We use only non-chemical cleaners in our home, but until a few months ago, there was a notable exception: Febreze. I was hypnotized by its chemical smell designed to evoke thoughts of fresh, line-dried laundry; disturbingly, it smelled better than my own line-dried laundry.
I knew it was time for the spray to go, not only because I was adding chemicals to my home, but because I was consuming an unnecessary plastic bottle, as well as water, and supporting a company that tests on animals, too. Perhaps the greenest thing I could do would be to scent my home with nothing, of course, but with two dogs, I wasn’t quite ready to cut that cord yet. I didn’t want to go the other direction, either, and risk smelling like a head shop, with incense burning on every table-top.
With a little web research, I found a surprising natural, fabric-safe deodorizer: vodka, and the cheaper the better. Spraying costumes and curtains with vodka is an old theater trick for keeping fabrics fresh. I found the least expensive stuff I could -- such a low-brow brand was already in my own cabinet – and mixed it with a little essential lavender oil, a sprig of rosemary, a cinnamon stick, and a few drops of lemon. The result is light and effective.“The views expressed in user comments do not reflect the views of Audubon. Audubon does not participate in political campaigns, nor do we support or oppose candidates.”