Cut the Chemicals. Ditch Febreze and Make Your Own Fabric Freshener!

essential oilSo, a lot of you know now that I am not a big fan of commercial cleaning products. I don’t like the idea of spraying chemicals all over my home, so I do what I can to avoid it. Of course, I do not clean EVERYTHING with salt and vinegar! Different jobs call for different types of cleaners. You know that I do my laundy with soap nuts. That’s because I don’t want my laundry to be swimming in chemcials. I don’t want to sit around in toxins. That is the same reasoning behind recently trying to find a natural fabric freshing spray.

Like most folks these days, I used to use Febreze. Well, that’s kind of a lie… I used the generic brand… LOL Anyway, I LOVE the way the stuff smells! I mean, I really love it… but at the same time, I know that it leaves residue on the couch, and I hate sitting on it, or letting the dog up on it. I’ve looked around for a couple of different recipes for an all natural and toxin free fabric spray, and have one that really works! In the end, you should try out the one with the scent you like best! DO invest in some nice, quality essential oils. Go to your local health food/organic food store and ask an employee which essential oils are most trusted. They may not be the most popular! When it comes to oils, quality means MUCH MORE than quantity/flashy packaging!

Homemade Fabric Refreshener

•16 ounce empty spray bottle
•Everclear, vodka, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
•4-6 drops essential oil

Add ½ cup 100 proof vodka to a 16 ounce spray bottle.

Add ½ teaspoon essential oil of choice (or a mixture of oils).

Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water. Shake and spray!!

You can use Everclear, vodka, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. The rubbing alcohol is my least favorite, but it works. If you choose to use rubbing alcohol, remember that it will leave a scent behind for a few minutes before dissipating. Do not use this spray around an open flame.

You can also put a little bit in a small, travel size pump bottle to freshen up your car or your cubicle!

Suggested Essential Oils:
Lavender – stress reduction
Cedar – a gentile woody smell to freshen up your closet and drawers and dissuade moths from making their homes in your wool sweaters. Ceder is also great for pet beds because fleas can’t stand the smell!
Mulberry – great around the holidays
Vanilla – great base scent if you plan to add another note.

If you are looking for some tips on how to select the highest quality essential oils for your home, please visit this article!


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