DIY Duct Cleaning And Sanitizing

Have you ever wondered how the professionals get rid of home odors such as cigarette smells, pet odors, and mold smells ? Or do you just have really bad allergies and are looking for relief without breaking the bank? Your air conditioning system is like the lungs of your home and circulates all the air in your home on average of 100 times per day. Typically to have a company come in and fog your air vents and sanitize the duct system will cost you anywhere between $500-$1000 if not more depending on the size of your home or home many AC systems you have. What I’m about to share with you is how to clean and sanitize your entire air duct system yourself with no experience!

What Fogging Your Air Duct System Remedies

  • Cigarette or “Smoke Smell”
  • Pet Odors
  • Mold or Mildew Smells
  • Damp Musty Smells
  • Indoor Air Pathogens

What You Will Need



Fogging Your Duct System

Estimated Job Time: 5-10 min.

Tools And Equipment Needed: Fogger Jr, Screwdriver, Odor Eliminator

Difficulty: Very Easy

Once you have your fogging machine filled with your odor eliminator turn your AC system on. Then go to where you insert your air filter in at and remove the filter. Turn fogging machine on and for every 500 square feet you have in your home fog for 30 seconds. leave your air conditioning system on for at least 20 minutes after you apply the odor eliminator. Repeat this process once per day until any odors cease to exist this is typically achieved in 2-3 applications.


Q: Is the odor eliminator harmful to breathe?

A: No, all odor eliminators are hazardous to breathe. However, do not ingest or come in contact with eyes or open wounds.

Q: Does this hurt any plants or animals?

A: No

Q: Can you use on carpet or furniture?

A: Yes most odor eliminators can be used on all carpet and most furniture.

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3 Replies to “DIY Duct Cleaning And Sanitizing”

  1. Thanks for the information in your article! I knew duct cleaning existed for commercial construction but had no idea it existed for residential homes. I have a dog and am glad you made sure this wasn’t harmful to pets.

  2. Every year we have our ducts cleaned so we don’t have any odor issues.

    But I think that’s also because we are non-smokers and we have a very small dog that does not shedd.

    However after reading your post, I see it’s not that complicated, so it’s something I might even try next time the ducts are due for their cleaning.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Hey MR. Leo thanks for the comment!

      You folks are the type of home owners i like because you keep up with your maintenance and trust me that pays off.

      I can imagine it is pretty costly to get your ducts cleaned once a year. the HVAC pros like myself come in with a commercial sized fogging machines which aren’t really necessary for residential homes. With the Fogger JR that i recommended it can pay for itself with only one use.

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