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Science in Seconds - Febreze

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Science in Seconds Know Everything RANTS - Febreze Rheanna Sand: Febreze has always bothered me. Or Oust, or any of the other new brands of air freshener that work a little too well for my comfort. How do these products eliminate odors with no ill effects to humans or their pets? And why am I so addicted to Fruity & Refreshing? If you look at the science, Febreze doesn't actually eliminate odor molecules. Gotcha Febreze, can't violate the law of conservation of matter. But to my surprise, the active ingredient in Febreze does trap odor molecules. It's called cyclodextrin, and it is essentially a barrel of crosslinked sugars. The odor molecules wash into the barrel when they're dissolved in water. Once the water evaporates, the odor molecules remain trapped in the fabric and can't be smelt. And contrary to some Internet rumors, cyclodextrin has never been linked to pet deaths, and is much safer that other common household disinfectants, pesticides and cleaners. In fact, cyclodextrin has a variety of interesting uses: it makes the flavor in your gum last longer, removes caffeine to make decaf coffee and tea, gives you a brighter fluorescent highlighter, and might soon be used in conjunction with antivirals to combat HIV. Strangely enough, it even treats acne. But don't get any ideas, awkward teenagers: Febreze showers are taking it far enough. Courtesy of Science in Seconds – All rights reserved Only for educational/non-profit purposes. (Translators are invited to put their name here)

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Duration: 1 minute and 35 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Science in Seconds
Director: Science in Seconds
Views: 98
Posted by: tradottiinitaliano on Sep 10, 2011

How does Febreze work, and is it safe for pets?

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