Thumbnail image for HappyHousewife.jpgMy house is very fabric-heavy. There is very little hardwood or leather--the furniture is fabric, the floors are carpeted. I also have pets--currently, one dog and three cats. What this means, among other things, is that I have a real need for fabric refresher.

Once upon a time, we used Febreze. But honestly, Febreze is nasty. It smells like chemicals and I can't identify any of the ingredients on the label. So, when we were selling our house in Austin, we switched to this great room freshener in Lavender Orange, made by EO. That stuff was great and got us through a ton of house showings during which people said they would have had no idea we had pets. And then it was discontinued.

So what to do? I can't imagine going back to the heavy scent and chemicals of Febreze, so I started scoping out recipes for fabric refresher you can make at home. Unfortunately, the first dozen or so I found were based on fabric softener! If I was willing to use that, I might as well just buy the damn Febreze!

After a bit more digging, though, I found more fabric refresher recipes, mostly combinations of vinegar, baking soda, water, and essential oils. I decided that for furniture, I'd leave out the baking soda. In spray bottle, I mixed white vinegar and water in a 1:3 ratio then added EOs (in my case, lavender and sweet orange, to replicate our long-lost EO stuff). Then I shook and sprayed.

And it worked as well as Febreze ever has. 24 hours later, a sniff to my couch arm yields no lingering vinegar or pet smell, but a nice subtle lavender citrus. Win!

I believe I'll try the baking soda version for the carpets next.

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Today's apron is the Trendy Hostess Apron from Fancy Boutique. It's worn over boring 21st century dark jeans (Seven7, Marshall's) and a black v-neck t-shirt (Old Navy).


When making your room spray, if you emulsify your essential oils in a splash of vodka (i.e. shake it around like crazy for about a minute), then add your vinegar and water, you won't have the separating issue with the essential oils.

I'm with you, I don't want Febreeze in my house or my lungs. But I have two cats and a dog! I have to do something!

Thanks for this recipe! I am trying this today!!

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