I don’t like cleaning. At all. Some day, when I can afford it, I will hire someone to clean for me. And I won’t be the person who cleans in advance because I’m embarrassed by how messy my house is. Nope. I will apologize profusely and give them a huge tip. 🙂 Now some people find cleaning to be very zen and relaxing. Not me. I spend hours making my place sparkle to turn around seconds later to find it a disaster. Did I mention I live alone? Well, I live with my cat, Max, but to be completely fair, he’s less of a slob than I am. Even though I may not enjoy cleaning, I do enjoy a clean home, especially a nice-smelling home.
We Are Nose-Blind to How Our Home Smells
Those Febreze commercials make me laugh, but there is also a lot of truth in them too. We do grow accustom (or nose-blind) to our own scent, if we’re being polite and stench, if we’re not. 😀 I don’t think I’m nose-blind to Max’s litter box odors, but other smells, like food, don’t always register until I leave my apartment for a long enough period to really get a good sniff when I come back. It’s one of the bad things about apartments, in particular. Odors just really seem to linger in the air.
Thus, I’ve become a big fan of Febreze. Overall, it does a good job of freshening up my place, but it seems like I go through a ton, because I do. Sometimes I might get a little giddy and spray like my Mama is coming to visit. 🙂 Seriously, though, I do go through an awful lot of Febreze. While I don’t have a problem spending money on a quality product, I’m always open to finding a cheaper alternative too.
I ain’t to proud to DIY, people.
Especially when it saves money for things that matter more to me and only takes 2 minutes to make. I can make this faster than I can drive to Target in LA traffic. Time is money too. And I’m also just really lazy.
Two DIY Febreze Recipes to Suit Your Needs
These recipes are so simple and effective. Both are very affordable with one being extremely low-cost but is not all-natural. If the reason you’re choosing to go DIY is to control the ingredients, then you’ll want to go with the second recipe.
DIY Febreze, Version 1
3 simple ingredients to make your own homemade Febreze for just a fraction of the cost.
- 1/8 cup fabric softener
- 2 Tablespoons baking soda
- Empty spray bottle (approximately 32 oz)
Insert a funnel into the top of your spray bottle. Pour fabric softener into the spray bottle, then add baking soda and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Put the cap back on and shake the bottle well.
DIY Febreze, Version 2
An all-natural homemade Febreze that will leave your home smelling great.
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of vodka
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
Insert a funnel into a small spray bottle, then pour in the water, vodka and essential oil. Put the cap or lid back on and shake the bottle well.
Febreze does not score high ratings in the Environmental Working Group’s Guide. Most of their products received a D or F. If that is a concern for you, then I would strongly recommend the vodka option because most fabric softeners do not score highly either, unless you use a high-rated natural fabric softener. Also don’t use top-shelf vodka, please. There is no need. The cheap stuff works just fine.
Just like Febreze, test first on an fabrics you are concerned about it leaving a stain. Do not use it on leather, suede or silk or fabrics that may water spot.
Clean-Smelling Home, Money Saved = Win-Win
I love that my home still smells fresh and clean, but I’m not forking out a small fortune every month to buy Febreze. Plus, when I use the vodka version (my preferred) I can also pick the scent. I like lavender, especially for the bedroom but jasmine (my favorite, overall scent) and citrus scents work great too.
Are you nose-blind to how your home smells? What do you do to deodorize it? Febreze, something DIY or something else entirely?