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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Comments

  1. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    My son is still in diapers, so the “pee” smell is something I feel is always there!!

  2. James Robert says:

    I have the air effects in our home we use to help us with cat litter odors. We keep up with cleaning it but odors seem to linger on

  3. mysweetiepiepie says:

    The worst odors in my house are kitchen and cooking odors and I usually spray to eliminate them.

  4. Ellie W says:

    My biggest odor problems are my two big dogs and two smelly little boys.

  5. ginette4 says:

    The worse odour in my home are 2 dogs, they get baths as much as I can give them

  6. The worst odor is the cat litter box smell. I eliminate it by scooping daily and using air fresheners

  7. jovialvampyre says:

    When I cook fish the smell lasts a long time. I turn on the fan and hope for the best :).

  8. Debra Pauley says:

    the worst odor in my house is yucky cigarette smoke, and i use febreeze air effects.

  9. Lisa Brown says:

    i would like to eliminate the musty, dusty smells in the carpets

  10. Karen Glatt says:

    The worst odors in my home are the dog and cat odors. I try and eliminate it by opening windows, and by using Febreze Air Effects. The fragrance really makes my house smell clean.

  11. David Fultner says:

    I would like to be rid of the greasy food smells.

  12. Dana Rodriguez says:

    The worst is when my fiance’ uses to smoker for pulled pork.It makes the whole place smell like garlic and wood smoke.I use air fresheners and carpet deodorizer.

  13. The worst odors in my house are kitchen and cooking odors from last night’s dinner such as garlic or meat.

  14. Marti Tabora says:

    The worst odor is my home is pet odor, I have a stinky dog. I love using Febreeze Noticeables.

  15. the musty smell that is hanging on the washcloths. still trying to find a solution for that.

  16. Jana Williams says:

    I have been using Febreze Products since they 1st come out! My Favorites are the Febreze Spray especially for Pet Odors, since I have 2 Cats & a Dog! The thing I Love the Most are the Plug-ins b/c I like to put them in the Bathrooms where the Litter Box is! I also Like to keep one in My Bedroom in a Nice Relaxing Scent to Help Me Unwind & Calm me down at the end of a Long Day! I am a Complete Aromatherapy Fanatic & I always have been! I Truly Believe Scent can help to Ease Stress & it can help jog your Memory! I Like Lavender Candles & Incense to Help me Relax and Citrus Scented Bath Wash to Energize me in the Mornings! I Generally will not Buy Something if I don’t Like the way it Smells & I have Never had that Problem with Febreze Products! Thanks & Have a Blessed Day! Jana Williams

  17. shelly peterson says:

    Maybe the diapers form my grandson or doggy smell and I would use the Air Effects to help eliminate it

  18. Rebecca Parsons says:

    The worst odor in our home is the dogs laying area. We have to shampoo the carpet constantly to try and eliminate the odor.

  19. Angi Welsh says:

    The worst odor in my house is the cats’ litter box. I take care of it by changing the litter.

  20. cyndi f says:

    I just got a new puppy and she is not potty trained yet so let me just say i could really use this prize!! but i also have a 3 legged half blind german shepard and between the two those are my worst oders. thanks for the amazing giveaway

  21. Trisha Burgess says:

    Definitely my sons dirty diapers! We use baking powder to try to keep it at bay!

  22. Jessamine D. says:

    Probably when hubby cooks shrimp or fish. I eliminate it by turning the vent on and opening all the windows and doors.

  23. Claudia (@cdmtx65) says:

    I cook a lot Italian and Greek food so I would say Garlic and Onions … the smell lingers forever :( I open windows wipe and mop the Kitchen with Cleaner and use air spray but i still smell it the next day …. the odor is really hard to get rid off

  24. Sheila K. says:

    Litter box odor is always a challenge, but I try to manage it by scooping at least twice a day!

  25. Donna L says:

    The odors in my house are cooking odors.

  26. I live in an area of low tide so its always hard to keep the house not smelling like dead fish

  27. Cynthia R says:

    The worst odors in my house are from the cats, especially near the garage where the cat litter is, I use febreze on my upholstery and febreze fresh air effects.

  28. I didn’t know what noseblind was but I’m pretty sure that my visitors spell; two dogs, a cat and two kids. Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, I can’t enter the giveaway because I’m Canadian.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  29. June S. says:

    The worst odor in our home is our three cats litter boxes for sure, stinky!

  30. Daniel M says:

    probably the cat box, no litter seems to make it any better.

  31. Juana Esparza says:

    We love shrimp but it really smells up the house. To get rid of the smell I open up the windows and turn on a fan or two.

  32. Lawanna says:

    The worst odor is any of us after a really good workout.

  33. Dirty diapers! I have two children still in diapers. The only way to make sure their diapers don’t stink up the garbage is if I put them in a plastic bag first before tossing it in the garbage. We have a diaper pail too but that’s only for upstairs. I made the mistake of putting it in my daughter’s closet and it stunk up the whole closet. Now it is sitting in the hallway because there is more air circulation there.

  34. steve weber says:

    We have a dog so that’s the worst odor, we usually light candles or spray a room spray to get rid of the smell.

