10 of the best home air fresheners

Invest in an air freshener or two to keep your home smelling sweet and banish the whiff of everything from sneakers to cooking odours. Our top picks of the best scents for every room are right here

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Our kitchens and living rooms, not to mention bathrooms, can often harbour a number of smells and odours, whether it’s from cooking in the evening, to having your dog run in all soggy from a rainy walk. 

From air fresheners to reed diffusers and even home fragrance; we know the best ways you can eliminate these odours and cover them up. 

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Why should you buy an air freshener?

Air fresheners are a great alternative to scented candles, incense, or oil diffusers, especially for daily use. They tend to smell a lot stronger, last a lot longer and are cheaper to buy; similar to using a body spray on a daily basis and saving your favourite eau de parfum for special occasions. 

Which air freshener is best?

There's a range of different styles of air freshener to choose from, depending on where you wish to place it. Some come in the form of a spray so you can choose as and when you use it, or if you want a continuously fresh smelling home, you can get automatic sprays which you can simply plug into the wall and they will periodically emit a fragrance into the room.

Some home air fresheners will just cover up bad odours, but if you’re also looking to eliminate strong smells from the home then you can look for purifying air fresheners that are designed to absorb the smells and leave the home smelling naturally fresh. 

We’ve picked out some of the best home air fresheners that will keep each room smelling amazing. Which one will be your favourite? 

Ozmo Anti-Bacterial Air & Fabric Freshener Lavender

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1. Ozmo Anti-Bacterial Air & Fabric Freshener Lavender

A multi-use product for targeting all odours which ticks all of the boxes

Best for: Multi-use
Size: 400ml
Type: Spray
Scent: Lavender
Reasons to buy
+Freshens air and fabrics+Kills germs at the same time
Reasons to avoid
-Can only really buy online

Air fresheners - everyone uses them, but for those who are doing their part in being environmentally friendly, it can be hard to find one which actually works and isn't awful for the planet. Enter: Ozmo's Anti-Bacterial Air & Fabric Freshener. Not only will this product keep the air in your home fresh, but it'll keep your fabrics such as sofas, mattress or even cushions fresh AND germ-free. Ideal if you've got kids running around, a dog who likes to run from the garden to the living room all day or if you're just conscious of keeping odours out of your home, this multi-use spray gets rid of everything from those unpleasant toilet smells to smoke and tobacco, mould and mildew and even pesky pet smells. 

The product you never knew you needed, but unlike other air fresheners, it's completely recyclable and a non-aerosol spray mist, so it's kinder to the environment.

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray

2. Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray

Just one spray of this air freshener will get rid of bacteria, viruses and unpleasant odours in your home

Best for: Killing bacteria
Size: 200ml
Type: Spray
Scent: Natural
Reasons to buy
+100% natural+A little goes a very long way+Long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-Not easy to find in shops

In our opinion, this is one of the very best air fresheners you can buy for your home right now, and the best part is that it's made with no synthetic chemicals so is completely harmless (unlike many other air fresheners), but from a unique blend of 100 per cent pure and natural essential oils. Just one spray will make a difference and you'll immediately smell the air actually clearing. As for the scent, it's natural and fresh, so not overpowering, with notes of tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus. You can also spray it on to carpets, bedding and upholstery to immediately freshen a room and kill any bacteria, viruses and odours which may be hanging around. The only downfall is that it's not easily accessible in shops – so buy online. 

3. Diptyque Baies Scented Oval

A fancy accessory for both the bedroom and bathroom

Best for: Decorative
Size: 35g
Type: Wax
Scent: Roses and blackcurrant
Reasons to buy
+ Diffuses for up to three months + Looks elegant 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the strongest scent  

With a more floral than fruity scent, the first place we would suggest you hang Diptyque's Baies Scented Oval is your bathroom. It's encased in ceramic so is ideal for hanging in smaller rooms, as the refreshing fragrance slowly emits over time. If you're a fan of Diptyque's other scents, then this would make the perfect air freshener for your home. Although on the pricey side, it does last for up to three months, and it smells of roses and blackcurrant. Divine...

4. Poo Pourri Original Toilet Spray

Keep your loo smelling fruity fresh all day long

Best for: Bathrooms
Size: 118ml
Type: Spray
Scent: Lemon Citrus
Reasons to buy
+ Choice of scents available  + Eliminates toilet odours  
Reasons to avoid
- Hard to spray when half empty 

This little spray might seem a little ridiculous, but not a bad word can be said about it. Designed specifically for the bathroom, a few squirts of this spray down the toilet before you go will ensure no unpleasant odours escape into the bathroom. Available in a range of scents including lemon citrus, white flower, strawberry and spearmint; they're all said to have a strong smell which goes a long way. Sometimes a little fiddly to spray when it reaches below half, but all in all, many users say they couldn't go without this little lifesaver to cover up nasty smells. 

