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Do air fresheners lower ratings?

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Kendrix
49 Driver
 Posted 1 year ago

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I've been getting a few complains about the smell of the car attached with negative ratings, i.e. lower than 5. I don't get it why this is happening because my car does NOT smell and people have complimented the smell of my air freshener. I know they are genuine too. 

Then a friend who used to be a taxi driver (many years ago) told me passengers sometimes despise air freshener. I don't get it because I buy neutral ones like "linen" and "rain".

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    good-rider
    2 Rider
     1 month ago

    I'm going to post this here, because it seems logical place.  

    To answer the OP question:  from me, YES I am going to start reflecting this in my rating, only because I don't see any other way to get the message across.  Floral, cinnamon cookie, cheap yankee candle pine, oh and lets not forget "vanilla" (which people seem to think everyone likes-not!) ....... I've had them all in Uber rides in the last few months -- NASTY.  I get that drivers are sometimes left with assorted forms of nastiness in their cars and have to figure a way to remove or cover the odor, I really do get that, and a lingering detergent or soap smell is understandable. Not necessarily pleasant, but understandable.  I had a driver apologize for the smell of his car when I got in, there was a slight detergent-ish smell, that he'd had to have his car cleaned after a "bad ride" the right before -- totally understandable.  I'm talking about the cars...

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    I'm going to post this here, because it seems logical place.  

    To answer the OP question:  from me, YES I am going to start reflecting this in my rating, only because I don't see any other way to get the message across.  Floral, cinnamon cookie, cheap yankee candle pine, oh and lets not forget "vanilla" (which people seem to think everyone likes-not!) ....... I've had them all in Uber rides in the last few months -- NASTY.  I get that drivers are sometimes left with assorted forms of nastiness in their cars and have to figure a way to remove or cover the odor, I really do get that, and a lingering detergent or soap smell is understandable. Not necessarily pleasant, but understandable.  I had a driver apologize for the smell of his car when I got in, there was a slight detergent-ish smell, that he'd had to have his car cleaned after a "bad ride" the right before -- totally understandable.  I'm talking about the cars that seem to have a bushel basket of pot pourri under the front seat for ambiance, or get sprayed several times daily with "cinnamon cookie" just because it smells good ....... to YOU maybe, but trust me, not most people.  And the worst is when it appears to have been actually sprayed on the seat.  One time my clothes carried the smell all the way through my flight because on opening the overhead bin, where my overcoat was, someone commented it smelled like cookies.  

    I really don't mean this in a sexist way, but, 100% of the times I've encountered this it was a woman driver .......  ladies please keep your scented candles and pot pourri for your bubble bath.  I don't think I'd be off to say that at least 90% of your rides really don't care for the smell, even "vanilla"  😊  .  

    In all fairness, I did have one male driver who smelled like he'd been doused (or maybe he was spraying it in the car) in Aramis cologne, that was gag inducing also.  (for those of you too young to know, Aramis was a very popular cheap cologne in the 70s and 80s).

    It is a never-ending battle, good smell v bad smell.  Let me end with -- Most of you do a great job!




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    Wes
    1574 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I'm going to let you guys and gals in on my little secret.  I constantly receive compliments on how awesome my car smells.

    Go get yourself a bottle of Fabuloso cleaner, the PURPLE version.  Get a cloth and poor some of the cleaner onto the cloth.  Place the cloth in a large gallon size baggie and zip it mostly closed.

    Place the baggie (with the cloth soaked in cleaner) UNDER your passenger seat.  The car will gently smell AWESOME for days.

    One word to the wise.  Once it starts to loose it's scent, remove the cloth and replace with a new cloth and cleaner.  Adding additional fabuloso will NOT have the same result.  I can't explain why, i just know that from experience.

    It's cheap, it smells like the cleanest car you've ever ridden in, and your passengers will LOVE it.

    I've done 2K rides with a 4.93 rating.

    good luck!

