The top ten worst smells we don’t want at home

Press release   •   Dec 28, 2012 11:37 GMT

Chicago, December 28, 2012 – Cooking up a storm is a popular pastime as families and friends gather together during the Christmas and New Year festive season, yet Blueair has discovered that the least popular smell at home are cooking and baking smells.

Extensive research in late December in Europe and the United States revealed pungent smells from the kitchen are a big turn off for very many people, more so than flatulence and toilet smells. The research by Blueair, a world leader in indoor air purification, spotlights the top ten bad odors people most wanted to live without in their homes.

Surprisingly, the worst olfactory offenders were not inherently bad odors like rotten eggs. They were:

1. Cooking and baking smells
2. Strong fragrances, such as s perfumes
3. Household cleaning product odors
4. Oven burnt food
5. Smelly pets, especially cats and dogs
6. Flatulence and other odors from the toilet
7. Body odor
8. Chemical smells from paint, fillers and glues
9. Tobacco and cigar smoke
10. Mold and damp

Bengt Rittri, Blueair founder and owner, said: “Good ventilation goes a long way to removing odors, but that’s not always possible when the weather worsens and outside temperatures drop. Research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, shows indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside, especially in modern homes that have been built ‘tight’ to conserve energy ’.

A revealing finding of the Blueair research was the near total lack of awareness among those surveyed that chemicals such as volatile organic compounds found in interior furnishings, cleaning products and personal care creams and liquids are irritants with levels often hundreds of times higher indoors than outside. Over 78% of all respondents said they were unaware of the fact.

Mr. Rittri added that a good way to speedily remove bad smells from any room within a few minutes is to use a Blueair air purifier appliance, which remove practically all pollen, pet dander, mold spores, smoke particles, dust and other airborne pollutants to leave the indoor air ‘as pure as nature intended’.


For more information contact:

Public Relations
David Noble, TKGB Publicity, London, UK
Tel: +44 7785 302 694

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