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How does Poo-Pourri work?

Poo-pourri ship happens bottle

My mom was bugging me for a long time about Poo-Pourri. She kept talking about it and trying to convince all her children to buy bottles (we are all adults). But I live by myself so I’m not that worried about the smells I leave behind when I use the toilet. But one day when visiting my mom, I used it and was pleasantly surprised by the result. It was the real deal! I was confused. I have used many air fresheners in the past. Things like Febreze, which to be honest, is pretty gross (the smell of flower/fruits mixed with the smell of poo is worse than the smell of poo itself in my opinion). But Poo-pourri pretty much eliminated the smell altogether!

How the heck could this be? What kind of sorcery is this? I decided to do some research (i.e. I visited their website)

So how does Poo-pourri work?

Poo-pourri’s concept is simple. It doesn’t actually do anything to the smell, it stops the smell from leaving its source – the toilet bowl. You use Poo-pourri before you use the toilet. When you spray Poo-pourri it creates a film over the surface of the water which traps the odor before it ever gets out. So when you do the business, the odor simply gets trapped underneath. Even if you get ahem..floaters, coming back to the surface, they are covered in the oil and the smell stays trapped.

It’s really that simple.

Poo-pourri is made of essential oils and other natural compounds. They proudly claim that their product has:

  • No alcohol
  • No synthetic fragrance
  • No aerosol
  • No parabens
  • No phthalates
  • No formaldehyde

The natural oils give it its own fragrance and being an oil is what ensures it stays on the surface of the water, trapping the odor below.

How do you use Poo-Pourri?

You give the bottle a few shakes and then spray 4-6 times into the toilet bowl. You then do your business. Voila that’s it. Maybe give it a spray afterwards in case of any ‘escaping’ odors.

What scents are available?

There are more than 10 scents available. The original and most popular is the Original Citrus scent.

Can you use it for other things?

Definitely. You can use it for smelly trash bins, diapers and laundry. Don’t use it for kitty litter though as it contains citrus, which cats can be sensitive to. They may even avoid using the litter box, which is very counter-productive!


Poo-pourri works. It really does. As I mentioned I live by myself so it doesn’t come in handy that often. But I keep a bottle for whenever I have friends over, in case of any emergencies 🙂

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