Unfortunately, once a smell sets in, it can be difficult to remove those odors. Because cars tend to sit cooped up with whatever is in them, removing long standing odors can be difficult. If you are trying to remove pet odors from your car, that can be difficult, too. If you've ever tried air freshener in your car, you know that most air fresheners don't do a lot at removing smells that seem to have soaked into the surfaces of your car. Odor removers meant for fabric are really your best bet. After a particularly icky incident where my husband took a boy scout troop camping with our van, I needed something powerful.
Scent, Effectiveness, and Price
I drove home quickly. I was running out of air. I took the review bottle and read the directions. "Spray fabric until slightly damp." Easy, enough. After I was done spraying down the car, I went back inside the house. After two hours it was time to head out to pick up my daughter. With all of my other items I had to do, I forgot that I had sprayed down the car. I remembered quickly the moment I got in. It smelled great. Even better, even though I couldn't smell any more camping trip, I had only a slight hint of the spray to smell. It wasn't overpowering, just light and pleasant. My daughter noticed, as well, asking if I had taken the car to be washed. The suggested price for a 16.9 oz bottle is about 4.00. The product is widely available where you buy cleaning supplies.
Febreze Auto Refresher Pros
The scent is light and fresh. It does not linger of weigh down the air. It's not something that people would notice in a bad way.
It worked well on even tough odors without being overpowering. I tested this on some of the worst car odors possible and it beat every single one.
Febreze Fabric Refresher Cons
There is a warning against using on the interior head liner of cars that are older than 10 years. i wasn't able to determine if this was because of a change in headliner material or it extended use might make even newer headliners sag. As a precaution, I would be cautious about using it directly on any headliner.
Although the product says it is safe for use around kids and dogs and cats, it should not be used around birds. This is important for pet owners to know. While some might assume that if it is safe for one pet, it is safe for all. However, this warning is printed directly on the bottle.