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Carbon scrubbers are the healthy, bulletproof solution to eliminating stubborn odors in the home. Not the tiny little activated charcoal sheets that are in some air purifiers, they are too small to do that much, I'm talking about the cylindrical ones made for indoor marijuana grows. I used to live in a small NYC apartment with a cat. You could not smell any pet smell once I got a carbon scrubber going in there. If you get a decent variable speed fan it's going to be no louder than a regular consumer air purifier. If your only concern is odor, it's going to be more cost effective in the long run than an air purifier too.

Any recommendations on affordable ones? I love my cats but you are spot on about the smell, I currently use the plug in air fresheners when I have company but take them out as soon as they leave.

I like this fan a lot: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07FPFVZTZ

I had a previous speed-controlled fan that had an annoying buzz at low speed. This AC Infinity one is very good though. I would not cheap out on the fan. I had this set on the lowest setting, and also had an outlet timer plugged in so it turned off for several hours in the middle of the night.

Conversely I don't think the carbon scrubber itself matters much. I think they're basically fungible commodities. Here is a perfectly fine one: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01731MLFK

For regular household use (aka not growing marijuana) either 4" or 6" is appropriate. I went with the 6" because I thought it would most likely be quieter than 4" for moving the same amount of air. You just have to make sure you get the same size inline fan and carbon scrubber.

How do you setup the fan? Are you running any ducting, or do you just plop/mount the fan somewhere, turn it on and it works?

Just curious because my wife is bothered by a lot of odors and we've tried everything. For example, the other night, my wife woke up and had to close the windows in the house because a skunk smell was so strong. But, all I could smell was clean fresh night air. Hah.

I was not running any ducting. I just sat the filter down, with the open end facing up, and you can set the fan right on top of it, it will nest inside it slightly. So it was drawing in dirty air from all sides and then just blowing out the top. This was placed in the same closet that my cat's litter box was in.

Lovely, thanks! I'm going to give it a whirl. :)

Totally possible to DIY- they're not super high tech.


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