Febreze Fanatic!

By October 26, 2017Cleaning Tips

“Febreze Fanatic”! That’s how I would describe my wife. When they put Febreze on the market, it was like the sea parted. Her prayers had been answered. Now, my wife isn’t crazy (well, okay, debateable), she and I have 3 sons. That’s 4 guys under one roof, a dog, and her. And, I will admit us boys aren’t exactly odor free.

Forget it, WE STINK! Between all them playing sports and all their equipment and my bad cooking, us never hanging up the towels, cleaning up after ourselves…The list goes on. She had the bright idea of putting Febreze in every room. And she hides them. She’ll just walk in a room, pull out a bottle and SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY, then leave the room.

I hadn’t given this much thought at the time, but then I started finding these bottles everywhere. It was like finding all of Grandpa’s hidden gin bottles after he passed. So, now I’m wondering how much money do we spend on Febreze?

Target has it at 4.99 a bottle.

And I will absolutely state that I’m not putting down the product. It might be saving my marriage (kidding). I’m just stating that I did the math. There are a lot of rooms; the kids smell; how much are we spending on this every year?


Well, enough that I wanted a different solution, but I’d have to convince my wife because she will rebuttal. And I know where she will begin: How much do I spend on my digital cable football package on a flat screen that is unnecessarily too big for the family room? And then she will win.

So, I came up with a solution. I WILL FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT MYSELF! And it will be inexpensive and she will love it. And I know she can’t win then because I might be able to make homemade Febreze, but she can’t create The Packers play The Patriots on my tv. I win.

If it works. So, I did the research and there is a recipe that I experimented with and…


Here is the solution to making homemade Febreze. I call it “FANATIC”. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and fun to make.


#1  Empty Spray Bottle. I got it Walmart for 99¢.

#2  Three Tablespoons Of Fabric Softener. My house uses Downey, so I already had it.

#3 Three Cups Of Warm Water. Yes! Got that too.

#4 One Tablespoon Of Baking Soda. Had it in the fridge.

  • First, add 3 Tablespoons of Fabric Softener (favorite scent of Downy or other) to an empty spray bottle.
  • Then fill the spray bottle with 3 cups hot water.
  • Now add 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda.
  • Finally shake the bottle vigorously and spray on a test area to make sure it will not stain a particular area.

Febreze is still a great product. I just try to find ways to lower the cost of things. My football package doesn’t pay for itself. There it is. Hope this helps out if you in the same dilemma I was. Have fun!

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