[Study on odor control using wood vinegars]

Nihon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. 1993 Jan;40(1):29-38.
[Article in Japanese]


The effectiveness of wood vinegars reducing or eliminating offensive odors, associated with cattle breeding, was studied. The results obtained were as follows: 1. Analyzed were 0.7-7.2% acetic acid and 0.5-1.8% methyl alcohol as main contents. 2. Gaseous odorants, such as ammonia, trimethylamine, n-butyric acid were almost eliminated through absorption using 1-20% wood vinegar solutions. 3. The same gaseous odorants, mentioned above, when confined to an airtight vessel, were eliminated in a short time by adding a little volume of wood vinegars to it. The effect was maintained for 2 weeks. 4. A sensory test was performed to evaluate the degree of deodorization, such as odor intensity and odor acceptability. Results showed that wood vinegars have a good deodorant effect on the offensive odors.

MeSH terms

  • Acetates / therapeutic use*
  • Acetic Acid*
  • Animals
  • Breeding*
  • Cattle / physiology*
  • Deodorants / therapeutic use
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Male
  • Methanol / therapeutic use*
  • Odorants / prevention & control*


  • Acetates
  • Deodorants
  • Drug Combinations
  • wood vinegar
  • Acetic Acid
  • Methanol