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Its Sunday night and I thought I would get in one final review before I head to bed. But trying to work out what it could be. Then I hear a "Hiss" from upstairs. Its my Airwick Freshmatic going off in the bathroom.
I bought this earlier this year and went through the first spray that came with the product. I then thought about getting a refill but never really got around to it. Why? I have no idea....but maybe I now know why.
So whats the idea? Does it work off a timer? Nope...it somehow works off a sensor which detects odour. Do not ask me how this works and what it detects as an odour.
It sits up in our spare bathroom which is not used by people, but by the cats. They have their litter tray in their. We all know that cats can...well have their own odour so the airwick freshmatic is there for a reason. Recently though with the great weather, the bathroom window has been open so any odour that is around, goes straight out the window. The bathroom without the airwick in it smells fine with no odours to detect.
I came across a good deal for these airwick refills the other day so got three. I put one in and away it went. Now...as I say, the bathroom is fine at the moment. Yet, every 10 minutes at least the airwick is spraying itself. Is it detecting odour in the fresh air? At this rate, I think I will be stopping it when it runs out. I am not made of money and I dread to think how quickly its going through the refill.
Ooops, there it goes again. I think if I am going to use a refill then it will be a timed one as I trust those more.
I can tell when it goes off because I can smell it downstairs, despite being on setting number 2 of 3.
The Freshmatic takes 3 AA batteries by the way.
I just spotted my fresh matic as I sat here pondering what to review today .
I found this little gem one day while doing my normal dilly dally round Tesco wasting time before picking my daughter up from an after school club . It was on special which is what drew me in , I'd never buy it full price as I'm too tight .
I say little gem but in truth its not so little . I find it quite a large ugly thing with no attractive appeal to it whatsoever but it does the job it was made for . I'd quite like it if there were colour options but no just plain simple white which has a habit of showing the slightest speck of dust that decides to cling to it .
The size of the aerosol cans it takes is why its so big and also carries some weight to it when full . Make sure not to put it on an overhead shelf just in case it takes a topple , I'm sure it would leave a nice bump on your noggin.
There's a simple button on top which you press and then your able to kinda unfold the front half from the back . From here you can easily see where the batteries go and the smelly can sits in on top of them before closing it all up again .
It runs off 2 AA batteries which seem to go on and on , I've not changed mine in the time I've had it and its on ALOT . There are 3 settings indicated on the side and are selected via a little sliding switch. The size of the flower print indicates how often you wish it to go off .. Which brings me onto the biggest bug bear I have with this gadget .. The psssss psssss noise it makes when it goes off , its not quiet and I can clearly hear it through a closed door to the room it is in . Countless times the darn thing has made me jump in fright when it goes off with its Pssssss .
There are several fragrance's to be had and I'm not at all fussy , I will grab whichever one is on special at the time I happen to be browsing up that area of the supermarket . They do last a long time , I've only gone through 2 cans in the year or so I've had mine and like I mentioned before its almost always on in one room or another . So great value
I can honestly not say what I paid for it but was not full price . The refills tend to be around the £3.50 / £4 mark but do last a long time
Homo sapiens are magnets to odours. Where-ever we turn an odour greets our nasal passage like a long-lost friend - even if we sit still for a day in a room where air doesn't flow freely, odours of the body-kind still manage to float nonchalantly by. A sign of decay, a reminder that a decent cleanse is necessary to eradicate the minuscule skin flakes which is shed on a daily basis. Shedding skin is a 24/7 occupation - and over time the odour is a reminder you need to refresh. This is what is so good about Air Wick - it eradicates semi pungent scents and replaces it with a pleasant fragrance, this gives the impression you and your abode is clean and therefore worthy of a visit - Hiding any underlining pungencies that maybe lurking behind radiators, toilet rims, and on sides of the plethora of recycling containers we've been programmed to sift through just for our recycling authorities to sift through, just on the chance sifting didn't take priority initially - Bin there done that - got the notes on Amazon forest paper addressing my inaccurate material procedure - a firm tap on my mauve forehand. Well at least my abode is pleasantly scented - unlike the stench that rallies around the vessel the recycling tyrannies call a road-worthy vehicle. These gargantuan 'Dusty Bins' are: (3) A menace to my sense of smell, to the point of retching - (2) Causes traffic chaos in a cul-de-sac - (1) Do not come with an Air Wick Freshmatic Spray - I've a good mind to print off hundreds of A5 notes stating: 'You stinker! You're a menace to those who value their sense of smell - sponsored by 'Air Wick Freshmatic.'
