Natural Febreze Recipe

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Replace those expensive, toxic air freshener sprays with this natural Febreze recipe. It's easy to make with 3 simple ingredients, and you can customize the scent any way you like.

blue spray bottle in front of flowers

When I see the junk that advertisers try to pass off on us as "pure" or "natural," I have a fit. Since those terms are not regulated, any manufacturer can slap those words on a package and fool the public into thinking a product is safe.

For example, let's look at the popular air freshener Febreze. You can spray it in your house, light candles with Febreze scents, even put little Febreze scent "gems" in your car.

Here's why you don't want to use any of those products...

Toxins in Febreze

Have you seen the latest batch of Febreze air freshener ads? Their slogan is "breathe happy." Unfortunately, breathing in these toxic chemicals does not make me happy:


And this is only a partial list--read more at Environmental Working Group (EWG).

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Deception in Labeling

"But wait!" you say. "The ingredient list on the bottle says, 'Contains water, alcohol, odor eliminator derived from corn, fragrance.' Why aren’t all those chemicals listed?"

For one single reason--they don't have to be.

Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients of household cleaners. This is ostensibly to protect their formulations (I find that odd because bread has all the ingredients listed and there's no lack of healthy competition there...but I digress).

Besides sounding horrible, why are these ingredients harmful? EWG explains: "Ingredients commonly used in fragrances in air fresheners include phthalates, which make fragrances last longer and are linked to male reproductive system birth defects and hormone disruption, and synthetic musks, which are linked to allergies and hormone disruption."

There's no way I'm letting those chemicals anywhere near my family!

It's easy to make your own natural Febreze, and you won't have to worry about toxic chemical residue on the baby's crib--on the dog's chew toys--on anything at all.

blue spray bottle on white table

Natural Febreze Recipe


16 oz. glass or plastic spray bottle (I like these)

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 cups distilled water

10 drops essential oil (a single scent, or a mixture. Imagine the possibilities!)


Measure the baking soda into a bowl and add the essential oil(s) on top.

Using a fork, mix the oil into the baking soda. This will help keep the oil suspended in the water.

Put the baking soda/oil mixture into the spray bottle (a funnel helps) and top off with the distilled water. Label your bottle, shake before use, and breathe happy--and safely.

Natural Febreze Scent Ideas

Here are a few of my favorite scent combinations using essential oils.

For even more ideas, check out my book of diffuser recipes--all of the oil combinations in the book can be used to make DIY Natural Febreze.

Wake Me Up

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Hawaiian Sun

5 drops Wild Orange essential oil

3 drops Ginger essential oil

3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

Odor Control

8 drops Purify essential oil blend

2 drops Lavender essential oil

Blue Moon

4 drops Bergamot essential oil

4 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Rosemary essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

Fresh and Fruity

4 drops Lemongrass essential oil

3 drops Wild Orange essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

blue glass spray bottle, two essential oil bottles, rose

Natural Febreze Recipe

Yield: 16 oz.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Estimated Cost: $2

Replace those expensive, toxic air freshener sprays with this natural Febreze recipe. It's easy to make with 3 simple ingredients, and you can customize the scent any way you like.


  • 16 oz. glass spray bottle
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 10 drops essential oil


    1. Measure the baking soda into a bowl and add the essential oil(s) on top.
    2. Using a fork, mix the oil into the baking soda. This will help keep the oil suspended in the water.
    3. Put the baking soda/oil mixture into the spray bottle (a funnel helps) and top off with the distilled water.
    4. Label your bottle, shake before use, and breathe happy--and safely.


