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I started looking for a new air freshener several years ago; when I was living in a mouldy damp flat. I also had a guinea pig which although I cleaned the cage twice a week, it sometimes did smell quite bad. At this time I also had a girlfriend who came over to see me, and she brought her own bottle of febreeze and air fresheners that her mum gave her for the damp smell.
I was using standard aerosol can freshners for the bathroom, and kitchen but they were not as long lasting or powerful as Neutradol turned out to be.
I had re plastered the walls and done lots of work but the flat still smelled of damp and had mould.
For the guinea pig I would clean the cage out before anyone came over and spray some neutrodal as it actually eliminates the smell rather than just masks it. Also I would spray it around the room just before anyone arrived and hope no one mentioned the 'damp smell'.
I used the original Neutradol which is now called 'Neutradol Original' and has no scent or fragrance, they now have scented ones as well.
As far as whether it worked or not and was better at getting rid of smells than normal air fresheners, I would say yes it was. For things like the guinea pig, it did get quite bad sometimes and this spray was like magic, it just killed the bad odours.
This is by far the best air freshener I have used in terms of eliminating bad smells, in the winter you don't even have to open the window. Also it sates on their official website that Neutradol is non toxic and hygienic.
As far as the damp was concerned, it kind of worked in conjunction with candles, febreeze and fresh air.
To buy this neutrodol now from a supermarket costs about £1.75 for a 300 ml can, which isn't much different to the price of a standard air freshener. This can lasts me 6 months or more as you only need a small amount at a time.
It depends what type you want, you can get neutrodol with fragrance now as well. They also have a range of room gels which last up to 3 months.
Neutradol Original claims that it has 'over 50 ingredients which attack bad odours'. Whatever is in there it certainly has something extra that works.
Neutradol claim to be 'The World's No. 1 Deodorizer'. Does it live up to its claim...
a metal blue canister with a plastic lid which doubles as a spray button. The design gives it the air of being a 'science' product rather than a 'household' product which makes the purchaser think it is of a higher quality.
The aerosol product holds 300ml of air freshener. As it is an aerosol, it is important to keep in a safe place - i.e. not on a window sill which is likely to get full sunlight or next to a oven or object which emits heat. The warning on the back is clear and shows the standard icon for 'flammable' which is a black and orange flame within an orange box.
The original smell is quite a heady scent. It is a unique smell and I think that Neutradol have done really well to create an immediately identifiable aroma.
The claim is that this spray will destroy an odour and not mask it. I must admit to being pleasantly surprised at how good it is.
I did get fed up of buying air fresheners for my teenage son's room - I don't even want to describe what I found in there but I am sure most of you have an idea. Floral or 'sea breeze' type air fresheners just didn't do it for me. I have found that if I hold Neutradol in my hand, I can very easily use my index finger to spray in the centre of the room for a few seconds. Don't forget to shake the can first though.
I also use Neutradol in the car and the bathroom (do I need to talk about the smells I need to be rid of in there?) but also the rooms which don't have nasty smells. I like the clean smell of Neutradol which dissipates after an hour or so just leaving no odour. Which is just the way I like it!
Neutradol Spray was bought as an odour eliminator. It was advertised as being a 'fresh and clean' spray which would eliminate bad smells such as pets, smoking, nasty lingering cooking smells, etc rather than just covering them up. We both thought this sounded like an excellent idea.
The can we bought was from Home Bragains and cost just 75p for a 300ml aerosol can. The instructions are simple and easy to use - just shake the can vigorously before using and then spray liberally over curtains, fabrics such as cushions, settees (not leather), the interior of cars (ours is always a bit smelly from the dog), dog and pet beds and baskets etc., the list is endless.
Initially the smell was quite pleasant but it wore off very quickly indeed. I was expecting a more strong and lingering smell than this gave and was personally a bit disappointed. It was also a bit sickly which I didn't really like.
The can seemed to try to mask the smell rather than eliminate it - and this wasn't the reason I bought it.
The nozzle also kept getting stuck and the spray then dried and clogged up the holes so that we had to take a pin to it to try to unclog it. This worked for a bit but then it got clogged again and then eventually came out in little spurts rather than the fine mist the can had promised and just dribbled down the can and made my fingers wet.
Not a great product overall and not one I would recommend.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
A couple of months ago I finally, after 3 months of wrangling with solicitors, got the keys to my new flat! When I first entered the flat I was hit by a stale smell of tobacco, which was surprisingly strong. I opened a few windows to let the flat air but knew that it would take a lot more than this to get rid of the smell. We planned to paint the flat starting that weekend anyway, which would go someway to alleviating the problem, but in the meantime I closed the windows and headed off to the local supermarket to see what I could find to help me tackle the problem.
Browsing the aisles I saw that there was an array of products all promising to deal with tough odours. Amongst these I spotted a can of neutradol. I remember when this first came out in the mid 90's and it used to be a regular on our shopping list but the recent rise in air fresheners that also neutralise odours has meant that we don't buy this so regularly. I do remember it being particularly effective though. My parents house used to have several chimneys in. I grew up in London and like most houses there we used to also have mice from time to time. On one occasion a mouse died behind the chimney, which was sealed off so we couldn't get to it. The smell was horrendous and would leave us gagging. Treating the room regularly with neutradol really made a difference in tackling the problem and meant that the room didn't become out of bounds for us! As it was so effective in the past I thought it would be ideal to tackle the odours in my new flat.
