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DIY Activated Charcoal Odour Absorber

August 26, 2016

Get rid of bad smells naturally with this homemade activated charcoal odour absorber.

You’re easily exposed to more than a dozen different scents in a single day. Maybe you smell the fresh cut grass on your walk to work, the clean scent of laundry straight out of the dryer, or the delicious aroma of cookies baking in the oven.

Or maybe you breathe in the stench of old work boots after a long day’s work, or the sweaty smell of an overused gym bag after hockey practice. Maybe you even open the fridge to the overwhelming smell of last week’s dinner leftovers still hanging out in the fridge. Oops.

A sense of smell can be both a blessing and a curse depending on the situation that you’re in. Those times the bad smells become more overwhelming than that cookies-fresh-out-of-the-oven smell, is when your mission gets critical. Your best defence is to neutralize those stenches that you don’t want to smell with a DIY Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber.

With the powers of adsorption, activated charcoal is able to hold the odours, and leave your stinky boots and bags smelling neutral.

activated charcoal deodorizer

You can use activated charcoal to deodorize your belonging in a couple of ways.

DIY Activated Charcoal Odour Absorber for Shoes and Gym Bags

For this method, you will need:


Fill the bag with activated charcoal powder and tie the top tightly to prevent any leakage.

*Note: Make sure your cotton bag isn’t too thin or permeable that the powder will escape from the bag. Activated Charcoal can stain clothing or fabrics, so you want to ensure no residual powder lingers to stain your clothing

DIY Activated Charcoal Odour Absorber for the refrigerator

For this method, you will need:


  1. Using a hammer and a nail, hammer holes into the lid of the mason jar.
  2. Fill the jar with activated charcoal powder, and place the jar in the back of your fridge as you would baking soda.

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