I own many pets, and I have a big problem with smells. I was so impressed by Zero Odor that I thought you should know about it.
An Honest Review by a Pet Owner
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Zero Odor spray in any way. I hate when people review stuff without experience or with an ulterior motive. This is an honest review of a product I actually tried. I was so impressed I thought you should know about it.
If you've read any of my other articles you already know that I own pets. Lots of pets. Some might say too many pets. I'd disagree with them most days because my wife and I love our animals dearly—but every now and again I become aware of just how many animals we take care of. Those rare occasions of second-guessing and doubt are usually the product of a doggie accident, and those accidents aren't as uncommon as they'd ideally be given that our household rescues old dogs.
Among my many quirks, I have a big problem with smells. The problem stems from an exceedingly sensitive gag reflex. I can be neck deep in the most disgusting things on the planet and be perfectly fine as long as I can't smell them. Let me get one whiff, though, and I'm certain to throw up if I can't get away from the odor. My wife likes to tell me it's all in my head, but that's actually a whole other problem.
Eliminating Odors (vs. Covering Them Up)
See, I'm also a migraine sufferer. Though I've learned to manage my migraines and reduce their frequency by carefully monitoring what I eat, getting just the right amount of sleep, and controlling my response to stress, there's one thing that triggers these epic headaches over which I have little control—and that's smells. In particular, chemical scents others find pleasant, such as those in some air fresheners, act as triggers to blinding migraines in me.
OK, so we have a multi-pet owner who is exposed to accident-prone old dogs and who has an overactive gag reflex coupled with a kryptonite-like weakness to air fresheners. Now while you're all welcome to pull out your tiny violins and fiddle me a sad tune, soliciting sympathy is not my purpose for writing this. The point of that window into the complexity of Cygstarz is to reinforce my next claim: I know my air fresheners.
What I mean by that is that I know what works to actually eliminate smells rather than just cover them up with even more smells. I have the benefit of experience coupled with physical necessity that requires I find the best product for the task. And that's what this article is about: the best odor-eliminating air freshener I've ever found.
I Accidentally Discovered Zero Odor
I discovered this product completely by accident. In fact, my wife and I were researching content for her pet website and crunching numbers on some terms when I noticed the words "Zero Odor" standing out in one of our searches. It wasn't related to what we were researching, but I wondered what it was and did a quick web search.
What I discovered was one ridiculous claim after another about this odor-eliminating product. Been there, done that, I thought—but I figured it would be worth giving it a try if for no other reason than that we owed it to our readers to test stuff out and keep fresh content on our website.
We looked for this product in our local grocery store but didn't find it there. We also checked our local pet store but walked away empty-handed. So much for instant gratification. We finally settled on buying it from Amazon.
I paused in placing my order and decided to take the time to read the customer reviews. After all, that's where you're going to get the most honest feedback. To my surprise, the lowest customer review was four stars out of five. It was the ONLY review under five stars, and the rationale for that rating was simply that a competing product—Nature's Miracle—was more readily available.
Zero Odor Works!
My cynicism took a bit of a hit from all the positive press this stuff was getting, so I felt better about making the purchase. My order arrived a few days later and the timing couldn't have been better. A few days prior, our old rescue dog had an accident in our den. She urinated in an inconspicuous spot and neither my wife nor I noticed until the odor became strong.
I tried steam cleaning, but as is often the case, though the cleaner removed the stain and left the carpet looking clean, the added moisture actually “activated” the spot making it stink even more strongly of both urine and wet carpet. Not a great combo.
I immediately took the bottle of Zero Odor downstairs, sprayed the heck out of the spot and then sniffed. The first thing I noticed was that there actually is a scent to this stuff, which disappointed me. It was a distinct bleach smell, which I'm not a fan of. The upside was that the smell wasn't overpowering. It was about the same as walking past a public pool. But before my disappointment could really take hold, I noticed something else... the smell from the dog urine was completely gone.
6-8 Spritzes (More Is Too Much!)
I decided to give the stuff a try on the old dog's bed which, at times, could gag a goat. Our eldest pooch doesn't exactly smell like a rose, and anything she spends prolonged time in tends to follow suit. Once again, I spritzed the heck out of the bed and noticed that annoying chlorine smell, but instantly, the dog smell was gone.
Now before you decide against Zero Odor based on that initial smell, hear me out. It was the next day that I discovered my mistake. After years of doing battle with various stinks and odors, I've adopted an overkill approach and that's exactly what I'd done wrong here. The bottle advises 6-8 spritzes. I probably went double that.
Having realized my mistake, I tried again with another spot. This time I used the product more sparingly and it paid off. Both my wife and I were shocked. There was just the hint of the chlorine smell at first but it quickly dissipated, and the odor we were trying to eliminate was completely gone.
I'm a smoker, so I tried the stuff in my SUV next. Then I tackled my gym shoes (which are almost potent enough to walk off on their own). In each case, the chlorine smell (which I've since learned is a tracer odor so you know where you've sprayed the product) lasted a short time and then vanished along with the smell we were trying to eliminate.
The Last Odor Remover You'll Ever Buy?
In every case where I tried Zero Odor, the smell I was trying to get rid of vanished. In fact, the stuff worked so well that I began to wonder if it wasn't killing my sense of smell rather than getting rid of odors—but that wasn't the case. I was perfectly able to find new stinky stuff around the house and kill the smell immediately with this product. Bathrooms, litter boxes, garbage cans, nothing could stand up to a few spritzes of this stuff.
