I grew up with a box of baking soda in the back of my fridge. I really only thought about it when it would accidentally knock over and I would have to clean up the spill. I can’t say I ever really noticed smells in the fridge, though we always kind of knew if there had been fish for dinner, or if something had been in there a little too long. I think I always just took for granted that there were only so many smells that could be eliminated in such a small, frequently used space.
When I received the Oransi Ionic Air Purifier in the mail I was curious to see just what kind of difference it would make. While my refrigerator isn’t exactly as clean as I might like, it is wiped out regularly, and we do our best to monitor the age of the foods in there. Part of me was also a bit concerned because, being a vegetarian household, I wasn’t sure we had the types of food in the house which would really put a refrigerator air purifier to the test. As it turns out, this was the perfect month for this kind of product to be here. We had non-vegetarian grandparents here for several weeks, which added to both the quantity and the types of food we stocked. Just what I needed to see if this air purifier would really do what it claimed.
The function of the Oransi Ionic Air Purifier, as stated in the information packet, is to kill bacteria, reduce spoilage, prevent mildew, sterilize the fridge, and, most noticeably, eliminate and neutralize odors. While I really can’t say much about the sterilization part (I am not sure if there were any physical signs of sterilization – though it would have been great if this product had wiped my fridge every hour for me!), and I have never had an issue with mildew, I will say that the other promises seemed to stand up well. There did seem to be a longer shelf life on some of the more time-sensitive foods, which was a nice bonus. (Sadly, the device couldn’t quite save berries from going bad – though I wish I hadn’t given it the chance to try.) Most noticeable was the smell. Or, rather, the lack of smell.
One of the foods we keep in the house when the grandparents are here is smoked salmon (a.k.a. lox). It is something which I might be tempted to keep in the house even when they are not here, but it has a strong, fishy smell, which I don’t feel is fair to do to my vegetarian husband. For the first time this trip, there was no fishy smell in the fridge from the lox. Previous visits, with only a box of baking soda for freshening, it was always noticeable when we had fish for the family. This was the first time when there was no offensive odor, and I even seriously thought about keeping some fish in the house for us non-vegetarians even after the grandparents left!
The air purifier takes up as much, or even a bit less, space as my trusted box of baking soda did. Once it was put into the fridge, I can honestly say that I didn’t think about it. It was somewhat reassuring that I didn’t have to worry about knocking it over, and it was never in the way. The device does need two AA batteries to run, which is a minor inconvenience but only in that it means locating two fresh batteries. While the instructions claim that the batteries should last anywhere from two to three months, the device began blinking low battery after approximately four weeks. Whether this is because of the batteries I used or due to the purifier itself I can’t say. I will be replacing the batteries, though, and keeping it in my fridge.
Overall I am quite pleased with the Oransi Ionic Air Purifier. There was a noticeable difference in the smell (or lack of smell) in my refrigerator, which is always a nice thing! While I don’t know if this is a product I would have looked for on my own, it is something I am glad to have and plan to maintain in my home.
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