Unlike "do the Shake n' Vac, and put the freshness back", slogan of the 1980s famously provided by vocalist Miriam Stockley; Freshmatic automatically sprays the fragrance so you do not have to remember to do so. So no shaking or vacuuming which requires you to remember - therefore Freshmatic is ideal for absent minded folk who're prone to cultivating room odours. A must if you've pets on the assumption pets do generally come with faeces. Read the label! - It's on the tag stating how to wash your pet - with difficulty - the problem with having no diagrams or instructions. Freshmatic is a reason to not clean up your pets but will bode well if you've time constraints. Oddly the manufacturers request is to have the Air Wick Freshmatic close to 2 metres high while activated, supposedly to give the aerosol spray a high enough trajectory to catch a stream of air to cover the surrounding area - Tops of bathroom cabinets or window ledges is a big enough opportunity for the device to fragrance efficiently. The white plastic entity is shaped not dissimilar to a modern age light-house - or a state of art police-station that evidently is very local to me - influenced by London's erection of 'The Gherkin' - a boastful phallic symbol of London's Financial Sector's wide girth stroke global status. Freshmatic is my bathroom's equivalent of a modern monolith - the fact it squirts sporadically, and looks heavier than it really is; is beside the point - The device successfully implies the area is cleansed, a superficial cleansing. Well, my cleaner is rather ingénue to matters of cleanliness and germ warfare as it so happens, but put her in front of Champagne flute she'll be polishing the glass till shards of shine hits the walls - 'bring me up Scotty!'
Once the chosen fragrance is slotted and positioned into the Freshmatic plastic vessel - set your flower dial. You can't miss the control slots; it's on the side - the size variation of the flower logo determines the squirt frequency of the... pssssts!!! Manoeuvre to facilitate the pungency strength required, be generous - no need for great dexterity or skill. The device takes two 'AA batteries' (included in the product package) and can last for six weeks depending on the usage and setting choice. Every now and then I turn the Freshmatic off to get some good wholesome air - well we've filled our lungs with normal air for our entire existence - this has 'gotta' be done from time to time - even though Air Wick prefers homo sapiens to incessantly breathe-in their aerosol canister fragrances - Lovely. Yea, the perfumed air does get on my wick - so be careful not to overindulge. The cute tear-drop indentation on the back allows for the Air Wick to slide happily onto a wall nail - alas it is no 'Water-Lilly by Monet', instead a soft satin and moon lily scent is dispersed from an ergonometric oval hole at the front. The wavy white shell clicks neatly onto the Freshmatic Automatic canister holder and resembles a Steve Jobs early 'Apple, Sound-Buster' peripheral. The LED red/green light indicators illuminates from under the white plastic shell, adopts a softer LED indication, this is a neat design addition from China. A well thought-out feature in the product development; this is overlooked by users - therefore no LED laser shows in dark rooms.
Dimensions: (Height) 21 cms X (Width) 6.8 cms X (Depth) 7.5 cms - (Weight) 498.952 grams
Be scent aware!
The product is the most efficient in ridding unwanted odours, especially if guests are just about to arrive and you've got that lingering baked grease scent stomping about your abode - marching up the nasal passage through the forest of sensitive nasal hairs and holding fort till a stronger scent invades the nasal fort. Air Wick is master of reclaiming nasal forts - whereby it disbands the offending scents and neutralises odours. Air Wick cover themselves by including cautious health and safety measures - such as: 'do not get in eyes - spray in face or body - have contact with skin - do not expose the product to temperatures above 50 C - do not spray onto a naked flame.' Also, if you get an adverse medical reaction to the product refrain from using it. I can only assume this is directed at the members of the public who're little miracles, duly by reaching adulthood. The kind who've felt a need to experiment with a lighter while letting off a fart - send text messages while driving at eighty miles an hour and those who bungee jump! I don't know any of these types - do you? Great product for the wise population who deemed to have odour concerns, even though they're unaware of it. Be scent aware!
9.99 GBP in most supermarkets. Four stars. Recommended.
==Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic Spray==
Since writing this review for the first time we have been blessed with a little boy, I do not use these in the house anymore unfortunately as I would recommend their use with a small child in the house as they are quite strong aerosols. In the future I may have them in some rooms such as the bathroom and perhaps the landing so the scent disperses throughout the house and is not confined and therefore over powering.
==Why did I purchased this item? ==
I like my home to smell nice all of the time, this can be quite hard with a small dog who likes to play outside and bring in her muddy smell and a husband whose job requires him to be constantly outdoors and active so mud mixed with more mud, sweat and wet dog and man can get very whiffy very quickly! I enjoy Yankee Candles but for obvious reasons you cannot leave them unattended or on for too long so the scent is more of a temporary quick fix measure. I saw these Air Wick Freshmatic sprays in my local supermarket so I decided to give them a go, the idea of them instantly appealed to me as they are battery operated so you can just stick them on and leave them to it, much better than the normal spray canisters, where I would have to run round the house after both the husband and dog showering them in a glistening spray of air freshener every so often. Anyways enough about my stinky housemates!
