How to Use Activated Charcoal Odor Neutralizers

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Activated charcoal neutralizes odors including pet odor, mold and human waste. It is a much safer product for deodorizing than chemical odor neutralizers and works efficiently. Using activated charcoal around the home, office, garage or just about anywhere else is very easy. You can buy activated charcoal in many forms (loose, imbedded in filters or as part of hanging deodorizers) and in bulk quantities, if necessary.

How to Use Activated Charcoal Odor Neutralizers
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Things You'll Need

  • Activated charcoal discs or granules
  • Cheese cloth (if using granules)
  • String
Step 1

Purchase activated charcoal as loose granules, discs or filters. Look for these products at large stores that sell home cleaning supplies. Pet stores also sometimes carry activated charcoal for odor control. If you have a major odor problem in your home, get the granules. Small discs won’t treat large areas.

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Step 2

Identify the areas with the worst odor in your home. This may be near a litter box, near the kitchen trash can or in your bathroom, for example.

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Step 3

Create several sachets full of the charcoal granules. You can use cheesecloth, thin socks or similar breathable materials for the sachets. Tie them closed with string.

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Step 4

Hang the sachets close to the problem areas. You can put up several for very strong odors.

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Step 5

Place activated charcoal discs or sachets in your refrigerator, freezer, drawers and cupboards too, if necessary. You can also place the loose granules in a bowl to be placed where needed.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Activated charcoal may retain its odor neutralizing ability for several months.
  • According to the Iowa State University Extension, loose granules of activated charcoal can be re-activated by heating at low heat (300 degrees F) for one hour.

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