Aveho® Odor Removal Technology

2016 Edison Awards Nominee  

Stinkiness is a part of everyday life and can cause embarrassment and unwanted attention. You stink.  I stink.  We ALL stink… at some point in our lives.  Some more than others (you know who you are).  Traditional odor control solutions such as air fresheners, activated carbon, baking soda, antimicrobials or other complex chemical systems all have a number of limitations.  We’ve accepted those limitations because these products usually help lessen the stink and make it more bearable.  We didn’t know any better…until now. 

 

Do you smell that?  I didn't think so.

- Aveho

 

UltraTech’s new product is an odor removal solution (notice how we said “removal” and not “control”) that meets our customers’ needs while laughing in the face of these challenges (Not literally, our product is amazing but not yet able to laugh.)  Over 12 years of research and product development by Kimberly Clark, the inventors, and UltraTech, have resulted in an innovation we call Aveho® Odor Removal Technology based on the Latin word ‘aveho’, which means “to remove or carry away.”  (we couldn’t find the Latin word for “incredibly, unbelievably amazing, odor removal product the likes of which no one on Earth has ever seen”)

Whether at home, on the go, at work or any place where odors are found, Aveho® can eliminate them. Please contact us for more information or to learn more about how you can use this patented technology to solve your odor removal problems.

 

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 Aveho Odor Control Technology  

What is Aveho - Odor Removal Technology?

Aveho Odor Removal Technology is an engineered material consisting of micro-sized particles that capture and physically bind odor-causing compounds, or catalytically convert the odor molecules into non-odorous molecules.  Impressive huh?  For those of you technically-challenged folks out there, here’s a translation:  Aveho is really cool, really tiny stuff that makes stink go away forever!


How Does It Work?

Aveho® Odor Removal Technology mimics processes found in nature, where there are strong bonds between metal atoms and amino acids. These amino acids can break down to form numerous odors. Aveho interacts with these odors through its natural tendency to bind with nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur (the smelliest stuff in the world). This interaction removes the odors from the air.

If you have a nose, Aveho technology can meet your odor removal needs.  It can be used in a wide variety of applications. Feel free to contact us for more details to discuss your target application.

You don’t have to blame it on the dog anymore.  ~Aveho



ODOR COMPOUNDS ODOR SOURCES
  Fish Garlic/Onion Garbage Tobacco Dog Fresh Urine Aged Urine Feces Menses Feet
Sulfur compounds xx xxx xxx   xx xxx xx xxx x x
Acids     xxx xx           xxx
Ketones Aldehydes xx     xx   x x   xx  
Amines x       xxx x x   xx  
Ammonia       x x   xxx      
x=small component        x=moderate component           xxx=large component


As malodor-causing chemicals and Aveho particles come into contact, Aveho will capture many of them.  Once they are captured, they will either remain bound to the Aveho particles, or they are converted into different chemicals that do not smell unpleasant.



Malodors being captured and bound.

 


Malodors being captured and converted.


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How Does Aveho®
 Compare to Fragrance-Based Odor Fighting Products?

Many products that are considered odor eliminators, like air fresheners, do not eliminate bad odors at all.  Instead, they mask or attempt to mask the bad odors with “pleasant” fragrances.  Because everyone has a unique sense of smell, not everyone can agree on which fragrances are pleasant (except maybe bacon), and which are less pleasant or simply not desirable at all.  And because we all smell things differently, the same masking fragrance may or may not cover up the bad smells we sense with our own nose.

 

How Does Aveho® Compare to Baking Soda and Activated Carbon?

Baking soda and activated carbon both absorb a large variety of smells.  Which is great assuming those are all bad/unwanted smells!  In fact, activated carbon absorbs both bad and good odors.  Because these odor absorbers attract so many different odors, it is easy for their capacity to be used up quickly.  This means a significant quantity of baking soda or activated carbon would be required to eliminate a specific, very stinky odor and would have to be changed out often.  Aveho is selective odor elimination technology. 