Well I purchased two of the Freshmatic spray units which come with a scented aerosol, the packaging was relatively easy to open and once opened I was greeted by a rather bulky unit, however the size did not put me off as it just meant that it was capable of holding a large unit of spray so the size was outweighed by the products benefits in my opinion. I was shocked to find two white unbranded batteries; I thought I would have had to purchase my own as they never normally come with the product. The batteries have a good life in them and are still going strong after 2months of use, I have not had to change them, for me this would not be a problem as we sort of have a battery hoarding system in this house, by hoarding system I mean you could probably look in any cupboard in any room and find either a full pack of batteries, half pack, or the odd one lying around (my husband gets them from work, don't worry it is all legit the company have that many they practically throw them in our direction, hence the overflowing amount in our house. It's like the Duracell bunny has had a party and all of his friends have crashed out in random places!) Anyway, back to the review! The can of fragrance we got with this particular unit was smooth satin and moon lily, I'm sorry but these fragrances are getting more extreme as the years go by, what on earth does smooth satin smell like and moon lily for that matter? I couldn't go into extreme detail of the fragrance but it was very pleasant, strong at first and then it became faint but at the right level.
==The unit itself==
As I have already mentioned the unit is battery operated and takes 2 AA batteries which are supplied with the product. The unit can be adjusted to 4 different settings, one of these being off. The different settings are for the amount of times you want the spray to go off, the larger the flower (how they display the setting), the more times the product will spray. I find that the middle setting is the best for our household. The unit is quite large and you have to find somewhere to display the unit, we have had a few near misses when my daft husband thought it would be a good idea to put it on the stairway window, this was ok for both of us as we expected it to randomly shoot out at you. However, when an electrical engineer came round and was having a chat with me at the top of the stairs it managed to miss my head and aim directly into his mouth, let's just say it got moved shortly afterwards! I now keep them up high so the spray distributes better, I find on top of the wardrobe is ideal and with being vertically challenged (4ft 11!) it means I get away with not having to deal with them the hubby has the job of changing sprays and batteries when required, it's a win win situation, well for me anyways!
There are many sprays available for these units some are Air Wick branded and I have also found that you can buy certain supermarket branded sprays which also fit, therefore saving you a few pennies! However, on saying that a few I have purchased recently (unbranded sprays) they have claimed to fit in the unit but when they have been put in, the unit realises they aren't the real McCoy and it starts flashing red and fails to operate. I would therefore recommend sticking to the actual Airwick canisters. The Airwick sprays available at present are: soft satin and moon lily, cool linen and white lilac, white vanilla bean, lavender and camomile, mulled wine and cinnamon apple, blackberry fig. They are a few examples I am sure there are a few more available. We have tried a wide variety of these sprays and they have all been pleasant they start of quite powerful and then they become pleasantly subtle and the smell lasts for a good period of time before completely disappearing. They have a more expensive scent to them then some air fresheners we have bought in the past, particularly ones which make your whole house smell like you have gone a bit mad with the toilet air freshener there is nothing worse than people coming round for tea and wondering why it smells like there may have been some time spent in the toilet!
I don't think there is anything bad to be said about these sprays I think they are very useful and time efficient as you don't have to go round spraying them every five minutes to get the full effect of the product. I would turn them off on an evening though as a precautionary measure as obviously if you sleep with the bedroom door closed I don't think you would fancy drowning in a sea of soft satin and moon lily spray, although at least you would smell great when they found you! All jokes a side I think this product is great, it can be a little pricey expect to pay between 8-12 pounds per unit and sometimes it works out better to buy a new system with spray then to buy a single refill. Shop around and you will find the best deals.
PURCHASED TWO OF THE NEW DISPENSERS TODAY AS THEY WERE ON SPECIAL OFFER ORMALL 12+15 EACH ONLY TO FIND THAT ONLY AIRWICH REFILLS CAN BE USED NOW. SURELEY ITS UP TO THE CUSTOMER WHAT REFILL THEY USE. ESPECIALLY WHEN AIRWICH REFILLS AR £6.00 EACH AND SUPERMARKET REFILLS ARE £2.00. WILL RETURN ONE TO SUPERMARKET TOMORROW AS I HAVE OPENED ONE.
Having now been in our new house for 3 months I'm amazed by the number of household products we seem to buy. When I had previously lived on my own in a flat in Basingstoke my spending on cleaning products, ornaments and air fresheners was kept down to a bare minimum. Since getting married and having our own place again Jen seems to have gone on a spending splurge on all manner of items, including two of these Air Wick Freshmatic Automatic Spray air freshener dispensers.
