Detecting Odors in Your Home and Eliminating them with Febreze

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions about this post on detecting odors in your home are 100% mine.

My nose is extremely sensitive. Whenever there is a good or bad smell, I’m always the first to notice it. When it’s a bad smell most people don’t notice it until I mention it. The smells I’m most sensitive to are cooking odors, pet odors, cigarette smoke, perfumes and body odors. Whenever I walk into another person home, I always immediately notice how it smells before anything else. Well, recently I got a chance to take the noseblind test with Febreze to see just what guest smell when they visit my home.

Detecting Odors in Your Home and Eliminating them with Febreze

What is noseblind? It’s the gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them (even though their guests do).

I go to the movies and have dinner with two of my friends at least once a month. This month we decided to skip the movie theatre and have a girls night in with Tom Cruise.

Jack Reacher

We have our girls night in the living room because it’s our largest room, plus it’s right next to the kitchen. I have always thought it smelled like dog poo because of our neighbors 5 dogs. Our balcony is adjacent to their backyard, but if you stepped in my home you would think we owned dogs. I usually keep our balcony door closed, but this night I left it open to see if my guest would notice the smell.

For the noseblind test my guest and I were asked to fill out a few short surveys on the odors we smelled in my home. We took the first survey, and then I popped some popcorn.

Detecting Odors in Your Home and Eliminating them with Febreze

Once the popcorn was ready we immediately took another survey about the odors.

Detecting Odors in Your Home and Eliminating them with Febreze

Then it was time to start the movie. The movie watched us, because we did more talking, eating and sipping than anything else. Before we knew it almost 2 hours had passed and the credits were rolling. After we stopped the movie we took the third survey. Immediately following the survey we discussed our answers from the previous surveys and completed the noseblind assessment.

Detecting Odors in Your Home and Eliminating them with Febreze

Detecting Odors in Your Home

We all pretty much smelled the same thing. It was the stinky scent of my neighbors five dogs and buttered flavored popcorn wafting through the air. To eliminate both odors, I gave the Febreze Air Effects a try. We were amazed within minutes by how we could no longer smell dog poo or the popcorn I had made earlier. Unlike the dog smell, the meadows and rain scent is a smell that I can get used to, and I will definitely purchase it in the future.

Have you tackled the odors in your home, or just gone noseblind to them?

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About Catherine

Catherine is a self-proclaimed "organization junkie" living in Los Angeles. She blogs about family, entertainment, food and anything else that pops into her mind.


  1. Alyssa Lee says:

    Pet smell always gets me.

  2. Kimmy Ripley says:

    We have pet odors and use Febreze Air Effects to eliminate odors.

  3. Deborah Gardner says:

    I have two cats and need Febreze to remove that cat litter smell!!

  4. alyce poalillo says:

    We have 6 cats and also do cat rescue so the biggest odor problem are the cat litter boxes.

  5. Tracy Melhinch says:

    The Cat litter box! We have 3 cats and it can get foul!!!

  6. My dog. He’s a pomeranian so he’s nothing but hair and after he goes outside, you can smell him! I love Febreze!

  7. Karen Drake says:

    The worst smell in my home is the cat’s litter box, I burn scented candles to try to mask the smell.

  8. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says:

    Of course the cats smells (to which I’ve become essentially “noseblind”) And since we both cook a lot (both for ourselves and semi-professionally) there are usually food smells ~ which to us usually smell great: I mean who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh baked pie, or vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin….?
    But a lot of people don’t aren’t so crazy about the smell of say, a leg of lamb roasting, fish or lots of garlic…

    Two other smells/scents I worry about (especially because I’ve become pretty much “noseblind to them” ~ are the damp, musty smells that come up from the basement and believe it or the not, sometimes the residual smells/scents from the bathroom such as: soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body bash, shaving creams and lotions. They they all have basically a smell we associate with CLEAN (which is good ~ but some of the “perfumes” in them can quite “heady” and even clash!!

  9. I have bad animal smells that I wish that I could get rid of.

  10. Michelle Levine says:

    Sometimes my kitchen trash can starts to smell bad. I eliminate it by washing the can.

  11. Michele Behlen says:

    The worse smells are from my dog.

  12. worst order would be the trash can in our garage and i always use lysol spray or febreeze

  13. We use Febreze often to rid our house of both pet odors but also garbage odors. It does a great job. Quality product and quite affordable as well.