DIY Natural Febreze Scent Recipes

Wake Me Up

5 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Hawaiian Sun

5 drops Wild Orange essential oil

3 drops Ginger essential oil

3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

Icy Orange

3 drops On Guard essential oil blend

3 drops Peppermint essential oil

3 drops Wild Orange essential oil

Odor Control

8 drops Purify essential oil blend

2 drops Lavender essential oil

Blue Moon

4 drops Bergamot essential oil

4 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Rosemary essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

Fresh and Fruity

4 drops Lemongrass essential oil

3 drops Wild Orange essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

P.S. Don't throw that bottle of Febreze away. It is hazardous waste (isn't that scary?) and must be disposed of at a licensed facility. Find one near you at Earth911.

spray bottle, essential oil bottles, and rose

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  1. Trieste on March 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    You shouldn’t put essential oils in plastic also the bottle should be dark.

  2. Jason on January 7, 2020 at 7:58 am

    You need to be very careful about spraying essential oils on surfaces that pets might lick or sleep on. Many essential oils are toxic to both cats and dogs, both when ingested and via skin contact.

    • Christina Atola on March 26, 2020 at 4:50 am


      Never, ever use essential oils in a household with pets without consulting your vet first! You can end up with ridiculously high vet bills, or a dead pet, if you’re not careful and don’t do your homework.

  3. Fay on December 11, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Febreze is not toxic. .. wth check your facts.

  4. Stump Grinding Bloomington on June 21, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Oh geez, you’re right. You can never truly trust the “all natural” promise of some products. Better DIY to be sure. So grateful I stumbled on this post. Will totally make this over the weekend. Need me some natural air freshener. 🙂

  5. Carmel Landscape Services on June 21, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I’ve always wondered what comes with Febreze’s anti-odor promises. Scary – those chemicals are something else. Thanks for this affordable and safe alternative. Does the effect last long? Would love to know. Thanks. 🙂

  6. Sandra on September 4, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I do not have DoTerra eo’s. What can I use in the place of On Guard, Purify, Balance, etc in your recipes?

  7. eli on August 2, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    you can use alum that is in natural deoderants… you know the rock ones that you have to wet and wipe over the pits… it is alluminum so people may not like it as it is a metal salt, but it kills odor unbelievably. and i think its a larger molecule and less likely to invade your body through the skin than the man mad eversions of alluminim salts used in deoderants etc. unfortuantly its hard to get but some asian stores have it as food grad ebecause its used in some food related things. it is amazing. you can wipe it on a stinky pit and bam… or spray it on a smelly sock……. bam… it must be a bit chemically bad if it is that magic though? damn why cant something be good and not have a huge dangerous downside too?

  8. The Mama H on July 28, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    This is so great! Definitely trying it out.

  9. MamaT on June 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I have tried this multiple times with multiple essential oils and although it smells refreshing for the first few hours, maybe a day. The does not actually get rid of odors. I also found the essential oils get a strange smell after a while like a rancid smell. I’ve used doTerra Purify, lavender, wild orange…. but I haven’t found that this removes the odors from fabric couches, fabric cubes, fabric mattress or carpets. Help?!

    • Pam on June 20, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hmmm…that is unusual! You might try dusting those items with baking soda, letting it sit for a while, and then vacuuming it up.

  10. Barb on October 11, 2015 at 5:13 am

    All essential oils have an odor. All odors affect my breathing. I like odor free Febreeze just fine. And it smells like isopropyl alcohol just like the doctor cleans your skin with before an injection. Isopropyl alcohol is in the list of ingredients. You are all a bunch of nuts afraid of every little thing.

  11. Marilyn (in Ohio) on September 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I like the label!!!! Homemade??

  12. Jane Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

    How did you find out the ingredients to Febreze? Could you find out what is in KOE? Kennel Odor Eliminator. It is used for dog kennels, and people use it to clean floors after doggie accidents. Some people like the fragrance so well they even use it to wash their clothes. According to the propaganda of the manufacturer, KOE is harmless. Just ingredients made from plants, and essential oils. But one day a fly got in my house and I couldn’t get it with a swatter. I had some KOE mixed up in a spary bottle so I aimed it and hit the fly with the spray. What happened next shocked me. The fly that had peacefully been sitting on the window screen immediately dropped. Then it started walking frantically and the more it walked the more it wobbled. Then it went into convulsions and died. I tried the spray on other flies. Same result, although they didn’t always have convulsions before dying. The process took only seconds. So I email the manufacturer. He claimed oh the fly drowned. Don’t think so. He totally refused to tell me what was in KOE. Is there anyway to find out? This is truly scary. People are using this, they can get it on their arms, they can breathe the spray. People have a right to know if it is harmful to themselves, to their pets.