What Is The Point
Well apparently these devices are designed to keep your bathrooms smelling fragrant and fresh rather than of a combination of Bathroom smells. Once positioned in your bathroom you can choose between 3 timed settings to have the air freshener keeping your rooms fresh. The device is a reasonably large box with a button on the front for manual distribution and a nozzle towards the top for distributing the spray. Inside the unit there is a space for the batteries (2 x AA) and the refill cans, to keep them out of view.
Inside The Box
We bought two of these units from Tesco's for a special offer price of £6 each, half their usual price. The RRP is £12, however these are almost always on offer in one shop or another. For your £6 you get the dispenser, one refill and two AA batteries. With the refills alone priced at £2.99 each it is a good price if you can get it on special offer. With our unit we opted for the Sicilian Lemon and Ginseng freshener, however these sets are available with the full range of scents.
Setting It Up
Putting the Unit together is very simple. Once you've put the batteries in, you then choose whether you want it on a 9, 18 or 36 minute intervals. We opted for the 36 as this seemed often enough and would ensure that we got the most use out of each refill canister. Once the canister is in place the front of the unit closes to conceal the inner workings and you are left with a white plastic front that measures approx 25cm by 10cm and can either be positioned free standing or on the wall. We opted to hang ours from the wall and the device already has a hole in the back to enable you to do this.
Would I Recommend It
As far as unnecessary household objects go I have to admit I'm being won over. I had my doubts and didn't see what was wrong with the old fashioned can of spray, however when you have visitors it does make for a more fragrant bathroom. The scent provided by the Lemon and Ginseng canister isn't over powering and does leave our bathroom smelling reasonably fresh. Given the plethora of smells that tend to gather in a bathroom it is nice to have something slightly different to greet you when you open the door.
The scent really is quite nice and our first canister lasted almost three months, which given the £2.99 cost of a refill is actually a pretty good return on the investment. The batteries seem to also be lasting for a decent amount of time and this too adds to the feeling that this was actually a good buy.
It's not all advantages however as it does have one particular downside. As I already mentioned we have mounted this on the wall of the bathroom and that wall is the dividing wall to our bedroom. My only real disappointment with this product comes from the noise it makes against the wall every time it dispenses during the night. It doesn't take away from the quality of the product, however I feel it is a point worth making so others don't have the same issue.
Overall though we are very happy with this product. As I grow older I seem to be becoming more open to items like this around the house, perhaps it's because I know it's inevitable, but I have actually really grown to like this product. It didn't cost a lot of money for the initial outlay and the refills last for a decent amount of time making it a cost effective way to keep the house fragrant. Ive never liked the plug in air fresheners and these provide an excellent, cost effective alternative that I'd happily recommend.
Lavender & Camomile
Fressia & Jasmine
Sicilian Lemon & Ginseng
Cool Linen & White Lilac
Smooth Satin & Moon Lily
Exotic Bamboo & Lotus Flower
Precious Silk & Oriental Orchids
I love air fresheners, they can change my moods or the feel of a home sometimes, depending on the scent. It's always hard to find a decent air freshener though but the past few months I have been using the Airwick Freshmatic Automatic spray.
The automatic spray cost me £7.99, which included a spray, I believe this was on offer though and they range in price from about £6 - £10, depending on offers and where you buy it from.
The majority of supermarkets sell them and even shops such as Savers or Wilkinsons.
There are a variety of air fresheners which can be bought these days, but I knew I didn't want a plug in version or a handheld spray, hence my reason for buying one of these as I wanted it placed just by my front door on top of my fuse box to let off sprays of air freshener automatically on it's own.
The Airwick Freshmatic is a white plastic 'case' with a light on the front, a button on the top, a hole in the middle and a larger blue button on the front. The button on top is what releases the case allowing it to open to be able to place the batteries in which it needs as well as the spray canister which you can buy in many scents seperately. Also inside the case you can control the air freshening intervals from 9 minutes, 18 minutes, 36 minutes or even off! Once your batteries are in, 2 x AA by the way, and your airwick spray and your timing has been selected with the switch you simply close the case back up and place it where ever you want to put it in your home, as it stands freely.
Now you wait until it sprays and then either 9, 18 or 36 minutes later, it will let out another quick spray of your chosen scent.
One can of airwick spray can last a different amount of time depending on which setting you keep it on, it claims on the box it's up to 60 days but that is only if you keep it on the 36 minute spray interval. The bursts of air freshener are refreshing and there are some beautiful scents you can buy including Lavendar, Freesia and Jasmine, Energising sicillian Lemon and many more. The button on the front of the airwick automatic spray acts as a boost of fragrance if you press it, it doesn't interfere with the timing you have already set it to though it just gives a little extra fragrance when you fancy it.
