I love using Febreze in my house to eliminate odors. I love the smell and how quickly it works. I use it a lot, and when I realized that, I wondered what chemicals I was adding to the air in my home. I did some research on the product and this post was instrumental in motivating me to do something different.
I experiemented with a couple of different homemade versions, one with vinegar that didn't leave a super pleasant smell, and one that uses hair conditioner, which is also full of chemical. I settled on this recipe, which I believe is effective at removing odors.
1 c distilled water
1 c rubbing alcohol
10 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
1 T baking soda
Place the baking soda in a 4 cup measuring cup. Add oils, mix together well. Add rubbing alcohol and then water, mixing well. Pour into a reusable spray bottle. Label appropriately.
I have sprayed this on the bottom of my sofa cushions and have seen no discoloration using this product. I highly recommend that you do that as well.
I have heard you can replace the rubbing alcohol with cheap vodka. I haven't tried this.
I like this product because it is effective and a lot cheaper, and green if you reuse a plastic spray bottle.
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