Just a hint for you and everyone...hide a bar of your favorite smelling soap somewhare inside the car...This makes for a long lasting air freshner. Also I remember reading somewhare that the "New Car Smell" is bad for you. The smell is accutally the oil in the plastics evaporating and can be poisonous. I do not remember whare I read it...and I do not belive everything I read, but this seams to have some truth behind it...I only get carsick in new cars! Go figure.
Wiping down the surface will not prevent the new car smell. It's not only from the softer plastics, but also from the foam in the seats, the headliner, etc. While mildly offensive, it is not toxic. Just because there are chemicals involved does not mean that there is a danger.
So far as trying to reduce the scent, you could try a box of baking soda, but I doubt it would have a substantial effect. If you can, leave the windows down whenever possible.
I'm with you guys that like new car smell. I like to try and maintain it as long as possible. Hard to do with the E since I usually have two smelly dogs riding along. Okay not that smelly, but nonetheless, smell like dogs! :?
The smells are the off gasing of everything on & in the car & yes what you are inhaling is toxic. As someone who is sensitive to a variety of chemicals I don't do well with the new car smell but this is what helps me.
Leave the windows open as much as possible.
Freshly ground coffee helps absorb odors.
My favorite is ZeoFresh mesh pouches.
ZeoFresh is a natural mineral that controls odor & moisture. They last for years. To recharge just place in the sun for a day. Puchased them online from a company in NJ. I also use ZeoFresh for the refrigerator, closets & shoes.
I picked up my E on Monday evening. Drove home with the windows open & the first thing I did was place 5 pouches in both the front & back. 3 days later there's hardly any smell. As always YMMV.
I love the 'new car smell' myself, but I do agree that the E, with all of it's plastic parts, was nauseatingly strong when I first got it. I had to drive with the windows open for the first few days because the smell gave me a headache.
i got rid of my new car stink by airing out the car everytime i drove, and leaving the sun roof open to let the fumes escape. within a week the smell was gone, BUT i added all weather mats and had to start all over again. fumes from the plastic/rubber!
i highly recommend leaving a window open to anyone who feels that they live in a safe enough area to do this or leave the side vents open. of course, safety is relative since you may not get your car stolen, but you may end up with surprises tossed in your E by kids. I only have gotten the stray leaf or two, but i live in an entirely family community within an area that is heavily patrolled...