They work in your fridge, car, pantry, and more.

By Stephanie Perry
July 23, 2020
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Gym bags, sneakers, and pet litter can all undoubtedly carry unwanted odors, but other areas of your home can also fall victim to odor-causing mold, bacteria, and mildew. Think: washing machines, damp basements, your refrigerator, and even your car—especially during the humid summer months. While some of these smelly items are best replaced, repurchasing a new refrigerator every time it starts to reek is probably not your best bet. Instead, Amazon shoppers suggest these top-rated and affordable Bamboo Charcoal Bags. 

Available in a pack of 12, the odor-eliminating bags contain 100 percent natural bamboo charcoal, which is incredibly porous. Because of this, the charcoal attracts and absorbs odor like a sponge, effectively eliminating unwanted smells. Housed in a flax fiber cloth, these bags are sustainably sourced and can be recycled in your garden once they reach their two-year expiration date.

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Unlike sprays and fragrances that mask smells, the Bamboo Charcoal Bags eliminate unsavory odors and can absorb moisture while improving the quality of your air. And while plenty of shoppers rave about its ability to make their sweaty gym sneakers smell brand new, one happy shopper pointed out that this is their best recommendation for cabinets and drawers. 

“I had a bad odor in my drawer and cabinet where I store towels. It would smell like wet clothes by the end of the day and I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of that smell until a co-worker recommended charcoal. It eliminated the smell by the next day.”

Another notes, “I use reusable potty pad for my dog. During the week, even though I use a laundry basket with a lid for those pads, the washroom still has a lot of odor. Couldn’t even smell the scent plug in I use for the washroom. Bought this product for a leap of faith and it works like magic! I tape them on the lid of the laundry basket, and it literally absorbs so much odor that I can actually smell the scent I am using for my washroom.”

Shop the 12-pack for $13 below and be sure to place them in the sun for three to five hours before your initial use to activate the charcoal.  

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To buy: $13 for a pack of 12; amazon.com.