  14. Stinky pet odors, and stinky diapers too!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    The disposal in the kitchen sink tends to get pretty stinky. I like to run lemon peels through it to freshen it up.

  16. Priscilla S. says:

    The worst odor in my home is the litter box and I eliminate it by always staying on top of keeping it clean.

  17. The worst is probably from the trash, but it’s because I just hate it to smell and get hyper about it.

  18. Jill Myrick says:

    The worst current odor for me is the smell of wet dog.
    I has rained here almost daily and my dogs go out and back in through the doggie door.
    I have been mopping daily to try and keep the smell away.

  19. Susan Smith says:

    I have four dogs that leave an odor.

  20. Mary Somerville says:

    Our basement gets musty very easily. We finally had to get a dehumidifier, and we run it a lot!

  21. Judy Estrin says:

    When hubby decides to cook fish in the kitchen it goes throughout the house. Febreze saves the day and takes away that odor.

  22. Rebecca Peters says:

    its usually what ever I cook.. I spray freshener

  23. Theresa D says:

    The worst odor in our house is the smelly shoe smell in the mudroom. I eliminate the odor with Febreze.

  24. tiger eyes says:

    Dirty dishes smell is the worst and I wash them then wipe down the kitchen with lemon wipes

  25. christine j says:

    I have bad doggy odors. I use febreeze fabric refreshers

  26. Samantha Daleo says:

    The biggest odor issues in my home are from my dog and cat. I try to vacuum, mop and sweep often as well as keep a clean litter box.

  27. Miz Vickik says:

    Kitchen garbage odor is the worst!

  28. I can smell what the neighbors are cooking even with the windows closed. They cook some weird stuff.

  29. The litter box for sure! I just try to keep it as clean as I can, and sometimes I’ll spray Febreze around the surrounding carpet, just to make it smell better around it!

  30. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    We have two dogs and two cats.. Sooooo I would have to say pet odors.!!!!

  31. Probably my dog and 2 rats , we keep them clean and also air out the house.

  32. CharityS says:

    Pet odors are the worst odors in my house. I vacuum on a daily basis, and I use all types of air fresheners.

  33. The worst smell in our home is after diaper changes. The cure is Febreze!

  34. I would most want to eliminate the odors in the laundry room.

  35. I hate the odor that lingers when cooking fish in the house. I usually cook it outside on the grill but sometimes that is not possible.

  36. BILL HOFF says:

    Our smells comes from stinky sneakers and garlic. We use plug-ins to cover those up!

  37. Kim Keithline says:

    The worst odor in our homes at times is my dogs, I try to keep their bedding clean, and I spray a lot of febreeze around to keep the house smelling good

  38. Our biggest odor problem would probably be the lingering smells from cooking with strong spices, which we try to deal with by using scented candles and opening the windows in the kitchen, neither of which is working all that well!

  39. The worst smell in my home is my pets. We use lots of candles.

  40. Miriam Matheny says:

    I hate the lingering smell of cooking in our home. I try to use the vent to air it out but always end up using air freshener

  41. Patricia C. says:

    The worst odor in our home is the litter box.

  42. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would say food smells and I usually spray something to try and get rid of it

  43. Kassie Rougas says:

    My pets and my husbands gym bag at the end of his workout are the two worst smells in the house.

  44. Angela P. says:

    Cooking odors.. especially seafood.

  45. I guess the trash can smell if there’s food items in it that tend to get smelly if left out. Our remedy is to dispose of food perishables in the compost bin.

  46. My dog tends to stink up the house. I clean a lot and use Febreze fabric refresher, specifically the Pet Odor Neutralizer!

  47. pet odor

  48. Melissa Mazzur says:

    The worst smells in our house come from our house and we use alot of Frebreeze

  49. We have two cats so have to be diligent in scooping the litterbox to keep our home free of pet odors.

  50. Sherry Fowler says:

    the dogs are the worst smell in my house; I use a lot of lysol

  51. Charlene Kuser says:

    We have musty orders from water damage and I use bleach to clean and spray with Lysol.

  52. My garbage disposal has the worst smell. I cut up lemons and drop them down the drain.

  53. Thomas Murphy says:

    The worst odor in my home is my pets and I spray febreze to get rid of it.

  54. RICHARD HICKS says:

    Worst odor is cat litter box. Try to use litter with scent killer in it

  55. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    daily trash leaves a smell in our house and we use Febreeze to help with it

  56. I have 2 cats. Need I say more? I empty the catbox twice a day.
    Thanks for the contest.

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