How to Get Rid of a Rubber Smell

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Rubber is derived from latex in plants and can be produced synthetically too. Due to its elasticity and stretchy nature, it is used extensively in daily utility products. The rubber producing latex is found in the stems, roots and in branches of almost 400 different species of rubber plants like dandelion and sagebrush. Usually rubber products emit an odor in the surrounding when heated or when the surface gets hot. Many times everyday use items like yoga mats, cars, footballs among others may be smelling of burning rubber smell, especially when purchased newly.

Things You'll Need

  • Murphy’s oil soap
  • Pine sol
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Ruler
  • Create a generic equivalent solution of Pine Sol and Murphy’s Oil soap in a bucket by adding warm water.

  • Use a ruler to mix the solution continuously until it becomes sudsy.

  • Spread the solution around the rubber surface using a clean sponge or a cloth. Make sure that solution is applied on the entire surface.

  • Rinse the rubber surface with the help of a water to ensure all the solution is washed away. Once the surface is rinsed completely, place it outdoors where the rubber comes in direct contact with sunlight. Leave it to dry for a few hours. Do not remove the article if it gets dried soon, as the sunlight will absorb the odor emitting agents of rubber.

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