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Easy Homemade Fabric Refresher Spray

Want to quickly freshen up your fabrics naturally? Try this homemade fabric refresher spray. It freshens fabrics and eliminates odors without any toxic ingredients. The best part is the scent is customizable. There are five scent combinations below, and they all smell amazing!

Ingredients and supplies needed to make homemade fabric refresher spray lying on cutting board.

DIY Fabric Refresher Spray

I used to be a huge fan of Febreze. I used to use it in my home on a daily basis. I sprayed it on my couch, my clothes, and my blankets.

I basically used it on every type of fabric in my home.

That was until I looked it up on the EWG website (Environmental Working Group). And although the rating wasn’t super terrible, it also wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.

It had some pretty questionable ingredients, and I decided I would just put together my own homemade fabric refresher spray instead.

So that’s what I’ve been using ever since.

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And guess what? It works great. It refreshes fabrics and eliminates odors, and I don’t miss Febreze one bit.

Plus, I know exactly what’s in it, which is 100% all-natural, safe ingredients. And it costs a fraction of the price of a store-bought fabric freshener.

What is Linen Spray / Fabric Refresher?

Linen spray is basically a scented liquid spray used to freshen and eliminate odors on fabrics in between washings.

It can be used on blankets, clothing, furniture, and towels. Pretty much anything that is made of fabric.

I use it on my couch almost daily. I have a dog that is absolutely not allowed on the couch, but I know he sneaks up on it when we’re not home. So, I spray it all over the couch to eliminate any odors.

I also use it on blankets that have been stored in the closet for a long time. This linen spray freshens them up really well and makes them smell like they have just been freshly washed.

I’m also absolutely notorious for leaving laundry sitting in the dryer for days.

Rather than running the dryer again to fluff up and freshen the clothes, I’ll just spray the items with this homemade fabric refresher to freshen them up and remove any wrinkles.

DIY Fabric Refresher Ingredients & Supplies

This homemade fabric refresher is made with zero toxic chemicals. To make your own fabric freshener spray, you’ll need the following simple ingredients and supplies.

Ingredients and supplies needed to make homemade fabric refresher spray lying on cutting board.

Glass Spray Bottle

I use an 8-ounce spray bottle whenever I put together this homemade fabric refresher spray. That’s because, as I have already mentioned, I use this linen spray a lot!

Water can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so unless you know for sure you’re going to use this DIY linen spray often, I would just stick to using a 4-ounce spray bottle.

The recipe below is for a 4-ounce glass bottle, so if you decide to use an 8-ounce bottle, make sure to double all of the ingredients.

Distilled Water

Water is the base for this homemade linen spray. It is best to use distilled water whenever possible.

The minerals in tap water can clog your spray nozzle and possibly leave residue on surfaces.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are, of course, what gives this homemade fabric freshener spray its scent. You will need a variety of essential oils to make all the recommended scent combinations that are listed below.

I also highly recommend using only 100% pure essential oils. A few of my favorite essential oil brands are Plant TherapySimply Earth, and Far & Wild essential oils.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great all-natural deodorizer. It is the main active ingredient in this DIY febreze spray. Baking soda helps to neutralize unappealing odors.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel helps to combine the essential oils and water, which helps the scent to linger longer.

How to Make DIY Fabric Refresher with Essential Oils

Ready to make your own fabric refresher spray? Once you’ve gathered everything needed for this DIY fabric refresher spray, add 1 ounce of witch hazel to the glass spray bottle.

Person pouring witch hazel into glass spray bottle.

Next, add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle.

Person pouring baking soda into glass spray bottle.

Then, fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Do not fill completely to the top. Make sure to leave room for the essential oils.

Person pouring  distilled water into glass spray bottle.

Add the essential oils. My favorite essential oil scent combinations are below.

Person pouring peppermint essential oil into glass spray bottle.

Attach the nozzle and shake well!

Homemade fabric refresher spray sitting on wooden cutting board next to essential oils.

How Do You Make Your Own Febreze Fabric Refresher?

