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Natural odor-eater that won't make you nauseous

Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer absorbs odors instead of masking them

Photo by MoMA store
If there's one thing I dislike more than a nasty-smelling room, it's a room that smells nasty but covered in potpourri. Though they are installed with the best of intentions, most air fresheners that I've encountered have a way of adding to the sickening stenches in the rooms they're meant to make more comfortable.

Maybe that's why I find this Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer appealing. Created by Kiyoshi Nishio, its charcoal and clay mineral powder construction is designed to absorb odors instead of mask them. Because the surface area exposed to the air is critical to the amount of odor absorbed, the cube has a honeycomb design. The overall size of the cube is a manageable 2 inches, perfect for the bathroom, closet, car, or fridge. What's better is that, contrary to your standard box of baking powder, the cube is reusable. If it is placed under the sun for a few hours, it releases the odors it has soaked up and can be reused again and again for up to a year.

The cube costs $25 at the MoMA store, but I think it's a small price to pay for the sake of protecting your home from vanilla bean or lavender honeysuckle.

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