Here's the Deal With Spray-Before-You-Go Odor Stoppers

Find out whether these products are worth your money.

The Claim: As one company puts it, "Spritz the bowl before you go, and no one else will ever know."

Oz Says: These products, such as Poo-Pourri and Toodaloo, really can stop the stink as it starts. Their oils create a slick on the water, trapping odor molecules to prevent them from becoming airborne, says Pamela Dalton, PhD, MPH, a member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. (A few drops of a regular essential oil might be effective, too.) Traditional room sprays just aim to mask bad scents. So oils are worth a try, especially in close quarters.

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The Verdict: TRY IT

This story originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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