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DIY Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber

DIY Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber

Most of us felt like running away from the source of pungent smell as quickly as possible, be it from a dirty public bathroom, trash can, or sewer.You can’t really do anything about foul smells outside except that you move away from the source of smell. But what about smelly spots inside your home? There’s a bunch of things that can give off unpleasant smell such as overused socks, stale or burnt food, the mess created by a toddler, poor oral health of an inmate, pet odors, smelly wounds, musty refrigerators, gym bags and so on.Here’s the good news for you. There’s a very simple DIY method for making your own activated charcoal odor absorber and make the air fresh around home.

Activated charcoal is used as a foul odor absorber that neutralizes the stenches by holding odors. It is usually put in pouches, which can then be placed where foul smell needs to be removed. The best part is that it works quick.

How Does Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber Work?

Activated charcoal isformed by heating and processing carbon in such a way that it develops numerous small pores. The process increases its surface area and, consequently, enhances its ability to adsorp. Resultantly, activated charcoal becomes extremely effective in adhesion of dirt particles and toxins. Also, it traps and stores the stench particles in case of bad smells.

What to do?

All you need is activated charcoal powder and a small cotton/nylon cloth/bag.

  • Have a cloth/nylon bag in good shape. If you don’t have it already, then cut the required material to bring it to the size of a sock and sew it neatly. Try to be very neat as you might have to put them in visible places.
  • Take the activated charcoal powder and fill the bag with it. Do not fill to the top.
  • Carefully sew or tie the bag from top.Activated charcoal powder can be messy if mishandled.
  • Place the pouch wherever you want to freshen the air. You can hang it, for instance on a door knob, or simply put it on a surface.
  • You can also decorate your activated charcoal bag by sewingsome pattern on it (only if you’re good at sewing) or paint it.

However, you don’t need a cloth bag in case you’re using activated charcoal briquettes instead of powder. Set the briquettes on a tray and put them where they are needed. You can also put a briquette without a tray.You’ll find activated charcoal odor absorber effective for neutralizing bad smells anyway.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Activated Charcoal

What is activated charcoal?

It is the charcoal made from different sources such as wood, coconut shell, bamboo, or coal, that is then “activated”, with steam or acid. This process carves away the internal structure of the charcoal particles producing a much higher [internal] surface area. This “activated charcoal” is then used in thousands of applications primarily to adsorb unwanted chemicals so that they can be neutralized or removed completely from the product that is being “cleaned”.

How long will activated charcoal last?

If stored in airtight containers, activated charcoal has an almost indefinite shelf life.

Does it expire?

If left exposed to the environment, in time, activated charcoal will adsorb various pollutants and eventually “fill up.” Otherwise, if stored securely, there is no expiration limit other than what certain arbitrary governmental regulations may require as a maximum.

Is it Food Grade?

Activated Charcoal is considered GRAS – “Generally Recognized As Safe”. More than this, some manufacturers may go a step farther and have their product certified under several different agencies such as NSF, USP, UL, ASTM, ANSI, AWWA…

Can you grind Granular Activated Charcoal (GAC) into Powder (PAC)?

Yes, you can. But unless you take the extra time, and effort it will not be as fine a powder as is commercially made. You will also quickly find it is a vey messy process

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  • Debbie on

    Is this charcoal the same charcoal briquettes the same as the briquettes used for cooking outdoors on a grill?

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