According to a recent nationwide survey* by the makers of ARM & HAMMERr vacuum accessories, more than 8 out of 10 Americans think rotting garbage or garbage can odor is the most offensive household smell. Rounding out the top five, in order, were pet odors, mold, body odor/sweat and tobacco odor. Nearly 70 percent of all respondents ranked these five smells as the worst smells in the home, with significantly more women (75 percent) turning their noses up at tobacco odors as compared to men (59 percent).
Fortunately for men and women alike, simply vacuuming can eliminate many household odors.
"Because odors are commonly trapped in carpets, these `foul five' are also some of the most notoriously difficult odors to eliminate," said Leiah Nhem, product manager for ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories. "Vacuuming with ARM & HAMMER bags and filters is an important first step in safely and naturally eliminating these odors from your home."
Instead of covering up the offensive odors, ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories eliminate smells through the natural odor-fighting power of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda. ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories work by attracting odor particles to baking soda crystals, which are bonded to the bags and filters. As air moves through the vacuum, the odor and baking soda come in contact with one another, and the odor is permanently sealed inside the crystals - turning even the most offending odor particle into a new, non-odorous form.
Along with tackling the top five offensive odors, ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories also trap and remove odor-causing particles like pet dander, mold spores, dust and other allergens up to 75 times smaller than a human hair. These microscopic fragments can ferment in carpeting and upholstery, creating the acidic fumes that result in unpleasant odors.
"Some of the biggest odor complaints from the survey are smells that can originate from the tiniest of particles, like mold or pet hair," Nhem said. "These stubborn odors reappear after traditional remedies such as air fresheners or candles lose their strength, but vacuuming with ARM & HAMMER bags and filters can help permanently neutralize odors, ensuring they are gone for good."
ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories are available in more than 120 styles and are made to fit nearly all brands and models of vacuum cleaners. The entire collection of ARM & HAMMER bags, filters and accessories are available in the U.S. and Canada only at Walmart and walmart.com. For more information, consumers can visit www.armhammervac.com.
ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories can be used with ARM & HAMMER Plus OxiCleanr Dirt Fighters Carpet Odor Eliminator Powders for even more freshness. The Powders also use the secret of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda to neutralize odors, and have the added power of OxiClean Dirt Fighters to loosen and lift up to 25 percent more dirt and pet hair versus vacuuming alone. They come in a variety of pleasant scents for long-lasting freshness.
The ARM & HAMMER vacuum accessories line is distributed by Electroluxr Home Care Products, Inc., the producer of leading floor care brands Eurekar and Electrolux, in cooperation with Church & Dwight Co., Inc., owner of the ARM & HAMMER brand.
ARM & HAMMER and the ARM & HAMMER logo are trademarks of Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
*Source on file.
About Electroluxr Home Care Products, Inc.
Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc. (EHCP) leverages consumer driven insight to manufacture and market innovative floor care products under its well-known Eureka and Electrolux consumer brands. The company also sells high-quality commercial products under its Sanitaire brand name and central vacuums made by its Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems division (formerly known as Beam Industries). EHCP is based in Bloomington, Ill., and is a part of The Electrolux Group. Visit www.electroluxusa.com, www.eureka.com, www.sanitairevac.com or www.beamvac.com for more information.
About Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products under the ARM & HAMMER trademark and other well-known brand names.