    • Pam on July 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Jane, I found the ingredients on Environmental Working Group’s website: I couldn’t find anything there about KOE, but you could email them and see if they have info.

  13. Robin D. on January 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    1-25-15 I made this today and it worked great. A neighbors dog had overwhelming perfume on it and it made my jacket smell after picking the little dog up. I made some with lavender and sprayed it on my jacket. Took the smell out with a fresh lavender smell. The link to the disposal of the old frebreze bottle is not there. So question….where to recycle your old bottle WITH some left in it?

  14. Uriah on November 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This works great. Ty so much, will share with friends and family.

  15. Dollie Johns on October 9, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Can u use vanilla extract instead of EO? I want to mixed a batch up using rubbing alcohol, distilled water and extract if possible cause want to use what I have on hand right now.

  16. Jackie on September 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Love this! Thanks so much for sharing- I’ve been trying to use more natural cleaning products in my house (particularly with a dog), and I just came across this and tried it out myself last night- I did notice a baking soda residue on some nearby things that I sparyed (not fabrics or the carpet themselves, but a mirror that was near where I was spraying). I think next time I will just use less baking soda.

    I am curious; why do you recommend distilled water? (I just used tap water as I had no distilled water on hand).

    • Pam on October 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Good question! I use distilled water because it doesn’t contain the bacteria that is in tap water. Tap water can turn your air freshener into a stinky, slimy mess if you let it sit for a long time.

  17. stef on September 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Hi there! Have you used this on carpet or furniture? Or will it leave a stain?

    • Pam on September 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      No staining–but if you spray it heavily on an object, you could theoretically see baking soda residue. I haven’t noticed it myself, though.

  18. Brenda Carucci on September 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Why do u not recommend making it in a non plastic bottle

  19. Chaz on August 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Vinegar in a spray bottle works great and the vinegar smell goes away quickly…

  20. Kelly on July 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I just found your post on pinterest. I can’t wait to try your ideas. My only question, and I mean no disrespect. How do you know that febreeze can not be normally recycled? I have not purchased febreeze in some time but I never remember seeing a hazardous waste symbol on it.

    • Pam on July 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks for visiting! The Material Safety Data Sheet for Febreze ( says this: “Waste Disposal Method. Slowly flush down sewer with excess water or dispose as liquid scrap. Disposal is to be performed in compliance with all Federal, State or Provinical and local regulations. Discard empty container in trash. Do not landfill liquids.” Which means that you could pour it down the drain, but who knows if they can get all those chemicals out when they treat the water (ick).

      • Michelle on December 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Thank you for sharing that. I was reading all these comments and thinking how absurd it is to think we have to dispose of Febreeze as hazardous waste. I didn’t think that could possibly be true and would like to know why anyone really thought this was the case. Seriously.

  21. manwai on June 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Hi, we have just moved into a new house and there is a room they us to smoke in, i have painted the walls, vacuumed and washed the carpets, we have got air fresheners all over the place, got all the windows open and cups of vinegar in the room but the smell just won’t go away. i will try this but do you have any other things i can try. thank you.

    • Terri on November 24, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Did you ever get rid of the smell? If not, you need to tear up the carpets, smoke gets in them and can’t be removed easily, if at all

  22. Stephanie on February 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I used to use febreeze! I figured out it was causing my dog to have seizures. Since I have started using all natural cleaners, she has not had one. I feel awful but am so glad I know this! Yay, thanks for this recipe!

  23. Helen - myliladventures on December 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I love this idea until I read about the residue left on floors from the baking soda. I think I’ll be looking for the rubbing alcohol/vodka version to try in my home instead. But your recipe with the baking soda must be great in a room with a carpet – no need to sprinkle any on before vacuuming 🙂 Thank you!

