May 21, 2013 by mamacravings
For a while, I have been wanting to try a DIY Febreeze recipe, but the only recipes I can find include store-bought fabric softener. Well, I ditched the store bought fabric softener for a homemade recipe.
Scouring the internet did not find a good alternative. That left me with a couple of options. 1.) I could buy store-bought fabric softener purposed only for the DIY Febreeze or 2.) I could use my homemade fabric softener.
While that sounds easy enough, my homemade fabric softener has vinegar in it. The heat of the dryer is what kills that unmistakable odor of vinegar. I was curious if I could make a DIY Febreeze with vinegar if the final product would be very…..pleasant.
Today the even bigger question to “Is it Worth it?” is “Are my fabrics going to smell overwhelmingly like a rancid Easter concoction?”
What you need
1. 3 tbsp of fabric softener (DIY recipe is here.)
2. 1 tbsp of baking soda
3. 2-3 cups of hot water
5. empty squirt bottle
What to do
This is a dump and stir situation.
1. Pour all ingredients into squirt bottle (adjust measurements as needed to fit your bottle).
2. Shake it. 🙂
Is it worth it?
I first tried this little recipe on a couple of my husband’s shirts. I have found that I have to remember to shake the bottle or a tad bit of that vinegar smelling residue will linger. I shake the bottle EVERY time I use it.
The scent of the DIY Febreeze is limited to the essential oils that you mix into it . I added lemon (a disinfectant and energy booster) and lavender (a calming relaxer). The DIY Febreeze had a very light and subtle scent. It’s nothing like the strength of the store-bought, but it definitely killed odors in the closet and on the couch and on the curtains….I may have become a little excited once I realized the vinegar wouldn’t be an issue.
Is it worth it? I say, “Yes!”. Not only is it cheaper, it’s the void of chemicals. And it does more than kill odors. With the vinegar, baking soda and essential oils, my Febreeze is killing germs and lifting moods all over our home.