Introduction – How To Make A Homemade Febreze With Essential Oils
One of the ways to get to zero-waste is to make your cleaning solutions because you avoid the brand premium and avoid buying packaging that ends up quickly in a landfill. One example is odor remover sprays. Febreze is an amazing commercial product which is used as a household odor eliminator. Making your own substitute would fulfill the goals of zero-waste. It is often used to remove smells from clothing, upholstery, and carpets. We don’t know what are the secret ingredients of Febreze because that would be a trade secret. However, we can propose homemade recipes to make similar, odor-removing sprays. We can also add to it for example essential oils that give it extra qualities. Read on to see how to make febreeze by yourself.
Can You Make Febreze-Like Spray?
In this post about how to make febreeze, we will only make an approximation of the odor remover. The easiest way to do this is by using baking soda and water. However, there are many other recipes that you can try out as well. Make sure to use only natural ingredients so that you don’t have any harmful chemicals or toxins inside of your home. You can also find some really great recipes online (such as below) if you want more options for making your own febreze formula with essential oils!
Intro To Laundry Beads
One of the ingredients we really like and will introduce below is making Febreze with laundry beads is easy to do. You can use these dryer balls in your homemade air fresheners to get the same clean smell as you would from a store-bought product.
Laundry beads are made from natural materials such as lavender, eucalyptus or lemon oil and are shaped like little balls so that they bounce around in your clothes dryer when you run it on high heat. The movement of the laundry beads helps to fluff up fabric fibers and remove wrinkles at the same time (so there’s no need for an ironing board!). The oils released by these little balls also act as air fresheners which makes them ideal for making homemade febreze because they will release their scent into any room where you put them!
Ingredients For DIY Febreze Recipe
In order to make your homemade Febreze, we suggest the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of hot water
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda in baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- 1/4 cup laundry beads (e.g. Downy Unstopables; optional)
Laundry beads are small, round beads that are used in laundry machines to help clean clothes. The beads are added to the machine along with the clothes and detergent. The beads dissolve and help to agitate the clothes and remove dirt and stains. In our case we’ll add them to the spray to improve the scent.
Directions To Make Homemade Febreze
Assemble and then mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray the mixture on your fabrics, let sit for 15 minutes.
How To Make Febreze With Essential Oils
To add more depth to the scene consider mixing in 5 drops of essential oils that smell good. I used peppermint, lavender or lemongrass but you can also use tea tree oil or grapefruit oil if you want to add a fresh scent to your home. You can also leave out the essential oils altogether if you don’t have any and just use plain baking soda!
It doesn’t have to be exact – for example 10 drops would be ok, just eye-ball it. Shake well before each use. Now that your homemade febreze is ready for action, all you have to do is spray down your furniture or carpet and let sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming up any residue left behind by baking soda (an important step).
Why Put Baking Soda In Homemade Febreze
Baking soda is a natural odor remover, meaning that it absorbs odors. This means that if you have an area in your home with a persistent odor (like the cat litter box) you can sprinkle some baking soda over it, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then vacuum up the baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the smell of the cat litter box and leave behind a fresh scent. In addition to absorbing bad smells, baking soda also adds its own fresh scent to any room.
Baking soda freshens up your air because of its ability to absorb odors from around your house or apartment.
Benefits of Homemade Febreze
Now that you know how to make febreeze – let’s talk about the benefits.
First, it’s a bit cheaper. With this method, you can make your own cleaning products with essential oils and they last longer than store-bought options. You can control the ingredients and customize them to suit your needs and scent preferences (for example, I like mine to be fairly strong).
Second, making your own cleaning products is eco-friendly because you won’t be throwing away plastic bottles or containers anymore. This fits in with the “zero-waste” philosophy and reduces consumption, production, and carbon emissions all in one-go. Plus, since you’re customizing them yourself from scratch… they’ll smell as good as you want.
Third and finally, it’s not difficult. You’ll need the ingredients, water, an empty spray bottle from around the house (like an old hairspray bottle). All told? This project will only take about 15 minutes of work on top of two tablespoons worth of ingredients for each batch (and about 5 minutes for each spray).
You might decide that making your own spray isn’t for you. Well there are other ways to remove odors. For example you could try an air freshener. If you’re looking for an air freshener, there are many options that don’t need to be plugged in. These are called “air fresheners,” and they come in the form of scented beads or sprays. You can purchase them at any grocery store or drugstore, but they may only last a few days before needing to be replaced.
You could also try a more sophisticated air purifier. The main difference between air fresheners and air purifiers is that air purifiers filter out particles like dust and bacteria from the air you breathe while air fresheners simply mask odors with a fragrance.
Conclusion – How To Make Febreze
Make your own febreze with essential oils, baking soda and air freshener. It’s easy, cheap and it works. Now you can make your home smell fresh with just a few ingredients found at most grocery stores.