I’ve seen several commercials lately for Febreeze that make me cringe.
Why? Because the ingredients in Febreeze are toxic and they do nothing to help your immune system or kill viruses.
According to the Environmental Working Group typical air and fabric freshening sprays contain ingredients that may:
- Act as hormone disruptors
- Cause asthma to develop in healthy people
- Cause cancer in humans
Before I knew better I sprayed it on everything stinky in my house. The dog’s bed, smelly shoes, moldy smelling carpets, etc.
Then I got pregnant and learned about toxins in our homes.
Fast forward 12 years and I’m using a variety of essential oils to freshen all the stinky things I used to spray Febreeze on.
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Top Essential Oils That May Kill Viruses and Bacteria
These oils can be used in your DIY fabric spray, household cleaners, and a diffuser. Not only will they make things smell better but they may also kill off bacteria and viruses that may cause you to get sick.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil – has been researched and shown to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Studies show it may inhibit influenza virus entry into the host cell and can be used as a natural disinfectant to kill germs on surfaces and in the air.
Frankincense Essential Oil – Because of its antiseptic properties, some studies suggest that Frankincense can kill bacteria and viruses, and support healthy immune function in your overall health.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Just a few drops into the air can help kill germs, relieve cough and clear sinuses. It has antimicrobial effects against many bacteria, including MRSA, viruses, and fungi.
Thyme Essential Oil – the constituents in thyme oil may protect from bacteria. According to the International Journal of Food Microbiology, thyme essential oil is potent enough to inhibit salmonella.
Lemon Essential Oil – it is thought that regular use of lemon oil cleaners around the house can help lower the chances of bacterial infections. According to research, lemon essential oil is strong enough to inhibit bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
Peppermint Essential Oil – showed the best antibacterial activity against C. difficile. C.difficile is a bacterium that thrives in toilets, bathtubs, and other objects that may be in contact with feces.
Orange Essential Oil – studies show the essential oil components of orange peels have antimicrobial activity.
Cinnamon Essential Oil – According to a recent 2018 study cinnamon essential oil and it’s constituents successfully inhibit bacteria by damaging their cell membrane.
Clove Essential Oil –research shows that E.coli, acne-causing Staph aureus, and pneumonia-causing Pseudomonas aeurignosa are especially sensitive to clove essence.
Please note: This information, recipes, and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. These are simply things that have worked for me personally or I’ve researched for myself.
Best Premade Blends For Germ Fighting
These are 3 premade blends I personally use. They are great to have on hand to take care of all your germ-fighting needs.
- Isagenix Defense Shield (get it here)
- Simply Earth Defender Immune Boost Blend (get it here)
- Plant Therapy Germ Fighter (get it here)
Your Toxin Exposure Does Matter
If you were like me at first you may not think these household toxins affect your health.
But they do.
It may show up as a lack of energy, inability to lose weight or allergies.
Some of us may not see immediate health issues but at some point, most of us will.
Just imagine what they can do to a growing child!
If that Febreeze commercial is running then there are many families still using it in their home.
Related: DIY Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Please share these easy homemade recipes so you can help a friend live less toxic.
DIY Homemade Disinfectant Spray Recipe
To make your own homemade fabric or air freshening spray you’ll need a spray bottle (it’s best to use glass), essential oils, plus ingredients you probably already have in your home.
My favorite essential oils to use are Lemon, Tea Tree, or Frankincense because of their ability to kill germs and I like the way they smell.
If you prefer you can select a premade blend to make it even simpler.
Nifty Tip: If you don’t have a glass spray bottle you can use an old apple cider vinegar bottle plus the sprayer from your glass cleaner.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Spray on fabrics to subdue the stink and provide natural immune building properties for everyone in your home.
You can even put the essential oils in a diffuser (only about 5-10 drops are needed). Try this one I bought on Amazon.
You can purchase all the oils you need on Amazon.
16 Oz Spray Bottle (get it here)
1 Cup Vinegar or 1/c Cup Vodka or 1 Cup Witch Hazel (get it here)
15-20 Drops Of Your Favorite Essential Oil
1. Use a funnel to add the liquids to the bottle. Vinegar, vodka or witch hazel first then fill the rest of the way with water
2. Shake well to combine
3. Add in essential oils
4. Shake well before use
Fun Video For Your Kids About Germs
My girls enjoyed this video and your kids may, too.
Related: How To Use Essential Oils When Your Travel
DIY Homemade Pillow Spray Recipe
This is a spray you can use on your pillows to help you sleep at night. It doesn’t include Lavender essential oil which is in the typical sleep remedy so if those haven’t worked then try this one.
3 ½ tbsp water
½ tbsp Everclear
10 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
20 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
2 oz spray bottle
Mix water and Everclear in 2 oz bottle.
Add each essential oil.
Shake vigorously to blend.
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What Do You Think?
Will you be making your own fabric spray. Have another recipe you use? Share it with me.
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