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Best Overall: MOSO NATURAL Air Purifying Bag
The Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag is one of the most self-sustaining odor eliminating options you can buy without spending extra on expensive electronics. The bag holds Moso bamboo charcoal which naturally absorbs odors, mold, mildew, and bacteria in small areas up to 90 square feet. Lasting up to a month, you can place the bag outside in the sun for an hour to reset its absorption capabilities, and you can continue to do this for about two years (then a new bag will have to be purchased).
These bags are great for small spaces like closets or even the car and are wonderful for those who are sensitive to smells since this has no odor. Plus, they are free of formaldehyde and petroleum—which are known carcinogens—so you can feel safe knowing you aren't adding anything harmful to the household.
Best Gel: Fresh Wave Odor Removing Gel
Often, odor-neutralizers are filled with unpronounceable, unfamiliar ingredients—not so for Fresh Wave Gel. This product’s ingredients include pine needles, anise, and cedarwood: naturally fragrant and non-toxic plant-based items, with no synthetic perfumes or phthalates. The product both absorbs and neutralizes unpleasant scents (think: pet odor, cigarette smoke, trash, and so on).
If you're sensitive to scents, note that when you first open the container, there’s a noticeable pine-like smell (although not an unpleasant or overpowering one), that dissipates with time.
Best for Smoke: Zep Commercial Smoke Odor Eliminator
Smoke leaves behind a dank, unpleasant, pervasive smell. This Zep product is one of the best options to combat the odor of cigarettes. While the smell is pleasant, those with sensitive noses may find it overpowering. The big note: No need to spray a lot, as you would with a typical air freshener. Instead, just a short spray should get rid of the odor, and the smell of the product itself will dissipate within a few hours. The Zep Commercial Smoke Odor Eliminator works well in cars, on carpets, in apartments, and in many other locations.
Air Purifier: LEVOIT LV-H132 Compact True HEPA Air Purifier
This air purifier includes three filters: a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, and a carbon filter. Together, this trio snags smoke, mold, and other odors, as well as pet hair and dander, dust, and other allergens. The result: Fresh, purified air. The Levoit Air Purifier can handle small- and medium-sized rooms and has a night light (with two brightness settings).
Those with allergies and asthma reported decreased symptoms. At the lowest level, the sound is not very noticeable or disruptive. The device will let you know when the filters need to be replaced (typically about twice a year).
Best for Pet Odor: Rocco & Roxie Supply Co Professional Strength Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator
You may love your pets, but their odors are not as adorable. This Rocco & Roxie product does double duty: not only does it remove unpleasant smells (like urine) but it also removes stains. Here’s how it works, according to the manufacturer: natural enzymes are activated that then remove the organic matter from vomit, urine, or other pet mishaps. Importantly, the ingredients in the product are pet-safe, and the spray can be used on any surface, including carpets, litter boxes, and more. And does it work? This spray can tackle even the toughest, most persistent funk, according to its users.
Best for Cars: Ozium Smoke & Odors Eliminator Gel
A car is a contained space, and if rolling down the windows doesn’t get rid of funky odors, most people turn to dangling air fresheners. But those really just cover up the scent, without eliminating it. Ozium Gel, which is ideal for any small space, not just cars, has a “patented fragrance formula” that removes odors instead of simply covering them up.
The scent of the gel is fresh and clean, and that it works wonders at ridding spaces of smells—even pervasive, tough to eliminate ones such as cigarettes, pets, and dead rodents. Some sizes of this product come with a vented opening, while others do not have that option. The vented twist-top option is a particularly popular one as it allows control over the release of the scent.
Best for Bathrooms: Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray
Everyone uses the bathroom, of course, but that doesn’t really mean you want to smell it—or have the next person to use the bathroom be aware of your activities. Unlike other bathroom air fresheners, you use Poo-Pourri before, not after, you use the restroom, spraying it into the toilet bowl. According to the manufacturer, this traps the smell under the water’s surface (so it can’t disperse into the air in the restroom).
Best for Laundry: Zero Odor Laundry Odor Eliminator Spray
Sweating during a workout can feel like a sign of success. But afterward, the odor left behind in leggings, sports bras, and other workout gear can be unpleasant. Adding a few squirts of Zero Odor to a load of laundry can help eliminate the odors that accompany gym clothes, mildewy towels, or pet blankets.
As well as removing the stink from your clothing, the manufacturer notes that Zero Odor also gets rid of any odor in your washing machine. It can be used with any detergent and is pet-safe.
Best Spray: Febreze Fabric Refresher Pet Odor Eliminator
Sprays are particularly effective when it comes to musty odors, body odor, or anything else that lingers in the air or on fabric (couches, rugs, underarms of sweaters, and so on). Febreze is available in a variety of scents, none of which are overbearing. But this spray doesn’t just leave a scent behind—it also eliminates the odor thanks to cyclodextrins, or sugar molecules, which the American Chemical Society says “trap odor molecules so that they do not reach the scent receptors in your nose.”
Best for Shoes: Dr. Scholl's Odor X All Day Deodorant Powder
Shoes are a classic stink zone—sweaty feet and a contained space are a recipe for pungent odors. That’s where Dr. Scholl’s Odor X comes in: Sprinkle a bit of this powder inside your shoes, as well as directly on your feet, and it will absorb the moisture, preventing odor from occurring. As well as preventing stinky shoes, this powder also helps after the fact—add it inside of shoes that have a foot funk to them, and the powder will help it go away.
Applying the powder can get a bit messy, and if you place the powder directly in your shoes, then you can track it around the floor after you take your shoes off if you don’t also remove your socks.
The best overall odor eliminator is the Moso Natural Original Air Purifying Bag (view at Amazon). Each bag contains bamboo charcoal which naturally absorbs odors, mold, mildew, and bacteria in areas up to 90 square feet. We also love the Fresh Wave Odor Removing Gel (view at Amazon), which is naturally fragrant thanks to plant-based ingredients like pine and cedarwood.