Get started with Bosch FreshUp: an unusual and effective clothes freshener


In 2022, Bosch creates a product that couldn’t be more off-putting: a pocket clothes freshener designed to eliminate unpleasant odors from textiles. We spent a month with FreshUp, here are our impressions.

Recently, we received several devices intended to delay the washing of clothes. After LG and Samsung hairdressers (these versatile wardrobes that are used to update clothes), here’s a new UFO in the linen care segment. We owe this innovation to Bosch who supplies the Pocket Clothes Cooler with FreshUp! No more sophisticated than a pair of glasses in their box, FreshUp followed us wherever we went for a month.

FreshUp is suitable for the vast majority of textiles.

So we subjected it to numerous olfactory tests, including: movement, two “fry parties,” four summer evenings, and 12 gym sessions in the middle of all that excitement (yes, yes).

Bedouin and independent device

Designed to accompany the user wherever he goes, Bosch FreshUp is above all a nomadic product. This small device is only 16 cm wide and 6 cm long, and weighs only 200 grams, which is really little more than a large smartphone. Once stored in its own travel bag, it can be easily confused with a sunglasses case. Confusion was not uncommon when stored in a particularly crowded handbag.

Its use is simplified to the utmost as it has only one button used to operate it. Under FreshUp we find a plasma working area with a width of only 5 cm. Simply move it over the part to be treated, and apply light pressure to trigger the ionization process and get rid of unpleasant odors. Most textiles are compatible with FreshUp: cotton, wool, polyester, cashmere, linen and silk. However, Bosch advises against using their revamp on certain materials such as leather or fur (natural or synthetic) or even on pieces that have a lot of embellishment (pearls, sequins, sequins, etc.).

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FreshUp runs on a Li-ion battery and, according to the spec sheet, has a runtime of 60 minutes on a four-hour charge. Good point, Bosch chose a universal charger with a USB cable – Micro USB, which doubles as a useless catch that spoils the cabinets.

Plasma to break up odor molecules

FreshUp’s innovation lies in its technology that does not use detergents and steam to refresh the linen and thus prefers the plasma technology. Thanks to his influence,The charged particles separate the ions that dissolve the bonds of single odor moleculesThe manufacturer says that this method will also make it possible to destroy many pathogens (viruses and bacteria), which are not a small asset in these times of the pandemic.

Bosch FreshUp

Bosch FreshUp uses plasma technology.

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As the plasma effect spreads, FreshUp’s LED lights glow purple. For this, it is necessary that the bottom surface be in contact with the linen. When the LEDs are white, the device is ready for use.

Amazing results

For our test, FreshUp closely followed the adventures of some of the people on the team, starting with the ordeal of moving writing Digital, in the middle of a heat wave. After several wads and lift boxes, the device underwent its first test: to rid a T-shirt of sweat. Duration of use is not recommended and the process should continue as long as the odors persist. Three round trips on the canvas are enough to erase the saturated smell. To our surprise, it was replaced by another not particularly attractive: a chemical smell, similar to that one might find in laundry. The least we can say is that it knits and hangs on the fabric for about 30 minutes. The result is the same effectiveness with cigarette aromas: the plasma succeeds in eliminating tobacco odors easily, and continues to spread its strong aroma.

Bosch FreshUp

The device is also suitable for upholstery.

We had more concerns over frying smells that would resist despite hours of ventilation. And it was this smell that caused the refresher the most trouble. We had to iron a fleece jacket five or six times per side using the machine to partially deodorize the linen. In fact, after that, the cloth was still smelling a little bit of the smell of granules mixed with the smell of plasma. After about thirty minutes of rest, the two mixed odors dissipated, and we were finally able to breathe.
Finally, we subjected FreshUp to contact with a sports T-shirt (synthetic) that absorbed the cyclist’s sweat from the editorial staff (after running 13 km in the scorching sun) and the result again without resuming, the smell of the sweat completely disappeared.


If that’s not obvious, it should be clarified that FreshUp is limited to scents and is not about laundry. In fact, the plasma will not be able to do anything against stains, even light and not very covered ones. However, its effectiveness can objectively delay washing sessions, and as everyone knows, the multiplicity of washings changes the quality of textiles. On this, FreshUp wins its bold bet.

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