Does Cold Air Eliminates Odor?

On a cold, crisp day, there are fewer smells, and our noses become less sensitive to smells. Pine needles, woodsmoke, and snow, these are the smells of winter, and for people who live with distinct seasons, wintry weather brings its own set of olfactory experiences.

But the question is; Does Cold Air Eliminate Odor?

Does Cold Air Eliminates Odor?

Once the temperature drops, odor molecules move much more slowly. It means that there are simply fewer smells to smell on a cold crisp day in comparison to a hot and humid one.

Cold air also stimulates the irritant-sensitive trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is what makes you cry when you chop an onion and delivers a hit of spiciness when you inhale a whiff of strong mint.

Below are a few tips to keep your home free from the foul smell in any season:

1. Kill the Source:

The first and most important step to eliminate odor is to remove the source of foul smell. This could be as simple as taking out the garbage or something involved in fixing lousy plumbing.

The next step is to put the coffee grounds in a bowl near the source of the odor, keeping the room’s windows shut. The absorbing properties of the coffee ground will remove the odor overnight.

2. Air Conditioning and Filtration:

Invest in a ductless heating and cooling system. It would be best if it has a multi-stage filter that traps particulate matter as well as impurities on the microbial level. Many household odors are the result of airborne contaminants. The only possible way to eliminate them is to use deodorizing filters that use natural substances such as catechin or enzymes.

Some systems incorporate nanotechnology to trap these contaminants on the atomic level. Systems like these continuously circulate air so, in addition to filtration, the homeowner gets constant circulation, which eliminates stagnant air and the moisture buildup.

3. Keep Drains and Garbage Disposals Fresh:

Organic food waste, that gets trapped in garbage disposals, rots quickly (especially when subjected to moisture) and emanates foul odors. An easy fix is to keep a bag of chopped-up lemons and limes in the refrigerator and toss a few chunks in the garbage disposal every few runs. The citrus will freshen up disposal temporarily.

Moreover, you should routinely clean the drains with stronger and acidic white vinegar. Once a month, pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain, let it sit for a half-hour, and then rinse. Vinegar has an acrid, noxious smell. But it’s temporary, and its high acidity will kill burgeoning bacteria and other odor-causing elements quickly, cheaply and naturally.

4. Refresh the Refrigerator and Freezer:

Place an open container of baking soda in the center of the back wall of both the refrigerator and freezer. Make note of the date you put it in and change it every three months.

This is such an effective and commonly-used practice that some baking soda brands even sell containers with special openings just for this purpose. You can also soak a small cotton pad with vanilla extract and place it in the freezer for an effective, natural deodorizer. For the refrigerator, soak a cotton pad in a mixture of half water and half white vinegar.

Make DIY Air Freshener:

Finally, you can use cheap vodka that’s been sitting untouched for years – a DIY air freshener! The vodka evaporates quickly and absorbs odors. Mix one part of cheap vodka with three parts water and add a dozen drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus. Keep little spray bottles (they can be decorative to match your motif) in places like the kitchen and bathroom.


Odor doesn’t have to be a part of your life. With a little chemistry, you can be get your house completely free from odor.

If you are still not able to eliminate the bad odor from your home, contact our team of experts; they will visit your home and find a legitimate solution to your problem.

About Lisa McIntyre

Lisa McIntyre has always resided in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with a degree in Applied Science. Ultimately, her passion for science and teaching came to fruition after her husband requested her assistance in developing Dry Effect Restoration Services. She was able to develop her knowledge, degrees and certifications further in many indoor air quality associations and organizations. Thus allowing her to educate Realtors and Insurance Agents on the damages that many common indoor air quality irritants and water bacterial growths can lead to in ones home or business. Over 10 years later she’s glad to have taken the leap of faith to assist her husband what seemed to be a fun project into a lifetime achievement and to see the individuals she teaches prosper from their newly found knowledge.

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