I am a huge seafood lover. From shellfish to the pan-fried haddock pictured above in a mushroom, shallot and white wine jus… if it comes from the ocean I will probably like it. The problem? I am a clean freak. I do my best to keep my home as clean as I can and nothing bothers me more than my house smelling of fish. As a result, I have been avoiding cooking it because I do not want to be trapped in a fishy house for days and days.
Recently my husband told me about Environmental Air Sponge and said that it was an incredible product. That they had used it at work and it had saved his sensitive nose from being chronically offended. So we bought our own container at the grocery store. It is 100% environmentally safe and non-toxic despite its unappealing look. Unlike most air fresheners, this container absorbs the odours instead of just masking them. Flower-scented fish does not help my dilemma.
So I tested it! First, I made fabulous classic French mussels which filled my house with a seafood restaurant scent for an entire night and day. Then I put out the Air Sponge. In an hour, the smell was gone. Then I made the pan-fried haddock, put out the Air Sponge, went to eat my dinner and by the time I came back, there was no fish smell at all. OK fine, the real test? Salmon! Last night I put out the Air Sponge while cooking my salmon and it completely neutralized the smell even as I was cooking the fish!
As a result? I am going to be getting way more omegas now thanks to the Air Sponge. Seriously, I could not be happier! I am going to keep it sealed in my kitchen and for those moments I really need an odour neutralizer I will pull it out. Oh the freedom! Now my house will always smell good, all the time, no matter what I am cooking up in the kitchen.
I would like to add a note here mentioning that my windows were open while I was testing out this product. I have made fish with the windows open many times and there is still always a fishy smell for days afterwards. That said, if the windows are closed it may take a little longer for the smell to disappear.
This product gets five out of five wooden spoons.