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Walking out of the bathroom after relieving yourself and leaving behind a stop-you-in-your-tracks odor is embarrassing yet super common. Sure, you can try to eliminate the stench with one of those popular air fresheners, but they often make matters worst, no thanks to their overpowering artificial fragrances. Lighting a match to mask the smell isn’t always safe, so what other option is there? Allow us to introduce you to Poo-Pourri.
This before-you-go toilet spray is blended with a combination of “safe to breathe and safe to flush” essential oils that trap odors underneath the water’s surface, according to the brand. Unlike most aerosol air fresheners, you spritz Poo-Pourri a few times directly into the toilet bowl before you get busy. Then you flush, and a fresh scent fills the air.
Poured into elegant bottles and available in an array of scents, including Lavender Lemongrass, Mandarin Vanilla and Original Citrus, Poo-Pourri is definitely one of the most luxurious household fresheners you’ll come across. So it’s no wonder it’s garnered nearly 15,000 Amazon reviews from shoppers in search of a deodorizer that really works.
Shop it: $8 (was $10), amazon.com
Here’s what the reviewers have to say about Poo-Pourri.
A reviewer with a large family living in a “small one- bathroom house”: “We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare - particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ("YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.") he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves.”
A reviewer whose coworkers enjoy eating “fried foods”: “I work in an office full of men who eat fried food for lunch almost on a daily basis. I know, gross. After putting up with their after-lunch-pool-parties for months, I found myself in a Bed Bath and Beyond, and I saw this. They were so expensive there. I went on Amazon, and bought it directly. It smells so good! It's like somewhere between lemons and cleaner. But more lemons than anything chemical. The minute you spray this, the smell permeates the bathroom and it's such a pleasure to hang for longer than normal LOL.”
A reviewer who is happy her husband spritzes whenever he goes to the bathroom: “If you have someone who chronically stinks up the bathroom at your house this is a must have. I bought this last year on a whim and gave it to my husband for Christmas. I honestly didn't expect him to use it, but to my surprise he has and it is wonderful! I can actually go in the bathroom after he gets out without feeling overwhelmed by the stench. The citrus scent adds just enough freshness to overpower the stink without being overwhelming itself.”
A reviewer who thinks this product should be taken more seriously than a “gag” gift: “I've been using this since it first came on the market and I will continue to use it as long as it is available! I keep one here at home and 22 ounce bottles Original Citrus (I am highly allergic to most perfumes and fragrances but I'm not having a problem with this at all) in my purse. I do not want to be caught with out it! You know those times you must use a public toilet only to find someone before you had to GO and it nearly knocks you down just by opening the door? That's one reason I have my Poo-Pourri in Hand before I open the door to a public toilet, it happens one too many times. I think Poo-Pourri is the best thing since sliced bread came on the market and yes i'm that old. Never mind spray before you go...Be Kind never leave your mark for others to find!!! People give this to others as a "gag" gift Butt ya know maybe they are trying to tell you, YOU really need to use it...”
Shop it: Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, $8 (was $10), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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