Modercat Must-have: Zero Odor Molecular Odor Eliminator

Wed, Apr 28, 2010

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Zero Odor

Cat owners are always on the look out for good odor elimination products, and I’ve tried all sorts of them. I have several favorites, each for different applications. I still stand by Odorzoutgranules for big jobs. Just sprinkle this on the carpet and let it sit for a while, then vacuum and no more smell! But if you don’t have time for that, here is my new favorite product: Zero Odor.

I was first intrigued by this product when I watched the incredibly convincing video below in which real people stop scooping their litter boxes for a few days, then bring the dirty boxes into the video studio. The results are overwhelming — so good, it made me skeptical, so I had to try it for myself.

I emailed the company and they sent me a sample to test, and WOW! I am so impressed! Seriously! It’s every bit as good as I had hoped! I now keep a bottle of this stuff in every room and if someone is coming over to visit, everything gets sprayed.

Zero Odor works on the molecular level. Apparently, that means the product encapsulates the odor molecules and destroys them, instead of just masking the odor. The company claims to have conducted rigorous testing that shows zero measures of toxicity and dermal irritation. The product is completely non-toxic and biodegradable.

There is a slight scent when you first spray Zero Odor, and the label says that there is a “tracer fragrance” in the formula. I’m guessing this is added so you will notice that something has been sprayed. After a few minutes, the fragrance — along with all odors — is completely gone. Completely! There is absolutely no smell at all. It really is amazing.

Watch this video if you’re not convinced (if you can’t see the video below in your email, click here to watch it on the site):

You can get a combo pack of Zero Odor on the Zero Odor website for $19.95 or $29.95, or you can get just one bottle to see if you like it at Amazon for $12.99.

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31 Responses to “Modercat Must-have: Zero Odor Molecular Odor Eliminator”

  1. 1

    I started using this a few months ago and I agree it is FANTASTIC! It got the smell out of the carpet where my cat urinated years ago. I’d tried everything else on the market and this is the only thing that worked.

  2. 2
    Loki's mom

    I think you can buy this product at Bed Bath and Beyond, too.

  3. 3

    Hmmm, not saying it doesn’t work but “anti-odor molecule” is pretty vague. I’d like to know what’s in it.

    “Zero Odor scores zero on all measures of toxicity.” As a statement from scientist, this is incredibly general and vague at best.

    “Zero Odor was specifically formulated to be sprayed on cat litter.”

    “It also registers at zero in dermal irritation tests — meaning it won’t cause skin irritation in humans or pets.”

    “Zero Odor is not intended to be sprayed on pets or people.”

    Ok, the last 3 statements contradict. 1) Product is sprayed on litter, 2) pawpads touch litter 3) cat licks paw.

    You can chalk my inquisitiveness up to years of working in blue chip law firms. I need to know the ingredients and not a vague interpretation thereof.

  4. 4

    Though tonka raises some salient points, I’m inclined to think this must be a fantastic product if you have tried it and endorse it, Kate. We’re a “NATURE’S MIRACLE — JUST FOR CATS” family but if I ever try another product, it’ll be ZERO ODOR.

  5. 5

    I’m intrigued, but I have some questions, too:

    Why would you need to spray this on your litter? Is it because you’re using a litter than doesn’t absorb odor? A good scoopable, odor-absorbing litter should do the trick, shouldn’t it?

    I’m imagining that this could be useful to get rid of any residual smell when there’s been an accident and you’ve already cleaned it up. Is this accurate?

  6. 6

    Have been using this for awhile. It works! I got the recommendation from someone who does rescue on a farm and has tons of animals.

  7. 7

    I have to say that I am intrigued, I have many areas in my home ( i have a kitty rescue of sorts) that I would LOVE to try this on. However, I agree with the last poster, I would never spray anything like this directly in the littler box. Too many chemicals are found out to be toxins after years on the market. I would spray it on the walls and baseboard areas that my furries seem to like to “mark” since they don’t actually walk there, but never on litter boxes. Neat test of effectiveness, however I didn’t see a TRUELY dirty litter box among them, looked like they didn’t scoop it for one day, with one cat using it……

  8. 8

    i got this product a while back when it was offered on one of the home shopping channels- it is a great product. i use it around the litter box area and on the walls of the actual litter box. it is worth the $ :)

  9. 9
    Bk (formerly Kush's Human)

