Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Homemade Febreze

I came across a recipe for homemade Febreze a while back while over at The Frugal Girls.

Heather Bea over at Fake it Frugal shared her recipe for the stuff.

I dont use Febreze that often but I sometimes do, the one thing I dont like is the scents they have. So why not try to make some with a scent that I love?

It wa super duper easy, honest.

I went to Walmart and picked out my favorite scent of liquid fabric softener.
I took out an empty spray bottle I had stashed away.

I mixed up just over 1/8 cup of the fabric softner with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and filled the rest of the bottle with tap water.

Thats it.
See it was easy wasnt it?

I sprayed all over the house and my car and now everything has a lovely vanilla scent that I picked out and love.

Go make yourself a bottle too!

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Jessica said...

I've done this before, it really is easy. I found it easier to use hot water and shake to dissolve the baking soda. I'd forgotten all about this, I need to mix up another batch!

Jenny said...

This is really interesting. I wonder how people figure this stuff out!

Vicky said...

I don't use febreeze much either but I like the idea of customizing a scent. Thanks!

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Just Jaime said...

Great idea!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Thanks for the tip! Is it cheaper than Febreze, too? Because the cost per ounce for Febreze is awful.

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Oh my heck -- this is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" moments. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!

Carrie said...

Oh, wow, you have NO idea how much Febreze we go through due to my darling with reflux! And I agree, I don't love the scent of Febreze, especially after 3 years of using it to cover up the smell of... um... puking kids. This is brilliant, thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday at Making Lemonade!

Digby said...

This is a nice idea for a room fragrance but it is not at all like febreeze.

Febreeze contains cyclodextrins, which you can think of like rings. These rings of sugar compounds that have hydrophobic centers, as you spray febreeze aroma chemicals partition into the center of the ring, once they are bound in the center of the ring they are no longer volatile.

Now, aromas are volatile compounds. Once they are in the cyclodextrin center they are essentially chained and cannot enter the air (they actually can but it is at a very low rate depending on chemical and physical properties).

Many people believe that it simply masks the bad smell, which it does inpart. They include fragrances in the formulation but I would argue that the major mechanism of action is inclusion of the aroma chemical into the cyclodextrin complex.

Mandy Crosswhite said...

how do you keep from the white marks it leaves sometimes i followed directions exactly and used hot water and made sure it was all the way dissolved also i used !/8 cup of fabric softener would it be ok to just add a tiny bit more i want a stronger smell

g kirlin said...

I had trouble with the baking soda leaving white on things too, even though I thought it was dissolved. I have stopped putting the baking soda in and now just use the fabric softener mixed with a little water. I spray it on my furniture and rugs /carpets before I vacuum. It also helps the vacuum pull up the pet hair better.

deb eisemann said...

I would like to use esential oil instead of fabic softener any thoughts about the mixture.?


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