  35. Nicole Dz says:

    I would say our pets can sometimes be a bad odor, and the worst. Especially on the carpet and furniture. I usually use febreze spray and open the windows to air the home out.

  36. Renee Walters says:

    My biggest odor problems are my two dogs and cats.

  37. The worst has to be the combo of two little dogs and four big guys. I use the heck out of Febreze fabric refresh. I also have the one for the air, but I’m crazy for the fabric refresh.

  38. stephland3 says:

    The worst odor in our home is from our dog. We use febreze room spray to lesson the smell when company comes over.

  39. The worst are dog odors on the furniture…we use Febreze Fabric Refresher.

  40. robyn donnelly says:

    The cat litter box when full. Their urine reeks. Fabreeze works wonderfully once you’ve emptied the litter box.

  41. Stacey b says:

    The worst in my home is the litter box, and I eliminate by keeping them clean and using good litter!

  42. Kelly Tupick says:

    The worst odor in my home right now is the ammonia odor coming from the cat littler box. Febreze works really well to help eliminate it.

  43. Barbara Montag says:

    The worst smell is when I’m drying onions – oh phew!
    I open all of the windows and get the Febreze out.
    thank you

  44. Amy Orvin says:

    Kitchen food smells are the worst odors in my home and I eliminate them with air freshner.

  45. shaunie says:

    Would have to say pet urine, and usually use soap and water

  46. the worst odor is cat urine, especially on humid days. we haven’t found a good solution to get rid of it

  47. carol clark says:

    well it is my son’s not so secret hiding spot he thinks i dont no about now there has been times he has hidden things and ive never found them i use febreze and if that doesnt work a rag and bleach on it then febreze

  48. Cooking odors — mostly let them linger :-).

  49. I try to keep away the odors as best as I can but the one thing that comes to mind is the kitchen trash as being the most offensive odor

  50. Candie L says:

    My puppy is still working on potty training. He is getting better but leaves us occassional accidents. Thank you

  51. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    Goodness, I hate the smell of garlic and other strong spices.

  52. Candice says:

    With 3 dogs, my biggest challenge is pet odors. I try to use candles, odor eliminating sprays, and vacuum often.

  53. Pam Gurganus says:

    The worst odor in my home is my husband’s stinky work boots. I’m not able to eliminate the odor altogether, but I try to by spraying them with disinfectant and I also put fabric softener sheets inside his boots.

  54. The worst one is dog odors, I am hoping to use Febreze to get rid of dog smell.

  55. jenn giannetto says:

    the worst smell in my home is poopy diapers. we try to eliminate them by taking out the diaper bag as often as possible.

  56. The worst smell in our home are our dog beds, we wash them & the dogs as frequently as possible, but it doesn’t seem to stay away! We use Febreze Fabric Refresher to try to keep things fresh smelling.

  57. Tari Lawson says:

    My worst odor is the garbage can. I eliminate it by taking the garbage out regularly and spraying it with Lysol.

  58. Cynthia C says:

    I try to keep the cat’s litter box clean but sometimes I need to use Febreze for the odors.

  59. Crystal F says:

    We have a new puppy that still has accidents every once in awhile. I use the febreze for pets. Thank you!!

  60. Jayne T. says:

    Pets are the worst smell. I keep up by taking care of the litter box ASAP, vacuuming frequently and washing bedding frequently.

  61. Les Johnson says:

    The worst smells I have in my house are pet smells. It doesn’t take long before the bedding starts to smell and then there is the litter box…ugh!

  62. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    The cats are the worst. I keep them and their area clean. Febreze will sure help!

  63. Katrina A. says:

    We always get a funky kitchen smell no matter how much I clean. Candles, fabreeze and those plug in things help keep it fresh.

  64. Sharon Rooney says:

    I would have to say that cigarette smoke is the worst odor in my home. I normally use Febreze Air Effects and Febreze candles to help to eliminate it.

  65. we have 4 dogs and 3 cats indoors plus my daughter smokes. I mostly use febreeze air effects in heavy duty to control odors.

  66. Kathy Lausche says:

    Our worst odor is our dog in the summer time.
    He is outside rolling in everything!
    I spray all of our rugs with Frebreze on a regular basis!

  67. Mary Casper says:

    smoking is the worse and I use solid air freshners

  68. In our home, I think the biggest odor…is the 3 dogs. :) I am probably noseblind to the smells….as I do not notice the dog smell….but I am sure its there :)

  69. Sarah Hirsch says:

    the worst odor in my home is bathroom odors, i could use some febreze

  70. Laurie Nykaza says:

    We have 4 cats in our home and i keep the litter boxes very clean but lets face it they still have an odor to them so this would help get rid of it i’m sure.

  71. Matthew P says:

    The worst odor in our house is the litter box. We use Air fresheners and odor absorbing litter to help.

  72. Melanie Moushigian Koulouris says:

    I could use these awesome products in every room in my house. Love them all. I have a cat and two little ones so these could come in handy! =)

  73. With one dog and 2 cats the pet odor, specifically the cat box, is the hardest to get rid of.

  74. Birdie Skolfield says:

    Garlic Shrimp I put lemon down my disposal & sinks & open the windows

  75. Darlene Carbajal says:

    The worst odors are the pet’s odors and we eliminate them by using other sprays.

