I do not normally purchase a fabric refresher product like Febreze. It might be the $5 price tag that deters me, but I thought I would try out a homemade fabric refresher recipe to see how it works because with two cats sleeping on any and every couch and chair in our house I knew it wouldn’t hurt to spray them down periodically.
After hunting down an unused spray bottle in our house, I tailored the recipe measurements to fill this bottle. The only ingredients you need are water, vinegar and fabric softener, which are probably all things you already have in your home.
That $5 bottle of Febreze will cost you about 19-cents an ounce, whereas this homemade fabric refresher using a $4.99 bottle of Seventh Generation fabric softener (my preference) and a $1.99 bottle of vinegar will cost you about 3-cents an ounce. If you do the math it will cost you approximately 81-cents to make the same size bottle. Remember, you can always find your fabric softener on sale or use a coupon to help bring that cost down even further.
Homemade Fabric Refresher Recipe
(thanks to my dear friend Janna)
1/2 C vinegar
1/2 C water
1/4 C fabric softener
Just mix all of the ingredients together and pour into your spray bottle using a funnel to prevent spilling. Shake the bottle to mix ingredient each time before you start spraying.
If you are re-filling an empty Febreze bottle, you will want to triple the above recipe to make enough to fill it.
Choose a fabric softener scent that you enjoy (or a free and clear softener if you do not prefer scents) and that will be the scent you be left with after the vinegar evaporates. The smell of vinegar will disappear after it evaporates, but you will have already received the benefits of the antibacterial properties of vinegar before this happens.
I thought it worked well to freshen the air and furniture in my home quickly without a heavy scent or a cost I did not want to incur. If someone if a smoker and tries out this recipe, maybe you would be willing to share your thoughts on how it worked in your home compared with the leading fabric refresher in stores.