There has been a crazy amount of rain here in Vancouver. We also have this crazy dog who thinks water is wonderful, any time of year. Needless to say, one morning I went to go out and my windows were frozen - on the inside. That was when I realized that my pouches were no longer in my car. Normally, I keep pouches under each of my seats and that makes sure you can't smell the dog or a sports bag. I quickly put pouches back in the vehicle, but for right now they went right on the dash. Guess what! No more frozen windows!
The pouches we recommend can be found here. As a rule of thumb, you need one pouch for each row of seats.
The 3 pouch sizes that fresh-N makes each contain a volcanic mineral, zeolite. We have chosen these sizes as they are highly effective in their respective areas.
Zeolite granules are all natural, absorb gases, odours and moisture and can be renewed. We purchase our zeolite directly from the mine and have it ground to our specifications. Zeolite is a rock and will not dissolve or break down.
Large pouch – this pouch will remove a smell from a large area (maximum 100 sq. ft.), such as a teenagers room, a shoe closet, or under the seats of a vehicle or a strong smell from a small area, such as a rodent cage or litter box. The pouch contains approximately 8 oz of zeolite.
Medium pouch – this pouch is to be placed by the garbage and/or compost bin (kitchen size) to absorb smell, moisture and any ethylene gas released as produce decomposes. This will stop any smell and also prevent visits from fruit flies. Alternately, the pouch can be placed in the fridge or freezer to control the cross-contamination between foods, lengthen the life of produce and slow the cycling of the fridge which becomes an energy savings of about 10% on the cost of running the appliance. The pouch contains approximately 4 oz of zeolite.
Banana / Fruit Fly pouch – Hang with your produce, place in the fruit bowl or put in crisper drawers inside the fridge. By absorbing the ethylene that is naturally produced the produce ripens slower and you don’t have fruit flies. The pouch contains approximately 2 oz of zeolite.
The set of 3 is our most popular purchase as it gives endless options for the buyer.
Each pouch needs to be recharged a few times a year. The pouches can be placed outside in the hot sun or placed in a microwave on high. Large pouch – 1 minute. Medium pouch – 30 seconds. Banana Pouch – 10 seconds. The pouches will be HOT and damp! Please remove carefully. We are NOT responsible if you burn your pouches or your fingers!
SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL: Holiday Special for $20 a set, rather than $25 for this Sunday only! This 3 pouch set offers one of each of the different sizes of our pouches, so you can experience the effectiveness for yourself!
Stop by the booth this Sunday from 10am - 2pm at the Port Moody Recreation Complex. Click here to the map.
Our zeolite pouches remove smell and control moisture. Each of the different sizes is designed with a specially sized area in mind. The large pouch will remove a smell from a large area or a large smell from a small area (remove smoke from a family room, or the smell from a kitty litter box). The middle pouch is great around a kitchen compost or garbage or in the fridge. The smallest pouch, our Banana Pouch, works to prevent fruit flies from visiting a fruit bowl or to keep fruit and veggies longer in a fridge crisper drawer.
For more information on the specific pouches, click the highlighted link.
See you at the market!
Keep your fresh cut flowers longer
Fresh, cut flowers brighten a room instantly! They are a wonderful way of bringing nature indoors and often a show of appreciation from a favourite person. The colour and fragrance are fabulous and they are an instant uplift in mood.
There are ways of keeping your flowers lasting longer: cutting the stems on an angle; adding sugar to the water; making sure the water is room temperature when the flowers are submerged; add granular zeolite to the water ... however, your flowers will wither and die quickly when left beside a bowl of fruit of placed next to your bananas.
Ethylene gas destroys flowers.
As fruit and vegetables ripen they release ethylene gas. Some are even sprayed with the gas to help the ripening process. This gas causes flowers to wilt faster.
Place your flowers away from your fruit and vegetables and make sure you have a zeolite pouch close to them. One zeolite pouch close to the fruit to catch any wayward ethylene and another close to the vegetables to quickly remove the ethylene there. Both fruit and vegetables will last longer.
Ethylene Gas - What is it?
If you have ever noticed that fruit ripens quickly on the kitchen counter or even faster inside the fridge? Or that bananas get brown spots in just a few days. This happens because a harmless, odorless, colourless gas called ethylene is at work in your kitchen.
According to Wikipedia, ethylene gas has had a long history. From the ancient Egyptians, who gashed figs in order to stimulate ripening to gas lanterns causing stunting of growths, abnormal thickening of stems and the twisting of plants on street lights with gas leaks; to more modern science and a 1935 proposal by Crocker that suggested ethylene was a plant hormone responsible for fruit ripening. Since 1935, science has been involved in the study of ethylene and how to use this gas to maximize the ripeness of your produce at exactly the time it comes into your home.
