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I now have a better idea of the sort of person who previously owned my leaf. I used the heated steering wheel for the first time today, now my car reeks of perfume or scent of some description. They must have either poured a bottle of the stuff over the steering wheel or bathed in it. So... any tips for removing smelly stuff from a steering wheel? :rolleyes:
 

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I now have a better idea of the sort of person who previously owned my leaf. I used the heated steering wheel for the first time today, now my car reeks of perfume or scent of some description. They must have either poured a bottle of the stuff over the steering wheel or bathed in it. So... any tips for removing smelly stuff from a steering wheel? :rolleyes:
Ha nice problem. Our cat is growing older and disgraced himself on my carpet recently. I found the best thing was Bissel pet clean from Argos or Amazon : BISSELL Pre-Treat Pet | Helps Removes Tough Pet Stains & Odours | 1137E by BISSELL and bicarbonate of soda - I bought 1/2 kilo from Home Bargains for les than £1. Soak the wheel with the stuff and sprinkle bicarb on it. Wait for a couple of hours and it will be like new.

This other stuff is also great for carpets and car interiors:Turtle Wax 52744 Cleaner: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike
 

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Best thing is soapy water to be honest.

Or when on a free charge point crack the window open a smidge and keep turning on the climate control remotely to heat the wheel up and heat it out of there :D

does sound more like soaking the wheel is the way to get it out though.
 

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Thanks everyone ;)

I like the idea of soaking it in diesel, only problem is that'll make it a tad slippery!

I managed to reduce the smell at the source a little with some white vinegar but the stuff has gone too deep into the leather I think. Soaking it isn't really an option without taking the wheel off, fluid just drips right off the leather... and I don't like the idea of messing with the airbag.

I decided to just try using the heater built into the wheel for a while and hope that drives the stench out. In the meantime I'm swamping it with a Californian Cherry 'freshener' - those things a crazily strong, good thing they have a regulator on the lid to reduce the potency!

If that doesn't work I'll try Barfly's anti-bad pet method as a last resort :)
 

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Sounds like the previous owner spilt one of those clip on vent air freshers with the cheap plastic top and glass bottle of fragrance, something I've nearly done when I was given one as a gift 😆 I've got a spray can of 'New Car' smell and it also works as a deodoriser, works a treat.
 
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