Kitchen trash can start smelling up the house pretty fast unless the trash bag is taken care of regularly. Unfortunately, it takes time to fill up my 13 gallon trash bags, and I don't like throwing out bags that aren't full (unless I just threw away some uncooked seafood like shrimp shells or fish guts). I try to control the odor through the use of a lidded trash can (and not cleaning out the fridge until I take out the bags), but sometimes opening the lid for a couple seconds is enough to flood the kitchen with an overwhelming smell.
I don't like scented bags because the chemical fragrances used are generally overpowering (if it wasn't overpowering, then they wouldn't be powerful enough to overcome the trash smell) which means they compete with food smells. Artificial potpourri fresh perfume mixed with hickory smoked barbecue ribs isn't my idea of a good combination. I don't know how Hefty's Odor Block Technology works (I wasn't able to find any technical information with a few quick searches on the internet), and I don't know IF it works. But if it does, that could be pretty cool.}?>
The facebook link should be producing coupons (which I'm told are unique) for the next month or so. Once you try out the bags, let me know if they work/don't work or if you like/dislike them by posting a comment to this article. If you post as a registered Cooking For Engineers forum user with a valid email, then you'll have the chance to win a $10 Gift Card to Sur La Table. I'll contact the winner via email for their mailing address.}?>
That's a great point. I've been using the bags for about a week now and haven't noticed a decrease in odor when I open the trash can. When I take the trash out tonight, I'll be sure to sniff the can.
If, as a previous post suggests, this technology "works on your odor receptors' that means what really is, is a neurotoxin that knocks out an entire sensory modality. Smell may not seem an important sense and some people might even rather do without it, but that doesn't mean that it's safe or even reasonable to "block" the most primitive, sense and the one most fundamentally involved with the basic wiring of the brain.
It's comparable to ugly people wearing a perfume that strikes everyone around them blind, or a noisy industry chemically deafening people in its neighborhood. This is a real bad road to go down.