Faux Febreeze

"A wonderful dirt cheap alternative to buying a $5 bottle of Febreze. This version is about 5 cents to make and the scent is much nicer too. I use it all the time."
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Ready In:
1 bottle


  • 1 12 - 4 tablespoons ultra downy clean breeze fabric softener
  • 25 ounces water
  • 32 ounces spray bottle, new and clean (please don't re-use a cleaning product bottle unless it is an old Febreeze bottle)


  • Put Downy and water in bottle and spray on furniture, carpeting, pillows, shower curtains -- etc -- To do a fabric test, spray small amount in an area where it cannot be seen.
  • I never sprayed this on anything white, but I spray it all over my house, once a week.

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  1. Denise!
    I've been using this for about a week. My couch smells good, but I wanted a little stronger smell, so I put in about 4 tablespoons of Downy in a 32 ounce spray bottle. My house smells fantastic and the cost is outstanding compared to Febreeze. I just used this on white pillowcases, and it didn't stain. And the price can't be beat! I'll be using this from now on instead of expensive Febreeze. Thanks, B!
  2. twinsplusonemom
    This is right on the money! Pun intended. Make sure to use a spray bottle with a mist setting or your furniture will take forever to dry. This is great! Thanks so much!
  3. JaneinRI
    I loved this! Not only does it work great, I feel so economical & "house-ly" knowing that I made it. Edited to say I used 4 tbs per Denise's suggestion.
  4. Connie Lea
    First off, I love Febreeze, but sure don't like the price. This is just as good and so much cheaper. I'm on my second bottle. I can't wait to try different scents of fabric softner. Thanks for an awesome recipe. Somebody said not to spray on microfiber furniture. Does anybody know why not? I did it before I read that, but can't see that it hurt the furniture any. Thanks. Just wanted to add - I vacuumed one cushion on my microfiber couch and it still left dog hair, so I sprayed another cushion with Faux Febreeze, let it dry a bit and vacuumed. Not a single dog hair remained and didn't hurt the couch at all. This is one awesome recipe.
  5. Mirj2338
    Do you know how much imported Febreeze costs in Israel? If you can get it at all? Wine is cheaper! I'm so pleased to have found this recipe. I'm overly-paranoid because we have a dog in the house, and I don't want my house to have that pet-smell. I used some locally-made laundry softener in orchid scent and spritzed the whole house. I'm going to invite all my friends over just to come and smell my house! Thanks Bethany!


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