Remember that thing they tag onto radio and TV adverts?
“Always read the label.”
Kinda important if you’re looking at an air freshener.
Because unless it actually includes a germ killer like ethanol or hydrogen peroxide, it does nothing to clobber the CAUSE of bad smells, it only MASKS them.
Mine’s bigger than yours
Or as Melissa Maker reveals in her YouTube video on The Truth About Air Fresheners – it doesn’t deodorise, it reoderises. Blanking out bad smells by overpowering them with an even stronger one.
Out-ponging the pong.
Kinda crazy, don’t you think?
Because the thing that’s making the smell is still there. Still pumping out the stink. Still sending us messages that something is off.
And you know why it stinks?
Bacteria are busy with it. Breaking it down by eating it. Fermenting it, if it’s vegetable. Putrefying it, if it’s animal. Neither of them nice. Ew!
And only fixable by stopping the bacteria.
Either by removing them – like chucking those smelly socks in the bin. Or destroying them altogether. Not something your average room freshener is going to do.
Why stuff smells
Besides, stuff smells bad because it’s meant to be a warning. We’re programmed to recognise smells like poo stink and avoid them. So we don’t get infected with nasty diseases.
Which kinda means air fresheners are letting you put yourself in danger. You don’t see the red light, so the late-running double-decker bus T-bones into you.
And how about the actual smells you’re trying to neutralise – excuse us, reodorise?
How powerful do the replacement pong generators have to be to overpower them? Pretty potent, right?
You wanna bet. These things work by overkill. By being bigger and badder than the original stink.
You might take the nasty smells away – but be prepared for headaches, depression and wheezing breath, especially with kids. Reactions like asthma and lung infections are common.
Yet altogether we spend £400 million a year on these smell-making de-stinkers. Anywhere from £1 a pop to £7 and up. All blown on candles, plug-ins, incense and aerosols that do nothing but pong themselves – not making us any safer or healthier.
Oh sure, chuck it in the bin, if you can find it. But you might have to rip up your carpet, or repaint the place to do it. All kinds of things can generate unpleasant smells – it’s not always a dead rat behind the skirting board.
And OK, so it’s in the bin. It keeps on stinking until they take it away. You can’t go outside – and your lounge still lingers with residual smell.
But if bacteria get clobbered dead in their tracks, there’s no smell at all. Zero, zip, nada.
Bye, bye germs
And you can oxidise ALL virus and bacteria in a room completely to nothing for around £3.50. No smells, no germs. Totally non-toxic protection from bugs like e.coli, salmonella, c. difficile, campylobacter, MRSA, colds, flu and norovirus.
How many apple blossom scented mango sprays can do that?
OK, it might cost a few bob to get the machine. About the same as putting in central heating and double glazing all in one hit. Not something for every household. But do you want to stop smells or get rid of germs?
The ball game changes when you think of work or school – or even eating out. All those people, all in one place – sharing the same air, touching the same surfaces. Protected from germs because there aren’t any there.
A clever machine called a Hypersteriliser has misted up the place before you arrived, filling the place with hydrogen peroxide gas plasma.
This is no quick whizz with an aerosol.
Oxidised to nothing
The entire place is impregnated with charged germ-killing molecules that reach out and grab viruses and bacteria wherever they are. Because they’re ionised, these hydrogen peroxide molecules permeate whole air spaces and cover all surfaces, forced actively into difficult-to-get-at cracks and crevices.
Result – after about forty minutes, the whole place is sterile. There’s no smell at all. The germ threshold is zero. The pong that’s wrong is gone.
Yes, an air freshener is quick and easy. SOME of them even do kill germs.
But they don’t sterilise the place. And they don’t reach everywhere.
Bad smells mean danger – and yeah, apple blossom is nice.
Just remember though, there are germs at work – and the job’s not done till they’re gone.