How to Adjust Fragrance Level on Glade or Air Wick Plug In Air Fresheners - Scent Fill
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How to Adjust Fragrance Level on Glade or Air Wick Plug In Air Fresheners | Scent Fill

by Mark Callison February 06, 2017 16 Comments

How to Adjust Fragrance Level on Glade or Air Wick Plug In Air Fresheners | Scent Fill

Have you ever noticed that Air Wick and Glade plug in air fresheners come with a dial that allows you to control the level of fragrance? The question that many people have, though, is do they actually work?

What we have realized through our customers is that no one quite knows what to make of these intensity controls. Should they be set to high or low? How will it impact the length of time that the plug in lasts? How does the intensity of the scent vary from one air freshener to the next, using the dials? And does it do anything at all?

While we do realize that intensity of scent is subjective, we wanted to test Glade and Air Wick plug in air fresheners to see how the intense the scent was with the dial was turned to high versus low. For our test we put the plug ins, one at a time, in a 12’ x 14’ spare room and left them for three hours before testing the intensity of the scent. We also made sure that there was at least one hour between tests so that the scent had time to completely dissipate before running another test.

Plugin Air Freshener Fragrance Adjustment Dial Locations

Top View of Air Wick tear drop - Dial Larger Tear Drop = More Fragrance

The Air Wick adjustable dial has 5 fragrance levels.  By turning gray fragrance adjustment dial on top of warmer clockwise or counter clockwise, the tear drop aligns with holes large to small (see image below) representing more or less fragrance by exposing the wick to more or less heat. Increasing fragrance level occurs when more of the internal heating element is exposed to the wick increasing heat and the rate of evaporation. The faster the evaporation the shorter the lifespan of your refill

TIP: Largest mark (i.e. white marker in teardrop whole) is most intense fragrance. In this example, it's on the second weakest.

Air Wick Fragrance Control Illustration

Testing the Intensity of the Glade In Air Freshener

Once beginning, our testers immediately noticed that the intensity of the scent changed based on your proximity to the plug in (for example, if you had just walked through the door versus standing on the other side of the room, near the plug in.) We decided to rank the intensity on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most intense.

Our testers agreed that the intensity of the first test with the Glade plug in air freshener, with the dial turned to the lowest setting, was a 1 or 2.

When the room was cleared of all scent and the new test was begun with the dial turned to the highest setting, the testers agreed that the scent was at an intensity level of 3 to 5, based, again, on where you were standing in the room.

Testing the Intensity of the Air Wick Plug In Air Freshener

There was no doubt, after our testers judged the intensity of the scent, that the Air Wick plug in air freshener puts out a more intense fragrance than the Glade air freshener.

After clearing the air and beginning a new trial our testers estimated the intensity of the scent, with the dial turned down as low as possible, to be at a 4 or 5, with the intensity changing slightly based upon your proximity to the plug in.

When we started a new test with the dial turned to the highest setting possible, the testers found the intensity of the scent to be at a 7 or 8.

Final Thoughts

One thing we did not test was the length of time that the plug ins lasted based on whether the dial was set to high or low. That said, it can be assumed that with the dial on a higher setting, the plug in isn’t going to last as long as if it was on the lower setting designed to release the fragrance more slowly.

Whether you choose a Glade or an Air Wick plug in air freshener, you will notice the scent when you enter the room, regardless of the setting. (The one caveat to this might be if you’re trying to use the lowest setting on the Glade plug in in a very large room.)  The question is, how subtle or intense do you want the aroma to be in the room? If you prefer a more intense aroma, the Air Wick would likely be the better choice for you. However, if you want a soft, subtle fragrance, the Glade will likely meet your needs well.

The question is, how subtle or intense do you want the aroma to be in the room? If you prefer a more intense aroma, the Air Wick would likely be the better choice for you. However, if you want a soft, subtle fragrance, the Glade will likely meet your needs well.

 

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Mark Callison
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16 Responses

Richard F
Richard F

December 22, 2017

Even at the lowest setting your lucky to get 3 weeks. I have 3 so it’s not just one not lasting. Total fabrication of the truth.

