We often turn to products to help mask odors in the home but often times do not realize that they also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Air fresheners release volatile organic compounds and scented candles may contain particulates, soot and chemicals. The new Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter helps remove odors throughout the entire home while improving indoor air quality and helping to reduce airborne allergens such as pollen, mold spores and dust mite debris. The filter has a unique two-sided design, with one side that captures large airborne particles and the second side that removes household odors. It’s 65 times more effective than other carbon filters at removing odors, such as those from cooking, tobacco smoke, pets, mildew and cleaning chemicals.
My oldest son suffers from seasonal allergies so we use allergen filters in our heating/cooling system as well as air purifiers. If we don’t, he has a really deep, hard cough that sticks around for months at a time and as a Mom, I don’t like to see him suffer like that.
Lisa Beres, who is a healthy living expert, Building Biologist, and author, shares a few simple solutions to naturally create and maintain a fresh home:
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: 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.
Lisa’s tips really hit home with me because we suffer from both! It seems like we have a never-ending leftover stockpile and nothing stinks more than leftovers. Baking soda is definitely nature’s absorber, however I am guilty of not changing the box frequently enough and I will try to do this more often. We also have the damp towel syndrome in our house. As some of you know, we have a pool, so we constantly have damp towels hanging over the shower rod in the bathroom, but since I have 2 boys, you know those towels sometimes end up on the floor too – and boy do they stink! However, I will hound my boys until they finally pick them up – or make them smell the nasty towel. hehe
We also keep things picked up in our home. It’s amazing how easy it is to overlook clutter, and clutter can be a breading ground for hidden objects (like the green beans that your youngest child refuses to eat). Keeping things organized and put away is my own little tip.
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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.