Choosing The Proper Sized OdorXit® CLO2 for Your Job
OdorXit® CLO2 is a highly effective odor eliminator
that uses chlorine dioxide gas as the odor control agent. Make no mistake about
this product, used properly (as defined and described on this web site) it
is safe and extremely effective at oxodizing and deodorizing a wide range of very difficult
to treat odors.
Used improperly, chlorine dioxide can bleach the material the packet is laying
on, and cause respiratory distress in humans and pets. If the inner packet
is opened, the material inside (sodium chlorite) can cause burns or skin irritation.
NEVER OPEN THE WHITE TYVEC PACKET!
OdorXit® CLO2 is offered in several sizes and 2 speed versions.
The Slow Release and Fast Release versions of the product produce the
same amount of CLO2 gas, but the Extended version does
it for 20 to 30 days. The Fast Release version produced the same among of
gas in 20 to 30 hours. The same packet is used in both applications. 5-10 drops of water added to the plastic container allow the packet to react "Fast".
Why do we offering 2 versions of OdorXit® CLO2?
There are many cases where the contamination
is so high and/or the available time to remove the odor is so limited the the
1 Day Release version is required to meet the users needs. We have found that
even very high levels of surface mold respond extremely well to the 1Day Release
version especially when the air in the area being treated is stirred by a small
fan. The down side to the 1 Day Release version is that it often produces concentrations
of chlorine dioxide that exceed the 3 minute exposure limit considered to be
toxic to humans and pets. Further, without proper circulation of the air and CLO2 gas in the area being treated, gaps in the treatment can and will occur. The longer available time of treatment with the 30 Day packet reduces this problem considerably.
The 30 Day Release version
The OdorXit® AQM CLO2 30 Day Release versions are available
in 10, and 25 gram packages. They produce small amounts of chlorine
dioxide for 20 to 30 days (depending on the relative humidity in the area of
treatment). The release rate can be accelerated by adding a very small amount
(a few drops) to the mounting pouch or laying the Tyvek packet on a wet paper
towel. Adding water can reduce the maximum release time to as little as 1
Even at very low dose levels as produced by the extended release versions
of the product when used in the appropriate sized area (.01 PPM (parts per
million of air)) oxidizes mold fungus and spores found
in our homes, cars, and work places.
The 1 Day Release version
The OdorXit® AQM CLO2 1 Day Release versions are available
only in 25 gram packages. It produces the same amounts of chlorine
dioxide in 20 to 30 hours as the 30 Day Release product does in 20 to 30
days (again depending on the relative humidity in the area of treatment).
The 1 Day Release version can produce concentrations as high a 10 PPM in small
tightly closed areas like a cabinet, closet, small room, car or truck for several
drops quickly as the CLO2 does its job of oxidizing the odor sources in the
area. However, it is not safe to breathe CLO2 at this level of concentration.
Therefore, the treated area must be flushed with fresh air for 5 to 30 minutes
before the area is occupied for more than a few seconds. IE open the exterior
doors on a house or a window on a single closed room, or open the doors on
a car or truck.
The OdorXit® AQM CLO2 1 Day Release version
of the product is capable of treating enclosed areas like a car in as little
as an hour and a room or house sized area in less than one day. The
release rate can be accelerated by adding a very small amount (a few drops)
to the mounting pouch or laying the Tyvek packet on a wet paper towel. Adding
water can reduce the maximum release time to as little as 10 to 12 hours and
produce toxic levels of CLO2 in tightly closed and confined
spaces as big as a house.
This neatly packaged product is not a toy, and should
be given considerable respect. It is truly the big gun of odor control.
It should be used with caution!
Appropriate sizing of OdorXit Air Quality Manager (AQM) CLO2 for the job
OdorXit AQM CLO2 products use a contact chemistry method of removing odors at
their source. This means that the chlorine dioxide gas produced by the powder in the reactor packets must come in direct
contact with the material causing the odor and the material causing the odor
must be able to be oxidized. Odor sources that readily respond or oxidize include
smoke, mold, fungus, spores, animal scent spray, dog body odor, human body odor to name
a few. Odor sources that do not respond include urine (urea) salt, many solvents,
and odor coming from inside walls, boxes, and other places where the gas can not penetrate.