So how do I feel about this product? I will never buy any other odor-fighting product again. It's that good. I'm not the kind of person who gushes about products. In fact, my friends and family joke that I'm a dead-pan artist, rarely expressing over-the-top emotion about anything. But this is the exception, folks. I can't say enough good things about Zero Odor. It delivered better than advertised. I've tried just about every product out there and I've never been happier.
And if you've read this far, there's more good news. Yes, you can order Zero Odor through Amazon but that's not the only source for the spray. I subsequently discovered it is also available at Bed Bath and Beyond. In fact, I used up so much of the first bottle with experiments that I went out and bought another bottle from the store a week later.
So, if you have pets, an athletic family, or any other sources of stink around your home, this is the air freshener for you. I suspect you'll feel the same as we did and will never see the need to buy any other odor fighter again.
How Do Your Results Stack Up?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Hoax on July 18, 2017:
Want ZERO ODOR for less than a dollar?.. Distilled water and ONE DROP of CHLORINE ..
Diane Steck on January 25, 2017:
Your blog is great! You solved our problem. We finally got rid of a strong goat smell on our settee. So unpleasant and stubborn smell on our new settee. We asked dry cleaners, pet stores, upholstery companies. We tried EVERYTHING from vinegar, baking soda, tee tree oil, name it!!! Zero Odor works!!! It should be recommended by dry cleaner, pet stores, etc. Thanks you so much for trying and guiding us with your advices.
Susanne on April 21, 2016:
Does it work for mice urine
dogfond on April 24, 2013:
I have tried quite a few sprays but never tried zero odor. Thanks for sharing.
Sun360 on June 11, 2011:
Informative package you really shared in here which i will give a trial.
Cygstarz (author) from Maryland on February 21, 2011:
It does have a trace odor (I have noticed it myself when I use it on my carpet). However, over time, it does go away and there is no odor at all. Hopefully the trace odor will vanish for you as well!
al on February 20, 2011:
I used it for the musty smell in my car - that was over 24 hrs ago and I can still smell the chlorine tracer! This is after I left the windows open overnight. Lingering tracer smell is worse than the odor I was trying to rid!
vicki on November 14, 2010:
now i need to know where to get a gallon! i want to put it in the carpet cleaner and let it sink all the way through :]
Barb on November 06, 2010:
I agree that Nature's Miracle is a great product, but I think Zero Odor is the best thing on the market. The only place it didn't work was where the cat urine got under the padding and into the floor. We removed the carpet, washed the wood, and sprayed the heck out of it with Zero Odor. Thought it wouldn't work, but ran a fan on it all night, and in the morning the smell was gone. We've used it on furniture that was accidentally sprayed with cat urine and just cat smell in general, and all smell evaporated. Dog odors are no problem at all. If you have to deal with cat smells, this is the product you need to use. I 100% recommend it!!!
Cygstarz (author) from Maryland on October 26, 2010:
Hi April. Thank you for your comment! I do agree that Zero Odor has a weird scent at first...but it does go away (along with the bad smells) rather quickly. In fact, I just sprayed my dog's bed down with Zero Odor this morning. :-) Thanks again for your comment. Good luck getting rid of your stinky smells!
April on October 26, 2010:
A woman in petsmart working with a cat rescue group suggested using cat litter deoderizer to a carpet that had a urine smell we could not get rid of. I had never thought to try that, and on the shelf near the deoderizers was Zero Odor... I never heard of it before and figured I would try it. It not only got rid of the urine smell but also the smell of the other products I had tried first that had a weird masking stink of their own. It also works great to deoderize the litter box after cleaning it out. It does have a weird trace scent, but it dissipates fairly quickly.
boernecheryl on October 19, 2010:
I raise and rescue Chihuahuas and am in desperate need of something like this that will actually work. Do you know if I can add it to my mop water? I'm anxious to get my hands on some to try it out!!!
Cygstarz (author) from Maryland on October 07, 2010:
Thanks for your review Bonnie! I agree, Zero Odor works!
Bonnie on October 07, 2010:
When my youngest Dobie was a pup, I was having an addition built onto our home, and only had a plywood floor down waiting to have the tile installed. Honey would sneak out there and wee, and there were stains on the plywood that scared the yoooohooo out of me because I thought the smell would be there forever. I got some zero odor, it not only removed the smell, the stains on the plywood vanished in a matter of minutes never to be seen again. I have 2 Dobermans, one 4 years and one soon to be 6 years old who love to play and get down and dirty outside, and their dog beds always smell and look clean thanks to zero odor. I WOULD NEVER BE WITHOUT IT!!
Linda on September 13, 2010:
Thanks! We are going to try it too! Sounds Great!
lucy on July 06, 2010:
wow...i am so glad that ZERO is available in stores..i own 3 dogs and two cats, and lateley when i walk into my house it just doesn't seem fresh smelling....i am going to buy Zero and try it out....thank you. I will let you know how it works for me.
Nancy on March 26, 2010:
i have tried it its the best spray ever i used it in the basement and in the house or in the couches as well. I used it in the children bedroom, and in the kitchen too. I love it. Im planning to buy another one.
Cygstarz (author) from Maryland on March 18, 2010:
akirchner: It really works!!! Thanks for your comment and let me know what you think once you try it! :-)
Audrey Kirchner from Washington on March 18, 2010:
I haven't tried it but I shall now! That is true about sprays and such - I'm all for things that don't make people (or animals for that matter) sick on using them - and it's also nice as a side benefit if they actually WORK! Will give it a whirl.