Homemade Natural Household Odor Eliminator

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One of the very first cleaning products we switched out for a more natural option was our bottle of Febreeze.

Ugh.  So many chemicals, and such an unnatural scent.

My homemade version is easy, pleasant-smelling, cheap, and it works wonderfully!

Sometimes I get a little carried away with my squirting...I spray the bed, the couches, the towels hanging on all the towel racks, the clothes in the closet, the car seat, the air in all the rooms...

See if you can hold yourself back from a misting addiction when you whip up your own batch of this stuff:

What You Need

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 Tablespoon white vinegar (it works pretty well if you don't include the vinegar, too)

2 cups distilled water (use this so you don't grow disgusting mold in your bottle!)

drops (around 10) of your favorite essential oil (use one scent or a combination - this is our favorite)

an empty spray bottle (we honestly pick up great ones at our local $ store, but these look great, too)

What You Do

1.  Dump everything into your spray bottle.

2.  Shake really well before each use.

3.  Start spritzing!

See, I told you it was easy!  Now go forth and eliminate your household's odors with spray bottle in hand!

What scent(s) did you choose for your formula?  I'd love to hear!  Leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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  1. May want to consider buying a glass spray bottle because the essential oils will break down the plastic.

  2. Oh, that's a good tip! I'll have to keep my eye on how well this one holds up - it was just from the $ store and has lasted at least a year and a half, so we'll see how long it takes to break down. Thanks for letting me know to be aware of that issue, though!

  3. I have not tried this yet, as I am seeing this for the first time. However, I just purchased a bottle of Lavender essential oil, so I will definitely be using that. Oh and a good heads up on the distilled water. Thanks

  4. Yes, the distilled water makes a huge difference! We realized how important it was to use for things like this when we made our own baby wipe solution - just shortly before our daughter was born - and then when we went to use it after she was born, it was already overgrown with mold. EW! Even though the essential oil might help control the mold (depending on what type you use), we figured it was best to just not take any chances and so we use the distilled water for anything that's going to be sitting around for more than a few days. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your spray!

  5. It's kind of funny how you get so used to the smell of your house, and you don't even notice that it smells bad after living there. My daughter mentioned to me that I should do something about the odor in my house. Not only was it embarrassing, but it was really eye opening for me. I was so glad to find this blog, and I'm going to try out this remedy for sure. http://www.myairandenergy.com/air-purification-units.html

  6. Does it work without essential oil

  7. I've used this mix a few times m'self. Baking soda is so awesome for odor elimination. And I love EOs to counteract the vinegar smell

  8. Can you spray this on your furniture?

  9. You used all my favorite ingredients. Fabulous!

  10. I am trying to read your information but the back round is horrible.Sometimes simple is better! Jus sayin, no disrespect intended.

  11. I was thinking I'd probably go orange for my EO, and how funny that's what you use!

  12. I love it.... I love it... The very best smell good for you home ever...... Thank you.

  13. My question is this- if you use regular tsp water, AND vinegar, wouldn’t the vinegar keep mold from growing?

  14. You know, that's a really good point about the vinegar and makes sense. You'll have to let me know if you try it with regular water and have success!