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Old 10-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Cleaning up old, dried up sour milk.

Yes, I've searched google and whatnot but most articles deal with fresh spills. I'm dealing with an old dried up encrusted mess.

Ever since I first got in my "new" TJ, I noticed it has a terrible stench. SO bad it makes my whole GARAGE stink.

I nailed down the main source of the stench being the carpets, particularly the front driver side. My guess is that the previous owner did not do a thorough job cleaning it after a spill of presumably milk.

I've ripped the carpets out, and now they're sitting on my porch (too stinky to leave inside the house)

It's very possible I may have to replace them, but I wanna give it a go at cleaning it before I spend $200...

My guess is that I should try filling the laundry tub in my basement with water and some sort of cleaner and let it soak for a day or two and SCRUB. But the question is, what chemical do I use? I'm not sure baking soda and vinegar are gonna do the trick, im sure it's completely soaked into the pad as well... Bleach? Laundry detergent? Dish detergent?

Any advice is appreciated!

- it would be great if I didnt have to replace the carpet, because if I replace the carpet, I'm going to want to replace the seats too (which don't smell amazing but tolerable), slippery slope!

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:48 AM   #2
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Go to Home Depot or Sam's Club, get a gallon of Odo-Ban (that's how it is spelled). Clean your carpets with a 'steamer cleaner' you can probably rent at Home Depot, then let them dry in the sun. Spray liberally with the OdoBan in a spray bottle, let that dry. Also spray around the inside of your rig and close it up. Odors will be gone...it's great stuff and doesn't have an odor of it's own so it won't smell like a french 'ho-house...LOL.

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:52 AM   #3
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You could also try oxy-clean. It usually comes in a powder form in a tub or a box. It's supposed to work pretty well also. Or possibly even regular laundry detergent (in a large enough quantity- think size of washer vs size of tub- maybe 2x stregnth...)
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:53 AM   #4
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Ick milk is a terrible stench. It's not allowed in any of my fleet or personal vehicles
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:05 AM   #5
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Thing I should mention is that I'm in Canada, The sun has gone away for the winter and some of the specific products you mention may not be available to me (OdoBan) but if the stuff really works, I might just take a trip across the border to Odgensburg.

For now I'll try Oxiclean and regular laundry detergent.
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Thing I should mention is that I'm in Canada, The sun has gone away for the winter and some of the specific products you mention may not be available to me (OdoBan) but if the stuff really works, I might just take a trip across the border to Odgensburg.

For now I'll try Oxiclean and regular laundry detergent.
Oxyclean really is powerful stuff, I use a industrial 3M product on our equipment.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:13 AM   #7
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Power washer and orange cleaner should do the trick. Let it dry in the sun, bedline it, and store the carpet or give it away...
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:15 AM   #8
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im all for leaving the carpet out and just rhino line the tub on the inside save you 200 bucks, and gets that nasty carpet away from the house!
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throw some used gear oil on it. you'll never smell the milk again. that stuff has the worst stink and it stays on everything for a long time. but seriously, whatever you use scrub it real good and rinse it real good.
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throw some used gear oil on it. you'll never smell the milk again. that stuff has the worst stink and it stays on everything for a long time. but seriously, whatever you use scrub it real good and rinse it real good.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:31 AM   #11
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Well, by the time I get home from work, the carpets will have been soaking in OxiClean for a day.

When I drain the laundry tub, I guess I'll take each one out and scrub it with laundry detergent, rinse, and dry.

Failing that, I'll try bleach? Maybe I'll be lucky and just the oxiclean worked haha.
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Good luck; my future mother in law spilled milk in my fiancee's old car and we never did get rid of the smell completely. When the car was closed up for extended periods of time, particularly in the summer, you could still smell it even years later. And that wasn't even in the passenger compartment, it was just the trunk.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:19 AM   #13
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Great news!! the OxiClean worked!!! I wanna do this on the seat upholstery now! haha
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Put the jeep down for a day and do the seats---glad carpets good to go--not to be negative but when they totally dry may get a slight wiff of the smell when closed up and the heat is on---milk stench very hard to get rid of. May want to keep a little air freshener on the carpet for a while. Good Luck!
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Yeah, i'll keep an eye on it. I'm just glad, that for the time being, it's no longer a punch to the face when I get in. When it's warm weather again, I don't think it will be sealed up ever. I don't have a soft top atm, so when it rains, it'll be in my garage.

I also wiped down the floorpan, the only place I couldn't get the smell out of was the wiring harness leading up to the stock subwoofer - gotta wash my hands every time I connect/disconnect that thing.

The seats will get done when I pull them out to raise them. And before raising the seats, I need to figure out a good way to extend the pedals (short legs). right now the steering wheel is way too close to my chest, which is awkward to steer and probably unsafe. I'm going to get a move on that because the seats are a nasty dark gray/brown color right now. When I put the carpets in the tub, the water immediately turned brown.
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Hopefully not as bad as the milk, but after a brief off roading trip, my 3 year old vomited all over the back seat and floor. This is in my 3 week old JKU sport, so no more new car smell...

I have some oxy clean, I'll have to try it. So far used some other foaming carpet cleaner, didn't help much.
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Hopefully not as bad as the milk, but after a brief off roading trip, my 3 year old vomited all over the back seat and floor. This is in my 3 week old JKU sport, so no more new car smell...

I have some oxy clean, I'll have to try it. So far used some other foaming carpet cleaner, didn't help much.
Oh nasty... I have an irrational fear of vomit :P If that happened to me, I would toss the carpet and bench! But seriously - ever try something made for pet odors? If you can, i'd take the carpets out if it's as easy with the JKs as it is with the TJs. I tried all the spray-on stuff from the top. You need more penetration to get the smell out.

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