  24. What a great blog you have!

  25. on October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    help guys, i did this but none of the spray bottles work for me, i think it’s the baking soda that cannot pass through the little pray nozzle, did anyone try this?

    • tartytez on November 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      yes this doesn’t work with many spray bottles, the one I used had a large hose and nozzle and still got clogged.
      The times I did use it, it left white residue on everything….I tried hot water and tons of shaking and other tricks to lessen the residue but the baking soda isn’t a great ingredient for this type of use.
      Try rubbing alcohol or vodka instead of baking soda.

  26. susan on October 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I never liked that febreze stuff anyway…..or any of those overwhelming sprays. Thanks for this

  27. Eric truth on September 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Fabreeze is not toxic. Just stop it.

    • Renegade on November 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Read the label if you think it is not toxic Eric !!!! And they test on animals!!!! I love the fact that there are healthy and safe alternatives!!!!!

      • TRUDIE B on January 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        When they first came out with Febreeze, there were reports of dogs dying after their owners sprayed their dog beds with the stuff. I have to admit I liked the stuff (but mainly the non-scented one), but reading the list of ingredients gave me pause. Then there’s the fact the company doesn’t think you need to know what’s in the product ????? Label says, water, fragrance and one or two other ingredients… In actuality, there of several unpronounceable chemicals in there. THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT. Hmmm… Maybe when I bought the non-scented one, I was purchasing a spray bottle of H2O???

        Anyway, gonna make some non-toxic Breeze, and see how it goes.

  28. Joan on September 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I have an older cat who leaks urine throughout the house. What would be better to eliminate this odor without leaving a residue – ammonia or vinegar? I read someone’s post about citrus vinegar but have not heard of this. Would I mix EO with the citrus vinegar?

    Thank you.

    • Chaz on August 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Definitely not ammonia! Not safe around pets!

    • TRUDIE B on January 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      For “Leaky Cats”, try Natures Miracle from the pet supply store. (no I’m not affiliated with them in any way, but probably should buy stock in the company, as much as I advise pet owners to use the stuff!). You pour some on the accident, then wait for the enzymes to WORK; avoid temptation to wipe up immediately, it could take 24 hours. Of course first you clean up the “gross soil”, as they say, then apply the Natures Miracle enzyme stuff. It works fantastic. Also good if you own a baby, or with elderly folks who also have their share of accidents (also your home doesn’t need to smell like hospital disinfectant).

      As Chaz said, ammonia smells to cats like urine does, so it more or less is an invitation to return and do it again.

      Sorry off-topic, but just wanted to put my 2¢ in as I’ve had the Elderly Leaky Cat experience myself. I truly do intend to try my hand at the DIY Febreeze, and now that I’ve read the list of ingredients, I’m even more determined. THANKS Brown Thumb Mama!

  29. Brandy Richmond on September 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I just found your site and this recipe! I love how simple and easy it is. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much! Peace


  30. Margaret Orr on September 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    While I admire, and use many of your recipes and love them, would the baking soda not stain curtains or the like?…many thanx for past tips etc.

  31. mattie on August 12, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I am wondering if anyone has found a natural aerosol type bottle? I’ve done air fresher in a spray bottle, but I like how the aerosol sprays. Is there a healthy alternative?

    • Steph on December 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

      I wonder if an oil spritzer would work? Like one you use in the kitchen.

  32. Tommy on July 30, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Great recipe. But the article is a bit inflammatory in its listing of limonene, geraniol, and linalool as “toxic chemicals”. They are natural components of essential oils, and in appropriate quantities and applications, have aromatherapeutic value.
    Otherwise, I appreciate the recipe as an alternative to a mainstream product. 🙂

    • Pam Farley on July 30, 2013 at 2:54 am

      You’re correct, Tommy, as Bess was above. The ingredient list is only a partial one, so I’ve removed those items and left in only the worst offenders.

