Our sense of smell is very sensitive. While not in the same league as some of our pets, humans can detect some substances in quantities of less than one part in several billion parts of air. Your sense of smell also plays a key part in your taste sense, and smells can evoke strong memories and emotions. Offensive smells can be hugely distracting and even upsetting.
That is why humans throughout history have tried to either cover up pleasant aromas, or neutralize bad odors. For example we have be using incense since the 5th Century B.C. The modern air freshener was launched in 1948 but since the 80’s there aerosols have been phased out, due to worries about the impact on the ozone layer in the atmosphere. Scented candles and solid gels have become more common.
Another option is to use Febreze, a P&G product, which can trap some molecules, absorbing odor, but it has to be regularly sprayed to be useful.
What’s the best way to Naturally Absorb Odors?
Activated Charcoal is an amazing material with a huge surface area, that can absorb odor molecules. All Innofresh products use this material because it’s the best available odor absorber. Because of the huge surface area of the carbon, and our innovative design, encouraging airflow, our products will work steadily for months at a time.
Because the material is made from Charcoal, made from Wood, Bamboo or Coconut, it is a highly sustainable resource, that adsorbs smells in its lattice like structure. The smell is not masked, or overpowered, it simply disappears.
Some people swear by other natural alternatives such as Vinegar, Oats, Coffee Grounds, Lemon Juice, or even a collection of cooking spices, but these often leave their own odor and don’t always work on every odor. None of these will as effective as Activated Charcoal to absorb odors.