Homemade Febreze-Go Green by Staying Cheap!




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I've seen this on the internet a few times, so I thought that I would bring it to the eyes of you fantastic readers at instructables.

Febreze- We all use it (I hope some of us do) to clean what we have dirtied, make that which is foul smell better, and generally add a hint of fragrance to our garments.

In this short but sweet instructable, I'll show you how to make your own Homemade Febreze with things you should already have in your home.

This is not my original idea. I see it on the internet a lot, but since it was not on instructables, I thought I'd share it with you here.

The motive behind making your own Febreze type smell good cleaners is that the cost of making it yourself is lower than the cost of most cleaners today. Cleaners are getting more expensive everyday, and by making your own, you can cut back on spending outrages amounts of money for a bottle of stuff that you can imitate with household ingredients. So when you make your own Febreze, you are saving money, which you can later invest in solar panels or other energy saving/producing devices.

UPDATE: I just found this instructable by Bigbadjohn81 on how to make Homemade Fabric Refresher. I usually search for instructables that I want to make to make sure that I do not repeat anything already made. I did not find his instructable while I was looking, and so it has been made. I'll leave it where it is for now.

UPDATED UPDATE: I found more instructables on Homemade Febreze earlier today that I didn't see before I made this. I don't know, maybe I looked to fast. I've also been getting comments pertaining to this instructable not being Green. I interpret Going Green as yes, saving the environment, AND saving yourself some dough at the same time. So by making your own Febreze for cheaper than you can buy it, I consider this to be green. Thanks!


Step 1: Some Notes and Recipes.

I've seen a couple of different recipes for making Homemade Febreze on the internet, and while I will be sharing all of those with you, I will only be demonstrating how to make the simplest one. Since simple=Fewer ingredients=cheaper=Greener!

Here are the varying recipes of Homemade Febreze that I have found, though for this instructable I will be showing how to make Recipe #5.

Recipe #1------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
1 cup fabric softener
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water

Recipe #2------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
2 cups water
1 cup fabric softener

Recipe #3------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
3 cups water
3 TBS fabric softener
3 TBS rubbing alcohol

Recipe #4------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
2 cups water (warm)
1/4 cup fabric softener
1 TBS baking soda

Recipe #5------------------------------Courtesy of Thriftyfun.com **
1 part water
3 parts fabric softener



The Recipes above are borrowed from TipNut.com and Thriftyfun.com. I do not claim making any of these, but I am posting them here for informational purposes only.

If you have concerns about flammability, unhealthiness, or other life/fabric threatening concern, check out the comments on the TipNut page that talk about this, instead of filling my comments with questions that, frankly, I wouldn't know how to answer.

Step 2: Homemade Febreze!

As I said in step 1, I will only be demonstrating Recipe #5, which is also found on step 1.

All of the recipes are to be executed in the same manner. They should all be added together and mixed in an empty spray bottle of your choice.

For Recipe #5, you will need:

The Fabric Softener of your Choice
An empty Spray Bottle

Check the ingredients on whatever you put in your Febreze concoction to make sure that what you're spraying around your house does not affect you in a negative way.

Fabric Softener is very common in homes, so the price of it is relatively low compared to buying Febreze, and water is practically going to cost you nothing. So most of the recipes that you can follow will cost you almost zilch because you should already have most of what is needed.

Step 3: Making Your Homemade Febreze

Get your empty spray bottle and wash it out. You don't want unknown liquids mixing with your new smell good juice do you?

After you've cleaned out your spray bottle, fill it 3/4 ways full with the fabric softener.

NOTE: I don't want my fabric softener to be quite that strong, so I'm only going to fill the spray bottle 1/4 way full with the fabric softener.

When you've poured the fabric softener into the spray bottle, the last thing to do is to top it off with water. The fabric softener to water ratio should be 25/75. Or in case of actually following the recipe, it would be 75/25.

Close up your spray bottle, shake the mixture up a bit, and you have your own Homemade Febreze!! Now go make your home smell better.

I tried my mixture of 25/75 softener to water, and it smells just like Febreze!

Hope you've enjoyed my instructable! Comments, ratings and VOTES are appreciated!

Stay green and make your own Febreze type concoctions, stay away from those price gouging super market retailers!!