  33. Bess on July 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    If you google many of the ingredients in Febreeze, you’ll see that they are the chemical names of compounds derived from plants. Geraniol, for example, is an alcohol found in many essential oils. While it’s always nice to make your own products, this scientifically illiterate fear-mongering over chemicals is wrong-headed. Also, many of the natural alcohols found in Febreeze are what makes it a hazardous waste, not because it’s necessarily toxic. Turpentine, which is derived from pine trees, is an effective solvent is also highly flammable and, so, is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of carefully.

  34. Angela Hopkins on May 2, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Recently found your site and made a batch of this w/ Jasmine oil. My house and furniture smells amazing. No more dog or stuffy house smell. My nose thanks you for posting. I love the smell of febreze, but my allergies hate it. Since I like the scent so much and your baking soda suggestion, I took canning jars, poked holes in the lids and filled with small amount of baking soda and jasmine essential oil and have been using as air freshener in couple rooms. Goodbye expensive store bought products!

  35. Anonymous on March 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Of course if you use Chamomile essential oil, you’ll just be adding the hexyl cinnama right back into it.

    Many of these harmful chemicals listed are naturally produced.

    On the other hand, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a chemical compound that is made, and the making of it usually involves Ammonia.

    While baking soda is used for a lot of helpful things, it can also have really bad side effects, just like some of these other chemicals.

    I think this article is great to help people save money and reduce some of the bad chemicals in their house, but I also think that people need to research products and not just see a big scientific name and worry, and also check out common products (baking soda) to learn what is going into it! [:

    • Ana on July 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Shh don’t scare the science illiterates!

  36. Nicole on March 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Just hopped over from Eat Make Grow. I have used baking soda mixed with an essential oil as a carpet refresher (sprinkle all over and let sit a little while, then vacuum) but never thought to add water and make it a spray. Brilliant!

  37. Brenda on March 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    And I thought formaldehyde was all we had to be concerned about in commercial room sprays…. Thank you for sharing this valuable information! On the blog of an essential oils consultant [ ], I read that EOs can leach petro chemicals out of plastic, so we should use glass or stainless steel bottles, and then too, I guess we should remove the sprayer from the bottle after each use, since the tube is usually plastic. Does that make sense to you?

    • Brown Thumb Mama on March 6, 2013 at 5:07 am

      Thanks for the link! Those fragrance combinations sound lovely.

      I don’t have any information on essential oils and plastic, so I’ll have to do some research. However, with just 10 drops of oil in 2 cups of water, I wouldn’t think the concentration would be strong enough to corrupt the plastic.

  38. Holly Lefevre (504 Main) on February 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Genius…I love it. Featuring this on Tickled Pink tonight!

  39. 4 You With Love on February 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    wow, how simple is this! 🙂

  40. Anonymous on February 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Love the idea of using baking soda – an old-fshioned remedy used since my mother’s time. Question – can one use tap water instead of distilled? Also, is the essential oil just for a nice smell or does it also have odor-eliminating properties????

    • Brown Thumb Mama on February 10, 2013 at 5:57 am

      I prefer distilled water since it has all the minerals removed through the distillation process. You could use tap water if you boil and cool it, but spending the 99c to buy a gallon of distilled water is worth it to me. :o)

      The oil is just to add a nice smell–the odor elimination comes from the baking soda.

      • Kath on March 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

        But in the end, BTM, you have that plastic bottle to dispose of and that is the core of the problem. You will tell me it can be recycled and it CAN but it most likely won’t be. The majority of what you put in your recycle bin ultimately ends up in a landfill. Only 9 or 10 percent is ever reused. I am looking for an alternative to distilled water for my very expensive sleep machine. I’ve heard that rainwater collected in a clean container is an alternate but I’m too afraid to try it for fear of damaging the machine.

  41. Granola Stef on February 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I can’t wait to make my own.

  42. Charmaine Odusina on February 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I have all the ingredients for this so I shall give it a go. Lets’s see if my male household notices the difference Haha!!