I love this as it's very convenient, as it can be placed anywhere within my home and it sprays on it's own without me having to spray it, meaning there is always a fresh scent floating around my home at some point, masking any odours which are in the home mostly what the kids have created. Although battery operated, providing there are 'decent' batteries used you don't have to change them often either.
Where's that thingy?..... shouted my wife. Now as all men know, we are required to know at any given time not only what a thingy is but also the whereabouts of aforementioned thingy.
After a period of time and patient questioning, it became evident that the thingy in question which shares its name with at least another 100 household items was the Air Wick Air Freshener thingy which had lain undisturbed for many a month on the high window shelf in Bedroom 1 en-suite.
I retrieved the thingy and delivered same unto She Who Likes To Think She Is The Boss. This thingy was required due to the imminent arrival of guests, I was informed. I was charged with the responsibility of rendering this thingy working before they arrived.
When these thingies were first introduced many years ago, it seemed a novel idea to have a little contraption which would save you having to remember to spray your room with a delightful fresh fragrance.
The thingy works by batteries - 2 x AA batteries -(which were dud and which I had to recharge as a priority). You open the unit at the top by depressing the button and the front of the unit folds down to reveal the metal spray can which is a little thicker than the standard 'spray it yourself' versions. The can sits on its own little shelf within the unit.
You have to make sure that the hole in the nozzle of the can corresponds with the hole in the white plastic casing. You then switch the unit on (inside - top left of the casing) selecting the interval at which you require the contraption to spray the room in which you choose to site it. The choice is either every 9, 18 or 36 minutes.
Being a tight git, I set it at every 36 minutes, knowing our guests were by no means the smelliest and of course conscious of the cost of the refills.
Knowing I am a tight git, my wife immediately checked the setting and subsequently re-set it to 9 minutes - for no other reason other than the fact that she likes to win,
The thingy was duly sited high up in the main bathroom of which they were going to have exclusive use during their stay. You can sit them on a shelf or hang them on the wall. I hung around to make sure it was working - descaling the toilet whilst I was in there.
In due course I heard a little spraying sound and was vaguely aware of a flowery misty fragrance as it sprayed some of the contents of the can into the room.
Marvelling at my skills, I exited the bathroom and our guests arrived a short time later. They stayed a few days and after they had gone, I went to the unit to switch it off - after all, I never make a smell in the bathroom. Lo and behold it was already switched off!
Of course, recounting this to my wife, I was immediately accused of switching it off myself. Not so. The only possible explanation was that our guests did. It's not the kind of conversation you enter into, so we may never know why.
I can only assume that like me, they find these things a waste of time. My main issue with them is that unless you adjust them every day, they will needlessly spray every 9, 18 or 36 minutes when there is no one around and no smell requiring to be masked.
I am also very suspicious of people who elect to hide their smell. Far better to ensure that you keep your house and contents clean such that they do not smell.
I can't fault the product and the replacements cans of spray come in a variety of fragrances and are quite often on special offer. Tesco even sell their own version which is cheaper. I just don't think these are necessary.
If you make a bad smell in the bathroom, open the window and let nature take its course.
I usually spend quite a lot of time, looking around for an air fresher that would last and keep the nice smell, so when I seen that there was one that would go of itself on a timer, I thought it was a great idea, so I thought I would give it a go.
They are available from most supermarkets, and although the unit is rather expensive at around £12, there are often on offer, which mine was when I got it in asda for £6, which is a good saving.
The unit itself is quite large and not the most attractive looking, it is all white. Setting it up is very easy. You open the cover, put in the batteries (which are provided), you then put the air freshener can in, turn it on and close the cover and it is ready to go.
You can choose between 3 time interval settings - 9, 18 or 36 minutes. There is also a button on the front which if pressed will give an extra boost of fragrance. When the fragrance sprays, it does make a loud spitting noise, you will get used to it after a while but I would warn guests who are not aware of it before it goes off.
I have tried nearly all of the different fragrances available for the freshmatic, but my favouite is lavender and camomile as it is quite a relaxing and a herbal fragrance, although at this time of the year, I do like the Christmas fragrances that are available. The refills cost around £3.50, but these are usually available on offer as well.
Overall I would recommend this product as I believe it is worth the money. The fragrances are really nice and once it sprays, the fragrance will stays in for about two minutes, and I find it good that you can adjust the time interval between sprays to your liking. Although I feel it could have been designed a bit better, as it is a little bulky, I would still recommend it.
I mentioned in a previous review that a friend of mine gave me a box of bits from under her kitchen sink due to having a new kitchen fitted. One of the things in there was AN Airwick Freshmatic air freshener spray. I had never used one of these before and as I had been given it I thought I would buy a refill for it and use it in the bathroom.
