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 OdoBan Odor Eliminator FAQs

OdoBan Odor Eliminator FAQs

Q. Where can I buy OdoBan Odor Eliminator?

Please check our product locator or contact customer service at 800-841-3904.
 



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be mixed with other chemicals?

No. Mixing OdoBan Odor Eliminator with anything other than water (in accordance with directions) can be very dangerous and voids all disinfecting and sanitizing claims.



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Q. Does OdoBan Odor Eliminator kill HIV (AIDS virus)?

Yes. OdoBan Odor Eliminator has been tested against HIV (AIDS virus) and kills the virus in 60 seconds on hard nonporous precleaned surfaces.



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Q. Does OdoBan Odor Eliminator eliminate dust mites?

No. It is not on the label, and OdoBan Odor Eliminator may not be used in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.



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Q. Does OdoBan Odor Eliminator kill some pet viruses?

Yes, OdoBan Odor Eliminator is effective against Avian Influenza virus, Avian Infectious Bronchitis virus, Pseudorabies virus, Canine Distemper virus, and Newcastle's Disease virus.



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Q. Does OdoBan Odor Eliminator kill mold and mildew?

No. OdoBan Odor Eliminator is a mildewstat. A mildewstat controls, prevents, and inhibits mold and mildew growth, but it will not kill what is already there. To use OdoBan Odor Eliminator correctly on mold and mildew, first use a mold and mildew remover, rinse with water, then spray OdoBan Odor Eliminator on a regular basis to prevent its return.



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Q. OdoBan Odor Eliminator is a disinfectant and sanitizer, what is the difference?

The terms, disinfection and sanitization, refer to the test methods used to determine the concentration and contact time required to reduce bacteria to a desired level. With disinfectants the test organism (bacteria) is exposed to the solution for 10 minutes (on hard surface – stainless steel rings) at room temperature in accordance with the AOAC Use Dilution method to demonstrate efficacy of products intended to kill bacteria. The method requires 100% kill in 59 of 60 tests.

With Sanitizers the test organism (bacteria) is exposed to the solution for 60 seconds (on hard surface – glass squares) at room temperature in accordance with the ASTM Non-Food Contact Sanitizer method to demonstrate efficacy of products intended to kill bacteria. The method requires 99.9% kill over parallel control in 5 of 5 tests.

OdoBan Odor Eliminator is also tested as a fungicide and mildew fungistat. With fungicides the test organism (fungi) is exposed to the solution for 10 minutes (on hard surface – stainless steel rings) at room temperature in accordance with the AOAC Use Dilution Method to demonstrate efficacy of products intended to kill fungi. The method requires 100% kill in 10 of 10 tests.



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Q. Will OdoBan Odor Eliminator disinfect laundry?

No. OdoBan Odor Eliminator will only deodorize laundry. OdoBan Odor Eliminator disinfection claims apply to hard non-porous pre-cleaned surfaces.



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Q. Will OdoBan Odor Eliminator sterilize tools and instruments?

No. The term “sterilize” is incorrect since sterilization is a method used on critical devices (such as surgical instruments, implants, catheters, and needles) that will enter tissue or the vascular system. Chemical sterilization uses high level disinfectants (such as 2% glutaraldehyde) which will destroy or eliminate all living bacteria, fungi, and their spores when used as directed (Usually requires thorough cleaning and over 6 hours contact time at specific temperatures). OdoBan Odor Eliminator will however “disinfect” tools and instruments as directed on the label.



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Q. What types of Disinfection does OdoBan Odor Eliminator apply to?

Disinfection is classified into three categories – High, Intermediate, and Low Level. High level refers to disinfection required for semicritical items that come into contact with mucous membranes or nonintact skin. Intermediate level refers to some semicritical and noncritical items. Low level refers to noncritical items that do not come into contact with intact skin. OdoBan Odor Eliminator is a low level hospital disinfectant. Low level hospital disinfectants will destroy or eliminate the major hospital bacteria listed on the label. OdoBan Odor Eliminator is intended for use on hard non-porous precleaned environmental surfaces that come into contact with intact skin only. Barber and manicure tools are noncritical items, which may be disinfected with OdoBan Odor Eliminator.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used on animals?

