Homemade Febreeze

Hey, I am a frugal reader on a welfare budget. I found several recipes for homemade cleaners, and the one I use the most is homemade febreeze. Super easy too!
Get fabric softer at the store….I like downey April fresh, but you can use any that the ingredients say Ionic or cationic on the label…this is the smell remover active ingredient…
I usually get the small bottles, because they are the cheapest. You only use a tablespoon of fabric softener to a spray bottle filled the rest of the way up with plain water. Shake well. spray whatever you need to. Removes all odoors and leaves a pleasant fresh smell.
This costs about a nickel to make up, lasts a really long time, and is easy to keep on hand: I keep a bottle in the car, as I have a small child that occaisionally throws up in there, and a large dog that makes the car smell like wet dog in the winter rainey season. This works great to make the car smell good again.
Way better than spending $6 a bottle for a pretty label that does the same thing!!!

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LAURIE - August 5, 2012

How much water to the tablespoon of fabric softner for the homemade Febreeze?

    Shari Dotson - August 8, 2012

    Just fill the spray bottle the rest of the way with water…..I use an 8 oz spray bottle….so a tablespoon of fabric softener to 7 3/4 oz of water. If you use a larger spray bottle, just play with the amounts a little…if you like it stronger, use more, or if too overpowering, use less. Since I love to use it in my car, then drive , I use it just a little weak in strength, then use it much more often. works beautifully. Good luck!

pat - August 5, 2012

I need to know this also. Amount of water to the tablespoon of frabic softener.

Mary Smith - August 8, 2012

Use 1 Tablespoon in a old fabreeze bottle or similar size bottle and finish filling to the top with water.I also do this with white vinegar for curtains and carpets.The vinegar smell dissipates in just a few minutes.

Jill - August 8, 2012

I found a slightly different but good recipe for this cleaner online:

In a standard spray bottle put 1 1/2 cups water, 1 Tbsp. baking soda and 1 -2 Tbsps. of fabric softener. Shake well and spray on carpets, fabrics etc. as needed.

I use it daily in my home.

Celia - August 14, 2012

1 part vodka in 9 parts water works well as a fragrance-free fabric freshener, as well. We used this all the time back BF (before Febreeze) in the theatre to freshen costumes between shows, even on dry-clean only items.

Pam - August 15, 2012

I have read about this idea and was planning to make some next week. Good to know that it works so nicely. I will have to make some and put my thoughts on my blog. Thank you for sharing your great post. So good to find that more of us are looking for a cheaper way to have more things.

Kelly - September 28, 2012

I’m looking for a pet friendly deodorizer for my sofa/loveseat. Fabric softener is toxic to dogs (and kids). I’d be VERY careful using it around either.

    Angel - September 29, 2012

    Toxic? That sounds silly to me! And after all you are using a very small amount of softer to a big amount of water. It is greatly diluted so I highly doubt it is toxic.

    Jennifer - October 6, 2012

    I have to say that I looked up whether it was toxic and I was absolutely SHOCKED at how many websites are proving that it is, including dryer sheets. Here is a great website and explains what softener actually does to textiles, and the chemical ingredients so you can see for yourself. Wow……


      Connie - April 20, 2015

      I use a simple recipe from Prevention magazine. 4 oz of water in a spray bottle and 10 drops of essential oil. I used it for an air freshener and spray on my furniture. As always, before spraying the whole chair, do a patch test to be sure the essential oil does no damage to fabric. I am also suspect of fabric softener. I do believe it makes fabric wear out much faster, altho I cannot say much for toxicity. But here is an alternative if you wish to give it a try.

Lil - October 4, 2012

I tried the fabric softener and water. The fragrance was wondeful. Don’t know what I did wrong but I got a sticky gummy residue after a few days. It seemed after the water evaporated it was horrible on my carpet.
Please advise……………………

    Joanna - October 15, 2012

    It sounds like you have too much softener in the bottle. Try scaling back and diluting it is little bit more.

    Vickie - November 24, 2015

    If it is gummy sounds to me like too much Fabric Softener. I made the one using Downy and baking soda if not used for awhile it will harden (like baking soda does). Easy clean up. Smells Great lasts a long time. I used it on some areas that I did not expect good results and was very amazed. I also use the one with vinegar and it works fine. Make my own solution for Steam Cleaner with Vinegar, Baking Soda, Downy and water. Sometimes little conveniences are expensive when on fixed income

Shasta - June 2, 2013

I found a Febreeze that called for water, baking soda and fabric softener .. I made it and it smells good, but I was wondering if anyone else has made it this way and if they had any problems with the baking soda leaving marks on furniture?

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