5. L'Occitane Welcome Home Fragrance

A luxurious spray for all rooms in the home

Best for: Luxury spray
Size: 100ml
Type: Spray
Scent: Lemon, mandarin and bitter orange tree
Reasons to buy
+ Perfume for the home + Use as and when needed 
Reasons to avoid
- Predominantly lemon scent 

This fragrance from L’Occitane is a luxury perfume you can use to fragrance your home. Simply spritz for a fresh citrusy smell that will make you feel at home. The style of the bottle is one thing users love, and the other is that you can control how much spray goes into the room. It is, however, worth noting that the lemon scent tends to overpower the mandarin, which can take it from a homely smell to one that might be more suited to the bathroom. Although it's pricey, just a little spritz goes a long way.  

6. Airwick Automatic Starter Kit Spring Delight

An automatic spritz to refresh your home

Best for: Automatic air freshener
Size: 250ml
Type: Auto Spray
Scent: Spring delight
Reasons to buy
+ Automatically fragrances the home  + Lasts up to 60 days 
Reasons to avoid
- Nothing for the price 

This affordable automatic device is a great way to keep every room in the house smelling fresh with no effort needed. Simply plug it in, and over time it will periodically release bursts of fragrance into the home whilst neutralising odours. Lasting up to 60 days, you can even purchase refills of your favourite scent to continually use the device. Not only is it easy to use, but the scents are the perfect power, without being overbearing. You can also have it on a low or high setting depending on how much fragrance you want it to emit, and it leaves no wet residue after spritzing. Win win if you ask us.

7. Febreze Small Spaces Air Freshener

Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with this vanilla latte fragrance

Best for: Warming scent
Size: 5.5ml
Type: Gel
Scent: Vanilla Latte
Reasons to buy
+ Cleanses the air  + Small and compact 
Reasons to avoid
- Not everyone’s favourite scent 

This small and compact air freshener is perfect for both coat closets and hallways, and also households with smokers. Small and discreet, it can easily be placed in a closet or on a shelf without anyone even noticing it’s there. The vanilla latte scent isn’t everyone’s favourite, but for those winter months it can provide a warming smell that makes the home feel cosy.  

8. Standard Moso Air Purifying Bag

Absorb unpleasant odours with this handy bamboo and charcoal bag

Best for: Eliminating odours
Size: 220g
Type: Purifying bag
Scent: None
Reasons to buy
+ Collects bad smells + Eco-friendly  
Reasons to avoid
- No scent  

Want to keep your home naturally fresh rather than masking bad odours with fragrances? This natural air purifying bag is the one for you. Designed to catch all the bad odours, bacteria and allergens in the air, it will make your home smell fresh again in no time. Some don’t like that this product has no fragrance; however, it's said to work very well in getting rid of damp smells and absorbing excess moisture in the air. We'd suggest using it in conjunction with one of the other air fresheners on our list, for a refreshing smell throughout your household.

9. Airwick Duo Fresh Lavender Meadow

A handy refillable scented oil plug

Best for: Plug-in
Size: 17ml
Type: Oil
Scent: Lavender
Reasons to buy
+ Adjustable intensity settings + Refillable 
Reasons to avoid
- Takes up a power outlet 

This pack of Airwick plug-in home air fresheners is a quick and easy way to ensure your home always smells nice. The oil plugs can be adjusted to emit your desired level of fragrance throughout the day and, once empty, it can then simply be refilled with your favourite scent. Lasting for up to 80 days, it plugs in discreetly to your wall without anyone noticing. Our only complaint? It takes up a power outlet.  

10. Febreze Mist and Refresh

A quick and easy spray for masking odours

Best for: Instant odour disguise
Size: 300ml
Type: Spray
Scent: Cotton fresh
Reasons to buy
+ Natural scent + Easy to spray 
Reasons to avoid
- Runs out quickly  

An ideal spray to keep handy in the home, Febreze Mist and Refresh can instantly be sprayed in any room of the house to eliminate odours within seconds. The cotton-fresh smell is much more subtle than citrus or floral smells, and the formula is water-based and non-flammable, which makes it safe to use both whenever, and wherever you need it. It does tend to run out a lot quicker than oils or mists; however, only a few quick spritzes are needed to get your home smelling fresh.

Bad smells at home – what's the biggest offender?

Carpets are the worst culprits for spreading those nasty niffs, but curtains and upholstery come close behind. The best way to tackle them (other than introducing air fresheners) is to give them a good vacuuming or use a steam cleaner. Both of which will make your air fresheners much more effective.