I got this recipe from my sister who is genius when it comes to managing your home on a budget. She gave me some of this for Christmas and I love it so much that I’ve already used it all! This stuff is great and costs WAY less than Febreeze. There are a lot of recipes out there for homemade fabric refreshers but most contain things like baking soda and fabric softener which seems thick and messy to me…though I have never tried any of them. I like this one because it’s simple, cheap and it works.
Here is what you need:
Inexpensive Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol
Clean, Empty spray bottle
The ratio is 50/50 water and alcohol. I’m using vodka because 1.) I always have it on hand 😉 and 2.) Sister says it has less of a smell than rubbing alcohol. I usually buy the big 1.75 liter bottles for around $15…the cheap stuff! The essential oils can get a little pricey but since you use such a small amount they will last you a long time. I got mine at central market and paid around $4 per fluid ounce but, different oils are usually different prices and they can go all the way up to $10 for a 1/3 of an ounce if you buy organic (I didn’t). You can use whatever scent that you like. Today, I used Eucalyptus and Lemon. Other good ones to use (all having antibacterial properties) are Tea tree, Oregano, Lavendar, and Geranium.
So…mix 1 part water with 1 part alcohol. Then add your oil. The amount will vary based on how much you make. My spray bottle only holds about 8 ounces so for that I used about 30 drops of each oil. It sounds like a lot but it’s really not. The great thing is that you can adjust the amount of oil after you mix it if you use the spray and feel like it’s not smelly enough, just add a smidge more. This is safe to use on carpets where babies and animals crawl, pillows, matresses, couches…anything! Let me know what you think!