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Alternatives to Quick Fresh odor eliminator

Reviews on the forum for Rick Steves' Quick Fresh Natural Odor Eliminator are very positive, and most seem to prefer it over Fabreze.
(1) I was wondering if it is possible to purchase this product anywhere other than the online store?

(2) I see McNett has a product with the same name, but apparently it is only sold in the EU. Does anyone know more about this in relation to Rick Steves' product, and whether it is available in the USA?

(3) Yesterday at the Container Store, I saw a product named Zero Odor which comes in a 2 oz. bottle. The description says, "Zero Odor completely and permanently eliminates odor that other products can't touch - and leaves behind no scent!" Does anyone know how this compares to Rick Steves' product?

Thanks,
A. Riddle

Posted by
6621 posts

There is no way to really eliminate odors by adding something else to the mix. Whatever it is that stinks, you need to wash it (maybe more than once) or you need to replace it. Not dissing any specific product, but caveat emptor.

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David,

Fair enough. But let's pretend I am interested in purchasing one of these products, not because I think I can use it in place of a good washing, but because I think it might be somewhat helpful for those times when I cannot wash. In that light, can you assist with any of the questions I posed?

Thank you.

Posted by
2697 posts

We’ve used the RS product and it does work. It’s good for shoes and when you unpack, to rid your clothes of that musty suitcase smell. Also, clothes washed in the sink are never as fresh as machine washed clothes, so a little spritz of this stuff helps.

Posted by
1625 posts

Also, clothes washed in the sink are never as fresh as machine washed clothes

Mine are!! (toots own horn). BUT I have been sink washing since I was around 8 or 9, with a strict mother with very high standards. I still sink wash delicate sweaters and if it say's 'hand wash only" I do, no using the delicate setting on the machine for me.

Posted by
14615 posts

If you do a search for mcNett Odor Eliminator you will find numerous places in the U.S. that sell it. It's called Mirazyme Odor Eliminator. It's available in both a 2 oz and 8 oz version. You could always just buy an 8 oz version and put some in a 2 or 3 oz spray bottle.

If you are trying to find out if you can buy it with the Rick Steves name on it somewhere besides the Rick Steves store, the answer is no. Rick Steves brand products are only available through his store.

Posted by
2349 posts

I'm going to throw this out there. I have not tried it but have heard good things. Supposedly spraying cheap vodka on clothes will eliminate odors after it dries. I would rather just wash something. I've been told it will get smells out that didn't wash out.

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Frank II,

Thank you for the info. Your answers were exactly what I was asking for.

At the RS online store, the price of shipping is more than the item itself. Unfortunately, that serves as a minor deterrent to ordering from RS.

Thanks again.
A. Riddle

Posted by
2349 posts

Well, it does take money to ship something from one place to another.

Posted by
5 posts

Oh, I do not criticize or fault RS store for charging shipping. But it is part of the calculation that I have to make in deciding if it is worth it to me.

A. Riddle

Posted by
1373 posts

I volunteered back stage a couple if yrs ago for a traveling ballet company w amazing coustumes.... OH the rigid stays and much lace..... And yes, clothes were spritzed w vodka before they were packed up.... And those hard working dancers get Really sweaty. So, it could be easiest to travel w an empty spray bottle and buy some cheap vodka upon arrival