Remember Seinfeld? To be precise, it is Seinfeld Season 4, Episode 21 [Reference: Wikipedia.com]. See the Seinfeld mini-episode here about the “smelly car” here and then keep that in mind as you read the rest of this because most days, I feel like my life is one long, crazy and funny Seinfeld episode. This is just one example. And if you did not get my title because you were born after the show, Friends was off the air, here is the smelly cat video from that show too – come on now, it’s an oldie but definitely a goodie. If you got it, whew!
Two days after I returned from a trip to Colorado Springs where I was for the weekend, a horrid, a nasty smell cropped up in my car. I can’t even describe it because it was so bad and every time I got out of the car, went to the office, went anywhere, I felt like the smell was an entity and had attached itself to me and others. I could smell it everywhere even if it wasn’t really there. I tried everything short of re-detailing the car. I paid to get it professionally cleaned, spot steam cleaned the area where I thought it was coming from, used a cleaning/scrubbing agent in the car, put Lysol (c) everywhere, and I even paid for a new car smell which smelled so good but then the car smelled like new car plus nasty stink. Finally, I had had enough. Short of abandoning the car, I was thinking of everything else I could do.
But then, someone in my office who is a genius asked if we had tried baking soda yet. I responded, “yeah like that’s gonna work when I have tried all this other stuff but hey what the heck, I will try it out.” She also suggested putting a small amount under the floor mat of the area I believed the stank was originating from. I initially just cracked open a box of generic baking soda, and left it in the car. The smell started to dissipate but I could still smell it – for example, we went on a trip for 5 days and the car was parked in an outdoor lot. When we returned, I could still smell it but it was super faint now and dissipating. Nonetheless, 5 days in an open, uncovered lot is a lot for a stank-prone car to be sitting so, I decided to go ahead and now sprinkle the baking soda in the area where I believe the smell emanated the strongest and since then … Stank be gone! Whew… thank you, 58 cent box of baking soda, for saving my relationship with my beautiful car that I love and have gotten attached to. A fifty-eight cents box of baking soda!
Anyway, this is my daily life- a story about nothing and while my car has had a happier ending (for now), I have to say I did consider Jerry’s option of just losing the car. A bad smell can do that to a person’s brain. Life Lesson: practical solutions that cost the least are often the best ones.