Grease Trap Odors

Grease Trap Odors

Running a food service kitchen or a restaurant is not only about managing your workforce and getting gastronomic treats to your guests. You will also have to handle the uglier side of the business – dealing with grease trap odors. Grease trap odor is one of the banes that you’d encounter when you have huge amounts of oil from the deep-fryer and grease in the waste-water. Once you pour it down the drain, it passes through a plumbing device called a grease trap which intercepts fats, oil, and grease (FOGs) before flowing to the sewerage system. Read more

Odors Caused By Flood Damage

Flood Damage Odors in Homes/Basement

In the face of the devastating aftermath of a flood, a homeowner is left with the difficult task of managing the myriad of problems and damage that the natural disaster has left in its wake.  One of the most common issues that a homeowner needs to handle is the flood damage odor that would normally permeate in the home interior and furniture.  Flood damage odor is a concoction of several factors. Bacteria, human and animal waste, oil, and industrial wastes in the waters can easily contribute to the nauseating smell that lingers right after a flood. Another major cause of the pervasive flood damage odor is the ocean water.

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Organic vs. Organic

Explain How the Word Organic is Used in Two Ways

Walking through the different aisles of a grocery store, one would notice that several items and mostly in the fresh produce section, are labeled as “organic.” Have you ever stopped and wondered what it meant?

Organic as something that interconnects life

In school we were taught that organic matters are those that are associated with any living matter and have the ability to decompose or be broken down into its basic elements. Once a living matter – plants or animals dies it starts to decay and becomes a natural organic matter.  It is ever present in our ecosystem as it travels through the soil and water systems and acts as a source of nutrients for the living plants and animals.

Remember in Sunday school we were also taught that we were made from dust and to dust we shall return? It embodies the cycle that happens when a living matter decomposes. An organic matter does not lose its importance once it dies and decomposes; it continues to be of service to keep the ecosystem alive. Everything is interconnected to keep our world together to ensure the natural flow of things.

Organic as something that we use in our daily lives     

So much hype is being generated for organic labeled products. The term organic is used differently in this aspect. As defined, products labeled as organic are those that have no harmful chemicals, are not genetically modified and have been approved by the necessary government agency to be marketed as “organic.” An organic product is something that was made or processed using ingredients or materials that were also considered organic. Products that more often labeled as organic are food products. However, more and more products are being labeled as organic as part of a manufacturer’s “social responsibility.”

Products from fresh produce to household cleaning products are now being labeled as organic or all natural. The most common problem encountered by households is stains and odors. Before the influx of all things organic and all natural, homemakers usually rely on chemically prepared products to get rid of stains and odors but these products don’t really work at all. New products marketed as all natural or organic have taken advantage of science and nature to produce stain and odor remover products that actually works. These products don’t just mask the odor, but it totally removes the bad odors and stains from any organic material. Manufacturers have developed proprietary methods in harvesting the necessary ingredients from plants and turn it into a powerful yet chemically free, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and safe product.

The Benefits of All Natural

The Benefits of All Natural Products

Bio-chemicals are an interesting part of our lives. Everything around us and even our bodies are made of chemicals. If chemicals are part of what we are and our surroundings, why then is it considered over the edge?

What are chemicals and why it too much, or inappropriate constitutions not so safe

Chemicals may be considered healthy or not in different circumstances. It is said that everything is chemical because everything is made up of atoms and molecules making up compounds, and eventually substances. What gives chemicals a rather sour name is the process by which they are used and the by-products. For a fact, people most often associate chemicals with the hazardous effects caused by its by-products. Industrial processes that convert chemicals into some new product usually produce unwanted leftovers that cause more harm than good.

What is meant by “all natural”?

It is believed that the biggest market today is that of health and wellness. This is mainly due to baby boomers. This is the first time in history that a single population is impacting a particular market at the same time. These baby boomers are now in their 50’s and 60’s and their main concern is health and wellness. Since their sheer number can dictate a trend many are following their thrust to go all natural or organic. But what is meant by all natural or organic?  The term all natural or organic is usually seen on food labels.  Thus, according to the FDA policy which was released in 1993, all natural is any product that does not have additives or preservatives, artificial flavors and synthetic substances. But since the times is asking for a healthier lifestyle for the whole populace, almost all product manufacturers are complying to the needs of its market – to go “all natural.” One would notice that commercials nowadays are into the promotion of their products as being healthy and environmentally safe. Being promoted as such is seen as being “all natural” and can lead to a larger market share and profits.