Easy Homemade Fabric Refresher Spray

Easy Homemade Fabric Refresher Spray

Yield: 4oz
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Want to quickly freshen up your fabrics naturally? Try this homemade fabric refresher spray. It freshens fabrics and eliminates odors without any toxic ingredients.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Add 1 ounce of witch hazel to a 4-ounce glass spray bottle.
    2. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the bottle.
    3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Do not fill completely to the top.
    4. Add essential oils. Recommended essential oil scent combinations are below.
    5. Attach the nozzle and shake well!

Notes

If you need some scent inspiration for your homemade fabric refresher, some of my favorite essential oil combos are below!

  • 5 drops rosemary + 5 drops peppermint
  • 5 drops lemon + 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops orange + 5 drops ylang ylang
  • 5 drops bergamot + 5 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops frankincense + 5 drops chamomile

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What Essential Oils Are Good for Fabric Refreshers?

If you need some scent inspiration for your homemade fabric refresher, some of my favorite essential oil combos are below!

  • 5 drops rosemary + 5 drops peppermint
  • 5 drops lemon + 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops orange + 5 drops ylang ylang
  • 5 drops bergamot + 5 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops frankincense + 5 drops chamomile

If you decide to use an 8-ounce bottle, double the amount of drops of essential oils.

Person holding bottle of homemade fabric refresher spray.

Need Essential Oils?

It is absolutely vital that you use only 100% pure essential oils around your pets and family.

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Bottle of homemade fabric refresher spray lying on top of blankets in wicker basket.

FAQ’s About Homemade Fabric Freshener

Can I Use Vodka Instead of Witch Hazel?

If you prefer to use vodka instead of witch hazel, feel free to do so. I’ve used both and haven’t noticed a difference between them.

Will This Homemade Fabric Refresher Spray Stain Fabrics?

This shouldn’t stain fabrics unless you use essential oils with a lot of pigmentation, like blue tansy. Try to use clear essential oils whenever possible.

Although I often use orange essential oil, which has a slight pigment in this DIY fabric refresher spray, I have never had an issue with stained fabrics.

Most essential oils lose their pigmentation when diluted with water.

But if you are really concerned that this homemade febreze might stain your linens or upholstery, I would recommend doing a spot test before applying it to the entire surface.

To do a spot test, simply spray a small amount in an inconspicuous place and allow it to dry fully. If no residue is left behind, then you can apply it to the entire surface.

How to Use Homemade Fabric Refresher Spray?

This DIY fabric refresher is super easy to use. Simply spray the item that you are attempting to refresh. Spray until damp, and then let it air dry. That is it!

Always be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.

How to Store DIY Linen Spray?

Heat can cause mold and bacteria to grow, so try to store this DIY fabric freshener spray in a cool, dark place, like under your bathroom or kitchen sink.

And the bottle you store it in should be made out of glass because pure essential oils are very potent, and plastic may begin to deteriorate and leach into the homemade fabric freshener spray.

How Long Does DIY Febreze Spray Last?

Homemade products made with water that does not contain a preservative don’t last very long. That is because bacteria and mold can grow in water quite quickly.

So, since this homemade fabric freshener spray is made with part water, its shelf life isn’t very long.

If you keep this homemade fabric refresher spray stored in a dark, cool place, it should stay good for at least 30 days or longer.

Can I Use This Natural Fabric Refresher as an Air Freshener?

Although this homemade Febreze does a great job at refreshing fabrics, it’s not great at freshening the air.

If you want a DIY air freshener recipe, I recommend checking out one of my homemade room spray recipes below.

Final Thoughts

I really love that this homemade fabric spray is made with only natural ingredients. It leaves all my linens and upholstery fabric with a pleasant, subtle scent without using any artificial fragrance.

This natural fabric refresher is amazing.

Well, I think that covers about everything. If you have any other questions, please let me know in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  1. Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m looking forward to trying it! A lot of recipes I’ve seen used vodka or some kind of alcohol. Is it possible to use that instead of the switch hazel? Witch hazel has a distinct scent I don’t really like.

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