I purchased a brand new rubber mat to use inside of a pet carrier. The mat is easy to clean and provides a non-slip surface. But it stinks like new rubber.
I googled around and found several suggestions to soak in vinegar water for at least 30 minutes, I tried it and did not seem to make a difference.
Other suggestions are to leave it out in the sunlight. But winter is not the best time for that solution.
I have the mat sitting on a rack so it gets good air circulation. This should work but it could take weeks or months, so is about as effective as waiting for the summer sun.
How can I get the new rubber smell out of the rubber mat, in timely fashion, that will not harm the rubber or my pets?