There’s nothing better than walking into your home and being greeted by a waft of fresh scented air. This aroma of ‘cleanliness’ can help make your bathroom, living room, and bedroom smell a whole lot more inviting. By contrast, there’s not much worse than walking into a home that has an overwhelming unpleasant odor. So, to avoid this, many of us turn to air fresheners.
At Cleaning King we specialize in freshness in all of its forms. That’s why we decided to take the time to review three of the most popular air freshener brands on the market in order to determine which is the best for you.
You want an air freshener that is long lasting, anti-bacterial, non-toxic for inhalation, and… You want it to smell good! So let’s take a deep dive look at these three brands to determine which is best for you and your living space.
Glade has been one of the major players in the air freshener space for a long time. Their name is pretty well recognized and their products can be found virtually anywhere that air fresheners are sold–from Walmart to Amazon.com.
With Glade you are getting a cost effective product that is priced to compete with lower-grade products such as generics. However, this doesn’t mean that you are getting a sub-par air freshener. In fact, we found that the scent of Glade stuck around for quite some time and did a fair job of eliminating odors–particularly pet odors.
Glade is made from an essential oil infusion. This means the fragrances are safe and natural. The only other ingredients used here are propellants, to make the freshener spray out of the can, emulsifiers, and anti-corrosives. Other than that, you can pretty much rest easy knowing the fragrance is natural.
Now it’s important to note that with most spray air fresheners, the scent is strongest in the first 10-15 minutes. That rings true with Glade. However, one downside we noticed is that the scent does seem to dissipate much quicker than some competing products after the initial burst of scent.
Overall, Glade lives up to its reputation as a quality air freshener that won’t break the bank. You get a blend made from essential oils and harmless additional compounds. However, you do sacrifice a bit in scent duration.
Air Wick, like Glade, is a budget friendly air freshener that comes in a wide range of distribution methods as well as scent options. From aerosol cans to solid gel fresheners and timed plug-in fresheners, you can find virtually any type of air freshener you could ever need here.
Air Wick is a multi-purpose air freshener solution that touts its ability to eliminate odors, keep your air cleaner and fresher, and last for up to 1 hour after use. This is what we aimed to test when we examined their multitude of products.
One good thing about Air Wick is the variety of products that can be found. They have a wide range of kits that can be purchased that include atomizers, diffusers, plug-ins, etc,.–as we mentioned above. However, we found that their range of actual scent options was quite a bit less than Febreze or Glade.
It seems like Air Wick dumped a lot of their efforts into creating innovative and exciting fragrance delivery methods, and that’s perfectly fine! This gives you plenty of options to choose from when determining how you want to eliminate odors in your home.
One major problem with Air Wick is the variety of their formulas, however. Not all variety is a good thing. You have to be careful with Air Wick, as some of their products contain synthetic fragrances while others contain actual essential oils. Their products are all 100% safe to use, but for those who are a bit more wary, you may want to look out!
If Glade and Air Wick are well known, then Febreze is a certified super star. Over the past few decades Febreze has almost become synonymous with air freshener and home cleaning. Their wide range of sanitation and fragrance products spans virtually every aspect of life–they even have car fresheners and candles!
Febreze is definitely the ‘big man on campus’ in the air freshener department. But that comes at a cost. The biggest differentiator between Febreze and the competition is the price. In many cases a single can of febreze costs about 3x more than that of Glade or Air Wick.
However, despite this cost differential, we found that it makes up for that in quality. Febreze is incredibly long lasting and does an amazing job at eliminating odors–even pet and ‘bathroom’ odors. It cuts through ‘stink’ with its antimicrobial and antibacterial formula to make your room smell pleasant without any residuals.
One major knock on Febreze is the use of synthetic fragrances. The parent company of Febreze, Procter & Gamble, patented a synthetic odor absorber known as cyclodextrin. This compound has been found to be completely safe for human use, but it is synthetic. In addition, Febreze uses a lot of synthetic fragrance oils–as opposed to essential oils.
While Febreze may use a lot of synthetic compounds, the results speak for themselves. It cuts through odor and helps to keep your home smelling fresh for a whole lot longer than the competition.
The Febreze plugin range has a great selection of scents, and it’s super hard to pick the best amongst them. Our team’s favourites were certainly Origin Oceans and Moonlight Breeze.
The other Febreze plug in scents are:
The main things to consider when buying a fragrance are:
You want to use an air freshener that eliminates odors completely, rather than simply covering them up. This is a major issue that faces consumers when buying fragrances. A lot of air fresheners simply cover doors until the bacterial particulates can dissipate–allowing the ‘smell’ to disappear.
A good air freshener will actually trap and destroy these particulates. Thus, eliminating the odor entirely. However, you want to also focus on ingredients used. If using synthetic fragrances, at least get them from a reputable source! This will also play into how long the fragrance will last and how powerful it will be in the beginning.
So, now that we have taken a closer look at the three different products, which one is best for you? Well, that is going to depend on a lot of factors. Below you will find our comparison table that will break down which is best for which buyer. However, we do believe that we at Cleaning Kings have a favorite of the three.
While Febreze works best for overall odor elimination, we believe that Glade is the best value for your money. It works well at eliminating odors, and costs far less than Febreze does by comparison. The price difference can’t be overlooked. This is paired with the natural use of essential oil infusions, and Glade takes the edge for us.
However, as always, it all comes down to personal tastes and values. If you want the most effective, go for Febreze. If you want the best value, go for Glade. If you want the most variety for distribution, look into Air Wick.
The air freshener war is a heated one, and likely will be for years to come. But our team at Cleaning King prides ourselves on being your resident cleanliness and freshness experts. We will continue to review the best products in cleaning so that you can make an informed decision every time.
This is entirely up to you. In pure ability to eliminate odor, Febreze takes the edge. However, Glade is a more natural product that comes at a much lower price!
For all three companies, their plugin refills are not interchangeable. While this would be handy, it’s not a possibility at the moment. You must buy the refill packs from the plug-in manufacturer.
Glade offers a striking variety of scents to choose from. However, their Lavender/Vanilla scent is by far the most popular. And, it just so happens to be our favorite!
Air Wick is perfectly safe for dogs and virtually any other pet–aside from bids. However, that does not mean you should go spraying your pet with it! So long as you use the air freshener as intended, it is safe for children and fur-children.
When used as intended, Febreze is perfectly safe according to every safety protocol study conducted on it. It should not be ingested however, as it does contain potentially toxic compounds that are activated when ingested in large quantities. So, make sure to only use it as intended and directed on the packaging label.