The Airwick Freshmatic is a white plastic unit which sprays a metered amount of air freshener every few minuets. It needs 2 AA batteries to make it work. As I said I didn't buy mine but they are roughly £10.00 on Amazon.
The actual unit is made of white plastic and stands approximately 8 inches high and 3 ½ inches wide Its quite a bulky thing really. It has a button on the top that when pressed releases the front of the unit and it flaps down. This was quite stiff and although I managed easily enough I think it might be difficult for those with hand problems. My mum would certainly struggle with her arthritis.
The inside has a small battery compartment that takes 2 AA size batteries, and 2 very tiny switches. One is the on/off switch and the other is to chose how often you want the air freshener to spray. It has 3 settings 9, 18 and 36 minuet intervals.
In front of the batteries is where you put the can of spray. This wedges nicely in and when the unit is switched on a small cog slowly turns and in time presses the spray button and releases a burst of fragrance through a small hole at the front and out into your room.
The Automatic Spray.
This is just a can of air freshener that is made especially to fit the unit, these can be found in supermarkets. I got mine from Tesco, it cost £3.50 for a 250ml spray can. There are several different smells to choose from including:-
I chose Citrus as I planned on putting it in the bathroom I thought it would be nice and fresh. This is supposed to give me a burst of " sun kissed Mediterranean citrus fruits". And if left on the 36 minuet interval, would last up to 50 days.
I put the unit on the top of a cupboard so it wouldn't spray directly onto anyone. I knew if I put it on the window sill I would end up with citrus smelling cats!!
The Freshmatic did as it was supposed to and delivered a blast of fresh lemon fragrance every 36 minuets. I was pleased. I thought no more worrying about bathroom smells it would always smell clean and fresh. I was wrong. The fragrance when sprayed does smell nice and lemony however, it doesn't last. To actually smell it you have to be in there when it actually goes off or just after. If you go in half way through the 36 minuets there's no scent at all. I was very disappointed.
There is the option of choosing the 18 or 9 minuet settings but this means its starting to get quite costly to use.
Over all I wasn't impressed with the Airwick Freshmatic. I found it to be quite an expensive way of making the bathroom smell nice and also the actual unit is quite bulky and reminds me a bit of a public loo.
I think the more modern Airwick sensor fresheners would be a better option.
Not one I would use again.
I think most people are paranoid about their house smells; whether its pets, kids or cooking aromas. I have had problems with all three before. I have tried all varieties of air freshners around the house; sprays, plug-ins, plug-ins with fans, sprays with sensors, candles, solid gels and the freshmatic sprays.
The freshmatic sprays are definitely my favourite way to keep my house smelling fresh. The container itself which houses the refill is white and quite large, you have an option of attaching it to a wall but it can be quite conspicious so I prefer to hide it behind a book at the top of a bookshelf.
It takes a few seconds before the freshmatic starts to work after you insert the refill and close the lid. The light will flash, you need to make sure that the container is facing away from you before it sprays.
You have several options; on the inside next to the refill you have the option of 9, 18, or 36 minute interval sprays. There is also an Off button. On the outside you have an option of having the movement sensor On or Off. If you choose the sensor Off, the freshmatic will spray at your chosen intervals. If you put the sensor On, the spray will go off whenever something moves in front of the container.
Due to the position of my airwick I prefer to use the 36 minute intervals with the sensor off. I find that that is sufficent to keep my room smelling lovely and fresh.
Although it does state quite clearly on the refill container that you should 'only use air wick refills in your air wick freshmatic' other supermarket own-brand refills do fit in the airwick freshmatic machine. I personally however do prefer the original airwick scents so I buy airwick refills.
I have tried almost every variety of airwick freshmatic refill but my favourite refill is COOL LINEN AND WHITE LILAC which 'captures the freshness of linens awaying in the breeze, gently scented by nearby white lilacs.' I am not sure about that but I think it smells floral and fresh, an ideal scent for my living room.
The worst refill I tried was a lemon based one; it made my house smell like really strong bathroom cleaning products. It made my husband sneeze and gave him itchy eyes.
If you have someone staying over on the settee, turn the freshmatic off, nothing worse than being gassed out by air freshner when trying to sleep.
Make sure you turn off the freshmatic before going on holiday for any time. In fact if you remember turn it off whilst out for the day and also before going to bed.
Another problem we found, we put the freshmatic in the bathroom on the sensor ON setting thinking that it would make sure that the bathroom smelt lovely whenever someone entered. We found that the scent was so strong in the smallest room of the house that it was overpowering. One of our guests was also sprayed in the back!
