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Best Car Air Fresheners

These hanging fresheners, vent clips and more all make the cut for the best car air freshener.

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Meguiar’s Odor Eliminator Mist

Anyone who loves that new car smell will appreciate Meguiar’s Whole Air Re-Fresher Odor Eliminator Mist. This bestselling car air freshener comes in the form of a spray that kills car odors through a chemical bonding process while also making your car smell like it just rolled off the lot. A few quick sprays is all it takes to keep your car smelling fresh for weeks.

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Little Trees Car Air Freshener

No list of car air fresheners would be complete without Little Trees Car Air Freshener. The classic car freshener you’ve seen hanging from countless rearview mirrors now comes in dozens of fun new scents, in addition to traditional pine tree. Favorites include Kentucky bourbon, watermelon, fresh linens and Moroccan mint tea. By the way, you can also try car diffusers as a natural alternative to car air fresheners.

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Yankee Candle Car Ultimate Air Freshener

Fans of popular Yankee Candles will love Yankee Candle Car Jar Ultimate Hanging Air Freshener. Dangle the miniaturized version of the real deal from your rearview mirror to infuse your car with a homey scent for up to four weeks. You’ll know it’s time to replace it when the fragrance insert shrinks below the label.

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econoLED Car Humidifier

For a car air freshener that doubles as an air purifier and humidifier, consider the econoLED Car Humidifier. Fill the diffuser with water along with two drops of your favorite essential oil before plugging it into your car’s 12V socket (a.k.a. the cigarette lighter) to reap all the benefits. This little device rotates 180 degrees to ensure your entire car smells great.

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Little Trees Car Air Freshener Vent Wrap

Try car vent air fresheners like Little Trees Car Air Freshener Vent Wrap for an inconspicuous odor-eliminating solution. They slide over your car’s air vents and blend into the background while giving off two weeks of fragrance. Some of the tempting scents to choose from include Caribbean Colada, Vanillaroma and the perennially popular musky Black Ice.

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NFL Air Freshener

Freshen up your car and show off your team pride with an NFL Air Freshener. The hanging cardboard fresheners are shaped like football helmets bearing the logos of many (but not all) NFL teams. A stretchy elastic string lets you hang them wherever you want. They come three to a pack and give off a vanilla scent.

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Air Spencer Squash Scent Air Freshener

Don’t be put off by the “squash scent” mentioned in the Air Spencer Squash Scent Air Freshener’s name. Reviewers routinely praise its “addictive” fruity scent while the product’s Japanese manufacturer describes it as an “intense candy-bubblegum euphoria.” It’s emitted via a refillable scent cartridge that’s inserted into a small plastic case. The case can attach to virtually any place on your car. Reviewers report that the scent lasts about a month.

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Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag

Stash a Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag for an easy, fragrance- and chemical-free way to eliminate odors in your car. The little deodorizer bags hold activated charcoal air purifiers to naturally absorb any icky smells. You can use them for two years if you rejuvenate them by placing them in the sun for an hour once a month.

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Ozium Smoke and Odor Eliminator Gel

Smoke and any other funky smells are no match for Ozium Smoke and Odor Eliminator Gel. The gel inside the compact canister contains a patented fragrance that eliminates even the strongest odors. You control the scent level via a twist-top opening. The gel, which won’t melt in high heat, lasts about a month.

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Febreze Car Air Freshener Vent Clip

Clip a Febreze Car Unstopables Air Freshener Vent Clip onto one of your car vents to enjoy a slow-release, long-lasting scent. An intensity dial lets you control the level of scent that’s released. Each clip in the four-pack is free of phthalates, formaldehyde and flammable propellants and lasts about 30 days.

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RoyAroma Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket With Vent Clip

RoyAroma Car Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Stainless Steel Locket with Vent Clip is perfect for aromatherapy enthusiasts. You get two stainless steel lockets in artful tree designs, along with 12 felt pads. Just place a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a pad before placing it back in one of the lockets. A clip on the back of the locket lets you easily attach it to a car vent.

Amanda Prischak
Amanda Prischak is a freelance writer based in Erie, Pennsylvania.