Pizza smell not leaving the car for days

Pizza smell not leaving the car for days

I noticed several times that food smell (pizza) stays in the car for few days despite AC settings (turn off re-circulation etc) and lowering windows overnight.

I made a habit to throw the pizza in the frunk and I don't smell anything.

Should I change my air filter?

redacted | April 11, 2014

Perhaps you should change your pizza parlor?

An air filter seems unlikely to remove smells.

minervo.florida | April 11, 2014

I hold it out the window on the ride home, works perfectly, no smell.

info | April 11, 2014

I wish my car would do that, I love pizza.

Mathew98 | April 11, 2014

Try calling for delivery instead! No food or drinks in my car.

KidDoc | April 11, 2014

I put left overs in the frunk specifically for this reason.

tezzla.SoCal | April 11, 2014

Does the pizza smell come with 5.9? Mercedes S550 might have perfume spritzers, we've got pizza! :)

Red Sage ca us | April 11, 2014


I suppose you could order delivery... That way the guy in the '92 Geo Metro would have to deal with the smell instead. Probably wouldn't notice it over the engine fumes.

Otherwise, just buy the ingredients, and make your own pizza at home.

Using the frunk is likely the best choice though.


renwo S alset | April 11, 2014

get a roof rack.

Dwdnjck@ca | April 11, 2014

Looks like tesla is in for another lemon suit.

AmpedRealtor | April 11, 2014

How long did you leave that pizza in the car? LOL

renwo S alset | April 11, 2014

If you get a roof rack, you can also haul your plywood with it.

Jonathan C. | April 11, 2014

I have this problem too. I believe that the smell you're referring too comes from the box the pizza is in... The heat of the pizza and the moister release the box smell witch I find horrible. This smell stays in the car for a while, especially if you’re carrying 5-6 pizzas… I believe that open the windows and shutting down the air system is the best way to reduce the smell. Hehehe talking about pizza problems heheh.

L8MDL | April 11, 2014

What the h#@$ is a "box smell witch"?

Mathew98 | April 11, 2014

She's been riding on the broom for too long...

ir | April 11, 2014

If your pizza was particularly greasy, some of it may have leeched into the trunk liner (assuming that is where you put it). Take out your trunk liner and give it a sniff. If that is the source, baking soda & water scrub and a good rinse & dry will clear it up.

My wife spilled baby formula in the trunk of our other car. It makes pizza smell like roses!

If you can't find the source, then a few boxes of baking soda (like what goes into the fridge) should clear things up.

nick-r | April 11, 2014

Maybe we can mod the frunk into a pizza oven.

thranx | April 11, 2014

@nick-r; barbecue! Where are our Texas owners?

Rheumboy | April 11, 2014

You must stop ordering the road kill pizza, try pepperoni!

Webcrawler | April 11, 2014

It gets in the carpet... Just sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet, leave for a few hours and vacuum up....

renwo S alset | April 11, 2014

If you get a roof rack, you can also strap your dog to it and drive to Canada.

carlk | April 11, 2014


Just give up pizza and eat sushi. Good for the MS and your artery.

@nick-r; barbecue! Where are our Texas owners?

No what I suggested was not meant for our Texas owners. You guys can continue enjoy your barbecue brisket.

yanowitz | April 11, 2014

I put the pizza over the motor to keep it warm!!!!

hcwhy | April 11, 2014

I had a skunk spray my dog inside the car...for real. Fabreeze took it right out. If it works for skunk, it should work for Pizza.

GeirT | April 11, 2014

Seriously - this is what the forum has come to???

hcwhy | April 11, 2014

You must have know the topic when you came here.

Dauger | April 11, 2014

LOL! This is such a "first world" problem.

But yes, I carry home pizza in my frunk, and even so I smell it entering the cabin (not that I mind) as I drive home, but at least it doesn't linger for long after taking the food out. I tend to leave my frunk open when parked in my (enclosed) garage so I can throw things in without the key fob, but that ventilates the frunk of any smell too.

LEvans | April 11, 2014

If this is what people are complaining about I think Tesla has done a pretty good job building the Model S :)

MacDaddyDude | April 11, 2014

MacDaddyLady here. Have to figure out something. This book is no longer any use

Brian H | April 13, 2014

Ya, Piston Pizza is passé. Pity.

mathwhiz | April 13, 2014
Mark K | April 13, 2014

ir nailed it. There's probably some oil in the dark carpet. Find that and clean it and you'll be all good.

I bring my family dinner many times in my Model S. I put the the windows down for a few minutes when I get home and I've never had any issue.

Although it seems like a first world problem, it does sort of blow the zen of the cabin if there's a funky smell.

So I don't think the OP is silly for asking.

aaronw2 | April 13, 2014

Mmmm... pizza!

bonaire | April 13, 2014

Go to Walmart or similar and get a plastic tub that could hold pizzas or other food, put pizzas in the tub and seal it up and put it in the frunk or back. Should work out well that way. There are some lower height storage tubs which may work great. Or a spacebag.

bonaire | April 13, 2014

I was thinking something like this Ikea box.

J.T. | April 13, 2014

@L8MDL I read your comment to my family and now it's become a thing.
Thanks for the laugh.