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What do Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Mean for You?

What do Eco-Friendly and
Sustainable Mean for You?

E verywhere you look today, companies and products are boasting eco-friendly, sustainability, and going green, almost as if those words are interchangeable. But are they? What do they really mean, and what do they mean for you?

Let's begin by defining our terms:


"Eco" is short for "ecology", so if something is eco-friendly, it is not harmful to the environment.

T he environment in this context is generally understood to include the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live; in short, everything that sustains life.

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S ustainability looks at the long-term effects of creating and using a product. It is the main reason for, and the result of, choosing eco-friendly and green products now. Such as using dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.

L ooking at integrated sustainable development, the United Nations defined it as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Well said.

So much more than simply choosing a product that is labeled "green," "eco-friendly," or "sustainably-sourced" just because we feel like we should, it is an intentional choice that reflects a deeper desire to be in accord with our environment, ourselves, and with future generations.

Reasons to Choose Products That 
are Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

Choosing eco-friendly and sustainable products will help you:

Improve the quality of your home

Improve your health and that of your family

Protect our environment

Protect wildlife

Save money in the long run

Simplify your life

Look ahead to protecting future generations



How to Tell if a Product is Eco-Friendly

An eco-friendly product is produced with human and environmental safety in mind. It will naturally be non-toxic and will use sustainable and renewable resources. The product will also be produced in such a way as to not disrupt or harm the balance of our ecosystem.

Examine the list of ingredients to see what's inside the product. Also, note what is not in the ingredients list; irritating or harmful ingredients that may include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium percarbonate
  • Sodium polyacrylate

Where ingredient lists are concerned, the shorter the better. And in general, if you can't pronounce the name of the ingredient, it likely isn't natural or healthy for you.

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So, what eco-friendly and sustainable means for you is much more than merely popular buzzwords or the current popular trend. It's about using products that you can honestly feel good about; products that will enhance the quality of your life, and not harm you, your loved ones, or our environment.

At OdorCrush?, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and offer laundry room essentials that take all of this into consideration when we create them. All our products are eco-friendly and sustainably sourced, using natural, organic and healthy ingredients to help make your laundry room and your home a little healthier.

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5 Easy Laundry Tips for 2020

5 Easy Laundry Tips for 2020

Let’s face it, laundry is probably not your favorite thing to do, but it’s necessary to keep your clothes fresh and clean. Just because it is a necessity does not mean that it needs to be difficult or take all day to complete. Here are a few tips to make your laundry experience a little more pleasant and efficient.

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1. Air Out Your Washer

This may seem obvious, but some people do not realize that your washing machine can grow mold and mildew if you do not air it out. Especially if you have a front loader. After each wash, leave the door open on your washing machine to let the inside dry out. If you do not, it can lead to bad smelling laundry and a less efficient washing machine. When in doubt, air it out.

2. Sort Your Laundry in Pop Up Hampers

Building on the idea of keeping your laundry room cleaner, consider sorting your laundry into hampers instead of leaving it on the floor or in one big hamper all mixed together. Consider buying some inexpensive pop-up hampers and sort your laundry into washing groups. This will help you to switch between loads more quickly, and will help you to be more efficient.

3. Use Dryer Balls

Do you use dryer sheets? They can make your clothes soft, but they are full of chemicals, can leave residue, and they are not great for the environment. As an alternative, consider getting dryer balls. Wool dryer balls are one of the best ways to help the environment while helping yourself. They help you cut down dry time, they make your clothes soft, and do it all without leaving residue and chemicals behind. They’re also reusable and easy to store.

4. Clean Your Washing Machine Once a Month

Dirty washing machines are no joke. They smell, they are grimy, and they do not perform well. So it is very important to keep your washer clean. Some people like to use vinegar, baking soda, or other methods to clean their washing machine. However, the easiest and cleanest way is to use a washing machine cleaner tablet. It’s pre-measured, has no harsh chemicals, and most importantly, it cleans your washer very well. Use one of these every month or so, and your washing machine will run more efficiently and will not stink.

5. Clean the Air in Your Laundry Room

Laundry is supposed to smell clean. So if your laundry room smells bad, more than likely your laundry will too. You could try candles or air freshening sprays, but they aren’t the most safe or effective options. Instead, try using an air purifying bag. Air purifying bags are full of activated charcoal that purifies your air, eliminates odors, and eliminates moisture in the air. This will make your washing area smell fresh, and it will decrease pathogen growth.

Hopefully, you’re now a little more excited about laundry. If not, we will settle for you having a more efficient, clean, and natural experience with our laundry tips.


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How to Clean a Washing Machine 101

How to Clean a Washing Machine 101

At one point in time, humans had to wash laundry by hand. People had to dip their hands in dirty smelly water on a regular basis. Laundry took a lot of time and was a stinky process—until the modern washing machine came along.
The washer takes dirty, smelly items, and cleans them until they are spotless. This comes at a price, though. When you are putting dirty items in and they are coming out clean, the dirt, grime, and smell have to go somewhere. Some of it drains off, but some of it stays in your machine, eventually leaving you wondering how to clean a smelly washing machine.
So what is the best way to choose how to clean your washing machine? You can not take it outside and simply hose it off. So let’s get back to basics and talk more about how washers get dirty, and how you can clean them.

