Aaron Bostrom | 

3 Ways to Make Homemade Febreze

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I 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.

How to Make Homemade Febreze

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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