Make Homemade "Febreze"

Get out the funk with Instructabler killhannahfreak2's homemade Febreze recipe. Here's what you'll need to whip up a batch:    

  • an empty spray bottle
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of fabric softener

The how-to is pretty self-explanatory, but a link is always welcomed. 

Commenter nikholemarie offered up her recipe as well. Here it is:

  • 1/2 cup laundry detergent
  • 1/4 cup, 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups of water

She assures us they won't bleach out the fabrics onto which we spray it. 

If these two recipes don't strike your fancy, here's four more from TipNut:


Recipe #1

1 cup fabric softener
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water

Recipe #2

2 cups water
1 cup fabric softener

Recipe #3

3 cups water
3 TBS fabric softener
3 TBS rubbing alcohol

Recipe #4

2 cups water (warm)
1/4 cup fabric softener
1 TBS baking soda

If you want to skip the fabric softener and detergent, how about this one?


  • 50% inexpensive Vodka
  • 50% water


Funny how the one with booze seems like the most 'natural' of all of these. 


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aleia on Aug 28, 2013:

U should try with vineger really good

aleia on Aug 28, 2013:

This sounds like a good recipie to try for my hockey equipment and bag thanx for the help

Debbie on Jul 23, 2013:

I take a few capfuls of softner in a spray bottle...finish filling withwater. Mix well. Substitute for wrinkle free spray. Just spray on wrinkles....shake item a little and then hang. Sure has cut down on my ironing!

Barbara C. on Apr 24, 2013:

I have read on more than one venue that Tea Tree oil can be toxic to cats.

Allyson on Feb 05, 2013:

If your worried about it molding you could add a couple drops of Tea Tree Oil

Shavahn on Feb 04, 2013:

Are any of these Antimicrobial or would you know a recipe for antimicrobial?

Anonymous on Aug 27, 2012:

I use one half cup fabric softener the rest of the bottle water. This is my extra strength formula. I will never buy febreze again.

carla on Aug 25, 2012:


use distilled water... tap water will make it get moldy;

Ryan on Jul 31, 2012:

Not a good idea. Commercial versions have a precise amount of preservatives in that are active against most common contaminants; homemade versions will not. They WILL harbour potentially dangerous bacteria and fungus, and you'll be spraying this where you sleep and on your clothes? Worse is that you'd be making them airborne by spraying. This is of particular concern around the young, the old and anyone who is ill already. Make it by all means, but use it all In one go.

DIY Maven on Apr 05, 2012:

@klove--you could try keeping it in the refrigerator. 

klove on Apr 04, 2012:

i made mine with fabric softner, vinager & water. i made it 2 weeks ago & i was very happy with the results. now, it has became moldy. what should i do? any ideas or has this happened to anyone else? 


DIY Maven on Dec 30, 2011:


Angela on Dec 30, 2011:

baking powder or baking soda?

SheMac on Jul 28, 2011:

I used 1 capful of Downey (the cheapest) -- about 2 ounces -- with 1.5 cups water -- and it was TOO STRONG. So fill the spray bottle with water, and add the Downey slowly till you get a scent you like.

DIY Maven on Aug 17, 2010:

Amy, that recipe sounds fab! 

Amy on Aug 17, 2010:

I make linen water that I also use for a room freshener and deodorizer. This recipe makes one quart of linen water. Into a spray bottle place 30 oz. distilled water (be sure to use distilled water) 2 oz. vodka 5 drops essential oil of your preference. Shake vigorously to emulsify the oil. I like to use lavender and rosemary oils for linen water, just mist a couple of sprays on your pillow and sheets before climbing in bed. Lull-a-bye! No noxious chemicals, no wax residue on your stuff. :)

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