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Odour Neutralisers Vs. Fragranced Cleaning Products: What is the Difference?

A clean, fresh scent is the sign of a job well done, but with so many types of cleaning products available, how do you know which to choose to keep bad odours at bay?

Traditionally, there have always been two main options when it comes to tackling bad odours – using a fragranced cleaning product to mask the odour, or using an odour neutraliser to get to the root of the problem.

Odour Neutralisers vs Fragranced Cleaning Products - what is the difference?

Read on below to learn more about the differences between these two options, and discover the third option we’ve got up our sleeves here at Bunzl CHS, to help make removing odours a breeze!

What are fragranced cleaning products?


what are fragranced cleaning products

Using a fragranced cleaning product is a fast, efficient and cost-effective way to cover odours. However, it’s important to remember that these products only mask odours, and don’t always address the source of the problem, so you may not be able to enjoy that ‘just cleaned’ scent for long.

Whilst fragranced products might seem like a quick fix, you will probably find that you need to keep re-applying them, so in the long run it might not save you quite as much time as you first thought.


What are odour neutralising cleaning products?


what are odour neutralisers

Using an odour neutraliser is a longer-lasting solution which tackles the core of the odour problem. Neutralising products tend to use biological cleaning methods, with enzymes to address unpleasant or unwanted smells at their source.

Although these products have the benefit of removing the cause of the smell, even the best odour neutralisers have some downsides: they tend to be slow to act, and can be restrictive with regards to the types of odours they can tackle. In some cases, these products are also incompatible with other types of cleaning products.

In addition to this, products which use enzymes carry a degree of risk for respiratory and dermal allergies, so you’ll need to bear in mind the personal safety of those administering the cleaning.


Another alternative: meet OdorBac


If you’ve been weighing up the pros and cons of fragranced cleaning products against odour neutralisers, you’ll be pleased to know that there is now a third alternative!

Thanks to a scientific breakthrough, a revolutionary new and British-made product called OdorBac has now been introduced, which works by changing the molecular structure of an odour so that a smell is no longer released. This product offers odour removal and a fragrance all in one, so you can get the best of both worlds.

Formulated for commercial use, OdorBac by 2Pure is incredibly effective against odours associated with urine, faeces, vomit, body odour, household and food waste, damp, tobacco and many more. OdorBac also has a number of advantages in comparison with the other cleaning product types that are available on the market. In particular:

  • It works instantly
  • It can be used to clean any surface
  • It removes odours at their source so that they will not return
  • It can remove contaminants such as ammonia gas, as well as odours
  • It can be delivered through any method – from trigger sprays and mops, to extraction machines
  • It’s very cost-effective, thanks to its versatility and efficiency
  • It’s non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic and non-irritant – it has no hazard warning symbols, reducing COSHH requirements and offering clear benefits for your staff’s personal safety
  • It only uses ingredients which are sustainable and safe for the environment, and is 100% biodegradable
  • It’s available in an unscented and fresh linen varieties, so you can choose whether you’d like to use a scented product or not


You can find OdorBac products on our site in our Odour Neutralisers range, within the Washroom Cleaning category.

Do you have any tips for removing odours effectively, or do you have any favourite products? Have you used OdorBac products and would like to share your thoughts? Leave us a comment below, or send us a tweet at @BunzlCleaning – we’d love to hear from you!