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64 Discussions


3 years ago

Dear Wannabe-Green-Folk, it would seem that the one thing that no amount of Febreze could cover up is the terrified stench of your fear of any chemical whatsoever. Reading some of these posts is hilarious... the one-upmanship amongst environmentalists never ceases to amaze me. Luckily, I'm an excrement covered, drug-addled tramp so I'm not really that bothered about rank smells....but the reek of your smugness even overpowers my soiled underwear.

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6 years ago on Introduction

not green. sorry. fabric softener is not green. you are still purchasing icky chemicals from a big company that is killing our planet. it's awesome that you want to be diy and make stuff and i encourage you to keep going. it's also great that you want to be green!! let's stop buying things from proctor and gamble! A study found that fabric softeners often contain chemicals such as benzyl acetate, formaldehyde, camphor, chloroform, ethyl acetate, pentane, linalool and limonene. And, according to the Allergy and Environmental Health Association, both liquid and dryer sheet fabric softeners are “the most toxic product produced for daily household use.”
Try this instead! And keep making things at home!
Febreze Alternative 1
1 cup water
1 cup cheap vodka
20-40 drops essential oils (optional)
Febreze Alternative 2
1 cup water
2 tbsp baking soda / sodium bicarbonate
2 tbsp cheap vodka
10-20 drops essential oils (optional)
My Favorite Mix of Oils
15 drops Clary Sage
9 drops Lemon
6 drops Lavender
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake well and spray. So easy! You could even have different scents for different rooms or moods.

4 replies

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks for supplying a version that doesn't use fabric softener! I haven't used the stuff in years, and appreciate the input!

Mona LiesaWkimhmyers

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

You can use vegan, cruelty-free fabric softeners rather than some commercial brand. They smell amazing and are certainly greener. Please don't generalize.


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

This is trying to re-create the recipe of Febreeze. Febreeze is essentially watered down fabric softener, which is why it makes sense to use it in these recipes. The "go green" portion is simply 'use less plastic and throw-away items by making your own refills'. The definition is not the same as the hippy-style one you're using is all. Thanks for including the EO-alternative for people who don't use fabric softener though.


Reply 4 years ago

Thank you for this. I already make my own laundry detergent so I don't purchase fabric softener. I felt that "requiring" it in a recipe was taking a step back. These I am going to try. Thanks again.


3 years ago

link included in the first update is broken


3 years ago

I used some softener village drinking water & 2 tiny measured cupped hand Downy unstoppables in a spray bottles and made my homemade version of Febreze.


3 years ago

The ones that use vinegar still smell like vinegar after being sprayed. No thanks -_-


3 years ago

I would put this more at cheap or economical and less as green. I buy baking soda from Aldi (50 cents per box) and I am still using the same bottle of fabric softener me and my hubby got about 5 years ago, and I believe it cost us no more than 4 bucks. We got a free bottle of febreze from CVS ECB so we just use that to refill. I am sure you can go green with this but tbh, being poor, cheap is more important than being green to me.


3 years ago

Y'all making this too technical. Obviusly "greener" for the use of less bottles by reusing. No need to bring the "greener" label all the way back to where george washington peed and what he ate and what pesticides they used and how using water makes it not "green". Geez.

Mona LiesaW

3 years ago on Introduction

I use cruelty-free fabric softeners when I make this. Look for the bunny logos - the products are certainly greener and no animals were ever harmed in their creation when the bunny logo is visible.


3 years ago

As how I understand, like what it says in the title we can go green by staying cheap. So probably the point is we can save the environment by creating our own fabric freshener instead of patronizing the products in the market that uses plastics and more chemicals on their product. Doing our own stuff only costs us a bottle which we can use over and over, tap water, vinegar or baking soda and some garment conditioner compared to buying these products in the market which means another bottle in the trash, more chemicals and more spending..


Reply 4 years ago

The only thing green about this is the colour of the bottle.


Reply 4 years ago

Simply by using a bottle over and over you are helping the environment.

Gunk on Floorlawizeg

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

The cost of fabric softener, which most people already have, and water (costs relatively nothing) means that making your own Febreze is cheaper than buying it at the store. And spending less money in an already money hungry world that we live in, can help you save what you have and be green! Hope I've answered your question!