Whether you simply want a nice clean scent, or you want to keep the car fresh for ride-sharing purposes, these are our top picks.
Air Spencer CS-X3 Squash Air Freshener
Where to begin with this air freshener? It’s simply fantastic. A single cartridge lasts months in our experience and the scent is clean with just a slight twang to give off a light citrus vibe. Although it’s named “squash,” I promise it doesn’t smell like gourd. Instead, this Japanese air freshener takes its fragrance from a popular soda flavor called Ramune.
Flip the vents on the cartridge all the way open for a powerful scent, but even leaving them open slightly provides enough fragrance in our experience. Plus, you get a nifty cartridge holder to stick where it fits best in the car.
You don’t always have to get fancy to produce a stellar result. If you’re an Uber or Lyft driver, you likely don’t want to spend a fortune to keep the car smelling fresh. That’s why Little Trees are our top pick for rideshare vehicles.
These little bundles of fragrance last a decent amount of time and they won’t break the bank. The scents? There are 40 different ones, but Black Ice seems to be a people pleaser. It’s modern and doesn’t give off too much of a perfume-like smell, so it should be a good neutral scent for anyone hopping in the car.
Yankee Candle Car Jar
Ridding a car of cigarette smoke is tough, and it’ll likely require more than a simple air freshener. But in our experience, a Yankee Candle Car Jar can do a good job at keeping a car smelling fresh. Specifically, the beach-esque and cotton fragrances do a darn good job of eliminating a smoke smell. Of course, this all depends on how frequently someone smokes in a car.
The plastic jars (Car Jar Ultimates) do a better job with cigarette smoke than the standard cardboard ones and a single jar smells pretty potent for at least a few weeks. Beyond that, the scent still lingers in a positive fashion.
Febreze may not be the first thing that comes to mind for your car, but it works well in this situation. What situation? Pet odor situations.
You may already have a can of Febreze sitting at home, but the Febreze Air with its Linen & Sky scent comes off as pretty inoffensive for anyone climbing in the car. The brand does produce a deodorizer specifically for odor elimination of unwanted pet smells, but honestly, it comes off as very harsh. In a closed space like a car, we prefer the airy scent from the aptly titled “Air” version.
One important note: Don’t leave a can of Febreze car air freshener inside the car. The contents of this spray air freshener are under pressure and high temperatures inside the vehicle can lead to unwanted mishaps. Instead, spray some Febreze car air freshener inside after taking the goodest boy or bestest girl for a ride.
These are some of the best car air fresheners you can buy.