How to Make Homemade Febreze to Freshen Your Home

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In this post, I’ll show you how to make homemade Febreze spray for spring freshness. The house is starting to smell a bit musty and stale, but it’s still too cold outside for me to open up all the windows and air out the rooms. 

How to Make Homemade Febreze to Freshen Your Home

How to Make Homemade Febreze

With company coming over for Easter, I want the house to smell fresh without using a room deodorizer with chemicals and artificial fragrances. David and his fiance have been spending the weekends with us, and the room needs some attention before they visit again. It’s very easy to freshen a room in general or things like your couch, throw pillows or curtains using this homemade air freshening spray.

essential oils in a tin

Can I make my own Febreze?

This homemade spray is very simple to make, and if you use essential oils regularly in your home, you probably have most of the ingredients you need on hand already. The type of essential oil you use is entirely up to you. If you’re looking for a fresh springtime scent, I’d recommend that you use a rose or lavender essential oil. Lemon, grapefruit or orange would give your home a fresh, clean scent. If you have an area with pets, you might want to try peppermint to discourage pests.

How do you make fabric spray with essential oils?

You could certainly use this homemade Febreze spray as a fabric spray. Just be sure to test it on the back of the fabric in a small, out of the way area. It should not stain your fabric but it is always best to test it first.

How to Make Homemade Febreze to Freshen Your Home

Most air freshening sprays use alcohol as the base with filtered water. We don’t purchase alcohol, and I don’t want it in the house. So, instead, I played around a bit with the original pin as part of our monthly remakes group to come up with a homemade Febreze that uses isopropyl alcohol instead, and it worked perfectly.

You may also want to learn how to make your own homemade fabric softener sheets.

Are there harmful chemicals in Febreze?

If you mean the one you buy in the store, yes. There are over 85 different chemicals in Febreze and several of them are on the known cancer-causing list. But, this recipe does not contain those types of ingredients.

flower and an essential oil bottle

Can Febreze kill bacteria? or Does Febreze kill mildew?

No, neither my recipe nor the one you buy in the store can kill bacteria or mildew. All it does is mask the odor in the air or on your fabric. This homemade Febreze with essential oils is a healthier way to mask the odors than a chemical spray.

Materials you’ll need to make homemade Febreze

So, this homemade Febreze recipe is super easy to make. All you need is a few basic ingredients to get started. While I like the scent of lavender, you can certainly use whatever scent of essential oil you like. Consider lemon, rose or even mint if you prefer.

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • Three teaspoons of isopropyl alcohol
  • 3 to 4 drops of essential oil of your choice

rose petals and a bottle

Directions to make homemade Febreze

  1. Mix and shake gently.
  2. Spray on an out of the way spot to test first.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in between uses.
  4. Use to freshen blankets, pillows, furniture, and drapes.

Scroll down to the end for a printable version of this easy recipe. You’ll always have it on hand when you need to make another batch. Or, pin this post on Pinterest so you can find it again.

Finally, here’s some information on how to spot fake essential oils. Make sure you’re buying real essential oils and not fake ones.

I’m part of a group of bloggers that remakes pins we find on Pinterest to make them our own. So, for more fun Pinterest Remakes projects, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:

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How to Make Homemade Febreze to Freshen Your Home

How to Make Homemade Febreze to Freshen Your Home

How to Make Homemade Febreze to Freshen Your Home

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Materials

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • Three teaspoons of isopropyl alcohol
  • 3 to 4 drops of essential oil of your choice

Tools

  • A spray bottle

Instructions

  1. Mix and shake gently.
  2. Spray on an out of the way spot to test first.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in between uses.
  4. Use to freshen blankets, pillows, furniture, and drapes.
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Comments

  1. I have made a similar air freshener with my essential oils but didn't know it can also be used as a homemade Febreze. That's so cool, I think I will mix up a new batch today. I love to use citrus scents, too. 
  2. Michele Brosius says
    I can't wait until I can get all the windows open. I have used essential oils for cleaning and diffusing, but never for a Febreze spray. Thanks for the idea, as soon as I get a few new spray bottles I will be mixing up a batch. Enjoy your family  time at Easter!
  3. Maryann D. says
    I love using essential oils but have never made a spray like this.  I would certainly like to try it.
  4. natasha lamoreux says
    LOve this! I will be trying this for sure. I love Febreze but it doesn't seem to last long enough and the price adds up. Thanks for sharing.
  5. I have been doing this with lavender and sweet orange, it is all I had available. I wonder what does the alcohol do, as I haven't had that in the mix. Once I tried white fir essential oil with water, and it clogged the nozzle so bad I could never get it unclogged. No problem with the other oils, though. I like to give a quick spray just about anywhere!
    • Ellen Christian says
      Hi, Rosie. The alcohol added to the spray will help the scent last longer. You don't have to use it if you don't have it though.
  6. Kimberly Flickinger says
    I love this , excellent idea, will try it for sure!!
  7. Great idea. I always have essential oils at home but never know it can be used as homemade spray. I tried this afternoon and love it. Thank you.

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