    Sometimes being a lawyer sucks. I imagine that there are chemists and vets out there who will look at the ingredient list for this product and give valuable feedback. A cursory look at their website suggests it’s a cross between Oust and Febreeze (i.e can be used in the air and on surfaces), and to the extent I’m comfy with using those, then I’d be happy in future to keep one item in my cupboard. And although I think it’s unfair to judge a company for using snappy copy to move product (I can see a product called “Zero Odor” talking about “zero irritation”), I do find it troubling that nowhere on the site is an actual list of ingredients. It’s understandable that they want to protect their intellectual property, but I wouldn’t use a cosmetic that didn’t list all its ingredients and I wouldn’t use this in a was that could get on Kushy’s pawpads.

  10. 10

    That’s a CRAZY compelling video even though the concept for is outlandish. Would you go if some executive called you to say “bring your cat waste to our offices and we’ll film you smelling it”? I think I’d probably let that opportunity pass me by.

  11. 11

    Pet Product Advisor made us aware of this product about a year ago. We were skeptical but it does work. We use it when one of the cats “lays” an especially noxious “stink egg” in the litter box. It’s not practical to scoop after every BM (we scoop once a day) so Zero Odor is great to have around to gobble up those litter box odors.

  12. 12

    I’ve been using this stuff for about three years, and I find it absolutely wonderful! First heard about it on The View, recommended by Whoopie Goldberg. It takes care of animal smells, smoke, cooking, human rooms ;-) … everything! Used it first when moving out of our last house and wanted to eliminate an old dog spot smell that even carpet cleaning did not get out. It worked! Didn’t know BB&B had it. I get it from the website. Their delivery is slow, so be patient. The express delivery isn’t quite as slow but still not fast, and i don’t consider it fast enough for the extra fee. Oust and Febreeze are not safe for humans or cats (notice their packages don’t say anything about safety) but this one claims to be quite safe. My sinus’s don’t react to this stuff, and do to so many others similar products.

  13. 13

    I share tonka point of view. Not a word about cat well-being, may be cats need odors

  14. 14

    This is a must have odor eater for everyone!

  15. 15

    I checked out their website and it says its biodegradable which is great! Eco-friendly products are really important!

    Just a word of caution to any cat lovers out there who only use cruelty-free products (like me!)… I contacted Zero Odor yesterday and they said their product was tested on animals.

    If you’re one of those people who doesn’t care, that’s fine. But for those of you that its important to, I just wanted to let you know since its not mentioned either way on their website!

    Its a shame – because I REALLY wanted to try this out!

  16. 16

    I received an email from John Favreau, the CEO of Zero Odor, so I asked him about animal testing. He told me “the products are not tested on animals. The toxicity test involved lab rats, but none were harmed in the process.”

  17. 17

    WOuld love to try this product, I have bought everything under the sun.

  18. 18

    I heard about this product a while ago on The View. Whoopi swears by it. She smokes and said that it even completely eliminates smoke odor. I don’t really have any odor from cats or otherwise in my house, but I might get some just in case.

  19. 19

    I just want to say, I’m not saying it doesn’t work. Great, it elimnates odor. What I’m getting at, because they’ve given no ingredient list, is to what expense. I’m sorry, until I know what’s in it, me nor my cats tread there.

  20. 20

    These products sound so awesome but are they cruelty free? I’ve pinged both ZeroOdor and Odorzout to ask the questions, will advise what I hear back.

  21. 21

    um, how can you test toxicity on lab rats without harming them?? I call foul.

  22. 22

    oh, BTW – just got this back from Odorzout:

    ODORZOUT is cruelty free: no animal products/by-products and not tested upon animals.

    ODORZOUT is 100% all natural mineral compound which by its unique molecular structure naturally attracts and absorbs odors in the air.

    Dr. Stink developed ODORZOUT after owning a pet store for many years and wanted a safe, all natural, odor eliminator that REALLY works. After 17 years making the ODORZOUT line of products, it’s still working. :o ) Sometimes simple is so amazing.

    Thank you for your interest in OdorZout products. We appreciate each and every customer!

  23. 23

    Today’s response from ZeroOdor indicates that while it doesn’t contain animal products it was tested on animals (although no further testing is planned).

    “Zero Odor does not contain any animal products or by-products. The only way to determine if any product is safe for people and pets is to test it.