No. It is not on the label, and OdoBan Odor Eliminator may not be used in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.



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Q. Can you bathe in OdoBan Odor Eliminator?

No. It is not on the label, and OdoBan Odor Eliminator may not be used in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.



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Q. Can you clean a birdcage with OdoBan Odor Eliminator?

Talk with your veterinarian about using the product and the sensitivity of your bird(s). If it is recommended, rinse cage afterwards with water, and allow to dry completely.



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Q. What is the most effective deodorizing method for carpets?

One of OdoBan's Odor Eliminator features is that it cleans and deodorizes. In many cases the cause of the odor (urine, food, flood damage, sewage, etc.) requires removal. OdoBan Odor Eliminator provides the most effective odor control when using the clean/extraction method.



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Q. Will OdoBan Odor Eliminator damage your carpet?

No. OdoBan Odor Eliminator will not damage carpet when used as directed. Note: OdoBan Odor Eliminator should not be used on fourth or fifth generation carpet due to the fact that it will void the warranty. ( Fourth Generation carpet has an application of fluorochemicals that modifies the surface tension of the fiber making nylon fibers more resistant to soils. Fifth Generation carpet has been chemically treated with acid dye resisters to block most common household food and beverage stains.) If OdoBan Odor Eliminator is accidentally applied on fourth or fifth generation carpet, rinse thoroughly with water.



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Q. Can you use OdoBan Odor Eliminator in a carpet steamer?

Yes. Note: Do not mix with other cleaners.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used on car upholstery and carpets?

Yes – the same as upholstery or carpets in homes. Allow to dry before sitting on treated fabric.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be sprayed on pet bedding?

Yes. Allow to dry before allowing pets to use treated surfaces. However, the most effective and long-lasting odor control will be accomplished if the bedding material is washed after a 10-minute soak in OdoBan Odor Eliminator diluted to 32 ounces per gallon of water.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used in the laundry, if so, how much?

Yes. 4-8 ounces per load to deodorize offensive odors.



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Q. Does OdoBan Odor Eliminator act as a fabric softener when used in the laundry?

Yes. OdoBan Odor Eliminator has similar chemical properties as fabric softener and just like other softeners, OdoBan Odor Eliminator is not for use on children's sleepwear or other garments labeled as flame resistant, as it may reduce flame resistance.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used in shoes?

Yes. If the shoes are water-safe, spray shoes with 2 - 4 ounces per gallon dilution. However, if a more serious attack method is needed to eliminate the odor, wash the shoes after a 10-minute soak in OdoBan Odor Eliminator diluted to 32 ounces per gallon of water. Always allow to dry thoroughly before wearing.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used for the "Athletes Foot Fungus" in shoes?

Our label directions are for deodorizing shoes. Since shoes are not always hard and non-porous, we cannot make a disinfection claim. It would be better said, "OdoBan Odor Eliminator is an effective fungicide against Trichophyton mentagrophytes (the athlete's foot fungus) when used on surfaces in areas such as locker rooms, dressing rooms, shower and bath areas, and exercise facilities."



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Q. Can you spray "dry clean only" clothing with OdoBan Odor Eliminator?

No. Do not use on any surface, which is not water-safe.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used on skunk odor?

Yes. It may be used on porous surfaces such as upholstery, drapes, carpet, and hard non-porous water-safe surfaces. Do Not use on animals.



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Q. Will OdoBan Odor Eliminator hurt a garden?

No. However, this is not an EPA approved use pattern.



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Q. Can you spray OdoBan Odor Eliminator on artificial and live plants?

Yes. You may use on artificial plants made of plastic. Silk flowers may not be water-safe. OdoBan Odor Eliminator use-solutions should not harm live plants but intentional use on live plants is not an EPA approved use pattern.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used in septic tanks and holding tanks?

Yes. OdoBan Odor Eliminator is a disinfectant, therefore overuse may disrupt anaerobic bacterial digestion in a septic tank. Normally use-levels of less than one quart for each 300 gallons of waste flow is considered safe for a septic tank.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be poured into a commode or basin?