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Why does your washer smell?

Because your washer is a wet, and sometimes dark environment, mold, mildew and more can pile up and grow in your washing machine. These pathogens do have an odor and feel to them. So you might smell, see, or even feel them on the components of your washer. 

Why is the washer grimy?

Besides the pathogens mentioned above, all of the dirt, and who knows what else all over your clothes, ends up all over the inside of your washer. A lot of it drains away, but sometimes (we are looking at you front loaders) water and grime can collect at the bottom of the washer and get stuck in the underside of the door, as well as in the door seal. It can make for a grimy mess.

So how do you clean it quickly?

Some places recommend everything from baking soda to wiping down your washer by hand to quickly clean it. The truth is, though, the fastest, easiest way is to use washing machine cleaning tablets. Simply toss the tablet in, run the wash cycle, and you’re all set. There is no measuring and no stressing—just a clean and fresh smelling washer.

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How long will the clean last?

You should be cleaning your washer monthly in order to keep it running smoothly. However, if you use a washing machine cleaning tablet, it will keep your washer smelling great for six weeks. So you have a little more wiggle room when using tablets to clean your washer.

Don’t want to use harsh chemicals?

No problem. Odor Crush washing machine cleaning tablets do not use any harsh chemicals and they are all-natural. So you will not have a chemical smell in your washer, and you can be at ease knowing that your family is safe from any potentially harmful chemicals.

There are other things you can do to reduce stinky smells and grime in your washer, such as leaving the door of the washer open so that it can air out. However, this isn’t full-proof. The only way to know your washer is getting clean is to use washing machine cleaning tablets.

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A Natural Solution to Musty Odors

A Natural Solution to Musty Odors

Does your laundry room or basement have a damp, musty smell? You may be reluctant to use scented air freshers, not only because they don’t last, but more importantly, they contain harmful chemicals. So how can you safely and effectively get rid of that musty odor?

Let’s look at a natural way to freshen and purify the air; let’s look at activated charcoal.

A Brief History

Charcoal has been used as a remedy for poison for thousands of years. Activated charcoal use generally increased in the 1900s, although bamboo activated charcoal has been used for water purification in Asian countries for centuries. You may be familiar with activated charcoal as part of your water filtration system, or as a natural detoxifier. It is so effective it is even listed in the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.

What is Activated Charcoal?

The activation process begins with heating the charcoal without oxygen at temperatures over 1000⁰F. The charcoal is then chemically treated with argon and nitrogen, followed by a second round of superheating with the addition of oxygen and steam. This causes its surface area to expand and creates a network of tiny pores, through which water or air can pass, but leaving pollutants behind.

Are There Different Kinds of Activated Charcoal?

Yes! While bamboo activated charcoal is also called activated charcoal, not all activated charcoal is made of bamboo. Activated charcoal can be made from a variety of raw materials that can include bamboo but may also include wood, bone char, coconut shells, peat, coal, sawdust, and other materials.

Bamboo charcoal is derived solely from natural bamboo; a renewable, sustainable, all-natural and clean resource.

How Does it Work?

The porous structure of the charcoal helps remove bacteria, harmful pollutants and allergens from the air. It also absorbs moisture, preventing mold and mildew by trapping impurities inside each tiny pore. The bad smell you notice is the result of moisture-causing toxins, mildew, pollutants, and allergens.

Is Charcoal Safe?

Yes! Bamboo charcoal is 100% natural, fragrance-free, allergen-free, odor-free, and non-toxic. It is safe for your children and your pets.

Charcoal Air Purifying Bag

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Where Can I Use It?

  • Laundry Room
  • Basement
  • Closet
  • Refrigerator
  • Footer
  • Car
  • Storage Areas
  • Refrigerator
  • Any area that needs freshening up!

How Long Will It Last?

Simply place the bamboo activated charcoal bag in direct sunlight once a month for refreshing. Our highly rated charcoal bags can be used for a few years, after which you can simply pour the contents of the bag into your garden for natural recycling. They are completely sustainable and eco-friendly!

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Final Thoughts

The laundry room or basement contains the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Finally, there is a safe way to treat it, safely, effectively, and naturally. OdorCrush? Air Purifying Bags with bamboo activated charcoal will have your laundry room smelling fresh and clean again in no time.

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Top 5 Reasons Wool Dryer Balls are Better Than Dryer Sheets

better than dryer balls

Top 5 Reasons Wool Dryer Balls are Better Than Dryer Sheets

We want our laundry to come out of the dryer soft, dry, wrinkle-free, and maybe even smelling awesome, right? Maybe you’ve heard of dryer balls but wonder how they compare with dryer sheets?

