Spring cleaning means opening the windows, deep cleaning your home, and that feeling of being refreshed. But you don’t have to wait until spring to freshen up your home; you can do this all year long. These are 10 ways to give your home a spring refresh, especially with items that are difficult to clean and typically get ignored. I will also debunk some myths about Febreze, its ingredients, and its safety.
This is a sponsored post made in partnership with Febreze. However, all opinions are my own. Full Disclosure Policy, Legal Clause, and Terms and Conditions – Click HERE.
Raise your hand if you are like me and love the warm spring weather! I also love opening the windows, welcoming the fresh air, and giving my home a deeper spring cleaning. But you don’t have to wait until spring to freshen up your home and get that spring-clean feeling.
There are certain items in your home that are difficult to clean and therefore often get ignored. I like to give them a “spring refresh” even when it’s not springtime. Why wait for that once-a-year special treatment. You can give your home this spring refresh daily, weekly, and periodically throughout the year!
If you are curious about how to freshen up the items in your home that can’t be traditionally cleaned, keep reading for 10 ways to give your home a spring refresh with Febreze products. I will also share some behind-the-scenes information on the ingredients that Febreze uses (and doesn’t) and answer the question many of you want to know – is Febreze safe to use.
As with all Febreze sprays, be sure to test a small area first, and don’t use on fabrics that water spot, including silk, suede, and leather.
10 Ways to Give Your Home a Spring Refresh
1. Welcome Mat
Let’s start with the first thing everyone sees when you come into your home – the welcome mat! If it’s a coir mat, shake it out weekly, and replace it once or twice a year depending on the wear and tear. If it’s a rubber mat, spray it down with a hose once a month. For your weekly refresh, spray your welcome mat with Febreze Light Fabric Sea Spray to welcome everyone with a scent of warmth and sunshine.
2. Trash Cans
Hands down, trash cans (and recycling bins) are the stinkiest place in our homes, even if we empty them frequently. The odors just linger and linger. Once a quarter, I have Stepson take all of our trash receptacles outside and hose them down with soap and water. While this helps, it doesn’t take away the garbage smell that never seems to go away. Once a day, give your kitchen trash can and recycling bin a spray of Febreze Light Air Sea Spray. Once a week, do the same for the ancillary trash containers in your home (bedroom, bathroom, office, etc.).
3. Gym Shoes and Gym Bag
Next to trash cans, gym shoes and gym bags have their own special place on the funky smell scale. And why is it that teenage athletes ALWAYS forget to empty their sports bags? Double funk! Once a week, spray your gym bags, shoes, yoga mats, and other athletic gear with Febreze Light Air Sea Spray.
4. Couches and Chairs
Odors get trapped in fabric upholstery and your family room or living room can quickly go from everyone’s favorite gathering place to smelling a little… off. Once a week, spray your fabric couches and chairs with Febreze Light Fabric Bamboo spray. And let the popcorn and binge-watching continue!
5. Towels, Shower Curtains, and the Bathroom
Even with proper ventilation, bathrooms can get musty. Obviously, you want to wash your towels frequently, but in between laundry day, give them a spray of Febreze Light Fabric Sea Spray. After each shower, spray the bathroom air with Febreze Light Air Sea Spray to help eliminate odors and minimize the mustiness. Finally, once a week, give your shower curtain a spray of Febreze Light Fabric Sea Spray or Bamboo. These steps will help you keep that spring freshness in your bathroom.
6. Laundry Hamper
Our laundry hamper is super cute. It’s navy blue with the word “Laundry” stitched on it. And while it’s fancy on the outside, it gets a bit smelly on the inside. On laundry day, give your laundry hamper a spray of Febreze Light Air Sea Spray.