Different classes of bad odors, whether based in sulfur, nitrogen or oxygen, are specifically targeted by different types of Aveho. This means Aveho won’t get used up as quickly as baking soda or carbon, and has the potential to continue to eliminate bad odors as they are generated.  Aveho also won’t absorb most positive fragrances, if you choose to introduce them.  So if it’s “Pure Vanilla Joy” that you want, “Pure Vanilla Joy” is what you will get.

 

I love the smell of nothing in the morning.  ~Aveho

 

How Does Aveho® Compare to Antimicrobials?

Antimicrobial chemicals, aka antimicrobials, are designed to kill microbes.  It has been shown that not all microbes are bad.  In fact, many microbes are good, and help us stay safe and healthy (some hang out in your ears and whisper things like “drink more water” and “do some deep knee bends”). 

When antimicrobials are used, they destroy the organisms that produce bad odors, and thus, if the microbes are dead, they can’t keep stinking things up (although you would think that rotting microbe carcasses would produce a stink of their own).  However, these chemicals may also kill the microbes we want to keep around.  Microbes create unpleasant odors when they excrete what they have eaten. (except they don’t use toilets – savages).  Aveho targets the resulting unpleasant odors, but does not target the microbes themselves. 

Many odors (smoke, some rotting food, pet odors, some body odors, etc.) are not derived from microbes.   so antimicrobials have no effect on these type of odors.  Aveho eliminates bad odors whether or not they were caused by microbes. 

 

Key Advantages
  • Capable of removing target odors, without affecting most desired scents
  • More capacity than activated carbon in most applications
  • Scientifically eliminates odors in air and liquids 
  • Removes odors without adding any fragrance
  • Does not release odors due to moisture or heat 


Thou shalt not stink.  ~
Aveho

 

Potential Product Applications

Aveho® Odor Removal Technology is very versatile and can be used to treat any number of areas. Some possible examples include:

  • The refrigerator - Aveho odor removal was demonstrated in laboratory testing to outperform sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) for removing odors generated in the refrigerator (but you really should throw that pizza away – it’s not getting any younger).
  • The trash can - Spray Aveho odor removal under the lid, along the sidewalls, or onto the trash itself.
  • Feet – Sneakers, locker rooms, gyms, yoga studios, bowling alleys, skating rinks, martial arts dojos, and the list goes on.  All of them are huge targets for stinky feet!  Aveho odor removal was evaluated on a key chemical compound responsible for foot odor. Please contact us for further study details.
  • Pets – If you’re a crazy cat lady then you probably don’t notice.  But for the rest of us, Aveho odor removal is the perfect solution for malodors from cat litter boxes, bedding, wet dogs, and areas they aren’t supposed to use as a toilet, but do anyway. Please contact us for further details.
  • Smoke – Odors from the smoke of cigarettes, cigars, house fires, camp fires and other sources can be quickly and permanently removed by Aveho.  So go ahead and light one up right next to those fancy-schmancy curtains in that fancy-schmancy room that never gets used.  No one will ever know. 
  • Body – Whether it’s your turn to car pool the soccer team to and from practice this week, your locker room has reached dangerously funktastic levels or you’ve got teenagers (we won’t delve into what that entails), Aveho will “clear the air” and eliminate body odors from fabrics, spaces and containers. 

Declaration – Users are responsible for determining the suitability of Aveho odor removal technology for their own particular purpose.

 

Aveho Odor Removal Technology

Part # Description Weight lbs. (kg)
4600 32 oz. Trigger Sprayer 2.0 (1.0)
4605 1 Gallon Refill 8.7 (3.9)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How does Aveho work?
A malodor is what we perceive when our noses detect certain chemicals present in the air in very small amounts, between less than 1 and 100 parts in 1 million.  Aveho traps or breaks down these chemicals.  As these chemicals and the Aveho particles come into contact, Aveho will capture many of them, whether they are in the air or water.  Once they are captured, they will either remain bound to the Aveho particles, or they are converted into different chemicals that do not smell unpleasant.