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      momof4
      8105 Rider Driver
       1 year ago

      Wes, I agree fabuloso is very good and last. I prefer blue one but all 3 smell good. Dont care for the lemon one. Pine Sol has a blue one that smells great also. I wipe my car down with that stuff to clean then use Meguires to shine it up. For a few days after riders always say it smells good and its not over powering.

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      RobinH74
      32 Driver
       1 year ago

      This is a serious question.  Do I drench the cloth?  just spray it on?  Are you doing it this way to save cost on air fresheners or do you just love the Fabuloso smell? I don't think I know what that smells like.

      I am improvising with my house cleaner, Mr. Clean, Meadows and Rain.  I love this smell.  I am serious.  Thanks for the tip.

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        Wes
        1574 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        I have found that Fabuloso purple smells "clean" - a couple of people have made comments about the "cleanest car" they've ever been in.  YES, you SOAK the rag in Fabuloso and then place it in a baggie and you will almost seal the baggie or it will be too strong.  Then after a day or so, you can open the baggie more and eventually it will be totally open after 4-5 days.  I use zip baggies gallon size so it's easy to adjust.

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        Kendrix
        OP 49 Driver
         1 year ago

        Noooooo.  I told you above that I use "Rain" and "Linen", and I am still getting complaints!  Aren't you listening?! LOL.

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    momof4
    8105 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I use blunt effects or fabreeze. Get compliments all the time. Yes some people get headaches or feel nauseous when smells are strong.  I try to spray an hour before I start and a quick spray when needed throught the night. If its too strong I open windows to air it out for a few minutes. Both of those sprays are great.  Blunt Effects get rid of any odor(vomit, cigarettes, and riders who smoke weed and get in your car right after). I havent found an odor it doesnt get rid of.

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      DWang02
      105 Rider
       1 year ago

      Wait, what. Is "blunt" a scent? I thought you meant it as an adjective first, then you wrote it again. "Blunt Effect."  Are you talking about pot as in marijuana?  What a wonderful way to mask the ciagarettes, vomit, and marijuana smells.

      or am i being completely ignorant. 

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    momof4
    8105 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Activated charcoal or a piece of charcoal under the seat is supposed to remove any odor. Another tip I just read is to put baking soda on floor and seats let sit for 24 hrs. vacuum. I want to try the charcoal. I switch scents with air freshner sprays. Sometimes stronger ones linger longer and then I have a mixture although its not usually a bad smell. Anyway going to try the activated charcoal. Also you can change out your cabin filter which you should anyway. Another tip was to spray fabreze under hood near intake vent? Maybe one of the men or ladies can tell me if I have that right (vent?) I guess. 

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    Bigfrank
    426 Rider Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    Your inhaling chemicals . Orange peels is best and you can eat the Orange so you don't waste it. 

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    DDominico69
    163 Driver
     1 year ago

    I think your friend is right. Many people are overpowered by the smell of air fresheners, regardless of their scene. Remember you are sitting in it for hours and are probably getting used to it.

    I have also heard that some people are allergic to air fresheners.

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      Kendrix
      OP 49 Driver
       1 year ago

      Hmm, good tip.  Thanks. 

      I didn't even think of people being "allergic."

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    katyeliopolis
    4
     1 year ago

    Ugh yes, I am one of those people who despise air fresheners. For some reason the smell, no matter the scent, smells so fake to me it gives me a headache. From what I understand this is how more normal people feel after smelling a bunch of candles at a Yankee candle. For me I get that headache just from a  little time with an air freshener...

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    TravTravTravis
    170
     1 year ago

    air fresheners are so from the taxi days

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    SWesson1852
    27
     1 year ago

    Yes.

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    LCarpenter
    220 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Carry a simple spray bottle like a "mister".  Spray a few times between rides and you are all set.

    Even those Febreeze things is fine too.

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      Kendrix
      OP 49 Driver
       1 year ago

      Do you mean like water.

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    EjiEzeEze
    321 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Some people have stronger sense of smell than others. I had someone puke in my car a month ago, and even though I cannot smell anything, a few still complain.