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Odor Gladiator

High-performance Deodorizer

Odor Defeater

Mike Morneault has held a lot of titles, having served in the military, gone to law school, and worked with a range of startups. Now the lawyer-turned-entrepreneur is sporting a new title: Chief Gladiator. His mission? To rid the planet of stinky gym bags.

Thanks to their four active kids, Mike and his wife have dealt with plenty of smelly sports equipment bags and poorly performing deodorizers over the years. So Mike set out
to invent a better solution. After 18 months of planning and product development, he unleashed the Odor Gladiator onto the sports scene.

Designed to resemble a helmet and mask, the Odor Gladiator is a two-piece plastic case that houses a disposable Fresh Linen Shield. The Shield contains a water-based gel that absorbs odor and emits a nontoxic fresh linen scent. Simply load a Shield into the Odor Gladiator case, toss it into a hockey, lacrosse, soccer or gym bag, and it will fight odors for 45 days or more before the Shield needs replacing.

What makes Odor Gladiator different from a lot of other would-be remedies is that it doesn’t try to mask bad odors. Instead, it changes the chemical composition and weight of the molecules that make up bad smells. By changing the makeup of the bad-smelling molecules, they’re not detected as a scent, Mike explains. Changing the weight of the molecules reduces their concentration in the vapor phase. It’s all about the chemistry, Mike says. To our noses, Odor Gladiator is fighting the good fight!

— Ann
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  • Mike
    Mike

    Hi Daily Grommet fans! As the father of four athletes, I know how wretched the smell of hockey, lacrosse and other sports bags can be. After years of trying failed solutions such as chemical sprays, little shoe balls and other alchemy, I collaborated with odor industry experts, plastics engineers and performance athletes to develop an effective solution to this problem. Odor Gladiator crushes the rank stink of nasty gear and leaves behind a fresh linen scent. After conducting its own test of Odor Gladiator, I am excited that Daily Grommet has chosen to feature our product. I'll be available today to answer any questions that you have. Bring the Battle to Your Bag!

  • Karen
    Karen
    1/5/12 1:10 PM

    I love the idea, but wonder if you can make a smaller size for shoe use. Or is there a way to use these big deodorizers with youth sized shoes?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:27 PM

    @Karen: Hi Karen. Thanks for your question. Yep, we're planning for variations of the Odor Gladiator in 2012 (think glove gladiator, etc.) Meanwhile, though, an OG in a gym bag will take on the stink of those youth-sized shoes!

  • Annette
    Annette
    1/5/12 1:11 PM

    Would this also work on other odors? Such as a musty smelling basement? If I purchased several to be placed all over the room?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:19 PM

    @Annette: Thanks for your question, Annette. We actually have pleased customers using the OG for all sorts of stinky scenarios: a horse trailer, a cat litter box in the basement, a golden retriever rescue operation out of Cincinnati, a care package for a young Marine in basic training. So the short answer is "yes." While we've a laser-sharp focus on hockey, lacrosse and other stinky sports, our customers report back on a number of novel uses for the product!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:16 PM

    Hi Karen. Thanks for your question. Yep, we're planning for variations of the Odor Gladiator in 2012 (think glove gladiator, etc.) Meanwhile, though, an OG in a gym bag will take on the stink of those youth-sized shoes!

  • Kay
    Kay
    1/5/12 1:18 PM

    Oh em gee. Does it actually work on hockey stink? That's in a whole class by itself.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:24 PM

    @Kay: It does, Kay. And we have professional, minor, youth and "old guy" hockey players who love the product (and not even as much as their spouses, I'm sure). Your question is a good one and the one I receive most often. Short story: we have four kids involved in all sorts of sports (including hockey and lacrosse). After eight years of frustration with sprays and other ineffective products, we decided to solve this problem ourselves. After 18 months of research and development (among other activities), Odor Gladiator was born! We know you'll love it!

