My own, non-scientific, opinion is that nearly anything advertised as
a "freshener" is going to add/mask odor, not remove it. I believe in
baking soda and perhaps ('though I haven't used it) some form of
charcoal to *absorb* odors and then vacuum up or discard. I'm a big
fan(!) of open windows whenever I can stand the heat/cold as an
effective "air freshener."
It seems to me that most offensive odors are the result of things that
aren't clean -- i.e. spills and accidents, mold & mildew, cooking
vapors settling, and the like. Of course one can't (often) replace the
stuffing in cushions, bedding, and furniture, but I believe a thorough
cleaning of everything that *can* be cleaned should be the First
I may be wrong. *Are* there other substances or techniques which
actually remove, not mask, odors?
OdoBan and Odor-Out are consumer available odor removers.
They biologically break down the odor molecules.
They don't remove the odor producing contaminant, just change its
properties to one that is not odor producing.
Harder to get is Ozium which is for more protein based odors like
There are super odor killers also, usually only available to
commercial contractors. They are often geared to specific odor
causes, such as the aftermath of a fire, the remaining odor after the
removal of decaying corpse, etc.
Fabreeze is a very dilute consumer product, like consumer packaged
Windex. If you want Windex that WORKS buy the commercial grade!
Commercial strength, almost any janitorial supply store.
Institutional strength, Sam's Club and medical supply houses.
Commercial & Institutional are very close to the same product.
Watch out though, Institutional SIZE is not the same as Institutional
Your KEY to figuring out which Windex is commercial and which is for
home use is by looking at the manufacturer.
Realize that the word Windex is a registered trademark that can be
bought and sold, leased, rented, franchised, etc.
More than one company makes a product with the Windex label.
S.C. Johnson makes dilute products for home use, so any product
labeled Windex, manufactured by S.C. Johnson, is just water and color
and very little clean.
If you want the Windex with some muscle and cleaning power, buy only
Windex manufactured by Drackett and you'll have a product that works
the way you expect it to. There may also be other home and commercial
manufacturers of Windex that I don't know about.
A lot of products are this way, by the way.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Gary V. Deutschmann, Sr.) wrote:
Don't believe it folks! Drackett Professional is the division of SC
Johnson that produces Windex. All Windex seems to contain about 3%
isopropanol and about 1% butoxethanol. The difference seems to be that
institutional Windex contains about 1% ethylene glycol n hexyl ether,
while household Windex contains less than 1%.
Windex is 95% water. Naturally an insitutional customer could save
money by buying it as a concentrate. The concentrate isn't intended as
a stronger cleaner. It's intended to be mixed, 1 part concentrate to 9
I think it's a publicity stunt for the Drackett division of SC Johnson.
Papa Gary would do *anything* to get Marcey to go out with him.
Bringing SC Johnson aboard as a sponsor might be his ticket.
Barbecue Bob serving family-style roast bunny
at convenient restaurants
On 7 Nov 2003 15:46:10 GMT, email@example.com (jamie) wrote:
I heard that the original formula behind Febreeze was originally developed to
take care of odors in mortuaries and morgues, by actually breaking down the
components of the odor in the air. I don't know that they'll advertise that
connection, if it's true! Much more friendly to show happy mom spraying it to
get rid of odors from the friendly couch-loving family doggy.
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