I've seen this on the internet a few times, so I thought that I would bring it to the eyes of you fantastic readers at instructables.
Febreze- We all use it (I hope some of us do) to clean what we have dirtied, make that which is foul smell better, and generally add a hint of fragrance to our garments.
In this short but sweet instructable, I'll show you how to make your own Homemade Febreze with things you should already have in your home.
This is not my original idea. I see it on the internet a lot, but since it was not on instructables, I thought I'd share it with you here.
The motive behind making your own Febreze type smell good cleaners is that the cost of making it yourself is lower than the cost of most cleaners today. Cleaners are getting more expensive everyday, and by making your own, you can cut back on spending outrages amounts of money for a bottle of stuff that you can imitate with household ingredients. So when you make your own Febreze, you are saving money, which you can later invest in solar panels or other energy saving/producing devices.
UPDATE: I just found this instructable by Bigbadjohn81 on how to make Homemade Fabric Refresher. I usually search for instructables that I want to make to make sure that I do not repeat anything already made. I did not find his instructable while I was looking, and so it has been made. I'll leave it where it is for now.
UPDATED UPDATE: I found more instructables on Homemade Febreze earlier today that I didn't see before I made this. I don't know, maybe I looked to fast. I've also been getting comments pertaining to this instructable not being Green. I interpret Going Green as yes, saving the environment, AND saving yourself some dough at the same time. So by making your own Febreze for cheaper than you can buy it, I consider this to be green. Thanks!
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Step 1: Some Notes and Recipes.
I've seen a couple of different recipes for making Homemade Febreze on the internet, and while I will be sharing all of those with you, I will only be demonstrating how to make the simplest one. Since simple=Fewer ingredients=cheaper=Greener!
Here are the varying recipes of Homemade Febreze that I have found, though for this instructable I will be showing how to make Recipe #5.
Recipe #1------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
1 cup fabric softener
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
Recipe #2------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
2 cups water
1 cup fabric softener
Recipe #3------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
3 cups water
3 TBS fabric softener
3 TBS rubbing alcohol
Recipe #4------------------------------Courtesy of TipNut.com *
2 cups water (warm)
1/4 cup fabric softener
1 TBS baking soda
Recipe #5------------------------------Courtesy of Thriftyfun.com **
1 part water
3 parts fabric softener
The Recipes above are borrowed from TipNut.com and Thriftyfun.com. I do not claim making any of these, but I am posting them here for informational purposes only.
If you have concerns about flammability, unhealthiness, or other life/fabric threatening concern, check out the comments on the TipNut page that talk about this, instead of filling my comments with questions that, frankly, I wouldn't know how to answer.
Step 2: Homemade Febreze!
As I said in step 1, I will only be demonstrating Recipe #5, which is also found on step 1.
All of the recipes are to be executed in the same manner. They should all be added together and mixed in an empty spray bottle of your choice.
For Recipe #5, you will need:
The Fabric Softener of your Choice
An empty Spray Bottle
Check the ingredients on whatever you put in your Febreze concoction to make sure that what you're spraying around your house does not affect you in a negative way.
Fabric Softener is very common in homes, so the price of it is relatively low compared to buying Febreze, and water is practically going to cost you nothing. So most of the recipes that you can follow will cost you almost zilch because you should already have most of what is needed.
Step 3: Making Your Homemade Febreze
Get your empty spray bottle and wash it out. You don't want unknown liquids mixing with your new smell good juice do you?
After you've cleaned out your spray bottle, fill it 3/4 ways full with the fabric softener.
NOTE: I don't want my fabric softener to be quite that strong, so I'm only going to fill the spray bottle 1/4 way full with the fabric softener.
When you've poured the fabric softener into the spray bottle, the last thing to do is to top it off with water. The fabric softener to water ratio should be 25/75. Or in case of actually following the recipe, it would be 75/25.
Close up your spray bottle, shake the mixture up a bit, and you have your own Homemade Febreze!! Now go make your home smell better.
I tried my mixture of 25/75 softener to water, and it smells just like Febreze!
Hope you've enjoyed my instructable! Comments, ratings and VOTES are appreciated!
Stay green and make your own Febreze type concoctions, stay away from those price gouging super market retailers!!
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