Why do air purifiers smell

Air purifier against odor: How to neutralize odors from rooms

Perhaps you know the situation: you come home and you can't help but wrinkle your nose. Somehow it smells so strange in the apartment again ... You open all the windows with the aim of getting fresh air into the home. Vain. Somehow this unpleasant smell has already settled in the apartment. An air purifier can help neutralize odors. Sometimes, however, a simple budget is enough.

There are a variety of sources of smell at home. Sometimes these smell good, but mostly not in the long run. Especially in the kitchen, cooking, the dishwasher and the garbage can quickly mix various scent nuances into a bad-smelling cocktail. However, unpleasant smells can also form and settle in other rooms - for example through mold, clogged drainage pipes, cigarette smoke or furniture fumes. Bad smells can be very persistent and often cannot be removed by ventilation alone.

Here you can find out how an air purifier banishes bad smells from rooms, but also which household agents can be used to neutralize odors.

Prevent bad smells in rooms

The best weapon against unpleasant odors in the apartment is of course not to let them arise in the first place! Here's how you can prevent it:

  • Ventilate regularly and properly.
  • If possible, use an extractor hood when cooking or ventilate well afterwards. Close the kitchen door so that the smell of food does not spread to the rest of the rooms.
  • Don't give mold a chance: a common cause of musty smells in the home is mold growth! Bend through a good indoor climate
  • Trash cans are also a common suspect. You should therefore empty and clean your trash cans regularly!
  • The same applies to the hamster cage and the litter box.
  • Do not smoke in the apartment. Cigarette smoke is extremely penetrating and settles permanently in walls and textiles.

Removal of odors with air purifiers

Sometimes you are powerless despite all precautions - bad smells arise and stay or keep coming back. Furniture fumes, the snack on the ground floor or animals in the house are just a few examples. Curtains, upholstered furniture and carpets are also true odor traps. But don't worry - an air purifier can help neutralize bad odors in rooms.

With the help of a sophisticated filter system, air purifiers free the room air from a large number of pollutants. These include solid particles such as soot or animal hair, as well as gases. The devices suck in the contaminated room air, guide it through the filter system and finally release almost 100% pure air. In this way odorous substances are also neutralized.

The perfect team: HEPA and activated carbon filters

The most effective against unpleasant smells are HEPA air purifiers, which are also equipped with an activated carbon filter.

  • Fine-pored HEPA filters remove ultra-fine particles up to 0.2 ┬Ám from the room air. For example, they remove mold spores, animal hair and dust particles. This prevents the particles from spreading their unpleasant odor.
  • An activated carbon filter removes volatile organic gases such as fragrances or formaldehyde through adsorption. In this way, it also neutralizes annoying odors such as food stink or furniture odors. Even cigarette smoke hits the collar!

What to look for when using an air purifier

When buying and using an air purifier to neutralize odors, there are a few things to consider. These include:

  • Efficient filter system: Only buy devices that have a combination of HEPA and activated carbon filters.
  • Suitable power for air circulation: Make absolutely sure that the device is powerful enough for the size of the room.
  • Beware of air purifiers with an ion function: If you want to banish unpleasant cigarette smells from your home with an air purifier, stay away from ionizers! These clean the air with negatively charged ions, which react with pollutants and close them usually Split harmless degradation products. However, some of the breakdown products of cigarette smoke are more harmful than the starting materials!
  • costs: Before making your choice, take a look at the prices of the replacement filters - because filters have to be changed regularly!

Also note: An air purifier can neutralize odors, but it does not remove the cause! So always try to identify the source of the odor - and eliminate it. This is especially true for mold, as mold spores not only spread an unpleasant smell, but are also very harmful to health.

Suitable air purifiers at a glance:

De'Longhi AC 230 air purifier
Philips AC4080 / 10 2-in-1 combination device
Beurer LR 300 air purifier
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
Ionizer
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
UV filter
Photocatalytic filter
Ionizer
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
UV filter
Air circulation in qbm / hour
Power consumption in watts
Recommended room size in square meters
Noise level (min-max) in dB (A)
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
Remaining running time display
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
timer
Air quality sensor
Sensor-controlled operation
Top in comparison
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
Air circulation in qbm / hour
Power consumption in watts
Recommended room size in square meters
Noise level (min-max) in dB (A)
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
Ionizer
Air circulation in qbm / hour
Power consumption in watts
Recommended room size in square meters
Noise level (min-max) in dB (A)
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
De'Longhi AC 230 air purifier
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
UV filter
Photocatalytic filter
Ionizer
Air circulation in qbm / hour
Power consumption in watts
Recommended room size in square meters
Noise level (min-max) in dB (A)
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
Remaining running time display
Philips AC4080 / 10 2-in-1 combination device
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
Air circulation in qbm / hour
Power consumption in watts
Recommended room size in square meters
Noise level (min-max) in dB (A)
timer
Air quality sensor
Air quality display
Sensor-controlled operation
Night function
Price tip
Beurer LR 300 air purifier
Allergy sufferers
Hay fever (pollen)
Animal hair
Dust, smoke, mold, bacteria
Pre-filter
HEPA filter
Activated carbon filter
UV filter
Air circulation in qbm / hour
Power consumption in watts
Recommended room size in square meters
Noise level (min-max) in dB (A)
timer
Air quality sensor
Sensor-controlled operation

Simple household remedies as odor removers

Before you decide to purchase an air purifier, you can try to neutralize temporary odors with simple and inexpensive household items. This works amazingly well, especially in the kitchen!

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has two advantages: firstly, it cleans and disinfects reliably and secondly, the inherent odor dissipates very quickly! Therefore, use apple cider vinegar to clean surfaces and floors. In this way you not only prevent odor build-up, but also avoid the penetrating smells of chemical cleaning agents.
  • Baking soda: Soda is an ancient household item. Among other things, it is odor-neutralizing and has an antibacterial effect. A bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator helps against unpleasant food vapors and in the ashtray it neutralizes the cold tobacco odor. You can also use a soda solution as a textile freshener or surface cleaning. To do this, simply dissolve 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda in 500 ml of warm water and fill into a spray bottle. So you can confidently do without products like Febreze or similar!
  • Rose water: The rose water variant is a bit more decadent to use as a textile freshener. You can get this at the pharmacy.
  • Coffee grounds: Coffee lovers can use coffee grounds instead of baking soda to get rid of local stink. Simply place it in a bowl next to the source of the odor.
  • Cat litter: It is nothing more than wood shavings and is not used in the litter box for nothing: it neutralizes odors. You can therefore also use cat litter for other purposes - B. as an odor killer in the garbage can or in shoes!
  • Citrus peel: If you like to squeeze an orange or lemon every now and then, you can use the peels as a natural "scent tree" and distribute them around the room (e.g. on the heater). This way you can combat foul volatile odors.

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