The scent of one’s home is very personal and varies from person to person. Life does happen, however, and with that comes the reality of sometimes unpleasant odors that may leave your home or office smelling less than ideal. This is where a quality air freshener and/or odor neutralizer comes into play.
Depending on your needs, there is an air freshener for everyone. Below we have featured a variety of familiar and maybe some not-so-familiar options that include sprays, non-toxic gel beads, tried-and-true brand-name odor eliminators and plug-in scented oil warmers that work hard to keep your home smelling clean and fresh.
You can use these fresheners together or separately depending on your individual room needs. Some of these odor-blasters will not only mask the bad odors but actually work to completely eradicate them such as the Febreeze AIR which uses proprietary technology to freshen and clean or you can choose to not only deodorize but disinfect and sanitize as well with Lysol’s Disinfectant Spray.
If a fresh, clean scent is simply what you are after than the plug-in warmer option or the solid-gel air freshener or beads might be more appropriate. These options work by releasing a continuous fragrance into the air and are ideal when placed in small to mid-sized rooms. They can also be easily adjusted to your preferred level of fragrance and last between 45-90 days (depending on the strength), giving you the long-lasting, consistent fragrance experience you desire.
1. Air Wick Plug In Scented Oil Starter Kit
Air Wick’s Plug-In Scented Oil Starter Kit comes complete with two oil warmers and six refill packs which will provide 250+ hours of continuous fragrance (on the lowest setting). This particular set comes in a fresh linen scent which mimics the familiar smell of fresh clean laundry that can be used all around the house, in your favorite bedroom, bathroom or anywhere you feel needs some extra oomph. Five different fragrance settings allow you to ensure your room is as fragrant as your desire and Air Wick’s scents contain natural essential oils for a better, longer-lasting fragrance experience.
Pros: The packaging on this Plug-In has been updated to reflect 50% less plastic and the box, glass bottles, and plastic lids can be recycled.
Cons: These scented oils must be used on the lowest setting in order to get the stated “45 days” of lifetime use.
2. Citrus Magic Natural Air Freshening Odor Eliminator (Pack of 3)
Citrus Magic’s Odor Eliminator Spray will not just cover up or mask unwanted odors, it will actually eliminate them while making the air around you smelling fresh and clean. This three-pack has a citrus-orange scent, uses 100% natural and active ingredients and is made from pure all-natural citrus oils, that will last longer than your ordinary, run-of-the-mill air fresheners. If you prefer more natural products, then it is important to note that Citrus Magic is considered one of the more “natural” air freshener options and works to maintain a quality that meets guidelines set by the Natural Products Industry list of acceptable ingredients.
Pros: This spray is a great option if you prefer a natural odor eliminator with active ingredients.
Cons: The oil in the spray may leave the floors slippery when sprayed.
3. Lysol Disinfectant Spray (Pack of 2)
Lysol’s Disinfectant Spray is another choice pick and no stranger to anyone’s home. This tried-and-true product will provide germ protection and can eliminate or kill, on contact, 99.9% of bacteria and viruses when used as directed. Ideal for most hard surfaces, this versatile disinfectant can also be used to sanitize softer surfaces such as sofas and mattresses and used to deodorize gym bags, sneakers and any surrounding, stale air. You can also count on this product to kill over 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and even fungi.
Pros: In a crisp linen scent, Lysol can also prevent mold and mildew from forming for up to a week.
Cons: It is not recommended for use on clothes.
4. Renuzit Snuggle Solid Gel Air Freshener (Pack of 12)
The Snuggle Air Freshener by Renuzit uses odor eliminating technology in its “SuperFresh Fragrance” which is the classic Snuggle scent of fresh laundry and white floral notes. This air freshener is gel-based, made with 98% biodegradable gel, that is perfect for use in any room in your house, large or small. Its cone shape features a simple twist and lift design that allows you to adjust the freshener to your desired fragrance level for a continuous fragrance that will last about one month. This particular set comes complete with a pack of 12 to keep your house freshly fragranced and fresh all year long.
Pros: This gel air freshener is simple to use with no outlets or batteries needed.
Cons: While these are great for any size room, you may get the most out of the scent in smaller spaces.
5. Febreze AIR Freshener (Pack of 3)
The Febreeze AIR Freshener Spray uses its unique OdorClear technology to not only mask unsightly smells but it actually cleans away the odors while freshening with its light, fresh scent. Great for any room including bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways or closets, Febreeze AIR also will eliminate any leftover cooking, stubborn smoke and everyday pet and bathroom smells, completely and on the spot. Easy to use, simply spray Febreeze into the air in a sweeping motion throughout the entire room and breathe easy.
Pros: Febreeze AIR is a 100% natural spray and is safe to use around cats and dogs.
Cons: While it is a fresh scent, it may be stronger than expected.
6. Clear Air Odor Neutralizing Gel Beads (2 Pack)
The Clear Air Gel Beads work to eliminate and neutralize the most unwanted odors while leaving behind a light fragrance that is not too overpowering. Each gel bead is made with high-quality, pure essential oils that are naturally derived, non-toxic, non-allergenic and comes in a generous, 12-ounce container that will last for 60-90 days. To get the most out of your gel beads and maximize odor elimination, it is recommended to place in a room up to 450 square feet with plenty of ventilation. Some ideal areas of use include the closet, office, laundry room or even an RV.
Pros: These beads are safe around pets and children and the jars are all recyclable.
Cons: If you have larger rooms that need freshening, another option might be better.
7. Glade Spray Air Freshener (Pack of 12)
Glade’s Room Spray works to eliminate, freshen and fight tough odors wherever they may be lingering. Whether the scents are bathroom-made, kitchen-made or pet-derived, Glade spray is made to fight all tough-to-remove odors all while leaving behind a subtle, fresh fragrance. With this generous 12 pack, you can afford to keep a can in every room of your home including the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and even laundry room so no foul odor(s) get left behind.
Pros: For its price point, this is an effective spray and will keep your favorite space smelling clean and fresh.
Cons: There may not be enough time to use up all the cans.