Mum rages after air freshener ‘burns hole in car’

The woman's $14 buy has now cost her $451 in repairs.

An Aussie woman has copped a $451 bill for her two-year-old car to be repaired in a move that has others "running" to get rid of their essential oil car air fresheners.

Having seen it at a florist, NSW mum Brooke Bliss bought the $14 item as an "afterthought", and hung it on her mirror, thinking it looked "really nice". Only to seriously regret her decision when it burnt several holes in her gearstick surround.

"The bottom of it has cracked with the heat... f***ing fantastic," she said on TikTok last week. "The car sat in the sun all day and the oil has literally burnt a f***ing hole in my car... my car is two years old, it's literally a new car.

A photo of an essential oil car air freshener being held up near a car mirror. A photo of the damage done to the gearstick surround by the essential oil.
A NSW mum has raged about the ‘burn holes’ an essential oil car air freshener left in her Toyota. Source: TikTok/brookeisblissed

"I didn't really see it, because it's clear, until it was too late."

When taking her Toyota to the dealership to repair the damage, she was given the hefty quote of $451.

"So my $14 diffuser to make my car smell beautiful has turned into a $451 repair on my car," she said in the video.

NSW woman not the only one to face situation

The now viral video has been viewed more than 222,000 times, with people sharing their very similar experiences.

"As soon as I saw you show the diffuser I knew where this was going. This happened to my car and it melted into my dash, they should be illegal," one person said.

"The same thing happened to mine and ruined a part on the dash that was going to cost $1200 to replace," another said.

"Yikes! Running to remove mine from the mirror!!!!" a third commented.

Be aware of what you leave in the car

While Yahoo understands damage to cars by essential oil car air fresheners is rare, just like with any "flammable and combustible item", Fire and Rescue NSW warns drivers to keep them out of the sunlight.

"Internal car temperatures are significant compared to outside temperatures," a spokesman told Yahoo News Australia. "And any time you've got elevated temperatures, there is a chance of ignition.

"If you leave oil depositories you got to be conscious to not leave them in direct sunlight... park in shade."

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