As an owner of three dogs and with a fry-up loving family I am constantly purchasing aerosol products to fragrance my home. There are lots of products on the market now that promise to deliver a constant supply of lovely perfume without you having to make an effort to spray so you never have to worry about being caught out by surprise visitors! I have tried Glade Touch and Fresh and the Glade Flameless candle, for instance, but they have both ended up gathering dust on on a shelf! The latest aerosol gadget I have tried is the new Airwick Freshmatic I-motion compact size spray. This is a new variation on the brand's Freshmatic automatic spray 'machines' and it includes a motion sensor which detects the presence of people in the vincinity. It then gives an extra spurt of fragrance so that when you are indoors the room is fragranced to the maximum.
The Airwick device is an ugly looking thing. I don't know why the top named brand's design these gadgets to look so monstrous! This one follows the market trend and is a white plastic block of around five inches tall which tapers to a slight point at the top. The fragrance dispensing hole is positioned right at the top. A knobbly motion sensor - which looks like a transluscent honeycomb ball - is positioned mid center on the front. A green diode underneath the sensor flashes to show the gadget is working and also flashes when it detects movement. There are two switches underneath this diaode. One switches the movement sensor on and off. The other is a timer setting with three timed fragrance burst options.
The gadget is battery operated and comes with non-rechargable batterys already included. These are AA sized and this takes three of them. The fragrance comes in a small aerosol can which is encased in a plastic fitting. This means it's non-recyclable after use. The starter packs include one fragrance cannister and one Freshmatic device. Refill fragrances are then available to purchase seperately. There are four starter pack fragrances to choose from but seven different refill fragrances available to buy seperately. The cannisters are insterted into the bottom of the device. It's a little awkward and it seems as though the compartment door will not shut. You have to squeeze it in really hard. The battery compartment is equally fiddley to prise open and I had to use a pen to wedge open the door.
I have the Freesia and Jasmine variety frgrance. It's a floral scent that is quite musky and intense. It's like the pollen encrusted anthers of a summer flower in bloom. I would describe the scent as being most suitable for use in a bathroom/toilet area. It's not a very welcoming and warm scent, not what I'd call a living room fragrance.
The device has three timer settings. You can choose to have it set to spray automatically every 9, 18 or 36 minutes. In addition to this you can have the motion sensor turned on which means if the device senses action it gives an extra burst. The device is actually quite clever though - it won't continuously spray if you wave your hand past the sensor. It's also designed not to go overboard with the spraying and won't release excessive amounts of fragrance.
I had varying results when I had the device set to the motion sensor. I was not always convinced that the motion sensor was actually working. Whilst the diode flashed the device did not activate itself with immediate effect. I'm guessing this is because the sensor activated burst would be too close to the timed burst so it is negated? The motion sensor also seemed to be less effective as the batteries wore down and the fragrance ran out. I am also uncertain whether the extra bursts of fragrance set off by the motion sensor being activated was actually any more beneficial than the timed bursts alone, especially when this is set to the maximum nine minute burst. There is enough of a fragrance burst at this max. setting.
I used the device in my living room and situated it at about shoulder height. I found that when first using this the fragrance was very noticable and it was very reassuring to know that the room was being frgranced and freshened up. Later on I was either immune to the scent or the cannister was not dispensing as much as I could not smell the fragrance after about two weeks.
One thing that is a bit annoying about the device is that it makes a clicking noise when the fragrance is pumped out. This is a considerably loud click and I found it quite distracting if I was trying to watch television or talk. I sometimes even jumped in fright if I wasn't expecting it to go off! There is no off switch either so if you want to stop fragrancing or have complete quiet you have to either take the batteries out or remove the frgrance cannister.
The brand claim the device will fragrance continously for 50 days when the refill will run out. I found that my refill did not last the journey!The batteries also lasted a pitifully short time (around one month). The clicks tend to soften when the refill is running out. The diode light is supposed to flash continuously when the cannister has ran out but mine did not. It just kept pumping at the empty can and no perfume was being released. If your device reacts like this there is no way to know if the refill has run out except to sniff the air nearby the device after a pump! Stupidly, the batteries in the device will continue to work and make the empty cannister 'pump'.
Overall I would say that a lot of things could be improved with the Freshmatic i-motion device. The motion sensor sounds like an amazing new technology but it is not a highly sensitive detector and as I have already said the extra burst is not needed when set to the maximum timer level anyway.
The compact models are around £5 -£ 10 with the larger model at around £15 but they are on sale at different supermarkets for varying amounts. The refills are around £3.50-£4 each and I am a bit dismayed that I would have to refill this device as often at this price, and not just with the fragrance refill but the batteries too. I may get a refill for my device eventually but for now I'll stick to aerosol spray cans!
Say goodbye to hand sprays and horrible smells all at once this amazing automatic air fresener is the best thing going.
All the rooms in my house contain them and each one a different smell. So I never get bored of the smell and I do not have to just smell bad feet and horrible sweat and dogs.