  76. Rebecca Orr says:

    So far, kitty litter. We have two kitties that make their share of messes. It doesn’t help that we change it daily to keep odors to a minimum….I can still smell the litter. Yuck!

  77. My dog sleeps in my room and it smells like dog! I open the windows to try to get the smell out.

  78. I am always fighting pet odor in the house and I shampoo the carpet a lot to combat the odor.

  79. Carl L Smith Jr says:

    The worst odor is when I get home from fishing. I take my boots off outside and rinse my gear with the hose. I always clean and filet the fish outside. And I go straight into the shower when I get in. But it doesn’t matter what I do, the house will smell like you would expect it to after being in the hot sun, handling live bait and fish. My wife puts my clothes directly into the wash and she follows me around the house spraying Fabreeze for an hour after I get home lol It definitely helps a lot. If it wasn’t for Fabreeze, she would probably make me sleep outside, or never let me go fishing again!

  80. I have 5 pets so pet odors are the worst. I use candles and air fresheners.

  81. cat litter is the worst.

  82. Bonnie Caselman says:

    The cat box has to be the worst! We’ve tried everything!! I’m not sure why we haven’t tried Febreze before!

  83. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    My biggest odors are from the kitchen such as cooking Brussel Sprouts. We do get noaeblind to it but if someone stops by they ask what that smell is!!

  84. D Schmidt says:

    The worst odor in my home is definitely pet and I try to protect us by keeping it very clean

  85. The worst odor is the dog and I shampoo my carpets and use spary.

  86. the worst odor in my home would have to be the smelly trash….I take out the “offender” and spray the area with an odor neutralizer!

  87. I have two cat litter boxes. I spray with Febreze.

  88. The worst is cat litter box odor. We clean the box many times every day. That helps a good bit, but I worry that others can still smell it when they visit.

  89. Right now it is the cross between a wet puppy (when he gets wet) and my husbands dirty smelly workboots after he has been out in the sun all day. Burn a lot of candles.

  90. Nicole Sender says:

    Doggie odor is an issue. I use Febreze to helpeliminate it and it works!

  91. Connie Lee says:

    Cooking odors, especially if I have boiled and peeled eggs. Sometimes I try opening windows to let the odors out, or spray something, or light a good smelling candle.

  92. Linda Madden says:

    The worse odor in my home is my son’s athletic gear, and I’m constantly spraying air freshener but it doesn’t help much

  93. I cook a lot of seafood and use garlic and onions in my cooking – it probably doesn’t smell very good the next day!

  94. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    The worse order is the pet odor. We use febreze

  95. Vicki Hall says:

    The worst odor problems in our house is the litter box and guinea pig cage. We just try the keep them as clean as possible.

  96. Birdiebee says:

    The worst odor to me is the fish smell after frying fish. I usually burn candles but want to thoroughly eliminate the smell.

  97. Alena Svetelska says:

    i am dealing with bad odor from my cats and our dog.we used febreeze

  98. Chavonne H says:

    Bathroom odor is the worst in this house from people to the litter box. From the toilet to the rug to the garbage can. It all stinks. We use air fresheners which sometimes help but could use more help.

  99. Pet odors are the most prevalent odors in my house since I pet sit a lot. I use febreze pet odor control a lot. It’s great for the carpets.

  100. We have two cats so I would say litter boxes are our buggiest smell offender

  101. Alyssa Lee says:

    Pet smell always gets me.

  102. Kimmy Ripley says:

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

  103. Deborah Gardner says:

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

  104. alyce poalillo says:

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

  105. Tracy Melhinch says:

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

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

  107. 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.

  108. 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!!

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

  110. Michelle Levine says:

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

  111. Michele Behlen says:

    The worse smells are from my dog.

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

  113. 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.

  114. Stinky pet odors, and stinky diapers too!

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

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

  118. 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.

  119. Susan Smith says:

    I have four dogs that leave an odor.

  120. Mary Somerville says:

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

  121. 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.

  122. Rebecca Peters says:

    its usually what ever I cook.. I spray freshener

  123. Theresa D says:

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

  124. tiger eyes says:

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

  125. christine j says:

    I have bad doggy odors. I use febreeze fabric refreshers

  126. 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.

  127. Miz Vickik says:

    Kitchen garbage odor is the worst!

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

  129. 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!

  130. Peggy Rydzewski says:

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

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

  132. 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.

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

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

  135. 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.

  136. BILL HOFF says:

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

  137. 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

  138. 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!

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

  140. 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

  141. Patricia C. says:

    The worst odor in our home is the litter box.

  142. Amanda Sakovitz says:

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

  143. Kassie Rougas says:

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

  144. Angela P. says:

    Cooking odors.. especially seafood.

  145. 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.

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

  147. pet odor

  148. Melissa Mazzur says:

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

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

  150. Sherry Fowler says:

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

  151. Charlene Kuser says:

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

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

  153. Thomas Murphy says:

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

  154. RICHARD HICKS says:

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

  155. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

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

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


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