  • Kay
    Kay
    1/5/12 3:29 PM

    @Mike Morneault: My guy is a hockey ref, which I think makes his bag even worse than a player's bag. He might skate four or five games in one day, and by the end of it all, his skates & equipment are just awful! I'm going to try the Gladiator & will keep an eye out for the mini-gladiators later this year. Skates need all the help they can get. :-)

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 6:44 PM

    @Kay: I agree. Refs equipment may be among the worst. They're always on the ice, and most play outside of their officiating duties, too. I believe Andy Brennan's brother is a ref, so I'll ask him to weigh in (or better yet, to track down his brother so that he can weigh in). When I met Andy in September at the Tier-1 Faceoff in Marlborough, MA, I also had opportunity to share and OG with his brother. May be a bit before he responds but stay tuned! Let's see what he says!

  • Bill
    Bill
    1/5/12 7:12 PM

    @Kay: I am also a ref in the collegiate and junior ranks and have been using the OG in my bag since September. Being on the ice for sometimes 3hrs and then in the car and back on the ice for another 3hrs the ref gear does tend to have a potent odor to it. However I have found the OG to work magic in my bag with my wet gear. I also have thrown one in the trunk for when I am airing out my gear in between rinks to keeping the trunk from smelling like a skunk as well.

  • Jen
    Jen
    1/5/12 1:28 PM

    I have three boys and a husband who all play hockey- their bags are NOT allowed in my basement because they smell so bad and my garage stinks because that is where they are "aired out"... what makes this work any better than ALL the other ones I have tried- I am a bit skeptical I have to admit...

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:40 PM

    @Jen: As parents ourselves, we live in your world, Jen. And hockey is the worst offender because it's played on a wet surface and parents can't "air the equipment out" in the driveway like lacrosse parents do after each practice or a game.

    Specifically, OG is different in that it's not designed to "mask" odor. While it has a nice fresh linen scent, Odor Gladiator's efficacy comes from molecular compounding with butyric acid (i.e., body odor in the bag). In a nutshell, we make the molecules responsible for stink heavier than the vapor (so they are not floating about on the ride home from the rink) and we change their composition (so that they're not repugnant when they come in contact with your olfactory senses). Regrets for the long-winded answer!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:44 PM

    @Jen: By the way, Jen, we'd love your feedback here and otherwise if you move forward with OG. Our greatest skeptics end up being our biggest fans! :-) Thanks again for your comment.

  • Jen
    Jen
    1/5/12 2:14 PM

    @Mike: I am ordering the multipack and will try with the two "stinkiest" bags... I'll let you know! Fingers crossed!! Thanks so much!

  • mary
    mary
    1/5/12 1:42 PM

    Sounds great, but can you tell me what ingredients are used?

    Are there synthetic fragrances?

    Thanks!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 1:50 PM

    @mary: Thanks for your question, Mary. While the actual formulation is a trade secret, we rely upon a water-based gel (which doesn't leak, run, perspire or otherwise emit any residue) and natural fragrance oils such as lemon, orange and other citrus fragrances. While we tried solutions like sprays to tackle equipment bag odor, one of our children was allergic, and, frankly, we didn't like the idea of spraying chemicals on equipment that was going to come into contact with our children's skin...particularly in a sporting environment.

  • mary
    mary
    1/5/12 1:55 PM

    @Mike Morneault: Thanks!

  • Serina
    Serina
    1/5/12 2:02 PM

    I don't know anything about stinky sports equipment, but I do know cats. Do the OGs work in a large area, say a bedroom or kitchen?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 2:12 PM

    @Serina: You're lucky on the first count, Serina; it's a pretty bad scene. While we haven't focused on family pets, we do have customers putting OG to use in novel ways. Here is a testimonial we received from a similarly situated customer outside of Cincinnati:

    "My son is beyond the organized sporting years, but I am always looking for ways to curb the pet odors in my car and around the cat box, so I ordered two Odor Gladiators. I keep one on the lid of the cat box, and when the cats enter/exit, and jar the lid, the Odor Gladiator goes into action and has greatly reduced the cat box odors! I'll go in once a day and shake the Gladiator unit for extra odor control!

