DIY Febreze? Yes, Please!

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Make Your House Smell Great For Less!

Air fresheners are not a necessity, not like food or toilet paper (or beer), but we spend billions of dollars on them every year. Clearly, we value a great-smelling home!

Turns out you can make your own spray freshener that will make your space smell amazing for much, much less.

How much less?

About 60 cents a bottle.

The Secret to a Scent-sational Home

There are diy air freshener recipes out there, but they often employ fabric softener, which will leave a residue. This one will not. The secret? Downy Unstopables.

If you’re not familiar with them, they’re little beads that boost the scent of your laundry. They are not fabric softeners, just fragrance, and so they don’t leave a waxy residue, and the scent is supposed to last on your clothing up to 12 weeks.

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Credit: Cincyshopper

This great idea is by Jen over at Cincyshopper.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Unstopables (she used the blue Fresh scent kind and that was probably a wise choice; reviews of Unstopables say these beads have a more potent and longer-lasting fragrance than the other varieties)
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • large bowl
  • whisk or spoon
  • funnel
  • empty spray bottle

Combine the beads and baking powder in the bowl. Pour in the boiling water. Stir and let sit for at least 30 minutes to dissolve fully, stirring occasionally. Using the funnel, pour the mixture into your spray bottle.

Bliss in a Bottle

You can use this spray on upholstery, carpeting, bedding and fabrics. And according to Jen, one spritz did the trick while she usually used two of Febreze, and her house smelled fantastic. (Read more about it at her blog.)

The folks at Downy describe the Fresh scent Unstopables as “bliss.” That may be overstating it a bit, but it does smell amazing. And if having a long-lasting fresh-smelling home doesn’t boost your mood, the savings in your wallet just might!

Jen got her Unstopables on sale and used a coupon as well, so she estimates her diy Febreze formula, as she calls it, cost her about 60 cents. Your cost may vary but it will definitely beat anything out there for price.

One more thing …

Many of you may already realize that diy Febreze is a slight stretch. : )

While this diy homemade air freshener will provide a fantastic scent thanks to the highly concentrated fragrance in the Unstopable beads (“nine times more perfume than liquids,” according to their website), it is different from the billion-dollar P&G brand. Febreze’s active ingredient does not simply mask odors with a pretty smell; its molecules trap odors, eliminating the stink altogether.

Nevertheless, this is a cost-effective way to add long-lasting freshness.

One other thing …

The Febreze story is actually quite fascinating. It almost never made it on the shelves! I read about it in the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which I highly recommend. This book explains the mechanisms behind why we do the things we do. If you’ve ever struggled with breaking a bad habit, like nail biting or overeating, or just want to create a good habit, like working out regularly or writing that book you’ve been meaning to do forever, this book can help. I loved it. These mechanisms of habit were behind the ad campaigns that saved Febreze from being scrapped. Check it out here.

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