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Top 15 Best Air Fresheners for Your Car
We help you find a solution to those foul smells.


Jul 13, 2018




No one likes having a foul-smelling ride. Whether you eat in your car frequently, smoke, or just don’t have the time to clean it as much as you’d like, we’re going to help you decide which car air fresheners are among the best on the market today so you don’t have to be embarrassed by your car’s odors. There are several popular brands to choose from including Febreze, Little Trees and Ozium, among others, so we’re going to help you dwindle down the options.

Car Essential Oil Diffuser by Anzazo




If you love essential oils and are in the market for a new car air freshener, the Car Essential Oil Diffuser by Anzazo is a great choice for you.

The Car Essential Oil Diffuser features a stainless steel casing that houses a felt pad, which is offered in a variety of different colors. Each diffuser comes with 10 of the felt pads.

The steel casing easily attaches to your car’s air vent using a specially designed clip, with the air flow of your car’s A/C helping to spread the scent of the essential oils throughout the vehicle. Anzazo recommends dripping about 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils onto the felt pad every couple of days.

While this air freshener is a bit pricey, it comes with a 60-day replacement warranty, a 60-day refund warranty and a lifetime warranty for manufacturer defect. It’s also relatively tiny compared to other air fresheners and looks stylish affixed to your air vent. If you want to avoid the use of chemicals, it’s hard to go wrong with the Car Essential Oil Diffuser.

Pros:


Stylish design
Chemical free scent
Small and unobtrusive
Includes 10 felt pads in 10 different colors

Cons:


Does not include essential oils
A bit pricey


Arotags Wooden Car Diffuser Air Freshener - Author Recommended




The Arotags Wooden Car Diffuser Air Freshener is another air freshener solution that uses essential oils to provide a chemical-free scent that masks your car’s odors.

This air freshener includes an Amish Wood air freshener base with an elastic hoop for hanging it on your rearview mirror, or wherever else in your vehicle you see fit. It also comes with a bottle of scented oil, which is offered in a variety of scents including Cool Breeze, Vanilla Lavender and Beach Bum. The oils are to be dripped onto the wooden freshener base.

The included fragrance oil is not only a healthier scent solution over typical air fresheners, but also saves you money. The 1.6 oz bottle should keep your car smelling fresh for at least a whole year, making this a very cost-effective solution — even compared to dollar store air fresheners. You can also use your own essential oils purchased separately if you want to a different scent.

The Arotags Wooden Car Diffuser Air Freshener is 100% made in the USA as well.

Pros:

Attractive wooden freshener base
Includes a bottle of fragrance oil
Cost-effective
Made in the USA

Cons:


Can only use 1 scent once it has been dripped on the wooden base


Naturally Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Freshener





The Naturally Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Freshener by California Home Goods is another healthy way to keep your car smelling fresh.

These purifying bags use carbon activated bamboo charcoal and act as an odor remover, odor eliminator, and air purifier. By trapping moisture, the bags reduce the possibility of mildew formation and other pollutants and foul scents. Just toss one in your car and wait for the scents and moisture to go away. These bags, sold in a 4-pack, are also ideal for those who transport pets in their vehicle.

California Home Goods offers a lifetime guarantee on the bamboo air freshener bags and will give you a full refund if you’re not happy with your purchase.

Pros:


Scent free
Chemical free deodorizer
Sold in 4 pack
Ideal for pets

Cons:

Not available in scented form
May not be strong enough for more powerful odors
 

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Febreze Car Vent Clips Air Freshener



These car vent clip air fresheners from Febreze are an inexpensive and popular solution for improving the smell of your car’s cabin.

The Febreze Car Vent Clips Air Freshener easily attaches to your car’s A/C vents using a plastic clip. The air from the vents then helps to waft the scent around the car. Febreze says the air fresheners help to eliminate stubborn vehicle odors and slowly release a refreshing scent for up to 30 days. They are also adjustable, allowing you to decide how potent you want the scent to be.

These clip air fresheners are also ideal for smokers, with the strong scent able to overpower smoke smells and get rid of them for good.

Pros:


Inexpensive for a 3 pack
Adjustable scent potency
Ideal for smokers
Wide variety of available scents

Cons:

Not as healthy/natural as an essential oils air freshener
Some users may find scent too strong

Ozium Smoke & Odor Eliminator Car & Home Air Sanitizer



The Ozium Smoke & Odor Eliminator Car & Home Air Sanitizer is a spray bottle-based air freshener that not only helps to mask odors in your car or home, but works to completely eliminate them.

