Believe it or not, this is a question we get asked a lot! So we thought we’d go ahead and write a blog post to explain.
“What can I do to make my car air freshener last longer?”
…I hear you cry? Well, if that’s your question, here’s your answer!
There’s noting you can do… Nothing at all…
Ok, we’re pulling your leg! Actually, there’s FIVE things that we recommend you do to give your car air freshener immortality. (Not really. It will just last longer than before.) Ready? Good.
1) Keep it out of the sun
First thing first, car air fresheners can’t get a tan. Well, we don’t sell or know of any that do. In fact, keeping them in the sun quickly dries them out! If they’re dry, they stop pouring out their lush fragrance. We recommend buying your car air freshener some sunglasses and a bottle of factor 30. Yep, that should do it!
Ok, seriously now… (he he) try and park your car in shaded areas, or if that’s not possible, and if your car air freshener is a Magic Tree or something similar, hang it off your indicator stalk instead of your rear-view mirror until the sun eases off. Then you can whack it out again and get yourself some more nose candy.
2) Keep them moist. (No giggling at the back!)
If they’ve dried out, then they’re probably dead. However, we know CPR for car air fresheners so there’s a chance they can be rescued!
Assuming that your car air freshener has only recently dried out and isn’t the same age as France, you could still get some more awesomeness from your car air freshener yet by making it a tad damp. We recommend you use a basic spray bottle to administer the CPR – I mean, moisture. A few sprays either side should do it!
Now, if you don’t have such tools like a spray bottle then you’re a loser. (Not really!) a few drops of water to either side of the air freshener should be ok too. It’s not as cool as a spray bottle, though.
Smell that? It smells like awesome! (By the way, you don’t need to do compressions on your air freshener, ok?)
3) Keep them away from your cars air vents
If you’ve not gathered, car air fresheners hate heat! (Fussy buggers aren’t they.) Well, all except the liquid ones like Ambi-Pur and car air fresheners designed specifically for the vents. So it’s a good idea to keep them away from your air vents to stop them from drying out. They should be ok when you’re using the cool air blowers in the Summer or on warmer days. Not so good when you’re using the heaters in the Winter, though!
4) Rotate the pads
If you have a car air freshener like one from California Scents then it’s a good idea to rotate the pads or blocks inside the tin to get a access to more lovely fragrance! Don’t be afraid to get in there and have a rummage. You may find some treasure! (We doubt it, though. First dibs if you do!)
Note: If you’ve sensitive or broken skin, we recommend you wear gloves or something protective to stop the fragrance from irritating your skin. (We’re now officially doctors ‘cos we’re giving awesome medical advice.)
5) Easy on the throttle!
What happens when you floor the throttle in your car? Well, besides getting your self 3 points and a £60 fine, you’ll also burn much more fuel too. (Theres a link in here somewhere)
The same applies to your car air freshener. Well, not the fine, or the points. or the fuel? Ok, scrap that…
If your car air freshener has a vented lid and you open your car air freshener to level 11, it’s going to burn out quickly! Open it just a little and increase the ‘volume’ if you want more fragrance.
Oh yeah, we got skills! That’s all our tips to extend the life of your treasured air freshener and as a benefit, it’ll save you money too! We’re awesome. Aren’t we.