10 Things to Look for When Buying Odor Eliminators

July 12, 2021 4 min read

10 Things to Look for When Buying Odor Eliminators

Odor eliminators have two purposes: to eliminate odors, of course, and to also awake our senses with fragrances that highly appeal to us.  That being said, when you go shopping for an odor eliminator, there are a number of important factors to look for that indicate the performance of the product, the quality of its fragrance and even its safety, which is especially important if you want to avoid breathing in unwanted chemicals in your home. 

What Should You Be Looking For?

Luckily, choosing the best odor eliminator to rid your home of any unwanted odors is simply a matter of paying attention to these simple things below.

#1: A Scent You Want to Smell All Day Long

Odor eliminators almost always have some fragrance, with exceptions being natural alternatives like baking soda and white vinegar, with the latter losing its strong smell after several minutes.  So, if you’re going to go with a fragrance, you want it to be one that actually appeals to your senses.  Odor eliminators come in all kinds of aroma options, including fresh florals, sweet fruits, dark woods, complex Orientals, smooth vanillas and more.

Choose the scent carefully as one that ultimately doesn’t appeal to you will just annoy you to the point of never wanting to use it, especially if the smell is particularly strong.

#2: A Naturally-Derived Fragrance

It’s very important to go with a natural fragrance over one that’s created synthetically.  Artificial fragrances can be made from just about any ingredients a company sees fit, and the company is not obligated to disclose this information.  Basically, you could very well be breathing in chemical compounds that are ultimately not good for you or your family, and at the very least, you may dislike the synthetic nature of the smell that is wafting through your home.  Artificial fragrances tend to smell cloying as well, which can irritate the nose after a while.

#3: A Complete Aroma Profile

For the most satisfying scent overall, look for a complete aroma profile rather than a singular fragrance note, which can get boring very quickly.  A complete aroma profile consists of top, middle, and base notes that are well put together to balance one another out and keep the senses engaged as one note is unveiled at a time.  Popular top notes include citrus, bright fruits, and delicate florals; popular middle notes include herbs, darker florals and darker fruits, and base notes include woods, musk, and vanilla. 

#4: Lack of Additives and Fillers

Odor eliminators should have formulas that are as clean as possible.  Besides the actual fragrance ingredients themselves, you should look at all of the other ingredients as some companies may put cheap fillers to beef up a formula or use chemically derived preservatives and dilution agents.  Ultimately, the fewer the synthetics in your product, the better, especially since many of them used by lower-tier companies can be harmful to our health over time, or at the very least irritating to the respiratory tract.  The more plant-based, the better, always.

Note: If you’ve allergies to certain fragrances, you will want to avoid these ingredients by again looking at the list on the product’s label. 

#5: Pet-Safe Formula

If you have pets, you need to pay extra close attention to the ingredients in an odor eliminator.  Many of us use this product to mask pet smells but keep in mind that some ingredients that are safe for us are harmful to pets, especially when ingested.  Many florals are toxic to pets, including iris, orchid, and lily, along with essential oils like peppermint and tea tree.  Strong concentrations of certain fragrances can also irritate our pets’ respiratory systems and inhaling high strengths of essential oils in enclosed spaces can actually be damaging to their kidneys.

#6: Quality Packaging

Pay attention to the packaging as well.  The spray nozzle should be fully functional and should spray evenly rather than shooting out like a stream, which will simply land on a surface rather than covering odors throughout the air.  The bottle itself should be made from a thick material to be durable and keep heat and humidity out, and the product should have an airtight seal to prevent it from expiring prematurely.

#7: Compatibility with a Particular Area

Some fragrances do better in certain areas of the home and other spaces than others.  For instance, an odor eliminator for the bathroom may require a stronger scent than one used for the office where odors can be minimal.  Consider the needs of the specific area you wish to address to choose a scent that is compatible.

#8: Company Transparency

Only buy odor eliminators from a company that is transparent about how they make their products.  Find out where the product is made and how they source their ingredients, and also avoid companies that provide no ingredients lists and/or no contact information, as this can mean that they have something to hide from the public.

#9: The Right Strength and Projection 

You want an odor eliminator that is strong enough to do the job, but not so strong that the smell quickly irritates your nose.  Further, you want a smell that projects, meaning that it covers a large area rather than only immediately where it was sprayed.

#10: Positive Reviews

It is always best to look at reviews of an odor eliminator before buying in order to get a feel for how efficiently it works, how long it lasts, and how it smells overall.  This can give you an idea of what to expect when using the product so that you can worry less about wasting your money on something that ultimately doesn’t suit your needs.

Try Rasta Incense Odor Eliminators to Minimize Odors with Sensational and Naturally-Derived Scents

Rasta Incense carries a nice variety of high-quality odor eliminators, all made from natural ingredients and each fully capable of blocking the most intense odors with just a small amount of product.  Choose from our awesome collection of intoxicating scents and say goodbye to odors once and for all.

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