The small 0.8 oz spray bottle is sold in packs of two in a variety of scents. Ozium says it is clinically proven to eliminate odors, unlike other current products that just mask odors. It also works to reduce airborne bacterias and the odors caused by them.

If you don’t want a constant smell of air freshener in your car and prefer to selectively deodorize the air, this spray option is ideal for you.

Pros:

Spray bottle lets you decide how strong the scent is
Eliminates airborne bacteria
Masks smell and removes it

Cons:

Not a constant scent like still air fresheners
Spray bottles are small at 0.8 oz

Little Trees Air Freshener - Best Bargain Buy




Potentially the most common car air fresheners is the Little Trees Air Freshener.

These well-known air fresheners are inexpensive and come in a wide variety of scents and designs. The smell lasts a decent amount of time and is very strong when the package is first opened. They may even be too strong for some users, but work well at making your car smell like fruit, vanilla or whichever scent you have chosen.

These air fresheners won’t deodorize your car, but will effectively mask the smells that you are trying to cover up.

Pros:

Wider variety of scents and fun designs
Strong scent
Inexpensive

Cons:

Strong scent may be too forward for some
Does not deodorize


Treefrog Wakaba Young Leaf Black Squash Air Freshener - Great for Car Enthusiasts



This fun air freshener is designed to look like the famous ‘Wakaba’ mark that is used to denote beginner or inexperienced drivers in Japan. It was first introduced in Japan in 1972 and the symbol has since risen to prominence among JDM enthusiasts in Europe and North America, who apply to their cars as a nod to their love Japanese cars.

This Wakaba air freshener is from Japanese brand Treefrog and is of a unique Black Squash scent. Users report loving the sweet scent and the design is perfect for those with Japanese cars or those who are Japanese car enthusiasts. Apart from these unique aspects, the Wakaba Young Leaf Black Squash Air Freshener is akin to other air standard fresheners like those from Little Trees.

Pros:

Japanese inspired design that should be popular among JDM enthusiasts
Unique Black Squash scent

Cons:


Does not deodorize
Scent may not last as long as some other liquid-based air fresheners
Sold in pack of 1 only
 

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Triple OG Super Concentrated Car Air Freshener



The Triple OG Super Concentrated Car Air Freshener is a spray bottle air freshener that is sold in 1 oz format.

Triple OG describes the product as highly fragrant and very strong, so the 1 oz bottle should last for quite some time. Triple OG says each bottle contains roughly 250 sprays.

Each spray will work to kill strong odors and mask them with a highly potent scent. If you have a particularly intense odor you’re looking to get rid of in your car, this concentrated spray will definitely do the trick.

Pros:

Strong scent
250 sprays in each 1 oz bottle
Can be used in the home as well

Cons:

Sold in 1 bottle format
Scent may be too strong for some users


AKEfit Premium Nano-Crystal Activated Carbon Air Purifying Bag




This air purifying bag uses nanocrystalline balls to deodorize the air and is allegedly 10 times more powerful than a bamboo charcoal air purifier.

Like other purifiers, the bag works to get rid of smells in your car and does not produce an artificial scent of any sort. The bag also features several compounds that absorb odors and moisture in your car, including sepiolite – a clay mineral with one of the strongest absorption capacities.

You must put the bag in the sun for about 3-5 hours in order to activate the nano crystals that work to deodorize the air. You can then simply put the bag in your car for about 1-2 months before having to put the bag back in the sun to reactivate the carbon.

If you have odors related to smoke, mildew or moisture to get rid of, this air purifier should work perfectly.

Pros:

Scent free
Deodorizes and cleans the air
Can be used for months on end

Cons:


Must be activated in the sun at first and after 1-2 months in order to be reused
May not be strong enough to get rid of very potent smells


Pet Car Air Freshener by One Fur All




This air freshener by One Fur All is ideal for those looking to mask pet odors.

One Fur All says the Pet Car Air Freshener is non-toxic and allergen-free, keeping you, your pet, and your kids away from any harmful chemicals. It’s also made in the USA, so you’ll be supporting an American business with your purchase.

One Fur All says the air freshener will last about 3-4 weeks. It’s available in a wide variety of scents including Apple Cider, Evergreen Forest, Fall Mix and Fresh Citrus, among many more. The scent works to deodorize the air, not just mask the scent, keeping your car smelling fresh for weeks.