Approximately $600 in fruit and vegetables is thrown away each year because it ripens before it can be eaten.
Ethylene Gas and Zeolite
Zeolite is a natural mineral with unique absorbing properties. One of the gases that zeolite will absorb is ethylene.
In short, ethylene is produced as produce ripens and is absorbed by the zeolite. When the ethylene is gone, the produce ripens slower and lasts longer.
Why are they called Banana Pouches?
We first discovered that zeolite absorbed ethylene quite by accident. A pouch from one of our other sets was left on the kitchen counter and the bananas stayed crisp and fresh for almost a week. At first we didn't notice, but the next bunch turned brown in just a few days (after the pouch was removed), so the investigation began. The information was easily and readily available with just a few internet searches.
How to use Banana Pouch
Banana pouches "hang out" with your fruit. They can hang from a banana tree, on the edge of a fruit bowl or even in your crisper drawers. If they are placed in the fruit bowl or the crisper drawer, they will work as well, however they are more effective if hung. Banana pouches can also be used with vegetables as they release ethylene gas as well.
Banana pouches will work for several months and then will need to be renewed. Simply place the pouch in the microwave for 30 seconds and the pouch is ready to go back to work.
CAUTION: The pouch will be HOT after 30 seconds! Remove with care.
Banana Pouches & Fruit Flies
The other AMAZING side effect of this process is that fruit flies are not present. There are many theories of where these annoying creatures come from so the fact that Banana Pouches discourage their presence is AWESOME.
Best of all! Banana Pouches
are only $5!
Smelly Shoes a problem?
Do you have smelly shoes? You've heard that Fresh-N zeolite pouches are fantastic. That Fresh-N zeolite pouches fix smelly shoes and they dry the shoes too.
The zeolite pouches remove smell from shoes; dry the shoes, remove toxins from shoes and create a healthier environment for your feet. By drying the shoes and removing the smell, the environment the encourages athletes foot is not present either.
Diva Diamondz and SportzGemz2 both work in smelly shoes, but which do you choose.
Diva Diamondz contain:
- about 1/4 cup of zeolite each
- diamond shaped pouches to fit in heels
for heels, ballerina flats, sandals
- dries the shoes, usually overnight
- for shoes up to a size 9 women's or 7 men's
- cute and fun
- 2 pouches strung together with a ribbon
- about 1/2 cup of zeolite each
- rectangular shaped pouches
- for shoes, boots, sneakers, work boots
- for women's shoes larger than a size 9 or men's shoes
- dries dampness in the shoes
- drop in the shoes each evening after you take the shoes off
- 2 pouches containing zeolite
A few pair of pouches in a shoe closest will remove the smell from shoes and also help to reduce the smell in the entire closet.
Healthy Home October 27 2014, 0 Comments
healthy home tips - an unscented solution!
Fresh-N products have no smell at all.
Sensitivities to smell are on the rise. The incidents of childhood asthma alone have double or tripled in my lifetime. Cancer is now a very common word and women who work from home, or spend lots of time cleaning are often the ones who suffer. How many offices have you been in lately that are scent-free environments?
The chemicals we use to clean, to disinfect, to mask smells are all absorbed into the body. Anything we spray, we breathe. Do you really wear a mask each time you spray a deodorizer, or a shower cleaner? Have you ever thought that you should? Most of us would say, NO.
Did you know that the air inside your home carries more toxins than walking along a freeway?
We have been educated to spray SOMETHING to remove smell. Almost all those somethings have a chemical base. What happens when they are sprayed is that the chemical surrounds the smell molecule and we don’t smell it anymore.
When I heard this for the first time, I wondered, “What happens next?”. I’m sure you have wondered the same thing. Now the molecule surrounded by the chemical falls. Falls where? It drops onto the closest surface – the floor, the carpet, the sofa, the bed… It’s not gone, it’s just masked. Think about the buildup over time – yuck!
Fresh-N offers another solution. We use zeolite in all our products. Zeolite itself has NO SMELL. Zeolite has a cage-like structure inside that draws the smell into it, trapping it. This way the smell molecule is gone. GONE, not surrounded and dropped. The smell is then stored inside the zeolite. The smell is then converted to a nitrate which is one of the components that nourish plants.
Think about this. You buy a Fresh-N product and use it for several months, up to a few years. Then you cut open the pouch and empty the granules in your garden or spread them across you lawn. The plants can now draw on the nitrates which nourishes them.
What a great option! Check out our different products on the products pages.
Our New Site October 25 2014, 0 Comments
Hello, we are in the process of revamping our website, so some of our previous blog posts and a bit of content may be missing for a few days.
Thank you for your patience as we hope to make your shopping experience more enjoyable.