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Odor eliminators - Know Your Options

Odor eliminators - Know Your Options
Taikhum Sadiq

Odor eliminators are liquid formulations designed to chemically neutralize the unpleasant biological odors produced from urine, necrotic tissues or feces.

There are two ways to control the odor. The first involves masking the foul smell with a stronger fragrance. The second involves chemical formulations designed to neutralize the rancid smell. Air fresheners, essential oils and perfumes mask odor but do not neutralize it. The biological odor can still be strong and may resurface. That is why odor eliminators are essential.

Foul smell emanating from wounds, incontinence problems and ostomy require odor eliminators in the form of room sprays, concentrated drops and tablet forms. The product neutralizes the foul smell. However, at times it is hard to neutralize strong odors. In such cases, mildly scented neutralizers cover up the lingering remains of the old smell with a fresh fragrance that lasts a long time. If one is sensitive to fragrance then unscented odor eliminator is best.

 Odor Eliminators

Odor eliminators work on some basic principles that either applies singularly or in tandem with others:

  • Absorption: Agents such as silica gel, activated charcoal or zeolite adsorb the particles from the air, thus reducing the source of the smell

  • Sanitizers: Bacteria in the air also need to be neutralized and that is where the sanitizer comes into play


There are many more techniques developed by modern science to work together.

  • All odor eliminators are not aerosols. Some eliminate foul smell from the body as well. Such Deodorant Stick are mostly organic and may include herb or a lichen that serve as natural odor eliminators.

    Smell of certain pets in the house can be offensive for some. No matter how much you love your pet, you cannot tolerate the smell of their urine or feces. There are Odor Eliminators designed especially for pets. These are safe around the animal.

  • Hollister M9 Odor Eliminator Drops are to be placed inside an ostomy pouch. Add 10 to 12 drops in the pouch to eliminate odor when the pouch is emptied. Appropriate for colostomy and ileostomy pouches.Use with each pouch change or after emptying.

  • AprilFresh Odor Eliminator is one of the most innovative and effective products available to eliminate biological odors associated with incontinence and even necrotic tissues. The advanced formula eliminates unpleasant and embarrassing odors.

  • Healthpoint Freshnet is a water-based, non-flammable odor eliminator. It does not cause respiratory problems in patients or nurses who are perfume-sensitive or suffering from asthmatic conditions. Freshness does not contain alcohol and would not remove finish from floors.

  • Hospital formula Anacapa Sani-Zone Odor Eliminator spray combats most obnoxious odors with just a spray or two and the effect lasts for hours. The mild fragrance targets odors particularly associated with decaying organic matter such as necrotic tissues, urine, feces and garbage.

With the ever-increasing pollution of the environment and the varied odors that wander in through the door, everyone wants their house to smell like a blossoming garden. Homemade remedies sometimes worked and but sometimes increased the foul odor. But today, odor eliminators have become an important part of homes.They are packaged in convenient sizes for ease of carrying in the pocket, purse or car.However, along with odor eliminators, comprehensive personal hygiene is also essential to combat odor.


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Taikhum Sadiq has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2016.

He is an archaeology student and is passionate about learning about the past and how it impacts our future. He believes ...

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