Odor sources that can be washed away like fungus and thick smoke residue should
be washed away before using OdorXit AQM CLO2 to reduce the amount of material to
What square feet in this context really means.
Finally, quoting the number of square feet of floor space a packet will work
on is convenient but very inaccurate. Though it does work OK for an empty room the
real measurement is the amount of surface area in the area being treated. As an
example, carpet has 4 to10 time the surface area of wood flooring, draperies
and blinds have 2 to 5 time the surface area of the windows and wall space they cover, furniture has 3 to
8 times the surface area of the floor space it occupies, floor joists in an open ceiling basement have 3 to 5 times the surface area of the floor space they cover. The point is;
a furnished 100 square foot room that normally has about 440 square feet
of surface area including the walls and ceiling could have as much as 2 to
10 times the surface area when the furnishings are included.
How does this affect you?
Most rooms with a musty (moldy) odor will respond
to treatment with OdorXit® AQM CLO2 in a few days using the highly inaccurate
floor space measurement to determine packet size. Because CLO2 is roughly 2.5 heaver than air, it tends to accumulate on the floor. Using a ceiling fan or small
personal fan placed on the floor blowing upward to stir the CLO2 into the air will improve it performance substantially. If the room is furnished with lots
of stuff, it may take up to 10 or 20 days to complete the job. Since the Slow
Release version of the product produces effective amounts of CLO2 for 20 to 30
days, this is not a problem. However, using the Fast Release version, even
though it produces 20 to 30 times as much CLO2 per hour, it does so for just 1 day and
you have just 1 day to get sufficient quantities of CLO2 to all the places
that need treatment.
The 10 gram AQM 30 Day Release version has an effective usage
area of up to about 1000 square feet of surface area in the area being treated, and is intended to be used
for mold infestations, tobacco smoke fire smoke,
burned food odor, removing skunk odors and body or shoe
odor in areas as small as a gym locker or bag, roll top desk, chest of drawers,
clothing storage bin, tool bag/box, or as big as a car, truck, closet or bathroom
room . The area can be
inhabited by both pets or humans during use. If a prominent bleach smell develops,
treatment should be discontinued by removing the packet.
The 25 gram AQM 30 Day Release version has an effective
usage area is 1000 to 2000 square feet of surface area in the area being treated, and
is intended to remove the odor tobacco and fire smoke, and to oxidize mold fungus and
mold spores. It is safe as long as there is not a prominent
bleach smell present. Though a normal basement under a average sized house is
500 to 2000 square feet, this size packet is almost always big enough to do the
job in 2 to 10 days if the basement is empty of trash, wet clothes and wet boxes
The 25 gram AQM 1 Day Release version has an effective usage area
is 1000 to 2000 square feet of surface area in the area being treated and is intended to be use removing
skunk odors, very heavy mold infestations, tobacco smoke fire smoke, and for
very heavily contaminated vehicles. The area being treated must not be inhabited
by pets or humans during the first 24 hours of use.
Use a small fan. The effectiveness of any sized ClO2 packet
can be materially improved by using a small fan (relative to the size of the
area being treated) or ceiling fan to slowly stir the air in the area being treated. Larger areas require
the use of a larger fan to effectively treat the area. As an example, a 4 inch electric
or battery operated fan works well in a car or bathroom. A 7 inch oscillating
fan works well in a bed room or family room. A 12 to 24 inch fan (on low) works
well in a basement or crawl space. Ceiling fans, if available, work very will
when set on the slowest speed.
Carefully read and follow the instructions! It
is really important. These small packets unopened are very safe and easy to use,
but they are in fact the big guns of odor control and dis serve considerable respect.
- Chlorine dioxide can bleach the material the packet
is laying on. Use the clear plastic pouch provided to prevent bleaching.
- Using the 30 Day release packet in the one day mode (by sitting the Tyvek packet in a cup with 1/4" of water) that is too big for an area
can cause respiratory distress in humans and pets in as little as 10 minutes of exposure. If you experience difficulty
breathing, avoid the area being treated or remove the CLO2 packet and
ventilate the area being treated.
- Do not put the reactor packet in a closed container or zip lock bag
- Do not open the Tyvek® reactor packet, the material inside (sodium chlorite) can cause chemical burns or skin irritation.
NEVER OPEN THE WHITE TYVEC® PACKET!