2.  What is a malodor? 
A malodor is another way of saying “bad odor”.  These are often made from molecules that contain nitrogen, oxygen, and/or sulfur.  Aveho will selectively target these compounds, and will bind them, or convert them to substances that don’t smell so offensive.


3.  If I’m already using an antimicrobial, why do I need Aveho?
Many people erroneously think antimicrobials remove all odors.  Antimicrobial chemicals only remove odors caused by microbes (bacteria in particular).  When microbes digest their food source, they generate malodors.  However, many odors are not bacteria-based.  Many odors are derived from non-bacterial sources (that antimicrobials would have no effect in eliminating).  So while antimicrobials will only remove bacteria based odors, Aveho will remove far more malodors, including bacteria-based odors.  In addition, Aveho can remove these malodors without destroying beneficial bacteria.  The limitations of antimicrobials can be overcome by using Aveho in conjunction with (or instead of) antimicrobials.


4.  How does Aveho differ from carbon odor removal products?
Activated carbon absorbs a large variety of smells.  In fact, activated carbon absorbs both malodors and desirable fragrances.  Because carbon attracts so many different odors, its capacity is exhausted quickly, and is no longer useful.  This means that a significant quantity of activated carbon would be required to eliminate a specific, pervasive malodor.  Aveho is a selective odor elimination technology.  Different classes of malodors, whether based in sulfur, nitrogen or oxygen, are specifically targeted by different types of Aveho. This means that Aveho won’t get used up as quickly as carbon, and has the potential to continue to eliminate malodors as they are generated.   One concern with carbon odor removal products is they tend to be dusty, and the black carbon can create an unwanted mess.


5.  How long with it last?
Each situation is different.  Depending on how much Aveho is applied and how stinky the environment, Aveho has the capacity to continue to remove malodors for significant time frames.  Aveho is water soluble, and may be washed away by water.


6.  How fast does it remove odor?
Aveho has been shown to work in as little as a few minutes. Some applications may require the treated area to be dry. Some applications can take a few hours or a few days before the odor is eliminated. Applying the Aveho nearest the source of the odor will help to eliminate the odor most quickly. Moving the bad smelling air towards the Aveho is also helpful in reducing the time required to eliminate the malodor.


7.  What type of odor does it remove?
Aveho is best suited to eliminate odors caused by urine, feces, trash, rotting food and sewer-like odors.  These malodors are based in sulfur and nitrogen.  It also has the potential to eliminate other malodors not listed here.  This new technology has not been tested with every malodor. We encourage you to try it, and would love your feedback!  Please fill out our quick survey at SurveyMonkey.com/r/aveho or email us at info@avehotechnology.com.


8.  Where can it be used?
Aveho can be used in a wide variety of applications. Aveho can be applied to fabric, upholstery, carpeting, absorbent materials, hard surfaces, and many other places. Due to the high capacity of Aveho to remove malodors, there is no need to over-spray or over-apply Aveho, as this may leave a residue.  Aveho is water soluble, and may be washed away or vacuumed when dry. 


9.  Does it have FDA approval?
Aveho does not have any application-specific FDA approvals.  If you are interested in using Aveho in an application that requires FDA approval, please contact us.


10.  What does the name “Aveho” mean? 
Aveho is Latin and means “to remove” or “to carry away”.


11.  Can Aveho remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?
No.  Because Aveho targets sulfur, nitrogen and oxygen containing compounds, it is not effective in removing VOCs.


12.  The nozzle on my Aveho bottle has clogged.  What's going on and what's the fix? 
The 
particles that remove the odor are suspended in water but when they are allowed to dry they can clog the small openings in the sprayer.  To unclog the nozzle, insert a thumbtack, safety pin or paper clip into the end of the nozzle.

 

 

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