    The test is called an LD-50 and it is done with rats. Zero Odor not only passed the LD-50 test, but it received a perfect score. No further testing is planned.

    Thanks for the inquiry.

    Jennifer Richards”
    Zero Odor Customer Service

    FYI according to PETA info, the lethal dose (or LD) test measures the amount of a toxic substance that will, in a single dose, kill a certain percentage of animals in a test group (50% in the case of the LD-50). There are many validity issues with the LD test, including the applicability of the data to humans.

    So while I appreciate you letting us know about the product, my personal choice will be not to purchase it. I don’t use Febreze (or any P&G product if I can avoid it) either, for the same reasons. Baking soda and regular cleaning works just fine for me :-)

  24. 24
    Lindsey Dayton

    My mom has four cats thatcan be a bit of a problem when it comes to useing the litter boxes! This product is tempting to purchase for the obvious reasons bur I’m kind of skeptical on the price.

  25. 25

    I went out and bought this product after I read Moderncat’s recommendation.

    Through testing it at home I found that the product does work, but as long as the source is still emitting the smell, the no-smell feature only lasted about 15 minutes. But it was amazing how it just stopped the smell.

    But will I buy this product again? No.

    Here’s why:
    1-The product is tested on animals, as Urbancritter was kind enough to check on. And like makeup, this product is not a necessity. I don’t want to think that animals suffered and/or died just to offer me some minor convenience. Plus, the CEO told Moderncat, “the products are not tested on animals. The toxicity test involved lab rats, but none were harmed in the process.” If the products are not tested on animals, what do you call the toxicity tests on lab rats (aka animals)? Maybe it’s the wording?

    2-Like others, I’m concerned with the ingredients and vague wording of how it works. It definitely works, but is it safe in the long run? What are the ingredients?

  26. 26

    Seems to be some cognitive dissonance here. If you use a product that “wasn’t tested on animals” then you are testing it on your own animals.

  27. 27

    I’ve tried every “revolutionary” cat odor product on the market and one by one, they’ve all fallen out of my favor, even some recommended on this site. I’ve used OdorZout and found it’s okay, but not up to my needs with 3 male cats who are sprayers and elevator butt pee-ers. They go through phases where it’s all I can do to not get despondent over having a house that smells like a crazy cat lady lives there.

    This one: Zero Odor, is the only one that I’ve found that is revolutionary. I hate perfumes and scented sprays. I have asthma and I’m allergic to half of them and the other half just offend me with the chemically floral scents. If it bothers me, I imagine the cats can’t take it. I love Zero Odor.

    That said, it now bothers me to find out that they tested on animals…why would you want or need to spray this product on animals except in an accident, in which case, did they spray it on human children too? Because that only seems fair.

    Personally, I use it as an inoffensive air freshener, which means it mostly gets on me for living things, and the plants. Neither seems to be adversely affected, any more than any other room freshener.

  28. 28
    3 Dog Night

    “ODORZOUT is 100% all natural mineral compound which by its unique molecular structure naturally attracts and absorbs odors in the air.”
    This is too vague for me. The ladies of ancient Rome used lead (100% natural) to powder their faces, apparently it gave a very desirable look, unfortunately they were not aware of lead’s toxicity and many died of lead poisoning. 100% natural is not equivalent to 100% safe, that goes for many products.

  29. 29

    Some people commented on animal testing concerns and one commenter said: “John Favreau, the CEO of Zero Odor… He told me “the products are not tested on animals. The toxicity test involved lab rats”

    Okaaaay.. If the products are NOT tested on animals, but the toxicity test “INVOLVED lab rats,” does that mean the lab rats are little scientists CONDUCTING the study?

  30. 30

    Read all your posts. I was looking for Zero Odor safety data as well. Found it. Here’s a link to it’s MSDS!3aportal_content!2fmedline!2fGlobal!2fPublicDocs/public documents/Meddling%20Documents/MSDS/MSDS%20Sheets%20N-Z/ODR00010.pdf

  31. 31

    If you put in Google ‘Zero Odor MSDS’ you will get the safety information. One thing I don’t like is this statement because cat urine contains ammonia;
    Avoid contact of this product with strong bases including Ammonia. Stability in or with
    other products must be tested on individual basis
    The product may be safe but is it safe when it mixes with the ammonia in cat urine?

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