Neutradol comes in a blue can and can be found in the aisle where air-fresheners usually are. The front of the can has a bold, clear design and the brand claims to be 'The World's no.1 deodoriser". It claims to have a new improved formula that banishes bad smells leaving the air clean and fresh. There is also a picture of some spheres in a larger circle which I assume represent the deodorising molecules in the spray. The label at the base claims that this is the 'original' variety though I can't ever remember there being any other scents/varieties available to buy. Looking further at the back of the can it seems that there is a 'Super Fresh' variety too though I've not spotted this before. I bought this can in Tesco on offer priced at £1.50 for 300ml.
There is lot of detail about the product on the back of the can. Neutradol were the first odour destroyers introduced to the market and it claims that in the years since it's unique formula has not been equalled. Laboratory tests have apparently confirmed that this is still the best odour destroyer on the market. The spray will leave your room clean and fresh and completely free of bad smells. These are some big claims so I was keen to see if the spray was still as effective as I remember it being when I was growing up.
The can has the spray nozzle in built at the top and a lid does not cover it. This is a good design feature I think as I remember when air-fresheners had lid they would either be quite flimsy so they would become out of shape when I tried to put them over the nozzle or I would place the lid somewhere whilst I was spraying the house and then would be wandering around hunting for it which was quite annoying!
To use you simply squirt this a few times into each of the rooms. Within a few seconds of squirting there was the distinctive smell of neutradol in each of the rooms. I wouldn't say the spray itself has a particularly pleasant smell - to me it has quite a chemically smell which is quite strong and in some ways it smells a bit 'soapy'. As it gets to work the smell does diminish, as does the odour it is trying to tackle. Within half an hour or so the rooms were smelling a lot fresher. The smell of the neutradol had become quite faint and more importantly so had the stale smell it was trying to tackle. I did need to spray again about 4 hours later but after this round the stale smell had completely disappeared. I was quite impressed as the smoky smell was really strong and I did think I'd have to work through most of the can to get rid of it.
Overall then I am impressed with the neutradol spray as it does an excellent job of tackling tough smells. I didn't particularly like the smell of the spray itself which I thought was a little too strong and chemically for me. For this I have knocked off a star. I would be interested to see how the 'Super Fresh' variety smells to see if this is more pleasant. However this is still a product I would recommend highly if you have stubborn odours to deal with.
I bought this for the first time a coupe of months ago, and have actually bought it again since. I chose it as it was the best price in Morrisons at the time, at just £1, while the others available were considerably more than that! I was confident I would be pleased with it - after all it's Neutradol, they know odour and as they say, know thy enemy.
This spray comes in a lidless blue 300ml can. You dispense the product by pushing down on the button integrated into the lid, rather than removing a lid to reveal the nozzle. The packaging is quite industrial I think, with no flowers or pretty pictures. I actually like this, I am not often won over by nice packaging anyway as I care more about what's inside. It proclaims to be "the world's No1 deodoriser" with an improved formula to eliminate nasty smells and leave your air nice and fresh. It has a funky little sciencey picture at the bottom, symbolising bad smell particles. This gives the impression of being a serious odour eater.
The back of the can gives us a little blurb about the product being the original, and laboratory testing that has proved it is the most effective at banishing stinks. It also has the usual directions and safety info. This is extremely flammable, so when you go to get rid of that cigarette smell make sure you're not still smoking!
One thing that's really good about this is that the spray is dry. A wet spray doesn't bug me, quite the opposite in fact, but if it's a dry one then it doesn't matter where it lands or if you want to spray it over the sofa or such, without having to let it dry before sitting down. I don't however like the way this is dispensed. This is because I do indeed like to spray my fragranced odour eliminators over my curtains and sofa, so I much prefer a front facing output; holding top spraying aerosols at the required angle for spraying in front of you often interferes with the spray, causing it to have a little splutter and a choke. Now, I know this is 'room spray' and as such perhaps not intended to be sprayed onto things, but what's the point of trying to eliminate odours if you can't spray it onto the things that they cling to? One might argue that this is so effective it doesn't need sprayed directly onto these surfaces, and this may well be true.
No matter how much I sniff it and try, I can't put my finger on what the smell actually is, but it does remind me of something like a sophisticated perfume - not too sweet like cheap brands, but like the quality you may typically find on a more mature lady. I want to say it's like a good talcum powder aimed at adults instead of babies, but I'm not sure that's it. I can tell you it's a very clean, pleasant smell, so in this it is successful. It's quite strong when first sprayed and can actually be a bit overpowering if you use a lot of it, but it calms down very quickly.
So quickly in fact, that when I use this I find I don't really notice the smell after leaving the room and going back in like I do with other sprays. But I don't smell anything pongy either. Which is fine by me, since we're a smoking household with pets! My partner did smell it when he came in the other day, so I guess a lot of it is to do with my nose failing to register it after a while. It does work though, so that's the most important thing in my opinion. I trust it enough to be able to have a quick spray if I am expecting visitors!
No matter what brand of fragrance spray I use, I always need to buy it every week; it will last a little longer than a week, but not long enough to wait until the next shopping trip. I only use it on the bottom floor of my house as I've no need to use it upstairs (no smoking and no dog) and I have pets up there that don't agree with aerosols. I am rather heavy handed with it though, I always use a generous amount each time but this particular one lasted as well as any other for me.
Overall I am pleased with it, but it hasn't quite taken the top spot in my affections. Even though it doesn't really leave a noticeable scent behind (for me anyway) it is doing what it's supposed to - keeping things fresh. And I do like the dry spray, even if I don't really like the way it comes out. I have seen it in Poundland, supermarkets and Semi Chem, always priced at just £1, and for such a bargain price for trusted brand, this is definitely a steal and I will continue buying it.