Hanging cardboard Air Fresheners
Hanging cardboard car air fresheners are the most familiar of all car air fresheners. Saturated in fragrance oil, they release fragrance when exposed to the air. When completely removed from the plastic bag they’re packaged in, the fragrance can be overpowering, and the life expectancy short lasting maybe only a week or two.
Aerosol Can Air Fresheners
Aerosol sprays offer a quick fix for bad odors in cars. You spray it up into the air and it slowly will envelop the whole space, right down to the floor. Aerosol car air fresheners can also be sprayed directly onto a surface such as a car seat. The spray dries quickly and usually without spotting. But like many quick fixes, the effect is temporary, usually requiring a re-spray to maintain the fragrance experience.
Vent sticks Air Fresheners
Vent stick car air fresheners clip discretely into your car’s air vents using the air coming from your vents to release their scent. Due to their small size and low cost, fragrances can be easily combined in your vents to create your own unique sent. Vent sticks are a longer lasting, cost effective alternative to hanging cardboard and aerosol air fresheners for cars.
Can style Air Fresheners
Can style air fresheners are generally small in size and have a plastic lid with air holes. Under the lid is a protective cover, which you remove. Some brands like Refresh your car! brand scented gels include an adjustable plastic lid so that you can control the level of freshening. Inside the can is a gel like base. This gel is the air freshener. Can style car air fresheners are the most versatile of all car air fresheners. They can go anywhere; under seats, in consoles, or in the trunk. They are also ideal for RV, home, office, or gym locker use. Scented gels are the perfect air freshener for wherever there is an unpleasant smell.
Oil Wick Air Fresheners
Fragrance oil is placed inside a glass bottle. A porous wick is inserted into the oil and passes up to a plastic top, which clips into your car’s air vents. The plastic top contains small louvers which you can open and close to control the amount of fragrance released. Available in single and multi-scent versions, scented oil wicks provide a superior fragrance experience over a longer period of time. They are the ideal air freshener for larger vehicles and RV’s.
Auto Plug In Air Fresheners
Auto plug-in air fresheners use the power from your car’s power outlets to release their scent and freshen your car’s interior. At night they provide a soft glow as they freshen. Since these fresheners require a car’s power outlet, they are not as flexible as to where they can be placed in your vehicle.
You have a variety of outlets where you can buy car air fresheners. They can be found at your local department and discount stores, auto parts stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores.
The choices of scents you can find is endless, too. You can buy car air fresheners that smell like a new car, your favorite flower, your favorite fruit, your favorite spice, or fresh smells like the smell of an ocean breeze, an alpine meadow, or freshly laundered linen, etc.
Of course, if you have allergies, you may want to watch the styles and the scents you use. If you are allergic to certain flowers chances are that you are just as allergic to air fresheners that smell like them.
With all the options you have when it comes to car air fresheners, the best way to find which type works best for you is to start with the end goal in mind. If own a smaller vehicle or you are interested in a fresh, light scent vent sticks are a good, discrete choice. If you own a larger vehicle or RV you might want to consider an oil wick or gel can freshener. If you are looking to tackle a lingering odor problem, a scented gel can is the best option for you. Finally if you would like to add some ambience to your vehicle’s interior in addition to a fresh scent, you should consider an auto plug-in air freshener.