06 March 2014

31 Days of MOO No. 6 - MOO Febreeze

There are times when even the cleanest home (or car or office or cupboard) gets a little funky smelling. It might be because it's been closed up for a while or pets are in and out or there are littlies creating messes or even a pot of burnt potatoes. There are plenty of reasons for your home to sometimes need a little "freshness" boost. When you can't open the doors and windows wide or do a thorough clean, freshening sprays come in handy.

They can be sprayed on furnishings, carpeting, window dressings, lamp shades, cushions etc. to eliminate funky odours and leave a fresh scent instead. They are also expensive, not particularly good for us or the environment and somehow always manage to smell fake.

You can make your own Febreeze style freshener for under $1.

You will need:
a small spray bottle
1/2 cup rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol (or vodka)
30 - 50 drops essential oil/s
1 cup water

Step 1. Fill the spray bottle with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka.

Step 2.  Add the essential oils. Start with 30 drops and add more if you would like a stronger scent. You can also mix oils to create custom scents.

To use: Using the mist setting on the spray bottle lightly mist over the item you want to freshen and deodorise.

Note: You will be able to smell the alcohol, but only for a minute or so until it dries. After that you'll be able to smell your custom febreeze.

Test the spray on an inconspicuous spot before spraying on furnishings to make sure it won't stain or mark the item.

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