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What are Air Purifying Bags? Does Bamboo Charcoal Work?

Nobody wants their car to smell like an ashtray or their dirty clothes hamper to permeate the air. Fabric and room-deodorizing sprays go a long way toward covering up these odors, but they don’t get rid of smells. Plus,aerosol sprays release lung-damaging volatile organic compounds into the air.

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However, air purifying bags filled with activated bamboo charcoal offer an effective, natural, simple way to eliminate malodorous scents. You don’t need any electricity or specialized knowledge to use them, and they’re small and discreet. Want to know more about how they work?

Here are the answers to all your questions about bamboo charcoal air purifying bags.

In Short

An air purifying bag made of bamboo charcoal is a organic way to take in smells and freshen the air. As said, the bag includes only one substance: bamboo charcoal. Bamboo charcoal has millions of tiny pores that can pull and break down odors, bacteria, chemicals and moisture from the air like a magnetized sponge.

Bamboo charcoal is safe, non poisonous and odor free. Each bag will freshen the air at home or in your car for up to two years.

How Is Bamboo Charcoal Made?

To make bamboo charcoal, manufacturers follow a two-step process. First, the branches, roots and stems of bamboo are exposed to extremely high temperatures, which causes thermal decaying to occur. Next, oxygen is applied to the bamboo, facilitating its activation.

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Why is Bamboo Used to Make Activated Charcoal?

Materials such as bamboo, coal, coconut husks, peat and wood all have enough carbon to make them viable candidates for activated charcoal. However, bamboo is one of the best sources.


In comparison to trees, bamboo regrows at a much faster rate, making it a sounder environmental choice. Plus, it’s more porous, which means less bamboo is required to achieve the same result.


How Does It Freshen the Air?

Bamboo charcoal’s odor-eliminating ability is all thanks to its porosity. The bamboo charcoal inside an air purifying bag consists of numerous tiny holes. These holes essentially trap the particles that cause foul odors, which is a process known as adsorption. Over time, the accumulation of particles will cause the air purifying bag to become heavier.

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Is Bamboo Charcoal Safe?

Absolutely! Safeness is one of activated bamboo charcoal’s major benefits. Bamboo charcoal air purifying bags do not contain any chemicals, toxins or VOCs. Therefore, they pose no risk to animals or people. In fact, once an air purifying bag outlives its usefulness, you can use the activated bamboo charcoal inside of it to fertilize your garden.

How Do I Use a Bamboo Charcoal Bag?

The first time you use an air purifying bag, you should place it in direct sunlight for about an hour as ultraviolet light kick-starts the activated bamboo charcoal. Usually, it only takes a few days to notice a difference in the way the air smells.

Every month, you’ll need to recharge the bag by putting in the sunlight the same way you did to initially activate the charcoal.

Does It Need Heat or Just Light to Recharge?

No heat necessary. Activated bamboo charcoal only requires UV rays to recharge. Therefore, you can put the bag in direct sunlight whether it’s cold or warm outside. On cloudy days, you may want to add an extra hour to the recharge time.

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Where Is the Best Place to Put an Air Purifying Bag?

Air purifying bags come in a range of sizes. Bigger bags can cover a larger area than smaller ones. Large air purifying bags contain enough bamboo charcoal to deodorize a bedroom or kitchen while small bags are well-suited for use in cars and closets.


How Long Does It Take to Neutralize Odors?

Unlike potpourri or sachets, air purifying bags to do not emit any type of smell, making it hard to determine whether the bamboo charcoal is doing its job. Typically, it takes several days for the air in the room or car to go from stale to fresh.


Will the Bamboo Charcoal Still Work If the Bag Gets Wet?

Although you should avoid wetting the bamboo charcoal, the bag will still be effective if it’s exposed to moisture. When wet, simply place it in direct sunlight until it’s dry. Usually, the drying time ranges from 2 to 4 hours.

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How Long Does It Last?

Longevity is another benefit of bamboo charcoal air purifying bags. The average lifespan of activated bamboo charcoal is approximately two years. However, the actual lifespan for any given bag depends on the volume of odor-causing particles in the surrounding air.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Replace My Air Purifying Bag?

On-time monthly recharges will keep an air purifying bag like new for years. However, certain VOCs can remain on the bamboo charcoal even after it’s recharged.

Normally, a bag that’s gained weight due to particle containment will lose that weight once the charcoal is recharged. An air purifying bag near the end of its useful life will retain that weight, and you’ll begin to notice an unpleasant difference in the air’s odor.

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Why Is There Black Residue Around the Bag?

Due to the dryness of the bamboo charcoal in a brand new air purifying bag, a black powdery substance may escape from the bag. This issue will resolve itself once the charcoal begins to adsorb particles in the air.


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