The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Car Air Fresheners

We all love that new car smell when purchasing a vehicle. Eventually, that smell fades and air fresheners come in. Since cars are a closed-in environment sometimes unwanted odours linger and can be hard to get rid of. An easy fix is to buy an air freshener for your car, but there are advantages and disadvantages to car air fresheners.

The Advantages:

1. CAR AIR FRESHENERS HELP NEUTRALIZE UNPLEASANT ODOURS

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It’s likely the reason you would be buying an air freshener for your car, is to simply make it smell better and get rid of unwanted odours. We all know that wonderful smell of a new car, but most of us use our car on a regular basis and that “new car smell” eventually disappears. When you're in a closed environment bad odours can linger but can be countered by a fragrance.


2. CONVENIENCE

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Not everyone has the time to thoroughly wash, scrub or spray their car to get rid of a particularly bothersome odour. It is much more convenient to buy an air freshener that smells great, leave it inside your car and let it do the work for you.


3. CAR AIR FRESHENERS CAN CHANGE YOUR MOOD

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Driving can get frustrating, especially during rush hour. Nothing is fun about being stuck in traffic or having someone cut in front of you. Air fresheners (especially ones with natural scents) can reduce stress caused by traffic jams and unpleasant drivers.


The Disadvantages:

1. IT’S A TEMPORARY SOLUTION

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Car fresheners don’t last! That lingering smell of gym clothes for instance or residual body odour eventually comes back with a vengeance.  


2. IT’S A MAGNET FOR DUST

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Gel-type fresheners are especially guilty of this, trapping free-floating dust and other allergens when used for an extended period of time. This will only aggravate things for people with severe allergies or respiratory problems since the air is mostly recirculated inside the cabin.


3. COST

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Having to spend money on a car air freshener periodically may not look like much, but the purchases all add up, especially since car fresheners only mask the smell, instead of addressing the root cause. If the source is untraceable, then there is no choice but to buy more fresheners just to sustain the effect. That sort of money might be better spent on other things.


Our final thoughts:

Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide whether a car air freshener is a good investment or not. Remember that an air freshener is not a catch-all solution and that you’ll still need to observe the proper way to keep your car clean and in good order, most importantly for your health and the well-being of you and your passengers.