    I am active with Golden Retriever rescue, and am often transporting wet or stinky dogs. I keep the second unit in my trunk and place in my car and let it roll on the floor during a "smelly" transport. Then I remove the unit and save it for my next transport. Eliminates the need for sprays, etc that can damage the leather in my car. I highly recommend the Odor Gladiator for reduction in pet odors and have recommended it to my rescue network

    Thanks for a great and portable solution to pet odors!"

    Gail Wunderlin

    Volunteer, GRRAND (Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs) Home Visit Program

    Liberty Township, OH

  • Andrew Brennan
    Andrew Brennan
    1/5/12 2:33 PM

    After meeting Mike in September at a hockey tournament in Massachusetts, I have been using the OG in my hockey bag. As a professional hockey player, I have been given numerous tools to try and fight the smell that my bag has. The OG is the only product so far that has been able to do the job. I tossed it in there 4 months ago and have not had to worry about it at all. My bag smells fresh. I really like the product and recommend it to anyone looking to play well and smell good while doing it!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 2:35 PM

    @Andrew Brennan: Hey Andy! Wow! Thanks for this feedback! Hope hockey is rockin' for you!

  • Marny
    Marny
    1/5/12 4:01 PM

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this would likely be a GREAT product to market to MOMS! Ever been too close to the diaper pail????? OY!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 4:07 PM

    @Marny : Hmmm...diaper pails as a secondary market? I love it! Our four children are all out of diapers, but I dare say if we'd worked on OG a decade or two ago, that's probably where we would have focused our efforts! (OY indeed!)

    Any Moms want to give that application a whirl and report out on results? :-)

  • commanderclif
    commanderclif
    1/5/12 4:06 PM

    As another hockey player, I would like to ask how long the inserts last before needing to be replaced?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 4:13 PM

    @commanderclif: That's a great question. To be on the conservative side, we tell folks 45 days. But as a practical matter, customers are reporting 60 days or more. When you run the economics, it ends up being a $3 per month investment for a fresh-smelling bag. Thanks for the question, @commanderclif! And if you order an OG, please report back and let this group know what you think!

  • Nan Weiss
    Nan Weiss
    1/5/12 4:22 PM

    You have never truly experienced the full impact of shoe odor until you open a dancer's bag. None of the other products or home spun methods cant even begin to touch this problem. And, it is a problem.........

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 4:28 PM

    @Nan Weiss: That's funny, Nan. I've heard that from a Dad whose daughter is a dancer. He purchased an OG last weekend at the Annual Nutcracker Hockey Tournament at Robert Morris University. He also insisted that her gym bag was as bad (and at times worse) than his son's hockey bag. Two observations: 1) I find that hard to believe (but he was insistent!), and 2) I'm really glad none of our children dance!

  • Sean Buzzard
    Sean Buzzard
    1/5/12 4:24 PM

    As a lacrosse coach, I deal with the smell of lacrosse gloves, helmets and pads that have been zipped up in a bag since the last game or practice. In high school it is at least bearable because the Moms can still get an occasional wash on the uniforms and maybe spray down the gloves, but now as a college coach --many of the guys don't worry about the cleaning and care of equipment --and you can smell the results in the huddle. The Odor Gladiator is one of the rare items that truly lives up to the hype and tackles the smell. I have purchased them for my sons and nephew who plays hockey. I also keep one in my gym bag and it smells great each time I open it up.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 4:37 PM

    @Sean Buzzard: Thanks for the feedback Sean! I'm sure the roommates of your college lacrosse team will be singing our praises when OG hits the dorm (truth be told, most dorm rooms just plain stink with or without the presence of sports gear...perhaps we'll find our way into some freshman care packages from Mom!)

    Cheers to a fresh-smelling huddle as lax kicks off this Spring! Thanks again!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 4:50 PM

    Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful questions and great suggestions!

    It's a privilege--and great fun--to serve athletes and their families. We hope you'll try Odor Gladiator (and we doubly hope you'll let everyone know what you think!)

    Happy New Year! Yours in the Battle--Mike and the OG Team

  • Gordon Corsetti
    Gordon Corsetti
    1/5/12 6:57 PM

    As a former lacrosse player who went through bottles of Febreze every season, I wish I had the Odor Gladiator back in my playing days.

