Febreze Fabric Refresher Product Review

Febreze spray
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Febreze Fabric Refresher does a nice job of freshening clothes that have been stored seasonally or home drapes and fabrics that cannot be cleaned often. But is it a a replacement for regular washing or dry cleaning?

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Febreze Fabric Refresher

Since its introduction to the marketplace, the Febreze line has grown tremendously and now includes nearly every imaginable fragrance.

That's nice for those of us who sneeze around some overpowering scents. There are twenty-four Febreze Fabric Refresher formulas available:

  • Happy Spring
  • Tide Original Scent
  • Pet Odor Eliminator
  • Vanilla and Cream
  • Extra Strength
  • Carpet Odor Eliminator
  • Clean Auto
  • Gain Island Fresh
  • First Bloom
  • Allergen Reducer - Unscented
  • Allergen Reducer - Clean Splash
  • Heavy Duty Crisp Clean
  • Greek Seaside
  • Free (no fragrance)
  • Gain Original Scent
  • Sleep Serenity for Bedding Warm Milk and Honey
  • Sleep Serenity for Bedding Moonlight Lavender
  • Linen and Sky
  • Sport Active Fresh
  • Downy April Fresh
  • Spring and Renewal
  • Meadows and Rain
  • Hawaiian Aloha
  • Mediterranean Lavender

Febreze comes in both convenient spray bottles and in a large container so you can refill your own spray bottles. It is safe to use around dogs and cats but should never be used around birds.

To use, lightly spray the fabric until slightly damp. It is safe to use on almost all fabrics except leather, suede , silk or vintage fabrics that may waterspot.

Always hold the container at least six inches away from the fabric to give a light misting.  Allow all fabrics to air dry completely with no excessive heat before wearing or using or returning to storage.

Product Ingredients

  • Purified Water - Processing Aid
  • Alcohol - Drying Aid
  • Cyclodextrin - odor eliminator derived from corn starch
  • Modified polydimethicone - emulsifier and spreading agent
  • Hydrogenated castor oil - emulsifier and spreading agent
  • Alkanolamine sodium hydroxide - pH neutralizer
  • Citric acid - pH neutralizer
  • Quaternary ammonium chloride - antimicrobial agent
  • Benzisothiazolinone - preservative
  • Perfume - various fragrances

How Febreze Works

Febreze works by binding odor molecules that humans can detect with the chemical molecules in their formula. The cyclodextrin molecules are ring-shaped that traps the odor molecules inside the ring to make them imperceptible to the human nose. The duo-PSB molecules are corkscrew-shaped to trap odors and they also hold the fragrance you choose to replace the bad odors. Citric acid transforms the trapped odors into water to be washed away later. The pH neutralizers lower the high pH levels in most acrid odors like human sweat.

Febreze and the P&G Story

Febreze is a brand of the Procter & Gamble company and is sold in North America, Brazil, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

First introduced as a fabric refresher and odor eliminator in test markets in 1996, the product has been sold nationwide in the United States since June 1998. The Febreze line has since branched out to include spray air fresheners (Air Effects), plug-in oils (Noticeables), scent diffusers, odor eliminating candles and automotive air fresheners.

Procter & Gamble is a large corporation that serves 4.4 billion customers in 180 countries around the world with a huge portfolio of brands including Tide, Gain, Pampers, Ariel, Pantene, Bounce, Bounty, Dawn, Charmin, Downy, Iams, Crest, Oral-B, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Gillette, Braun, Fusion, as well as, Febreze.

Product Review and Laundry Recommendations

I remember when Febreze hit the market, my mother thought she had found a cure for all her woes. She had a nose for every tiny odor - if there was a moth ball anywhere in the county she could smell it. Well, Febreze didn't eliminate every odor but it did make her life a bit easier.

I find Febreze useful as quick freshener when clothing has been in storage. The clothes or linen are clean but not freshly laundered. I've also used it to freshen dry clean only clothing when I've been in a smoke-filled or grease-filled room. And, I'll admit I have given a pet bed a quick spray if company is coming over and I don't have time to throw it all in the wash.

I am allergic to many scents so I like that there are scent free options available and that most of the scents dissipates rapidly leaving no overwhelming perfume.

I would recommend keeping a bottle in your laundry room or closet for quick fabric freshening. Just don't become too trigger happy! You still need to wash your clothes responsibly.

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