DIY Home: Make Febreze Spray with Three Ingredients
My house smells like cats.
They're not mine, they're my brother's. They're relatively nice little felines, but I really prefer the smell of fresh laundry to catbox and fur.
However, there's one little problem. I HATE going shopping. Maybe that's weird for a female, but the store is really my least favorite place. Traffic, spending money, people, lines, etc. So whereas the normal person might just go out and buy air freshener, I'd rather sit at home and make it with things I already have.
As I write, I'm sitting in an immaculate laundry-smelling paradise. And it was so, so easy.
Brace yourself for this incredibly simple ingredient list:
3 cups water
1/2 cup fabric softener
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
So depending on the size of your spray bottle, these measurements may change. They really do not need to be exact either - I do this thing when I'm mixing called "not-giving-a-crap-and-pouring-approximate-amounts."
I used an old Windex bottle for my spray bottle, and Downy (it really smells the best) fabric softener.
The whole thing about baking soda is that it has these awesome deodorizing properties. Some people put it in their fridge to remove the nasty smells of food mixing together, or in their shoes to get rid of foot stank. So adding the baking soda to your mix ensures that you're not just covering up bad smells, but removing them altogether. Like that old Febreze commercial!
This is so simple.
Heat up the water. I put mine in the microwave for three minutes. Then, pour it into your spray bottle.
Next, pour in your fabric softener. You'll see little bits floating around in the mixture; this is just the waxy lubricants in fabric softener that coat fabrics, thus making them feel softer. Just shake up your mixture until they dissolve.
After that, add the baking soda. Leave the cap off of the mixture and gently swirl it while the baking soda dissolves. It'll start to bubble a little.
Cap it, and spray away! Your mixing abilities have reached sorcerer-level.
A 51 oz bottle of Downy fabric softener is less than $5. A 16 oz box of baking soda is $0.89.
1/2 cups = 4 fl oz
1 1/2 tsp = .25 oz
That means you're using $0.39 worth of fabric softener and $0.01 worth of baking soda to complete this project... Even if you don't have a spray bottle to reuse at home, picking one up from the Dollar Store means you saved about $3.50. THINK OF ALL THE GUMBALLS YOU COULD BUY WITH THAT MONEY.
Things to Remember
Try to limit this spray to fabrics... The waxy stuff could make surfaces slippery.
Also, spray at least a foot away from your target. Be wary of plain black fabrics - although I didn't have any issues with it, some have reported seeing waxy flecks after spraying. If you mix well enough, this hopefully won't be an issue.
Go on and de-cat the house! And if you're interested in more DIYs, you can check out some of my other articles here: