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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Air Freshener

The Ancient Egyptians used an early form of air freshener. Having learned how to use a still to extract the scent from flower petals, the natural oils were burned to scent the air of temples, private homes, and royal palaces.

Chemist Julius Samann invented Little Tree air fresheners when his milkman complained about the smell of spoiled milk in his delivery truck.

Air fresheners were in some cases misapplied when introduced in Britain in the 1950s. The manufactuers of Airwick, a freshner operated by withdrawing and exposing an impregnated pad from a bottle of liquid, found it neccessary to include in the instructions for use: 'Do not try to light wick. Wick will not burn."

A Baltimore school was evacuated in October 2017 and hazardous materials crews were called due to a strange odor. The source of the smell was a pumpkin spice air freshener.

Amish people do not believe in the use of aerosal air fresheners.

Sources Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998, Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable, edited by John Ayto, Ian Crofton.

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