  43. Loretta E. on February 9, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I just happened to buy sweet orange EO! And I like to sneak sniffs every once in a while because it smells so delicious. Now I know how to truly take advantage of it!


  44. Shan Walker on February 9, 2013 at 3:36 am

    This looks great!!! Can’t wait to try. I’m slowly adding natural living to our lifestyle and this fits in wonderfully!

    The How to Guru

  45. Erin on February 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    That’s crazy about Febreze! I tend to avoid using those kinds of air fresheners, because they bother my husband’s asthma. This sounds like it might be a good alternative though (and probably a lot cheaper too). I’m pinning. Thanks!

  46. Ashlyn @ Consider the Lilies on February 8, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for sharing this at Consider the Lilies! I’m excited to try it out!

    I’m featuring this post on my link up tomorrow! 🙂

  47. Danielle on February 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Love this recipe! I’ve done essential oils, water, plus VODKA, the magical quick-drying ingredient, too!

    Thanks for getting the anti-Febreeze message out there… that stuff is nasty!

  48. redandhoney on February 7, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I love the baking soda trick – totally trying that next time I make a spray like this. Usually I just do EO’s and water! I featured you in my Your Green Resource this week… thanks for sharing!

  49. Bridgett on February 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I can barely stand the smell of any cleaner, let alone febreeze! Thank you so much for this recipe! Perfect with two young boys around! Would love for you to share this awesomeness at the party tonight! xo bridgett

  50. Tina´s PicStory on February 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    cool 🙂

  51. Emily Thompson on February 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    how great! Thank you for sharing this natural alternative. Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week! Do you sew or know someone who does? I have a fabulous pattern sale (18 patterns for under $25) and giveaway going on right now.

  52. Natural Mothers Network on February 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more– that list of chems is frightening indeed! Great solution to the odor dilemma and delighted you popped by to share at Seasonal Celebration Wednesday! Rebecca @Natural Mothers Network x

  53. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures on February 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  54. Anonymous on February 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I have MCS, (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). Perfumes, air fresheners, (Lysol, Febrese) and many other things make me really sick. I called the Febrese company several years ago to ask if they made an unscented version. I figured if it really destroys the odors as advertised, it shouldn’t need perfume to mask them, right? They told me baking soda was the “active ingredient”. I have made a version of your recipe many times, (didn’t measure ingredients). I like it just fine, but getting co-workers to use it is a challenge. They like the labels and aerosol, etc. I’ll try it again, using your recipe. We’ll see.

    • Krysta on March 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      My trick with hubby (also a “label” fan) take the old containor, clean and fill with homemade 😉

      I also have perfume/sent sensitivity. I have had to fuss at co-workers and students (I’m a former teacher) about perfumes and “room deoderizers”. I can’t walk past Bath and Body works… I usually have to walk on the other side and hold my breath… And I worked in the mall for 3 years!

  55. Barb @ A Life in Balance on February 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Oh, wow, I didn’t realize Febreze was hazardous waste! I have so much to learn about environmentally friendly living! Thank you for sharing this at Motivation Monday!

  56. Brenda on February 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    My hubs uses Febreeze you know where…So I my try this one out. I only use it when something goes bad in the trash and I spray it in the bottom of the waste basket before inserting a new bag. So glad to have this one to give a try.

  57. Maureen on February 2, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I just read that Febreeze was a suspected carcinogen. This is a great alternative and I’m pinning. Thanks!

  58. abbywinstead on February 2, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Thank you for this!
    With a toddler and a seven-month-old, both of whom put everything in their mouths, I’m now more than ever in search of homemade alternatives to commercial products.
    I will be making this soon!

  59. Desiree Fleck on February 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve been making all my home cleaners including room spray (febreze) for years, but I’ve never used baking soda to suspend the oil. That’s a great idea and I will try that for my next batch!

    • Kathy on February 6, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      I wonder if you can use baking soda to suspend the oil in poo pourri?

  60. Becky Elmuccio on February 1, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Great tutorial to make things simpler in your cleaning routine! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Greens!