Let's look at a few key areas:

better than dryer sheet

1. Economical

Dryer balls have a life span of approximately 1,000 loads of laundry. At two loads every week, that means they will last a little over 100 weeks, or about two years. And when you finish one load, just leave them in your dryer for the next one.

Dryer balls also eliminate the need for liquid fabric softener; so, they’re less expensive overall and they make the entire laundry process quicker and easier.

Dryer sheets also eliminate the need for liquid fabric softener, but they have only one use each, so you must continue to purchase them over and over.

2. 100% Natural

Our Dryer Boost wool dryer balls are 100% natural, premium-grade wool from New Zealand sheep. This means there are no added chemicals or other toxic substances to rub off onto your clothing, your bedding, your skin.

It also means our dryer balls are soft and pure enough for even your baby’s cloth diapers – now that’s 100% natural!

Dryer sheets contain harmful ingredients that can be irritating at best, and detrimental to your health at worst.

3. Fragrance-Free

You may be chemically sensitive and don’t want the fragrance chemicals in dryer sheets to rub off onto your clothes and irritate your skin. Or maybe you just don’t want the scent of your clothes to compete with your fragrance. Either way, now you have an option with unscented, premium wool dryer balls.

Dryer sheets contain artificial, chemically created fragrance.

Quick Tip:

If you want to add fragrance to your laundry, you can simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to one or more dryer balls. Let the oil dry for about an hour so the oil doesn’t transfer to your laundry. It won’t stain your clothes or machine, but it may stain the dryer balls.

4. Shorter Dryer Time

Wool dryer balls absorb some of the water from the wet laundry. They also separate your clothes as they’re tossing around with the load, allowing the air to circulate more freely. Shorter drying times translate to lower utility bills. That saves you time and money!

Dryer sheets do nothing to aerate your dryer load, but they do contain a residue that may clog the screen of the lint filter, reducing circulation and increasing drying time.

5. Eco-friendly

Our premium New Zealand wool drying balls are 100% natural and are made from a renewable resource. When they reach their end of life, no harmful chemicals go into the landfill.

Dryer Sheets are polyester sheets that are made to be thrown away after one use, along with every box they come in.


There you have it, a brief overview of the top five reasons wool dryer balls are better than dryer sheets.

If you want the best, you can find our 100% Premium New Zealand wool dryer balls, DryerBoost by OdorCrush , along with all of our laundry products at OdorCrush. Let us know if you have any questions!

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Musty Smell Laundry Room

What is That Musty Smell in the Laundry Room?

Maybe you’ve recently started to notice a bit of an “off” odor in the laundry area and are wondering what’s going on. You keep the outside of your washing machine clean, but how often do you think to clean the inside? Doesn’t it clean itself with every wash load?

Not when you’re continually putting dirty laundry into it. Think about it –it’s dark and moist in there – the perfect place for mold and mildew to thrive.

If you’re like most people, it’s probably not very high on your to-do list, if you think about it at all. After all, you’re typically in and out of there as quickly as possible. It’s also difficult to see into all the nooks and crannies.

Unfortunately, whether your washing machine is older or brand new, it will eventually begin to smell musty. It’s important to know that mildew and mold are likely causing that odor, neither of which is anything you nor your family want to be breathing in.


What Are Mold and Mildew?

Mold and mildew are nontechnical names that are commonly used interchangeably to refer to any indoor fungus. Each of them produces a musty odor, and both require moisture to grow indoors. As mold and mildew grow, they release gasses into the air, and spores travel through the house. They float through the air and settle on other dark, damp surfaces. Those spores are what you are inhaling and interpreting as a “musty” odor.

Combine the constant moisture with washing dirty clothes over and over in the same receptacle, and you have the perfect setting for bacteria to grow, thrive, and spread.

Why Are They Dangerous?

Both mold and mildew pose similar potential health risks, especially for the following groups of people:

  • People with existing or prior respiratory conditions
  • The immune-compromised
  • The elderly
  • People with existing allergies
  • Pregnant women
  • Infants and children
Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 6-10% of the general population and 15-50% of the genetically predisposed population are particularly sensitive to mold allergens. For these people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as:
  • Stuffy nose
  • Wheezing
  • Red or itchy eyes or skin
  • People with existing allergies
  • More intense reactions if allergies or asthma is present

All that is to underscore the importance of keeping your washing machine clean on an ongoing basis for your health and the health of your family.

How Can You Solve the Problem?

If you try to fix it with things like air fresheners, plug-ins, or even candles, you’re only masking the symptom, which is the musty odor. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive, simple, and safe solution that addresses the underlying cause.

OdorCrush Washing Machine
Cleaner Tablet

We created OdorCrush tablets with a proprietary, non-toxic mix of detergents and eco-friendly cleaning agents to get to the root of the problem. You can simply run a washing machine cleaning tablet  through a hot wash cycle and let it do the work for you!

When your washing machine is clean inside, not only do you immediately improve the inside environment of your entire home, but your clothes will finally be able to get truly clean and that musty odor will be gone.