8 of the best home air fresheners

Keep your house smelling like a home with our top picks of the best scents for every room

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Our homes can often cling on to 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. But there are many ways you can eliminate these odours and cover them up with a fragrance of your choice which will leave your home always smelling fresh. 

Air fresheners are a great alternative to candles, incense or oils, 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. 

There are 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? 

1. Diptyque Baies Scented Oval

A fancy accessory for the bedroom or bathroom

Best for: Decorative
Size: 35g
Type: Wax
Scent: Roses and blackcurrant
Reasons to buy
+ Diffuses for up to 3 months + Looks elegant 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the strongest scent  

The bathroom would be a great place for you to hang this Diptyque Baies Scented Oval which smells of roses and blackcurrant. The wax diffuser is encased by ceramic and is ideal for hanging in smaller rooms in order to slowly emit a refreshing fragrance. Some have said the fragrance is more floral than fruity, which isn’t to everyone’s taste, but if you or someone you know is a fan of Diptyque scents, then this would make a lovely luxury gift to hang in the home. It’s one of the more pricey home air fresheners but it looks great and lasts up to three months.  

2. 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 users cannot say a bad word about this home air freshener. 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. You can get a range of scents including lemon citrus, white flower, strawberry and spearmint, all of which are said to have a strong smell which goes a long way. The bottle can get a little fiddly to spray when it reaches below half, but all in all many users say they could now not go without this little lifesaver to cover up nasty smells. 

3. 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 type of perfume you can use to fragrance your home. Simply spritz in the desired room for a fresh citrusy smell that will make you feel at home. Users said they love the style of the bottle and that they can control how much they spray into the room, but do note 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. It’s a little pricey but a little spritz goes a long way.  

4. 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 at all. Simply plug in this home air freshener and it will periodically release bursts of fragrance into the home and works to neutralise odours. They last up to 60 days and you can then purchase refills of your favourite scent to continually use this device. Users love how easy it is and how strong the scents are without being overbearing. You can also set it to low or high settings depending on how much fragrance you want to emit, and it leaves no wet residue after spritzing.  

5. 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 coat closets and hallways, and those households with smokers found this particularly good at cleansing the smells from the air. This home air freshener is small and discreet so 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.  

6. 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  

If you want to keep your home naturally fresh rather than masking bad odours with fragrances, then this natural air purifying bag is designed to catch all the bad odours, bacteria and allergens in the air in order to eliminate them and make the air in your home pure again. Some don’t like that this has no fragrance, but it is said to work very well at getting rid of damp smells and absorbing excess moisture in the air. This could then be used in conjunction with one of the other air fresheners on our list for a refreshing smell.  

7. Airwick Duo Fresh Lavender Meadow

A handy refillable scented oil plug

Best for: Plug-in
Size: 17ml
Type: Oil
Scent: Lavender
Reasons to buy
+ Adjustably 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 always have your home smelling nice. These oil plugs can be adjusted to emit your desired level of fragrance throughout the day and once empty, you can then simply refill them with your favourite scent. The oil lasts for up to 80 days and plugs in discreetly to your wall. The only downside is that this then takes up a power outlet.  

8. 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  

This is an ideal spray to keep handy in the home and can instantly be sprayed in any room of the house to eliminate odours. Users love the cotton fresh smell which is found to be much more subtle that citrus or floral smells, and the formula is water-based and non-flammable which makes it safe to use whenever and wherever you need it. This does tend to run out a lot quicker than oils or mists, but you only need a few small spritzes to get your home smelling fresh.  

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