Nobody enjoys riding in a car that smells bad.  Whether you smoke or your car just has a worn, stale odor you want to make sure to remove the odor, especially if you might have companions in the car with you.  Air fresheners are a great way to achieve a fresh, clean scent for your car and there are air fresheners made especially for all vehicles.   We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the Top 10 along with descriptions and professional opinions.
TOP 10 CAR AIR FRESHENERS AT A GLANCE

 

The Best Car Air Fresheners for You

 

10. Chemical Guys Premium Air Freshener and Odor Eliminator

Chemical Guys Premium Air Freshener and Odor Eliminator

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Chemical Guys have created a brand of car air fresheners that contain natural enzymes to eliminate odor and not just hide it.  It also helps to remove new odors.  The leather scent is one of their most popular scents.  It’s a premium product that will make your car smell like new.
PROS
Can be purchased in a small size or gallon size for long-term use.  The scent is long-lasting so several sprays will last a few days.  The 16 oz. bottle will last for quite some time.
CONS
The scent may be overpowering for some in a non-ventilated area.  It’s also a bit costly compared to other car air freshener sprays.

 9. Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag

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Charcoal has long been noted as a great, natural odor absorber.  Moso has put together an air purifying bag that can be placed under the seat of your vehicle, and unseen, will make your car smell fresh and clean.  This is a good option for those who might be sensitive to sprays and/or chemicals.
PROS
Not only does this purify the air in your vehicle but it also helps to prevent the formation of mildew and bacteria by removing excess moisture.  This bag is reusable for up to 2 years and can be refreshed by placing in the sun for about an hour once a month.
CONS
May not work for cars that have extremely strong bad odors.

8. Little Trees® Leather Air Freshener

Little Trees® Leather Air Freshener

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Everyone recognizes Little Trees!  You see them in every grocery store, drug store, car wash and auto parts store.  They’ve been around for quite some time and have a proven record of eliminating odors in cars.  They’ll make our list a few times because it seems some consumers prefer certain smells over others but not to worry.  Little Trees come in many scents so you’re sure to find one you love.
PROS
Last up to 90 days.  Convenient and easy to use.  Scent isn’t overpowering.
CONS
Little Trees has changed the formula for their fragrances and some users who are used to the older scents may not like the newer ones.

7. Febreze Car Vent-Clip Air Fresheners (Linen & Sky)

Febreze Car Vent-Clip Air Fresheners (Linen & Sky)

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Febreze has taken their wonderful home air fresheners and created an equally wonderful scent for your car.  These are simple to use – just clip them on to the air vent in your vehicle and that’s it!
PROS
This is a light, pleasant scent and may be good for those sensitive to powerful smells.  The vent clip has a sliding feature that allows you to control how much scent is released.
CONS
While they do last for a while, they aren’t refillable so will have to be replaced.

6. PURGGO Car Air Freshener

PURGGO Car Air Freshener

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Made with 100% bamboo charcoal, this is not an air freshener in the traditional sense.  It’s neither a spray or gel but an ionizer that doesn’t mask smells but eliminates them.  It is all-natural, allergen-free and non-toxic.  This ionizer can last up to a year.
PROS
There is no fragrance in this product so it is great for those sensitive to strong odors or chemicals in traditional car air fresheners.
CONS
It’s more expensive than other car air fresheners.  The blue on the handle may wear off on fabric car seats.

5. Little Trees® Black Ice Little Tree Air Freshener

Little Trees® Black Ice Little Tree Air Freshener

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Black Ice is one of the most popular Little Trees fragrances.  The fragrance has been described as “brisk and clean” and “clean waters.”  It’s a nice, pleasant, fresh scent and each Little Tree should last around 30 days.
PROS
Small, convenient and easy to use these air fresheners can be placed anywhere – closets, drawers, school lockers.  Inexpensive.
CONS
You must follow the directions in order to get the most effective use of the product.

4. Little Trees® Car Air Fresheners Pina Colada Scent

Little Trees® Car Air Fresheners Pina Colada Scent

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Cruise around with thoughts of island breezes!  Little Trees has made a fantastic Pina Colada scent that is also quite popular and is sure to bring to mind happy thoughts of the tropics.
PROS & CONS
All Little Trees share pretty much the same pros and cons.  They are convenient and easy to use, last for up to 30 days and do not emit a strong, overpowering odor but you do need to follow the directions to get the best use of the product.

3. Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifier Bag ★ Car Deodorizer and Air FreshenerBamboo Charcoal Air Purifier Bag ★ Car Deodorizer and Air Freshener

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Another outstanding bamboo charcoal product has made our list.  With its natural properties, charcoal eliminates odors while at the same time preventing mildew and bacteria from excess moisture.  It also filters allergens.
PROS
Can last up to a year and can be refreshed by leaving in direct sunlight for a short period of time.  This product is non-toxic and fragrance free.
CONS
If you’re planning to use this for cat litter box areas, it may not be effective for overly strong cat odors.

2. Ozium Air Sanitizer

Ozium Air Sanitizer

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This product eliminates odors as well as combating airborne bacteria and germs.  Ozium makes many types of products from sprays to gels and has a reputation as a very trustworthy air sanitizer.
PROS
It takes little to achieve results so the can will last awhile.  Has a slight, pleasant citrus-lemon smell.  Does a great job of eliminating odors from cigarettes and cigars.
CONS
It’s a bit more expensive than other air fresheners/sanitizers.

1. DRIVE Natural Car Air Freshener

DRIVE Natural Car Air Freshener

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Another natural product made of bamboo charcoal, this bag can cover 200 cubic feet of space.  As with other charcoal car air fresheners, this is eco-friendly and acts as a dehumidifier.
PROS
Can easily be refreshed by sitting in sunlight for a short time.  It’s a great car air freshener for anyone sensitive to sprays, strong fragrances or chemicals.
CON
Some may find the bag a bit too large and inconvenient.

Are there Risks with Car Air Fresheners?

Typically, the only risk involved with using car air fresheners is if someone sensitive to certain smells, chemicals or strong odors uses them.  There are many brands and types available, some that are completely non-toxic and chemical-free so those will likely be the safest if you have concerns.

Final Thoughts

Little Trees is one of the most popular and least expensive brands of car air fresheners on the market.  They can be purchased singly or in packs of 24 or 50.  Our list contains the scents favored most by consumers but there are so many to choose from that it’ll be easy to find a scent just right for you.

Charcoal is also a fantastic option to freshen your car.  Given they are non-toxic and all natural, and most fragrant-free, they are a safe way to keep your car smelling its best.

Car air fresheners are convenient and budget-friendly.  You could spend a great deal of money having your car detailed to remove offending odors but why do that when there is an easier, less expensive way?