I spray Febreze on nearly everything. I love the stuff and use it on my couch, my husband’s shoes, my dog’s bed, car seats…I can go on and on. I hate that it costs $5 for a bottle, though. Luckily, I found three recipes that de-wrinkle and tackle odors just as well as the store-bought stuff—and the recipe only costs about 15 cents to make!

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 the 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.

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Recipe #3

1. Using a funnel, pour 2 tablespoons of fabric softener into a 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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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Own Febreze