How to eliminate odors in a truck

With freight trucks, the presence of odors is inevitable, especially with trucks carrying seafood and food products. If not properly dealt with, odors not only can...


When it comes to freight vehicles, the presence of odor is inevitable, especially with seafood and food transport vehicles. If not properly treated, odor not only affects the health of the driver, but it is also evidence of bacterial development and decreases the quality of the end products.

A deep reform of the US food safety law, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which President Obama signed into law in January 2011, has been implemented to prevent contamination on truck containers. FSMA’s rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, published in April 2016, requires truck owners (all shippers, receivers, loaders, and carriers transporting food in the US by motor vehicle or rail) to thoroughly sanitize the pickup truck before the next trip. They must follow best practices for sanitary transportation and ensure that all food is protected and properly refrigerated.

Here are some suggestions for eliminating odor in pickup trucks that vehicle owners and drivers can apply to bring a more appealing scent to their vehicles.


Sometimes, a pickup truck has a foul smell that cannot be avoided. For example, transporting goods such as agricultural products can lead to odors in your trailer. If these items are left in the truck for a long period of time, removing the odor becomes more difficult. Therefore, a better solution is to prevent the odor from appearing.

To prevent foul smells from affecting the next trip, sanitize the truck immediately after unloading all cargo. If you have a busy schedule and no time to rest for sanitizing, use an ozone air purifier, choose a long enough time to ensure that the odor inside the truck is thoroughly treated.


First and foremost, use water and soap to clean the truck cabin. This is the key to eliminate unpleasant odors. If you think the smell is only in one area, take a piece of cloth, soak it in soapy water, and wipe that area. Finally, seek the assistance of an ozone air purifier to completely eliminate the odor-causing substances.