This air fresener is like no other you simple hang or place the air fresener anywhere in your house and leave it. Simple and when someone passes or it is on a roata it will simple spray one burst and make the whole room smell fresh. None of it goes to waste as there is no wasted sprays.
Each spray will last between 2-3 months so there is no need to worry about changing them or worrying about wasting money. As each one is well worth it.
You can get so many fragrances to many to name my favourite is the lavander as it makes me feel relaxed but there is so many choices you will find your perfect smell.
This does not cost very much at all no more than £5.
My wife & I bought one of these yesterday from Tesco. It was on special offer reduced down to £6.99 from £12.99 & with us having no air freshening type gizmos we though we would give it a go.
It comes in vacuum sealed plastic packaging that you will have to cut open & risk cutting your hands on so be careful. Inside the packet is the actual appliance, 1 air freshener for inside it, batteries to run it & fixings for you to mount it on a wall should you so choose.
Setting it up is very easy. Open the cover, then put in the batteries followed by the can of air freshener & turn it on. Close the lid & you're done.
The freshener works in two ways. Firstly it fires a burst of freshness at set intervals that you choose (either 9, 18 or 36 minute intervals). The second way it works is by firing a bust of freshness when the motion detector on the gadget scenses someone walk by. It will then wait until it's next alloted time to fire again.
Does it work & is it anygood? We have a small to medium living room & the fragrance does do a good job of making the room smell nice plus the smell is actually pretty nice too. It's fresh & clean but not sweet or fruity. We went for the blue one which has got linen in the title.
Plus points mean that this is automated. You'll never need to worry about spraying as the hassle is taken out of you actually having to spray around your room. The gadget doesn't look too bad either & would go well in most rooms. Plus you can wall mount it (with a drill & some small DIY skills).
The are some down points with the design of the item. The time selection button along with the off button are located inside the cover. This should have been on the outside so that you could change the setting or even turn it off for the day while you're at work without having to open it all the time. Another improvement I would have made is a timer on it which has a clock. Then You would have bee able to tell it not to fire through the night while everyone is asleep or while everyone is out at work or school in the day. This means I would be able to come home to a nice smelling room without wasting a days worth of the air freshener.
I would recommend the product. it is very good at what it does & even though in my opinion it could have been designed better it still works very well & is easy enough to turn off for when you go out. Give it a go & I think your nose will probably be happy.
I won one of these Airwick freshmatic devices at a charity Christmas fayre event a few weeks ago, so thought I might as well review it.
The device itself is quite compact, nice looking and completely unobtrusive, except for one little niggle which I shall detail later. It can be sited anywhere you like and goes about its business with no fuss at all. The business is to release a small puff or fragrance into the room at regular intervals - the interval is set by you. It runs on two small batteries which seem to last quite well, approx 4 weeks and counting.
How it works is as follows:-
Open the front cover - it opens with the minimum of effort - push a button on the top and hey presto, insert a can of fragrance, switch on and set a timer to one of three positions. This is very straightforward and all controls are located under the front cover. Close the cover again and that's it. Every few minutes a fresh waft of your chosen scent is sprayed into the room - simple. Fancy a change of scent? Simply change the can.
There is a clever sensor built into the device which senses movement or lack of it, and modifies the release of the fragrance somehow, but I haven't really got my head around that yet. Suffice to say that it seems to work perfectly OK.
The fragrances come in cans, which are about 6 inches high and they seem to last very well, I am still on the one which came with the device and it is not yet empty. I don't know the price of refills as I haven't had the need to buy one yet.
I hear you asking about that little niggle I mentioned earlier! It is nothing major but just something that I find annoying. When the time comes for a release of Fragrance the device cranks itself into gear and operates a very noisy cam device situated directly above the can. This cam device operates the lever which pushes the can plunger down in order to release the fragrance. It is very noisy and infuriating, especially if you are just nodding off in the Armchair!
Apart from the one little niggle the device works well and does its job admirably. I wouldn't buy one but as freebie it is great.
If you are looking for a simple but effective device to fragrance your house at regular intervals, with the minimum of fuss, then this Airwick freshmatic is up to the job.
Air Wick Freshmatic, the new automatic spray from Air Wick, is specially designed for your home. It automatically delivers regular bursts of fragrance throughout the day for up to 2 months. The fragrance dispenser can be hung or placed in any room of the home and is very easy to use. Simply insert the aerosol refill into the device and it will release a fresh, light burst of fragrance at constant time intervals. You can choose from between 3 time interval settings - 9, 18, 36 minutes. Air Wick Freshmatic is battery operated and available in 2 fresh fragrances. So choose either the flowery clean note of lavender or for a more refreshing burst why not try the citrus fruits fragrance. /