How To Remove Water From Your Car

Last Thursday we had some torrential rains in our neck of the woods.  According to the weather service, four inches fell in just an hour.  It was enough to cause flooding in some of the same areas that were hit last year.  

I happened to be out running errands when the downpour started.  Things have been really dry around here so it didn't take long for the roads to pool with water.  As I was navigating my way through the rising flood, I drove through a particularly deep spot; one that made me pause and question, "Should I really drive through this mess?"  

Like the ninny that I am, I drove right on through the water.  Unbeknownst to me, some water managed to wash inside the back doors of my Suburban.  It wasn't until Sunday that we noticed what had happened thanks to the lovely sour smell permeating the entire car. 

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Thankfully, or maybe not so thankfully, this wasn't our first time at the rodeo.  We knew exactly how to fix our smelly, soggy problem... Cat litter.

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The hubby zipped to the store and purchased a giant container of cat litter, specifically the clumping kind.  We poured the entire jug into the back of the truck, spreading it to make sure that all of the damp carpet was covered in a nice thick layer.  Then you wait.  

We left the cat litter in the back of the truck for two days.  After all of the water had been absorbed, we simply vacuumed out the litter and the truck was stink-free and good as new. It's that easy. 

Next time one of your kids dumps an entire beverage in the floor boards or you leave the windows or sunroof open during a thunderstorm, don't fret.  Just grab some cat litter and let it clean up the mess for you.  It works every time.


This post is part of Works For Me Wednesday over at We Are THAT Family.  Pop by for some more handy tips.

13 comment(s). Leave yours!:

helen said... Best Blogger Tips

nice save!

mshike said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish we had known about this SOONER!! Our car still stinks after the fact Dan finally got all the water dried up in his car from the Flash flood...ugh! Do you think the litter would still work on dry carpet. It's a STINKY car...with days of sitting in the hot sun with that dirty water sitting in it waiting for us to get home. :(

mshike said... Best Blogger Tips

You always know what to do...should of asked you as soon as Dan got home, lol!

gretchen from lifenut said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great idea and something I'm going to file away for when the time comes. I'm sure it will.

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm going to hope I don't have wet stuff to absorb anytime soon, but thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Doesn't that leave a powder residue that just won't come up with a vacuum?

Ann Lunsford said... Best Blogger Tips

Do you think this would absorb water from the carpet from a toilet leak?

Ashley Elgin said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for this suggestion, changed my life!

Su Li said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! Found this post. Tried it. Worked... sort of. Now there's mud-like stuff stuck on the carpeted car floor which clogs up the vacuum, so I had to stop vacuuming. Managed to get some of the mud thing off with a shop-vac, but still lots left on the carpeted floor. Any suggestions? Maybe I didn't wait long enough? I actually got the same thing as your picture, just by sheer coincidence!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Does any one know if the crystals type is a cleaner option? I was thinking it wouldn't leave any powered residue.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Use the cat litter crystal, not the clay. The silica crystals would suck any water or moisture out and it'll be mess free.

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RajkumarChandan said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great blog post on water carpet. Your blog post is so much informational and helpful.

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