Sally
Sally

November 15, 2017

Please explain what the openings on top mean ..which one means less or more…

Kelly
Kelly

October 10, 2017

HA! I thought it was just ME who didn’t understand the AirWick teardrop control but alas, I am not alone! So my understanding is the smallest teardrop, turned all the way counterclockwise will emit the least amount of fragrance. It’s confusing because that teardrop is white and looks “blocked” and one would think that the other teardrops are “open” and that more fragrance is coming from the “open” ones. I like that there is little chance of spilling the oil and making a mess compared to an open wax fragrance that one may spill so I am trying this for the first time. I think the fragrance is too strong (I’m getting a headache). I may go back to my Scentsy wax warmers!

mary
mary

October 03, 2017

I do think it would help clarify if someone clearly articulated that the least amount of fragrance is emitted IF the smallest tear drop has the appearance of being selected/closed/covered with a white/grey plastic piece. It would be equally helpful if someone clearly stated that the most fragrance is emitted IF the largest tear drop appears to be “covered” by the white plastic. The failure of Air Wick to find language that helps customers use products the way they want to is sad or clever. Here’s my guess: Choose the tear drop size you think indicates the level of scent you want. The scent itself is emitted through the hole in the center. The bigger the tear drop, the more fragrant your room.

Mark
Mark

September 20, 2017

We have added content ad images to the article to help answer your questions. Thank you for posting.

Kathleen Shay
Kathleen Shay

August 27, 2017

I have the same problem as this person above. Do you put the thing on the largest teardrop to get more or do you put it on the smallest teardrop to get more the picture says there’s a + but the largest so if you turn it to the largest that blocks off the scent? I just don’t get it.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

August 22, 2017

I switched to the Air Wick scented oils after having used the Fabreze oils which did not last even a month. I purchased 8 Air Wick plug-ins and scented oils for every room in my house. I wrote down the date I plugged all of them in, and after 3 weeks all of the oils had evaporated. This was true of the Fabreze also. It is printed on your package for the oils that it lasts “up to 225 days”!!! So this is false “advertising”. I will no longer purchase the Air Wick or Fabreze, nor the Glade. They are too pricey for the short length of time the fragrance lasts.

Bonnie C.
Bonnie C.

August 20, 2017

It would be very helpful if you put a short video clip online, with voice over, to demonstrate how the openings on the plug in dispenser work. And/or print directions on the back of your packaging.

Like others who have commented above, I, too, am confused. Does selecting a specific setting block oil from all the others and only allow oil to be warmed from the hole selected?
Thank you.

Mary P.
Mary P.

August 17, 2017

I called airwick. The rep said the opening you slide over the white plastic is your selection.

Mary P.
Mary P.

August 17, 2017

Ditto, Sharon.

Scentfill-I bought your starter pack with the airwick plug in. Please answer. How do you know which opening you have selected? Have you selected the opening that is “blocked” by the white plastic??

Lola
Lola

August 15, 2017

I have noticed that Airwick’s oils are NOT filled to the top, bottle is about 3/4 full…WHY? Geez, are there ANY honest companies out there??? Seems those plugins stop working too…UGH…

Stephanie LaBaw
Stephanie LaBaw

August 13, 2017

Myself included with Sharon. There are absolutely no instructions on what these stupid tear drop holes mean. If i turn the dial to the largest tear drop, does that mean it is blocked? Then less scent comes out? or does it mean the opposite??

Joann
Joann

August 06, 2017

I have exact same question as what Sharon posted on June 4,2017. Does anyone have the answer?

Scent Fill
Scent Fill

July 25, 2017

Allyson and Sharon-

On the new Air Wick with a gray dial top you can only select one hold at a time.There are 5 tear drop shaped holes from small to large The large holed allow more fragrance to pass through to oil warmer by exposing more of the heating element i.e. heat to the wick of the refill. More heat=more fragrance and faster evaporation. Little fragrance comes from the tear drop wholes themselves

Allyson D.
Allyson D.

July 24, 2017

i have the airwick, and though there are several holes, going from small to large, you can only block one hole at a time. this makes no sense to me…

Sharon
Sharon

June 04, 2017

I’ve been reading many posts about adjusting the Air Wick settings but not one article explains which hole I should select. Yes, I turn the dial and yes I see the small holes in various sizes. But what does each hole represent? I currently have them set on the smallest hole, the small hole is blocked. Does that mean the scent is more intense because it is released from the remaining open holes? If I cover the largest hole does that mean the scent is less intense? That makes sense but yet I am not noticing the fragrance with the smallest setting. I would like to know what the sizes of the little holes represent and where I should set my units for maximum intensity. I have one in each room. I went on vacation for two weeks and removed them to save the oil and now that I have plugged them back in I never notice the scent but I did before vacation. I think I may have them set incorrectly. Thank you!

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