Best car air fresheners of 2022

Best car air fresheners of 2022

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When you first get one new carit comes with the intoxicating and highly desirable”new car smell(although it is true that those odors are often the product of chemicals used in vehicle construction). Over time, pets, food, children and even normal use can leave strong odors that are difficult to remove. The good news is that there are several excellent car air fresheners that offer much more effective odor removal and control than the old-fashioned green pine tree you had hanging from your rearview mirror in high school.

Febreze Gain Car Air Fresheners

Febreze has built its home on eliminating odors, so it’s no surprise that its Vent Clip air fresheners are among the best products to freshen up your car. Available in a variety of scents, they last a long time and stay out of the way thanks to the easy-to-use clip. People note that the scents are not overpowering, and most say the scents are true to their name.

The company claims up to 40 days of use for the clips, but many reviewers state that they could get up to two months of fragrance before they ran out. If you are someone who likes more subtle scents, the Febreze Vent Clips offer adjustable output settings that allow you to set the aroma level.

Niyikow Nature Fresh Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bags

This is not a spray or a scented pine tree to hang from your mirror. This is a bamboo bag filled with charcoal. Seriously. The charcoal in these bags absorbs odors, moisture and other particles in the air. Leave one under the seat of your car and people say it will be odor free in a week. There are no chemicals and no fragrances, so the only thing you should notice when using these bags is generally less odor.

The company says the activated charcoal in each bag is potent enough to last up to two years and recommends placing it in direct sunlight for a few hours a month to “rejuvenate the charcoal block’s filtering capabilities.” Many buyers say they replace their bags more often than the company recommends, but even if they only last a year, that’s a significant value upgrade over traditional air fresheners.

Chemical Guys New Car Fragrance Spray

“New car scent” air fresheners are hit and miss, but Chemical Guys seems to have nailed the formula. The brand’s air freshener spray has tens of thousands of mostly positive reviews, and the company says the enzymatic formulation eliminates odors instead of covering them up. Chemical Guys says the spray is concentrated and can be diluted, but many say it works best straight from the bottle. That said, there’s a fine line between too much and too little here, as sometimes people say they overdo it, and many say the aroma fades after just a few days.

scent bomb

Sometimes the best option available is the one that is easy to get. you will find Scent Bomb air freshener sprays in all kinds car parts shops, hardware stores and petrol station the whole country. Scent Bomb also offers more than just sprays, with scent cans, vent clips and small circles hanging from the rearview mirror. The brand also offers an odor removal product. Almost all Scent Bomb air fresheners get good reviews and they offer many different scents.

Things to consider

We are not asking you to over-analyze your car air freshener purchase. We just want you to keep a few things in mind.


Whatever you’ve heard, no car air freshener can replicate the smell of a brand new car interior. Car manufacturers use many different materials, chemicals and adhesives to build cars, and each brand is unique. Auto companies also employ teams of engineers to focus on details like the smell of the interior, so it’s unlikely an air freshener company can match the effort. Just pick a scent that smells good to you and don’t try to reclaim your car’s glory days.

Air freshener type

Most air fresheners are small and easy to hide, but some need to be installed in vents and other highly visible places in the cabin. Think about what the air freshener will look like when you put it in the car, especially if it’s in the air vent or hanging from the rear-view mirror.

This also affects how well an air freshener works in your car. Sprays and other liquid products work well, but don’t last as long as “hard” air fresheners. If your car has leather, suede/alcantara or other unique upholstery, you may not be able to use spray or liquid products as they can stain and discolor certain materials.


The strength of an air freshener should be directly correlated with the size of the room in which it is used. For example, much less air freshener is needed in a Mazda Miata then in a Ford Expedition. If you want a super intense aroma and don’t mind the burning sensation in your eyes, feel free to go heavy on the scent. In most cases, however, it is best to choose an air freshener that is just strong enough for the size of your car.

Clean your interior

No amount of air freshener can cover up a giant mess in your car. If you leave food and drinks, dirty clothes and other clutter in your interior, it will smell, and an air freshener will not solve it. Instead of temporarily masking the odor or worse, creating a new good-bad-weird super smell, clean your car before spraying or hanging an air freshener. You may be surprised to hear that the odor disappears or is drastically reduced with a simple cleaning.

cover it

Car seat covers and protective clothing aren’t the most attractive interior upgrades, but they can go a long way in preventing odors and stains. If you frequently transport pets, children or messy luggage, investing in a seat cover or luggage rack can help prevent lingering odors in your car. It’s a lot easier to take out a seat cover for washing than it is to try and scrub a smell out of a car seat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do used car dealers use fragrances in their vehicles?

Many do, especially if there’s something going on inside. A company called Original Factory Scent makes a product that it claims will help sell more second-hand cars by bringing back ‘that new car smell’.

Can I make my own car air freshener?

You can! There are dozens of “recipes” for car air fresheners online, many of which use everyday household products and ingredients you probably already have.

Do car air fresheners really work?

They do! Still, you’ll probably see the best results with an enzyme refresher like Febreze or Chemical Guys’ New Car Smell. Eliminating odors is better than covering them with a strong scent.

Can I spray Febreze in my car?

Yes. However, it is best to spray into the air. Do not spray the air freshener on chairs, leather or other surfaces without first making sure that the material does not stain or discolor.