Americans spend a lot of time in their cars, so it can be pretty unpleasant if they are driving around in a less-than-fragrant environment.

Fortunately, there are many potential fixes for the problem — and some of them are inexpensive and chemical-free.

Following are five do-it-yourself ways to get your ride smelling swell.

1. Open a box of dryer sheets

Over on Reddit’s “Life Hacks” forum, a contributor who goes by j-mt suggests storing an opened box of dryer sheets under the front seat of your car. He says it’s cheaper and lasts longer — more than three months — than an air freshener or even Febreze.

And he suggests a bonus feature of using dryer sheets:

“If you smoke, smell like the restaurant you just ate at, or just need a freshness pick-up, you can take one out of the box and rub it all over your clothes for a freshly laundered smell.”

2. Fill a sock with coffee

Love the smell of fresh-brewed coffee in the morning? Keep that pleasant scent lingering all day by creating a coffee air freshener for your vehicle. The folks at Instructables suggest filling a sock — or two — with coffee beans or even ground coffee.

Tie the sock closed, and put it under the driver’s seat. If you have a second sock, stick that under the passenger seat.

If you don’t have a spare sock on hand, a bag would work as well. Coffee beans in a paper bag is one of the clever ways flight attendants use coffee to banish nasty smells.

If you simply can’t get enough of the smell, you can duplicate it in your home. According to Instructables:

“… if you are looking for something pretty, then try this same thing only instead of a sock use a decorative bowl and only use coffee beans. In my office I have a bowl that used to have spare change and now it’s home for a half a bag of coffee beans. It makes the entire room smell amazing.”

3. Create a ribbon-and-cotton-ball air freshener

When Julie of Frugally Blonde shuttled her teen son and his friends to training sessions as the boys prepared for a mini-marathon, the experience opened her eyes — and tortured her nose.

“I honestly had no idea boys could smell that bad,” she says.

So, Julie broke out her favorite essential oils and — combined with a ribbon and cotton ball — created a car-vent air freshener. You can see the result on her blog. Julie says:

“They are not only cute, but because they go into the vent they make the car smell better than the hanging air fresheners. Plus they only cost a dollar or two to make.”

Essential oils aren’t exactly cheap on a per-ounce basis, but you can easily find them on Amazon, for example, for as little as $5 to $10 per bottle. Julie says she puts only four drops on a cotton ball. At that rate, even a small bottle should last you a long time.

4. Add essential oils to a clay disc

Kelly at Simple Life Mom suggests adding 10 to 15 drops of an essential oil to a clay disc. Once the clay has absorbed the oil, you simply place it in your car and enjoy the scented air.

“This method is so easy and actually lasts a long time. It’s probably my favorite,” Kelly says.

She uses a special-purpose clay disc that she says you can find at craft stores and kitchen specialty stores. But most any terra-cotta vessel — such as a flower-pot saucer you can buy for a buck or two at home improvement stores — can serve as an essential oil diffuser.

5. Pour a little baking soda

Sometimes, the best way to tackle a problem is to go back to the basics. Jenni of Sweet Pennies From Heaven suggests using baking soda, which has been eliminating odors of all kinds for generations.

Jenni sprinkles it on her carpets and seats, scrubs it in with a brush and lets it sit overnight before vacuuming it. She says, “It really helps take all the stink away that kids and pets leave!”

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Unless you’ve been sleeping for the past 10 years, you probably know that the regular joe business owner would kill to know what it takes to get more customers using the limitless potential of online marketing.

With all the young computer whizzes out there these days, you’d think it’d be no difficult task to find qualified help in this department, but the truth is that a lot of business owners already feel intimidated by their lack of knowledge. And to compound the problem, many have been scammed by wannabe marketers already.

If you actually have the skills and are looking to pull together some bread for your web project – or even start up an extremely profitable side business – you may be wondering just how to land some of these big juicy clients for yourself.

1. Infiltrate the Local Biz Networking Scene

A lot of offline marketers start at the bottom, hoping to pull a few small-time clients here and there and slowly build up their reputation, but why not go right for the jugular?

Read books like Alan Weiss’s “Million-dollar Consulting” to learn what it takes to be perceived as a true pro, start building a real business presence, and get out in the community networking.

The Chamber of Commerce is probably the best place to start if you want to build a real marketing firm. You can also make your mark at local networking groups, Kiwanis, and Toastmasters.

Get in there and tell people what you can do!

2. Direct Mail Campaigns

Online sales campaigns might be all the rave, but direct mail is still pulling in huge figures, and it may be perceived as more legit to someone who isn’t used to conducting online. Showcase your marketing creativity with a bulky mail package right into your prospect’s hands and start reeling them in.

These campaigns can cost, but if you target the right clients, each closed deal can equal tens of thousands of dollars a year.

3. Team Up With a Center of Influence

Instead of slow-paced networking, go right for the gold. Determine centers of influence whose current clients could benefit from what you do and introduce yourself.

Examples may include computer tech consultants, web designers, accountants, and lawyers. It’s in their better interest to point clients in the right direction, but perhaps you can win them over by offering to handle their campaigns free if they rave about you to whoever will listen. Then give them results worth raving about!

4. Pro Bonos for Nonprofits

If you decide to start out doing pro bono work to build a portfolio, garner testimonials, and get some word-of-mouth, don’t start with small fish business owners who aren’t taking their own companies seriously. That’s no man’s land.
Do it the right way. Solicit non-profits who want web marketing or design work done and build your portfolio with them. Most will be happy to scratch your back in return.

Once you’ve got a few under your belt, don’t overlook nonprofits as clients either. Many have very sizable budgets.

5. Put Your Skills to Use!

A lot of off-liners only focus on getting clients from offline sources, and this is somewhat understandable given the suspicious many biz owners have of the industry. But many do it because they don’t have the skills they profess to have.

If you do, put those skills to work and show your clients what you’re made of by overcoming their reservations and getting their attention in the online world. Show your stuff.

Even if you’re still building skills, your own marketing campaigns are a great place to hone them to better serve future customers. So get out there and sell. There’s a lot of money to be made if you’ve got what it takes.


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