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Adverts for cleaning products are notorious for making claims that are probably best taken with a pinch of salt. But the chemistry underpinning so-called ‘odour neutralising’ sprays is actually fascinating, as they do far more than just mask one smell with another. Certain molecules within the spray have special properties that attract and capture molecules responsible for bad odours using a cage-like structure. A video released by the American Chemical Society explains how odour neutralising sprays actually work.
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The Connection Between Space And Febreze
In 1996 at Procter and Gamble a chemist was working with a substance called hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin, or its friendlier lab name HPBCD.
Here is the story.
So this chemist goes home one night after working on HPBCD and his wife asks, “ Did you quit smoking?” No he said. He was suspicious she had been harassing him to give up smoking for years. Was this some kind of reverse psychology? “You don’t smell like smoke” she said.
The very next day he returned and started testing HPBCD out on various scented fabrics. Things like we wet dog, cigars, sweaty socks, Chinese food, musty shirts, dirty towels, When he put HPBCD in water and sprayed it on the samples the scents were drawn into HPBCD
This product became a household name and was so advanced that NASA would use it to clean the interiors of shuttles after returning from space.