  61. Alison Bayne on January 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, found you on the Raising Homemakers linky.
    Unfortunately I do like the smell of Febreze…but not at the cost of our health. Writing this recipe down in my Stuff I Can Make Not Buy notebook. Thanks for the tip!

    • Kylie StJohn on October 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      You can buy the scent freebreeze – I ‘ve made lots of safe products – love the smell.

  62. Shelle on January 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I didn’t know that a Febreze container is hazardous waste! I can’t wait to try this healthy alternative. Thanks for sharing.

    • Teri Gelseth on February 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      If there’s febreeze still in the container it is hazardous waste. When I switched out all the chemical cleaners in my home and tried to take them in a box to the dump I was informed that I literally had to take them to hazardous waste facility all of them including febreeze.

      Do you think that people don’t research things before we post them?

  63. Jacqueline@ on January 31, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I am so glad you linked this up! I have heard that Febreze had terrible ingredients! I have a question…does the baking soda make a film when it is sprayed over tile or glass? I have found baking soda is like salt and makes a crystalline residue. Thanks!!

    • Brown Thumb Mama on January 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Jacqueline, I usually spray it into the air rather than directly on surfaces. It’s quite a dilute mixture, so any residue would be minimal (but I do think it would leave a film).

      Perhaps some citrus vinegar and water would do the trick for those surfaces?

    • Geraldine Valles on July 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Yes it does leave a flim on the floor. Yes you can Spray it up in the Air but remember what goes up must come down. I’ve already tried this and if you dont thinks so do a test by wear some shorts sit on the floor have someone spray above your head once its in the air you will fill it hit the ground and settle on your Legs.

      • tartytez on November 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        yeah the baking soda left behind is pretty bad, my dog, laying on the floor in the room I sprayed looked like she had horrible dandruff when she got up.

        I’ve been using a similar recipe but instead of baking soda, I used rubbing alcohol. It still needs to be shaken before use but it doesn’t leave a residue…and the essential oil completely masks the scent of the rubbing alcohol.

    • Danyelle on September 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Yes baking soda does leave a film. Just made 2 kinds with baking soda and even if spray in the air whatever it lands on leaves a white film. Smells good but I will maybe opt for vinegar version of homemade air freshener spray.

    • Nancy Sutton on January 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I use many homemade cleaners, sprays, etc. I stopped adding baking soda to them because, in a closed container, the soda tended to build up pressure and make the container leak:) I now use a mixture of water and my choice of essential oil and find it very effective. For a plug-in room freshener I put coconut oil and a few drops of a pleasant smelling essential oil. Many of the oils are also effective in destroying air born germs…lemongrass, four thieves and frankincense to name a few.

  64. Kristi on January 31, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for posting and for the link to Mountain Rose!! Absolutely trying this!!

  65. Lisa Lynn on January 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Great info! Would love to have you share this on Wildcrafting Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

  66. Aubrey @ Homegrown and Healthy on January 30, 2013 at 3:01 am

    That is so scary, especially the part about how you have to dispose of your Febreze! We don’t use that stuff anyway– it just reeks of chemicals and I don’t feel it does the job. I love your alternative, thanks for sharing 😀 I look forward to reading more

  67. Heather@ourcultivatedlife on January 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for posting! I agree that making your own is so much better for you. I love using homemade cleaning products but have never made my own “febreeze”. I will be trying this today! 🙂

  68. Kathy Shea Mormino on January 29, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

  69. Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama on January 29, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for posting.

  70. Elaine on January 29, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Love your blog! Gives me inspiration

  71. Crystelle Boutique on January 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Oh wat lekker! Wat een goed idee!

    hugs x

  72. sensiblegardening on January 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I’ll never understand our labeling laws. Obviously not there to protect the consumers. Thanks for the tip.

  73. Bama Girl on January 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hello Brown Thumb Mama! What a frugal recipe! And non-toxic as well! So sad that you can’t dispose of the original without taking it to a special facility! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tutorial! Blessings from Bama!

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