questionsis there a place to hang an air freshener in your…

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I use the little clip ones that go on your air vents. More expensive yes, but very little hassle and they come in quite a few scents as well. They stay on the vents and are not in the way.

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@studerc: do you mean the ones with the little liquid vials? I have had such awful luck with those that I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. I had one fall off the vent spontaneously and another that spontaneously spewed slip of its liquid on the floor of my car. Those were two different manufacturers too.

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I don't care for artificial scents at all. 50-75% of the time I drive with my windows down, so I don't generally have much problem with the car's smell. But on those rare occasions when I do want to do something like that, I get one of those jars of scented beads with the perforated top that are made for bathrooms and conceal it under the passenger seat.

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"It must not touch anything". You got that right. I left one of those little cardboard smell-goods on the console and it embedded itself into the plastic. Toxic they are.

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How about the handles above the rear doors? Most cars have those. Or the garment bag clips?

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@moondrake: I like that idea; I would just need to figure out a way to keep it from tipping over while under the seat. Being as no car has a flat floor any more (at least as best I can tell) it isn't easy to figure out a way to cram something like that into a non-tippable position.

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@lparsons42: the space under my front seats is pretty large and flat. But since it's hot enough to melt those beads and I do drive like Mario Andretti, I put one of those large plastic dishes the microwave meals come in under it. If I'd been really worried about it I'd have adhered it some way. But if you aren't in a super hot climate, you don't really need to worry about it tipping over. Or you can use one with crystals instead of gel so there's no risk of melting.

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Hang it on the tailpipe, those things are terrible IMNSHO. If you can taste it in your mouth just from being in the car or they give you headaches, it can't be good.

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Or hot glue the jar into the disposable microwave tray. You can get a glue gun for about $3 in any craft shop.

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@magic cave: I thought about that but it's hot enough to melt hot glue here. YMMV. A non-melting option I have used in the summer is to put a bar of craft market soap (you know the great smelling homemade stuff with natural oils) in a plastic dish under the seat. Those don't melt but unless you get them out and shave them once a week or so the smell doesn't last too long. But it's a nicer and more natural scent than most "fresheners" have. Potpourri and sage are non-melty alternatives, but also pretty short-lived, as are fresh citrus peel and cedar slats. Natural substances just don't give off scents for as long as their artificial rivals. They aren't a great choice for everyday use but I'd use them for a specific purpose (taking a trip, special date, get rid of bad smell, etc.)

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@studerc: The liquid clip-on air fresheners have been known to eat paint off dash panels if they leak. Saw it on the news, then happened to a friend of mine not two weeks later. A/C vent clip-ons are made that do not contain liquid.

But I've found them to not last very long. My vote would go to the small jars/containers of solid gel or something.

They seems to last awhile and do not leak if the tip over/roll around.

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If you just cleaned your car good, wouldn't that take care of it ?
Much better than those chemically fragrances imho.

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Stepping sideways on this discussion to ask a genuinely curious question: why do people need or want an air freshener in a car or in your home?

My nose doesn't work real well. I virtually never smell food cooking, anyone's cologne, dog poop, something burning, or even a gas leak in the house. (Years ago my mom dropped by and was horrified that I was totally unaware of the powerful gas smell -- a pilot light had gone out, and we were all fortunate not to have been blown up.)

If I smell something, it's usually really strong and/or obnoxious. I've been in cars where the "air freshener" was so vile I could barely breathe. If it was there to cover up some other odor, I'm inclined to think the air freshener was not the best option.

So, about air fresheners in cars and homes: do you use them simply because you like the scent, or are they used more to cover up another smell, perhaps from smoking?

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@magic cave: Sorry to hear that you don't smell good. ;-)

I am at the other end of the spectrum - my sense of smell is perhaps too sensitive. I keep my car pretty clean, but eventually it accumulates a mixture of odors - BO, old farts embedded in the seat cushions and all the other inevitable smells that come from being inhabited by animals. So I use an air freshener to mask the smell. I keep it in the plastic packaging and make a small hole to let a tiny amount of the scent escape. I keep the mostly sealed freshener in a tray that is at the bottom of the passenger side door, a ways away from the driver's position. That is enough for me and my over-active nose.

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@magic cave: I prefer to drive with the windows down or open the windows to the house and allow the fresh air to clean out any unwanted smells. But sometimes it's too cool or hot for that to be a viable option, at least in the house (I have the car windows at least partway down most of the time when I drive). For example, I have a group of guys over to game once a week. Being a woman who lives alone, I have learned that a dozen guys who've been eating fast food all evening making a pit stop on their way out can stank up a bathroom so bad you want to board the place up with biohazard tape. Most of the year I just leave the full sized window open and close the door for an hour, but when it's cold I have found leaving a couple of Yankee candles lit in there all evening does wonders to burn off the fumes and stifle the stank.

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@turbinator42: Thank you for your answer. The Spouse also has a super-sensitive nose, so our house seldom has any nice-smelly things in it. He's really good with flowers, though. (He just came home from Costco with a huge bundle of lovely pink roses and a glass pot of soon-to-blossom tulips for me. I can't smell them at all, but he can and says they're wonderful. I get the visual, he gets the scent.)

@moondrake: :::reflexively fanning the air::: Thank you for your elegant description of gamer guys. That makes great sense. I can remember my son and his herd of friends when they were teenagers; I expect it's much the same aroma.

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Most air fresheners contain one or more toxic substances. Most people don't know it because the air freshener companies have been able to goad/bribe the federal government into not requiring disclosure of this content. Air fresheners should NEVER be used around small children, in particular.

On a related note:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mxs6A1byIo

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get the vent ones - ditch the trees.

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You could also try using a spray-type freshener. I've seen both aerosol and pump action. Just spray as needed.

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Just leave a burger wrapper under the seat after the next fast food trip. Mmmm...my car smells delicious.

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to keep it simple, get a 3-m stick on hook and put it somewhere your freshener can hang. They have hooks that are removable and/or you can put it somewhere out of view.