7. Kids Rooms
Even with proper cleaning, I must say, “What on earth do kids do in their room that makes it smell SO BAD?” And then they become teenagers and the smell is like 24/7 rotten feet. Please tell me I’m not alone. Solidarity? Kids may have their own “Mom Repellant” to keep parents out of their room, but we have our own secret weapon. Once a day, bravely open the door and give their room a spray of Febreze Light Air Sea Spray.
8. Litter Box
Even with advances in litter technology, kitty litter odor can be obnoxious. Back when she was alive, my Hattiecat’s litter was the worst! She was the OG of smelly cats. Once a quarter, wash your litter box with soap and water. Spray of Febreze Light Air Sea Spray whenever you notice things are getting a little too smelly.
9. Seasonal Pillows
We store our seasonal pillows in the attic. They are kept in a plastic bin, but they still have some lingering attic odor. Give your seasonal pillows a spring refresh with Febreze Light Fabric Bamboo. Once a week, you can give all of your pillows a quick spray to keep them smelling fresh and clean.
10. Burn a Candle in the Entry Way and Kitchen
Now that your home has a spring refresh every day of the week, it’s time to level up. Light a Febreze Light Candle Sea Spray in unexpected places like your entryway and kitchen, and even in the bathroom when you are taking a bath. It’s a great way to continually refresh your home using watery, floral scents and without any heavy perfumes. Blow out the candle and say a gratitude for your home and family.
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Febreze and Fragrance
Did you know that Febreze has a collection of Light products that are lighter and have a more delicate scent for individuals with sensitive noses (like me)?
Febreze follows and exceeds very strict safety testing and regulations for fragrances. They also take a responsible approach to creating delightful fragrances and sourcing their ingredients. Their goal is to take a responsible environmental approach through responsible sourcing, which includes using a mix of dependable human-made and natural ingredients.
Is Febreze Safe to Use?
I started using Febreze products over 20 years ago. I used their sprays to freshen up my fabric couch and Hatticat’s litter.
Enter later adulthood and a chronic illness, I am a huge skeptic when it comes to commercial products and their safety. After a lot of research, I wanted to rid our home as much as possible from toxic ingredients like VOCs, phthalates, triclosan, and bisphenol-A. In 2015, I did a big purge of many commercial cleaners and products in our home and opted to make my own instead. I didn’t even check the labels – I just assumed all commercial cleaners and products contained these ingredients. As someone who is very brand loyal, it was sad to say goodbye to Febreze.
Fast forward to today, I was pleasantly surprised when P&G contacted me to discuss Febreze and its safety. I was definitely intrigued and cautiously open-minded. I had the honor of attending a 90-minute meeting with their Senior Scientific Communications Manager to learn about Febreze’s product development, safety processes, and ingredients, and ask lots of questions. Here’s what I learned.
Febreze and the ingredients in it are designed with your safety at the heart, and rigorously tested for safety. They don’t just test each ingredient independently, but also how the ingredients interact with each other. This determines a product’s safe range standards.
Febreze goes above and beyond the highest safety standards set by external agencies like the EPA. As with all cleaning products, the ingredients in their air fresheners are regulated by government agencies.
I love how transparent Febreze is with their ingredients – they have been disclosing their ingredient list since 2017! They use 100% natural propellant and their ingredients include water, citric acid (like the stuff in lemons), and cyclodextrin (derived from corn). The full list of ingredients in Febreze and a list of ingredients Febreze does not use are available at Febreze.com, so you can feel good about using it as part of your everyday routine.
What’s NOT included in Febreze products:
- Flammable propellants like butane and propane
- Alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates
- Bisphenol A
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
- PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
- Organotins (TBT, DBT, MBT, DOT)
Are you Inspired?
Learn more about Febreze, its safety, and ingredients at Febreze.com, and be sure to shop Febreze products at your favorite store!
Love, hugs, and spring cleaning without actually cleaning.
FTC requirement: This is a sponsored post made in partnership with Febreze. However, all opinions are my own. Full Disclosure Policy, Legal Clause, and Terms and Conditions – Click HERE.