    As a current lacrosse official who lives out of the backseat of my car, the OG has been phenomenal in keeping my car smelling fresh and pleasant.

    Kudos to Mike for creating such a great product, and it looks cool!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/5/12 7:07 PM

    @Gordon Corsetti: Hey Gordon, thanks a bunch for that feedback. Glad we're keeping it fresh in "Hotlanta" GA for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse!

  • Kayla
    Kayla
    1/6/12 12:21 AM

    I have a sweater and a pair of skinny stretch jeans, both made of some type of polyester plus more. And both came with an awful smell embedded in the material, no matter how many times I wash them. Would the OG work on those items if zipped up together in a plastic bag for a while?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/6/12 12:33 AM

    @Kayla: Honestly Kayla, I have no idea. I've got to admit we didn't quite test that particular scenario in our focus groups! :-) If you'd like to give it a whirl, we'd be happy to hear what you find. And if it doesn't work to your satisfaction, feel free to return your OG and we'll refund your purchase price. We're game if you are! Thanks for asking!

  • Kayla
    Kayla
    1/6/12 10:03 PM

    @Mike Morneault: Thanks, Mike. I just ordered one. Crossing my fingers it makes those clothes wearable. Will let you know!

  • Judy
    Judy
    1/6/12 1:57 AM

    Do the units have to be moving to work? If not and I put the unit where kids and pets could not get to it, I would not need the little helmet would I?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/6/12 2:01 AM

    @Judy: That's right, Judy. The exterior is ornamental in the scenario you describe, but designed to roll about and take the tossing and tousling that occurs in a roughly handled sports-equipment bag. And no, the fresh Linen Shields do not have to be moving to work.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    1/6/12 6:06 PM

    I wonder if this would work for rockclimbing shoes? I had to retire a pair because they were too smelly, I don't have the problem anymore (I now own multiple pairs of shoes which I rotate and I don't store them in a bag anymore so they get more airflow). But I'm wondering if keeping them in a bag again but with one of these would work. You say it works by changing the chemistry of smells?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/12 6:18 PM

    @Eileen: Absolutely, throwing this in a bag with a pair of stinky shoes would keep the stink at bay.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    1/6/12 7:24 PM

    How does the odor Gladiator stand up to heat? Will it melt at say 80 degrees farenheit?

    And if it did melt, would it stain clothing?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/6/12 11:26 PM

    @Eileen: That's a softball, Eileen! The short answer is no, it will not melt at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. We performed a host of realistic field testing during our R&D process to arrive at a final product that would not leak or melt under likely environmental conditions. For instance, during Tri-State outside of Princeton we left an open Fresh Linen Shield upside down on the black dashboard of a dark SUV with sealed windows parked on the hot tarmac in direct sunlight on a 95 degree Fahrenheit day. While we nearly melted when we returned to the truck late in the afternoon (it was really hot inside!), the Fresh Linen Shield hadn't shed a drop of perspiration...and our truck sure smelled fresh! :-) Odor Gladiator can take the heat!

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    1/9/12 5:56 PM

    @Mike Morneault: Hehe a softball eh? What about 100 degrees Farenheit in the day (70 at night) for 5 days straight in the desert? ;)

    My friends and I literally found a baked apple (the apple was in the shade, in the middle of a Honda Element which had tinted windows) after coming back to the car after just one day in the California high desert.

    Sounds promising though, as long as the fresh linen scent isn't too overwhelming to still sleep in the car afterwards :)

  • Mike Morneault
    Mike Morneault
    4/26/12 10:15 PM

    @Eileen I'm just seeing this comment now! Well...that's less of a softball but we'd be interested in hearing about your results if you give it a try. I spent plenty of time at the National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, California many years ago...and I still remember the heat and disparity of temperature of the desert.

  • Diana
    Diana
    1/9/12 2:57 PM

    Hi. What about pet odor? Can I put one of these in the hallway with the cat box, or in the cat box itself? And if not, PLEASE try to make something that tackles these odors next!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/9/12 3:21 PM

    @Diana: Great question. And you're not the only one to need a solution for cat boxes. Mike posted this testimonial above. Even though they concentrate on the sports market, many have used it for other smelly situations and reported their findings back.

