Screen-Shot-2013-03-08-at-3.53.16-PMI like to use Febreze on almost everything in my house — the couch, my husband’s shoes, the cat’s bed, our blankets — you name it, I’ve probably sprayed Febreze on it. But Febreze costs about $5 at my local grocery store. That’s each bottle – no joke! I’m frugal (my husband calls it being a cheapskate) and I refuse to pay that much for something I can make at home for 15 cents. Fortunately, I discovered a variety of recipes that de-wrinkle and tackle odors just as well as the store-bought stuff.

Recipe #1:

1. Insert a funnel into the top of a 32 oz. spray bottle (I just use an old Febreze spray bottle).

2. Pour 1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener into your spray bottle. I prefer Downy, but you can even use the cheap dollar store stuff if you are feeling especially frugal (or cheapskatey).

3. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottle.

4. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

5. Replace the cap and shake the bottle well.

Recipe #2:

1. Fill a spray bottle with hot water. Leave an inch or so clearance at the top to allow room for the rest of the ingredients.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.

3. Pour in 2 tablespoons of Purex crystals.

4. Cap the bottle and shake it up until the crystals dissolve. Because this took a little while, I had my daughter get into the action. She bonked herself on the head a few times but managed to have fun anyway.

Recipe #3:

1. Using a funnel, pour 2 tablespoons of fabric softener into the bottle.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (which is super-cheap at almost every grocery store).

3. Remove the funnel and add six to ten drops of your favorite extract (like almond or vanilla extract) or an essential oil. I love the smell of lavender, so I use the lavender essential oils that only cost $5 at my local Walmart.

4. Fill the rest of your bottle with water.

5. Shake until well combined.

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37 thoughts on “3 Ways to Make Homemade Febreze”

  1. Sarah says:

    Thanks for this! I use Febreze everywhere too and this saved me a bundle =D

  2. kohl says:

    I dont have any oils or anything so I took my water and a bunch of fresh mint from the garden and boiled it down.

  3. Amanda says:

    Recipe #1 worked great! I think I’m done buying Febreeze.

    • Cassell says:

      Remember the point of febreeze is to eliminate odors not just good smell this is what the baking soda is doing but I would suggest oils for all those concerns about our environment or all natural softener.

  4. Carol says:

    What purpose does the baking soda serve?


    • Baking soda pulls odors out

      • Carol says:

        I tried recipe #1, and it works like a charm. I actually used Downey Unsented fabric softener with the baking soda and water and put it in a spray bottle. I put it on a blanket that a dog peed on, and it not only made it not stink, but it made it soft too. It worked very well until I was able to wash the blanket.

  5. larkin says:

    this is a really great ideal!!

  6. Fanny says:

    Thank you. This will be useful :)

  7. martin says:

    brilliant thank you saved me a fortune lol

  8. Peach says:

    Have made number three, and although it smells wonderfully for the first five minutes or so, it doesn’t last long and any odors returned pretty quickly.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just made some with recipe #2 but used Gain Moonlight Breeze scented crystals.  Smells awesome!!!

  10. MrsA says:
    would the chemicals in the fabric softener effect what you spray? Or is
    it diluted enough that it shouldn’t matter. I’ve heard that when the
    lint catchers on your dryer catch fire, it’s actually because of the
    liquid fabric softener that builds up on it.
  11. Melissa Davis says:

    Soooo ready to try this and save some monnnayyyy!   Lol. ((:

  12. Melissa Davis says:

    Soooo ready to try this and save some monnnayyyy!   Lol. ((:

  13. Melissa Davis says:

    Gonna try it today! Yah!!!!

  14. Melissa Davis says:

    Gonna try it today! Yah!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Soooo ready to try this and save some monnnayyyy!   Lol. ((:

  16. Anonymous says:

    Gonna try it today! Yah!!!!

  17. Just remember that fake smells are probably the most toxic things you can have in your environment. I prefer to use essential oils. Much cleaner – it’s the real thing!

  18. Elizabeth Quiroz says:

    Wouldn’t the fabric softener cause buildup on the upholstery?

    • Mary says:

      This is exactly what I was thinking. I don’t use Febreeze, tried it once, it was like spraying perfume everywhere. I opened this post to see what is an alternative, I think I’ll stick to opening a window even in the winter for 2 mins or so and all is good.

  19. courtney hennagir says:

    awesome! can’t wait to experiment a little with different scents. thanks!

  20. Joyce Godsey says:

    remember this is NOT febreze…not anything like it. you are adding perfumes and other surfactant chemicals from the fabric softeners to your universe. the active ingredient in Febreze is Hydroxypropyl beta-cyclodextrin – cyclodextrins are starches and they are ph neutral the rest of it is Ethyl alcohol which is effectively harmless.

  21. Lea says:

    I dillute the Palmolive Fabuloso in lavendar with water and spray away couch and floors and open windows for a fresh scent!

  22. Chris Depick says:

    Do you think that instead of using essential oils I could pour in some of my old Drakkar Noir ? Ive got about 10 half -used bottles from 1985. :)

  23. Use eucalyptus oil if your house is fighting colds!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Love it! I had no idea you could mix up homemade Febreze so easy. I want to try the recipes above and a few twists with other stuff too! Any idea if the rubbing alcohol would be a problem to use on fabrics? I don’t think so but wanted to see what anyone else’s experience might be. Thanks.

  25. Thanx for this great idea! Can’t wait to try!

  26. Guest says:

    I use an old febreeze bottle as well and fill it with water & put about 30-40 drops of essential oil in it and mix… we are trying to cut out as much of those harsh chemicals as possible here at home, especially on things that touch our skin or our pet’s skin.. these are all good ideas but just a heads up that usually just essential oil (diluted in water) will make an awesome smelling spray! :o)

  27. Awesome! I really had no idea that you could make that so easily. I’m gonna try out all three recipes asap. Thanks!

    • shannon says:

      I used recipe #3 and added 1 tbsp of baking soda also. Hot water then baking soda, let dissolve, shake, then add fabric softner, vinegar, and oil. This way the baking soda doesn’t foam up. I love it. I used cinnamon oil, created just a little scent that lasted.