Pros:

Deodorizes air and masks scent
Pet safe
Good for removing pet related odors

Cons:


Scent wears off quickly

Apalus Car Fragrance Diffuser Vent Clip



The Apalus Car Fragrance Diffuser Vent Clip is a nice-looking air freshener that easily clips onto your car’s A/C vents.

This chemical free air freshener comes with 5 refill pads, with each pad lasting for about 30 days. After that, you can refill the pad by applying 2-3 drops of your own scented essential oils to it.

The casing is stainless steel with a mirror black gloss finish and is styled after a single-engine airplane propeller. It’s a good blend of retro style and usability and is among the most stylish air fresheners you can buy today. The propeller also spins! How fun!

Pros:


Fun, stylish design with spinning propeller
Refillable with essential oils
Chemical free

Cons:

More expensive than other similar fresheners
Only sold in packs of 1
 

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PURGGO Car Air Freshener



The PURGGO Car Air Freshener is another bamboo charcoal deodorizer that promises to remove foul scents from your car without having to mask them with an artificial scent.

The bag is filled with bamboo charcoal and thanks to two convenient cotton strings, is easily hung from any part of your car, such as the seat back or headrest. The charcoal works to passively remove odors from your car, acting as a sponge that soaks up foul-smelling particles as they pass through it. It will last a full year before needing replacement, making it among the longest lasting air purifiers on the market today.

Best of all, the PURGGO Car Air Freshener bag is made of hemp, making it all organic and more sustainable than air fresheners that use a plastic container. It is 100% allergen free, uses no chemicals and safe for you, your kids and your pets. PURGGO also says it is ideal for those with allergies, asthma, a stuffy nose or other breathing issues.

Pros:


All natural construction
Long lasting
Scent free
Deodorizes the air and gets rid of bad smells

Cons:


Takes up space in your car
May not be powerful enough for potent odors


Ozium Smoke & Odor Eliminator



The Ozium Smoke & Odor Eliminator comes in a jar that can be easily placed underneath your car’s seats, removing odors while being out of sight and out of mind.

The 8 oz jar uses an odor eliminating gel to help reduce airborne bacteria and eliminate smoke and other strong odors from your vehicle. Ozium says the gel is proven to be effective by bacteriological laboratory testing.

These deodorizing cans come in a pack of 4, making them an affordable and convenient way for you to get the odor out of your car.

Pros:

Compact design in a convenient can
Sold in a 4 pack
Deodorizes and reduces airborne bacteria

Cons:


Chemical based gel may not be ideal for everyone
Scent is strong and can leave car with an artificial smell

Bacon Deluxe Air Freshener by Accoutrements



If you love the smell of freshly cooked bacon in the morning, this is the car air freshener for you. Now you can take that smell with you as you drive, thanks to Accoutrements.

The bacon-scented car air freshener looks like bacon strips and can be easily hung from your car’s rearview mirror. It may not be the fresh-smelling scent most drivers are looking for, but for the meat-loving carnivore in your life, you can’t go wrong with this bacon air freshener. It also works great as a gag gift for your friends.

The smell of the bacon air freshener is akin to a smoky, meat-like smell, so we’d advise staying away if you want to deodorize your car or give it a fresh-smelling scent.

Pros:

Humorous bacon strip look
Good gag gift
Perfect for the food-obsessed person in your life

Cons:


Novelty smell definitely not for everyone
Won’t do a good job at masking existing scent or deodorizing

Chemical Guys New Car Smell Premium Air Freshener and Odor Eliminator



With a fresh scent, cheap price and recognized name brand, this bottle of liquid air freshener from the car cleaning experts at Chemical Guys is hard to critique negatively.

This bottle of air freshener will leave your call smelling like it just left the dealership thanks to the ‘New Car’ scent. Just one use will leave your car smelling fresh for weeks, and the solution is so strong that it can even be diluted in water to extend the bottle’s use even further. One spray is all you need to have an effect – even in a full-size vehicle like an SUV or truck.

If you crave that new car smell, this bottle of air freshener is perfect for you! It’s one of the best ‘new car’ air fresheners on the market today.

Pros:

Strong new car scent
Can be diluted with water
Bottle will last a long time

Cons:


Smell may be too plasticky/chemical-like for some
Must be resprayed every few weeks in order for the scent to last

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