I really despise those Febreeze commercials on TV.
Mom: “It stinks in here. We need to wash your room.”
Son: “Wash my room?!”
First of all, it sounds like some terrible comedy routine from the 50s. Second, wtf mom. Do you even know how to clean!? You can’t “wash a room”. I’d hate to see the rest of your probably dirty house, especially since she thinks washing a room (aka cleaning), it is just spraying down a room with a stinky chemical room spray. How about declutter? Or wash those sweaty ass sheets once in a while? Or run a vacuum through that b*tch?!
I also cannot stand the smell of fake air fresheners or those types of cleaning sprays. It makes me nauseous and car sick (even when I’m not in a car — crazy shit,… I know). How does my house smell nice other than actually cleaning it, I use essential oil diffusers. Read this blog. Read it. Seriously.
But what about furniture smells? You can’t wash a couch. My husband is a sports fanatic and basically watches most sports all the time. I think 1-2 times a year there is a glorious day when there is no hockey, football, baseball, soccer, basketball, olympics, golf, tennis or an obscure championship and it’s quiet in my house. But the rest of the year, the couch is getting a lot of husband action, so I use this spray to minimize all that action off the cushions.
I also prefer to use a more natural furniture spray. Not only do those store-bought sprays stink, they are full of chemicals that you’ll breathe in. Some of the ingredients are neurotoxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, things that cause eye, skin and lungs. No thanks, I prefer to live.
1 cup distilled water, warm
2 tsp baking soda
10-15 drops essential oils
To make this simple furniture spray, put all of the ingredients in a bottle and shake it (not too vigorously). Warm water is better to help dissolve the baking soda, but room temperature is fine too. Don’t use a metal bottle as you shouldn’t have metals coming in contact with essential oils.
A glass bottle is best, but I didn’t have one and used plastic. I’m still alive and so is my couch. Spray on your furniture to freshen up the fabric. This isn’t for wood — only fabric covered furniture. It’ll be a bit moist but it’ll dry and hopefully take the stink with it. If your furniture is stained, then maybe start eating at the table and doing it in the bedroom because this only refreshes fabrics. It doesn’t treat mystery stains.
PS – this photo below was done by my husband. I asked him to take a photo of our furniture spray bottle but to make sure there is nothing weird in the background. This is what he came up with.