling to upholstery—should likewise be killed by the unrelenting onslaught that is ozone, right?

The Jalopnik testing recommended beginning with a thorough cleaning followed by setting the ozone generator in the car and letting it go for “a few hours.” Some have tried the concept with surprisingly positive results, while the EPA itself notes that ozone claims of “controlling indoor air pollution” have been the target of health professional refutations for “almost a century” now. Though to be fair, the EPA word on the subject targets formaldehyde and body odor, and unless you’re driving a hearse, your biggest car odor problems will be more connected with sulfur and methane. Still, be sure to read all relevant safety data and consider letting your car air out naturally after an ozone treatment, if you do go that route.

by Steve Anderson – Content Creator at Half Full Marketing

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