Air Supply: Putting Today’s Fresheners to the Test

Posted on 13. Aug, 2012 by in Auto News

My car has a peculiar odor. There is a stench for those of us in our family prime, those of us whose cars were the scene of many crimes fragrance, subject of dirty diapers on a forgotten gym bag, a lot of spilled milk. But there's no need to cry. Since we live in a world with an attempt, superficially cover up all the problems possessed large and small, the market is full of automotive air fresheners, and they are no longer just a simple pine box.

When I see this scent-sational (sorry) began journalistic mission, I was surprised to discover how full the automotive air freshener market actually is. The abundance of possibilities almost rival the abundance of cereal choices these days. Obviously professionally required. I bought and thoroughly tested a number of air fresheners, so you can make an informed choice, you should start your car to smell at all like I am.

My rating system is as IIHS 'that each product gets a good, acceptable, marginal or poor rating based on my experience. Prices below may vary depending on where you live and where you buy.

Little Trees air fresheners
Price: $ 1.25 each
Rating: Good

The original. They have over 60 years for a reason. They are lightweight, inexpensive, easy to hang, in over 60 scents, and they emit a subtle but effective fragrance. Surprisingly, Little Trees last a long time if used properly. Not tear the packaging and attach the tree, but follow the instructions and tear only a small triangle at the top of the package and pull the tree piece by piece for seven weeks, which is the longest lasting results. I tested the relaxing scent, a soothing lavender vanilla, and it was lovely.

Febreze Car Vent Clips
Price: $ 5.35
Rating: Good / Acceptable

This clip entitled to car to eliminate odors rather than cover up. Total combustion would not be able to eliminate the odors in my car, but these clips have a decent job. They are small, plastic squares are filled with sweet-smelling liquid, and one you can dial the intensity. The clips easily to your car to install the vents and are easy enough that the vent is adjustable. Febreze says that the clips can be up to 30 days under the right conditions, and I found that to be true. Managing Editor David Thomas' wife put a car in her family, and he also took over a month with a few drops of liquid.

These clips lost a few points because the highest price tag of all I have tested fresheners. (Look for coupons, people.) Furthermore, the five available scents names like "thai fruit Dragon" and "meadows and rain", which are a bit of a pain in her forced extravagance.

Bahama & Co. Freshener
Price: $ 3.99
Review: Acceptable

These air fresheners are for those of you to buy things just to please your children or Jimmy Buffett is to find the right music for any occasion. This air freshener hanging on a string and come in the form of a miniature beach sandals, lei or palm-themed bag. I tested the sandal in a beautiful Tahitian vanilla scent. Other scents available include similar beach-themed Pina Colada, island sun and tropical breezes. The scent was strong for about 15 days, and then just a little shoe was on a string, thought that my children swell.

Yankee Candle Car Jar
Price: $ 2.99
Review: Acceptable / Marginal

They are similar to the tree, though not quite as satisfying. The Car Jar is a hanging piece of cardboard representation of a Yankee Candle in a glass, and it comes in about 25 scents. The ones I tested were strong initially were too sweet and fruity smelling altogether and disappeared too quickly. A Car Jar Ultimate is available but has not been tested. The Ultimate claims to offer up to four weeks lasting fragrance, and while that may be true, my guess is that you will not last four weeks is when the ultimate scent for any sweeter and stronger than the regular Car Jar.

Update Your Car Scented Oil Wick
Price: $ 3.49
Review: Marginal

This is from the same people who are the cute little Bahama & Co. Mini sandal. As the Febreze clip puts the oil Wick your car the vents. Unlike the Febreze clip, which is a. Glass and is so large and heavy that they jeopardized the benefits of ventilation and therefore can not function as well, since it is based on injecting air through the vent in order to spread the fragrance Also leak, creating a precarious combination of glass and oil in my car children.

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