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July 9, 2012
I love animals! In fact, I have shared my home with at least one pet since I was born. Right now we only have one dog, but two years ago, we had two dogs and two cats. My main concern with having all of the animals in the house was odor. Since we are accustomed to the scent of our homes, we don't really know what other people smell when they walk in. I always wondered if my house smelled like zoo that it was.
Add two kids to the mix, and the odors pile up. When you have kids in diapers, well, you know what types of odors you get from those. But even after the diapers are gone, kids are constantly spilling stuff, and even worse, leaving sippy cups full of milk "hidden" around the house. By the time you find them, the odor is less than pleasant.
I have always lit candles when we are expecting company. I buy the large scented candles and light them about an hour before our guests are supposed to arrive. They smell great, and they seem to do a decent job of masking any odors that might be lingering in my house, but that is all they do - mask the odors, just like most air fresheners do. Not only do they not actually remove the odors, but air fresheners and candles can be dangerous. Air fresheners release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in to the air while scented candles and incense may contain particulates, soot and chemicals.
I recently learned that Filtrete now makes an Odor Reduction Filter. We change our air filters every three months, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, and we have been using Filtrete Filters for many years. We found that these are the best filters from removing airborne allergens from our home, and they help us all to breathe better. Having a good air filter really does make for better air quality in a home. I'm excited to try out this new Odor Reduction Filter so that along with the reduction in allergens, any odors in my house will also be reduced.
The Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter features carbon web technology that combines tiny pores of activated carbon with electrostatically charged fibers to help trap odors and gases from the air passing through the filter. It is the most effective odor-reduction filter at removing odors in the home, such as those from cooking, tobacco smoke, pets, mildew and cleaning chemicals.
The Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter also help maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to reach desired indoor air temperatures. Other electrostatically charged filters with similar ratings are tightly woven and may restrict airflow in the heating and cooling system. This may cause the system to work harder and run longer.
The next time we replace our filters, we will definitely be giving these Odor Reduction Filters a try! They are available at select home centers, hardware and grocery stores nationwide, for a suggested retail price of $15.99. Since the filter will last three months, that is a small price to pay for a cleaner smelling home!
Along with changing your air filters every three months, there are other ways to create and maintain a healthy home. Check out these tips from healthy living expert, building biologist and author Lisa Beres:
Source: Kitchen refrigerator
Solution: Forgotten leftovers can cause a foul odor in your fridge. Clean the fridge drawers and shelves by adding a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste. This will remove odors as well as stains left behind from food. Also store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start, and replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.
Source: Pests and repellents
Solution: Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen pantry when they’re on a mission to find food, but dousing them and your kitchen’s surfaces in toxic repellent isn’t a healthy solution for the home or the family. Instead, set a line of coffee grinds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier they won’t cross.
Solution: Prevent unappealing cooking odors, such as fish, from spreading and lingering throughout the entire home by upgrading to the Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter. It traps odors and gases from the air passing through the filter and helps keep the home fresh for families and house guests. Synthetic air fresheners, candles and incense only provide temporary relief from odors by masking them in one particular room but will do nothing to remove the odors from the entire home.
Source: Damp towels
Solution: Wet towels from a shower, a trip to the gym or a day at the pool can be a breeding ground for mildew to develop if they sit too long without drying. To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid mildew and associated smells in the future, hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.
Source: Pet odors
Solution: Furry companions are considered family members to many — 72 percent of American households today own either a dog or a cat1. Reduce the unpleasant smell of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pet weekly and establishing pet-free zones in the home, such as the bedroom.
Source: Candles and air fresheners
Solution: Instead of trying to mask the odors with store-bought air fresheners, create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil — such as lavender or eucalyptus — with two cups of water. Many air fresheners may sway you with the scents of fresh cut grass, warm vanilla or tropical fruits, but they can contain synthetic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes, skin and throats.
Do you already use any of the tips above? Do you have any tips to add to the list? I would love to know how you keep your house smelling great!
For more information about the Filtrete Odor Reducing Filters and other Filtrete home filtration products, visit Filtrete online. While you're there, make sure you register to receive seasonal e-newsletters featuring special offers, filter change reminders, better home living tips and more. Follow Filtrete on Facebook and Twitter to 'filter' out the latest news and tips for creating a healthier home.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.