Yes.



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Q. Can you use OdoBan Odor Eliminator in porta-potties (portable chemical toilets)?

Yes. Cover bottom of tank with water and add 3-6 oz of OdoBan Odor Eliminator. Add additional 1 – 2 oz as needed.



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Q. Can you use OdoBan Odor Eliminator on an air conditioner filter (i.e. spray to deodorize through the a/c vents)?

Yes. A/C blower unit should be off when spraying filter to avoid breathing spray mist.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be used in a refrigerator to help deodorize?

Yes - use diluted @ 3-5 oz. per gallon. Higher concentrations should be avoided. Dilutions over 5 oz. per gallon may cause plastics to swell allowing OdoBan Odor Eliminator to penetrate making it difficult to rinse. Note: Food contact surfaces should be rinsed with water.



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Q. Can OdoBan Odor Eliminator be stored in a dish used in the kitchen area (i.e. Tupperware)?

Not Recommended. A couple of reasons why this is not recommended are:

  • A container may be used for food purposes without proper cleaning.
  • Children or pets may try to drink liquid left in food containers. Note: Some plastic containers may be damaged by concentrated OdoBan Odor Eliminator. Additional Note: OdoBan Odor Eliminator should not be stored Styrofoam containers.


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Q. Can you use OdoBan Odor Eliminator on walls and flooring, will OdoBan Odor Eliminator eat (damage) paint or finish?

OdoBan Odor Eliminator will not damage water-safe items when used as directed. (i.e. concentrated OdoBan Odor Eliminator may damage some plastic or vinyl surfaces.)



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Q. What is pH?

All water-based solutions can be measured for their pH. The pH scale, which runs numerically from 0 to 14, is used to indicate whether a solution is acid or alkaline. On this scale, a solution that has a pH from 0 to 6.9 is considered to be an acid. A solution that measures from 7.1 up to 14 on the pH scale is considered to be basic (or alkaline) in nature. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. The pH of OdoBan Odor Eliminator is approximately neutral, and its use-solutions are noncorrosive to plastic, vinyl, synthetics, enamel, tile and most common metals.



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Q. How do I calculate dilutions...and why?

OdoBan Odor Eliminator is an industrial strength concentrated product designed not only to be a multi-purpose cleaner, disinfectant, and deodorizer but to be economical for the customer. Dilutions of OdoBan Odor Eliminator have been formulated and approved by the EPA and work best at the dilution ratios stated on the label.

Dilutions are either described as ounces per gallon or parts OdoBan to water.

MEASURING OZ PER GALLON:

To dilute OdoBan in oz. per gallon, measure the recommended ounces in a nonfood measuring device and fill to one gallon. Sometimes parts are easier to think about when making smaller than 1-gallon dilutions.

CALCULATING FROM OZ PER GALLON INTO PARTS:

Divide the number of ounces into the number ounces in 1-gallon (128 oz.).
For example: 8 oz. per gallon 128 / 8 = 16
The number "16" represents the total solution, therefore add 1 part OdoBan to 15 parts water.

MEASURING IN PARTS:

You can measure in any unit of measure you like, such as tablespoons, ounces, cups etc… From the calculation above, 16 is the total of any unit of measure you select. If you would like to make 16 ounces (1 pint), measure 1 ounce of OdoBan and 15 ounces of water. This gives you 16 ounces of an 8 oz. per gallon dilution. Remember the what ever unit of measure you are measuring that will be your total, for example 1 cup + 15 cups = 16 cups equal 1 gallon of 8 oz. per gallon use-solution.
The conversion table below can help.

COVERSION TABLE TO OUNCES:
2 tbsp. = 1 fl. oz.
½ cup = 4 fl. oz.
1 cup = 8 fl. oz.
1 pint = 16 fl. oz.
1 quart = 32 fl. oz.
1 gallon = 128 fl. oz.



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Q. I'm not sure what dilution ratio to use when the instructions are given in a range?

In the beginning, it is always best to use the least amount of OdoBan Odor Eliminator necessary for a particular application. Use higher concentrations only when you need it.



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