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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?

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The best solution I found to date, is hanging the mats out in the weather to maximize sun shine on them. I turned them a couple times a week so the sun hit both sides.

I took a while.

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