    "My son is beyond the organized sporting years, but I am always looking for ways to curb the pet odors in my car and around the cat box, so I ordered two Odor Gladiators. I keep one on the lid of the cat box, and when the cats enter/exit, and jar the lid, the Odor Gladiator goes into action and has greatly reduced the cat box odors! I'll go in once a day and shake the Gladiator unit for extra odor control! I am active with Golden Retriever rescue, and am often transporting wet or stinky dogs. I keep the second unit in my trunk and place in my car and let it roll on the floor during a "smelly" transport. Then I remove the unit and save it for my next transport. Eliminates the need for sprays, etc that can damage the leather in my car. I highly recommend the Odor Gladiator for reduction in pet odors and have recommended it to my rescue network Thanks for a great and portable solution to pet odors!" Gail Wunderlin Volunteer, GRRAND (Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs) Home Visit Program Liberty Township, OH"

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    1/12/12 12:35 AM

    One of the most common questions our team receives is "but does it really work?" I'm so pleased to share Laurie Golden's (The Trophy Mom's) product review published earlier this evening: http://thetrophymom.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/product-review-the-odor-gladiator/ Check it out, and see what a hockey mom has to say! Cheers!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/12/12 10:42 AM

    @Mike Morneault: Great review! This is my favorite part:

    "Our entire hockey locker room smelled better with the addition of just one Odor Gladiator™ in my son’s bag. After well over a month of testing, my son reports “I’ve got the best smelling bag of our whole team. By far.”"

  • M Morgan
    M Morgan
    9/24/12 3:21 PM

    Our master bedroom has a walk-in closet with no ventilation. Bad design. It's about 65 sq. ft. and 9' tall. With all the hanging clothes, plus those stored in the cupboard and a dresser, the dirty laundry baskets on the floor, and about 25 pairs of shoes it is not always the freshest smelling room. Would the Odor Gladiator work in an area that large? Perhaps two of them? Also, how do you tell how often to change the insert - by unpleasant smells returning, by color, or ???

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    11/2/12 1:38 PM

    Great questions, @M Morgan. Like many of our customers, we've put OG to work in non-sports related environments. Case in point is the bedroom of our 19 year-old son which on most days resembles a disheveled locker room in a Roman Colosseum. We find two OGs do the trick in this large of an environment, and I suspect the same recipe would work well in your closet (which I am certain is much neater than our son's bedroom!)

    If you give it a whirl, please share your experience with others!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    11/2/12 1:42 PM

    @M Morgan Whoops, I didn't answer your last question...we're finding in practice each fresh linen shield (the power behind the OG) is lasting about 90 days. Customers simply replace the fresh linen shield in their OG when it becomes apparent to their nose that it is no longer up to snuff!

  •  Rebecca of Sunnybrook
    Rebecca of Sunnybrook
    10/10/12 2:41 PM

    Has anyone ever tried these in a boat? We boat on Lake Erie every weekend, but live too far away to use our boat during the week. We've tried every product under the sun to keep our head smelling fresh, but there is always a lingering odor ~ come on boaters, you know what I am talking about ~ the first time you open the door. Our holding tank is pumped out regularly, but it is just the closed-door-for-an-entire-week that takes its toll. I am thinking of trying one in the head and 1 outside in the cabin and would welcome any feedback from fellow boaters in the same "boat", so to speak.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    11/2/12 1:32 PM

    @ Rebecca of Sunnybrook Regrets for the belated response, Rebecca. I'm not certain if any of our customers have used OG for a boat head, but I say "bring it on!" We'd be anxious to share your results with others.

    Let me share that we do have a 100% customer satisfaction policy. If within 30 days you find OG just isn't meeting your specific needs, you are invited to return your troop for a full product refund.

    Thanks for your question!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    11/2/12 1:48 PM

    BTW, we encourage all of our fans to check out our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/OdorGladiator, too. You'll find some great testimonials in our "Recent Posts by Others" column. Please drop us a line and "like" us there!

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