I used to be a Febreze fanatic! I sprayed that stuff on everything from clothes to curtains and everything in between. Why? Well I’m scent girl. I love all things that smell pretty. Candles, perfumes, lotions, etc. But, when I dove into this world of natural cleaning, skin care, and overall reduction in toxin exposure, I quickly learned that the Febreze simply had to go.
First of all, Febreze didn’t actually “remove” the odor out of anything. What it did do was cover it up, but only for a short time. You just have to keep spraying! One might ask, “well why don’t you just wash whatever it is you’re trying to get the smell out of?” Good point. But I assert that if you have children, particularly boys, you’ll know that sometimes no amount of washing can get rid of stench they produce. Perhaps if you could throw them in the washer along with their entire bedroom, you could improve upon the odor. But it would only be temporary. And let’s be honest. No busy mom has the time to be washing little kid linens and whatnots every day anyhow!
Then there’s the toxic load…..
So let’s be clear on something. Febreze does not “remove” or “cleanse” anything. It simply masks the odor with chemicals.You’re not smelling clean. You’re smelling chemicals. I think it’s noteworthy that when I visit the website for Febreze, I can’t actually find a complete list of ingredients. When I enter in the term “ingredients” in the search option for the website, it takes me on a Proctor and Gamble wild goose chase through material safety data sheets (MSDS) of unrelated products such as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and Tide Laundry Detergent. Finding the actual ingredients is nearly impossible and requires some deep digging.
So What’s Actually in Febreze?
Let’s take a look at Febreze Air Effects. The ingredients listed are as follows:
- odor eliminator
- non-flammable natural propellant
- quality control ingredients
Well if that’s not vague….talk about poor disclosure of ingredients. To the naked eye, these “ingredients” might seem harmless. But the only actual “ingredient” listed is water! What’s in odor eliminator? What are “quality control ingredients”? These are questions we need to ask!
Let’s Check Out the Term “Fragrance”
According to the Environmental Working Group “A rose may be a rose. But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer” (source). The term “fragrance” is really just an umbrella term that can encompass any number of chemicals, that the manufacturer is not required to individually list. Furthermore, only a small percentage of the chemicals that may be included under the term fragrance have been tested for safety by the FDA.
The EWG Found Over 80 Chemicals in This Product
A few of the hazardous chemicals were:
- denatured alcohol
Again, these are just a few! The EWG gives Febreze Air Effects a D+ (on an A to F scale), and the original Febreze gets a big fat F!
We Can Do Better Than This….
My Homemade Febreze Spray is completely non-toxic, and I have a secret ingredient….
Purification is one of my favorite blends from Young Living. It’s a combination of six different oils that when combined have very powerful properties. Purification is GREAT for neutralizing odors!
What Oils are in Purification?
- Rosemary cineol
That’s a powerful blend of essential oils! When they’re pure, quality oils, that is. I use Young Living Oils exclusively, because I trust their quality!
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So What do You Need For This Homemade Febreze Spray?
- A glass spray bottle with a spray nozzle. You can get that HERE. OR, you can do what I do and just recycle an apple cider vinegar or kombucha bottle.
- Witch Hazel
- Distilled water
- Purification Oil. Get that HERE.
I use a 16 oz bottle, but it really doesn’t matter what size you use. Just go by ratio. I combine 1 part witch hazel to 3 parts distilled water. Then for this size I add 20 drops of purification oil, which is more than enough. If you’re making more, add a little more. If you’re making less, add less. But I seriously love this spray. I use it on everything now! Here’s one more toxic product you can throw out and replace with a non-toxic alternative!
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