Monday, August 12, 2013

Activated Carbon as a Room Deodorizer

I saw an episode of Food Detectives a while back where Ted Allen mentioned that the best way to remove refrigerator odor was activated carbon.  This was supposedly better than baking soda.  Activated carbon can be found at the local pet supply store in the fish area.  I decided to give try this in our bathrooms.  But instead of just putting a cupful out I put it in a mason jar and punched holes with our monogram in it, just to make it look more decorative.

Here is the Food Detectives episode:

Don't mask odors with air fresheners, remove them.  Activated carbon found at the pet supply store.

Cut out two circles from white paper. Trace out monogram for lid of mason jar.  

Using a pin push small holes.  Remove top paper template.

Removes odor better than baking soda.


  1. That's a cute little jar. Has it worked for deodorizing your bathroom?

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Yes, it did work for our powder room, but for a our larger bathroom, I needed to put two to notice a difference. I've read that the thing about odor is that you don't notice it when you smell it everyday (your brain just gets use to it). The only reason I noticed that the odor went away was when I was pregnant, I was super sensitive to smells.

      Hope this helps!

  2. You are creative. I think you are right. Those small holes aren't enough if you have a large bathroom.

  3. So cute, and good to know that activated carbon is supposed to work better than baking soda - I might have to try this!

  4. I usually just put plastic containers on the top of shelves in my bathroom but this is a cuter and neater idea. I was also trying to figure out how much activated charcoal to use in our bathroom, so your answers really helped. Thanks!

  5. How often would it need to be changed out for new carbon?

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