DIY - Fabric Freshner aka Febreeze

I myself have never purchased Febreeze for personal use, but when Princess was in boot camp, she begged me to send some for her boots and such. Apparently everyone used it during boot camp. So of course, being the good mom, I packed some up and sent it to her. Between the actual cost of the bottles (I bought 4) and the cost of shipping (the weight) it was probably the most expensive freshening stuff around! Too bad I didn't have THIS recipe back then...

2 tbs fabric softener
1 tbs baking soda (gosh, have I said how much I LOVE baking soda??)
2 cups warm water
Squirt bottle (16 oz size or larger)

Ready? Ready.

Dump all in bottle.

Put on the top. Shake, shake, shake, shake shake shake, shake your bootie bottle till all mixed up. And well, here's where I learned that the lid needs to be a cap as a little bit of pressure will build up and the nozzle will spray all over the laundry room (thankfully the wall and not my face!) ... so keep that in mind :-)

Go ahead, give it a try. I sprayed Kitty Kitty's blanket that he lays on. Then I sprayed the purple chair that he lays on. Then I sprayed the carpet in Princess bedroom ... then I wondered, hmmm...can I spray her work clothes that perpetually smell like fried tex-mex stuff?

Ummm, I may be going a little overboard on the freshening stuff but hot diggity dog, I love this stuff!! It did leave a slight white residue on the hamper after drying. Now that could be because I didn't quite shake it up as much as I should have (see above where it went everywhere) ... I made a 2nd batch and really shook the heck out of it with a tight fitting lid. Much better results!

FYI - there are some that say fabric softener is toxic, deadly,  and I can attest that we've used this for a week and all are alive, healthy and well. No adverse effects on this end.

Go ahead and mix some up!

Linking up with some of these excellent hops: Mop It Up Monday, Show Me What You Got, Mix and Mingle, Motivated Monday, Tuesday Talent Show, Its a Party!, Show and Tell, Works For Me Wednesday, What's New Wednesday, Show Your Stuff, Thrifty Thursday, Frugal Fridays, Anything Goes, Dwell on Fridays, Frugal Tip Tuesday, Tuesday Kitchen Tips

Original source somes from a VARIETY of places, originally spotted on Pinterest, then Homemade Mammas and  Fake It Frugal, then all over the place :-) This stuff spreads like wildfire, you know??


  1. I have found that taking the peels from lemons and oranges and covering them with white vinegar in a jar, let sit for a couple weeks, shaking the jar occassionally, about 4 times during the 2 week soak, then take out the peels, strain any bits out and use that as an odor out spray. I keep a spray bottle with the straight stuff under my kitchen sink and use it for cleaning up animal or kid messes and after frying food in the kitchen a quick spritz in the air takes a good chunk of the fry smell out. I have read where others do fifty fifty of the vinegar mix and water and say that work well too for cleaning and odor removal. I might give your recipe a shot as I found two bottles of fabric softener hidden behind the washer when I cleaned the laundry room this weekend. ;) Apparently they are not getting used for softening fabric.

    1. ohhhh...I think I like that idea ... I've got a whole slew of lemons to be used up soon so maybe I'll give that a shot too! Thanks for sharing!

    2. I just made my first batch of "citrus vinegar" and it really does smell good! I used it to clean the bathroom and it seemed to do a great job, though I wouldn't recommend it for glass/windows since it streaks from the orange oils.

      Thanks for linking up at Thrifty Thursday!

  2. I have used vinegar with lavender but I believe I will like the citrus.


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