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Homemade Febreze

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Love air fresheners but hate the price? Make your own with these super simple Febreze recipes!

Recipe #1

If no one in your home is allergic to fabric softener, (which a lot of people are), you can try this fabulous recipe. Get a large spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of fabric softener. Fill up the rest of the bottle with hot, clean, filtered water or hot distilled water. Shake the bottle until all of the ingredients are well blended.  (Shake gently before each use).

Recipe #2

If anyone in your family has a fabric softener allergy, of if you have pets, try this recipe instead. Mix 2 tablespoons of vodka and a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Fill up your spray bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake it, then spray it! The vodka will help to keep this mixture fresh for a couple of weeks, but don’t use it past three weeks!

Recipe #3

If you have cats, you want to avoid using either of these first two recipes. Cats can develop liver failure from too much exposure to essential oils. They are okay to use on occasion, but don’t spray anything they regularly play with or sleep on. Instead, try this homemade Febreze recipe! Get your spray bottle, and drop in ¼ cup of baking soda. Add a little bit of warm distilled or filtered water and shake, then add 3 teaspoons of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Then fill the rest with distilled or filtered water. Shake the spray bottle really well, making sure all of the baking soda has dissolved. Now it’s ready!

These homemade Febreze brews cost between fifty cents and a dollar for all the ingredients. These recipes are good for your home, and great for your wallet!

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  1. This is great! Super helpful, I’m really glad I found your site! I’m trying to find ba recipe for antibacterial Febreeze, would you say the third one would basically be that? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Cheryl, I wouldn’t consider it antibacterial as all ingredients may be slightly different. It is just designed to help rid odors.

  2. Thanks for this info, I’ll be making up a spray bottle of ‘Fabreeze’ with my essential oils and all ingredients you have recommended. Thank you ☘️

  3. Holly… just found you while looking for more info on Febreze Thanks for the recipes… I am against it because they have a big spray bottle that can’t be reused, so will be piling up with all the other plastics taking over our land. Had a great time checking out your work… what a wonderful job you have done… it’s going to take me some time to see it all. Thanks so much for all the info, I shall be passing your on to everyone I know. (If only we could get these companies to sell a spray bottle with removable top, and refills in easier to dispose of packages.)

    1. You can buy glass spray bottles on Amazon and Grove Collaborative. I use them for everything! Grove even has silicone sleeves so you can tell the difference between your cleaning solutions.

  4. I do this with just hot water and A little fabric softener does the same thing add enough till you can smell it to a spray bottle

  5. I can’t wait to try recipe #3, Holly! Fragrances make me sick, and I have 2 cats….so the baking soda, alcohol, and distilled water will do the trick. Thank you!

      1. I have tried two of the recipes with the baking soda. The baking soda left small white spots on the furniture, floor and walls. Am I doing something or is this normal? Love the smell hate the spots.

      2. Hi Brenda, I can’t say for sure as I have not had the same problem. But make sure you shake the bottle well before spraying to ensure all baking soda has dissolved. That may help!

  6. Hove you found that the one with the fabric softener spots the dark furniture or carpets at all? I stopped using liquid fabric softener on my dark clothes just for that reason..

    I LOVE this idea as we have dogs and I spend a lot on Febreeze. I would love to make my own.

    1. I would suggest trying it on a hidden area to make sure your ingredients don’t leave any marks on your furniture. Mine hasn’t but brands can vary.