The choice: Chemicals or All Natural?

How chemicals are used determines if it will bring you sound health or hospital visits. And the same thing is true for the “all natural” products, although this has a much wider safety window to play around with.  Using products labeled as “all natural” is appealing especially to the health conscious populace.

The question that persists however is how much of “all natural” is natural? Vinegar as a cleaning agent is considered an “all natural” product, but vinegar is also a chemically processed product. Answering the question to go chemical or all natural is really simple. One only has to choose which would give you better health benefits.

Children’s Asthma created by cleaning supplies

Do you know what the number one reason is that children miss school…Asthma?!?!  Surveys have detected a dramatic increase  in childhood asthma across the country in the past few decades.  Do you know where these conclusions are stemming from…school cleaning supplies that contain harsh chemicals!  Who would have thought, right?  If you have a child/children who are currently attending school, grandchildren, a niece or nephew or know somebody that does, you recognize the importance of keeping these cuties safe and healthy.  

As we know, teachers and school children spend a large part of their day in these classrooms that are not being cleaned with all natural or green products.  Almost all of the products that are currently being used to control odors and cleanse the schools, contain chemicals that can cause or exacerbate asthma, and breathe in a complex set of indoor air contaminants with lungs that are still developing.  This reason in and of itself is why we should promote the organic; green; all natural odor control cleaners such as Smell Guard!

Here is a great article we found that tells you more about this study as well as suggestions on what you can do to make a difference!   Afterall, Greener School Cleaners = Healthier Kids!


Midtown’s Stinky Puddle Battled With Cactus Juice

July 8, 2011 10:58pm | By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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Todd Koplin Demonstrating Accuy Natural Solutions On The Streets Of New York City

MIDTOWN — Midtown’s smelly puddle may have authorities baffled, but a New Jersey man thinks he’s discovered a cure for the stench — cactus juice.

Locals have described the smell, which lingers between Fifth and Sixth avenues, as a cross between rotten eggs, decaying carcasses and garbage.

After reading about complaints, Koplin headed to Midtown armed with his spray can and a trunk full of bottles Thursday to tackle the nasty stink, which he blames on algae, garbage and contaminants.

“As long as it’s a smell, it’s going to go away,” he vowed before spraying the puddle — which has shrunk considerably since last week after days of unrelenting heat.

The solution, which Koplin describes as an “all-natural, cold-compressed juice” from a cactus belonging to the agave family, works by neutralizing ammonia, a common cause of odors, he said. It’s so harmless, he even drank a cup to prove his point.

Once it’s mixed with liquid, the solution becomes frothy brown in color and smells a lot like soy sauce.

Locals watched with curiosity Thursday as Koplin sprayed the remnants of the puddle, which bubbled as it was treated.

Koplin credits his dad, Roger, with discovering the cactus’ smell-busting powers two decades ago when he was working as a scuba instructor in California — and received customer complaints that their wet suits smelled.

But when Koplin senior added the cactus extract to the dumping tanks where the scuba suits were washed, the odor magically disappeared.

It literally kills odors at the source,” Koplin said of the green solution.

Now, Koplin is the proud owner of a huge cactus plantation in Baja, Mexico, and hopes to capitalize on his dad’s discovery.

While the same substance is used in countries across the globe in agriculture, where it’s added in powder form to animal feed to reduce ammonia in pigs and cows, he sees serious potential here.

He envisions it being used across the city, not just on puddles but in street sweepers equipped with drip systems, sprayed inside of garbage trucks and even dropped in tablet-form in Porta-Potties, replacing the famous “blue stuff.”

West 33rd Street residents credited the heat wave Thursday with providing a temporary reprieve from the smell of the puddle, which is much smaller than it was last week.

Though Sinead Noone, 21, a hostess at Jack Demsey’s restaurant on the stretch, hoped Koplin’s cure works, she expected the puddle to return with a vengeance with the next rain.

Fed Ex deliveryman Luis Melendez, 49, who’s delivered to the block for years, said that while clearing the “unbearable” and “toxic” stench would be nice, he’s worried the promised fix would relieve pressure on the city to do something to actually eliminate the puddle.

It’s taking the focus off the puddle…. The city will say, ‘now nobody’s complaining,‘” he said.

Koplin said he is planning to repeat his treatment regimen once the puddle and its stench return.


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