Hit or Miss – DIY Febreze

It’s Hit or Miss Wednesday!  Last week I shared some really cute kid friendly pumpkin crafts that were a big hit at my house.

I always want my house to smell fresh and clean.  Don’t you?  And my husband’s nose hates plugin air fresheners. Those plugins causes him to sneeze and his eyes to water.  I thought he was just being over-the-top dramatic, so once upon a time I hid a plugin just to see if it was all in his head, but sure enough, he began to sneeze, etc.  Sigh.  Sorry.

Then I resorted to Febreze, always spraying the sofa, rugs, etc. when he wasn’t home.  It didn’t seem to bother him as much as the plugins did.  But I would go through a bottle of Febreze in no time at all!  And that stuff is expensive!

And then what happened?  I saw all the homemade DIY Febreze copycats on Pinterest.  Take me to the town square and stone me, but I just never got on board when everyone jumped on the DIY laundry detergent, shampoo and baby wipes band wagon.  Especially when I read all the reports about the baby wipes becoming moldy and I needed a 5 gallon bucket to make laundry detergent.  Well, I don’t have a baby and I don’t need 5 gallons of laundry detergent.  But the laundry detergent may or may not make my hit or miss list one of these days.

But DIY Febreze?  It’s the perfect way to ease into the DIY craze.  So I searched high and low for the easiest DIY Febreze recipe because I was bound and determined not to have to special order anything else to make it homemade (as my 3 lb. bag of beeswax pellets sit all alone on the top shelf of my pantry.  I do hope it’s never mistaken for food.)

Hit or Miss?  DIY Copycat Febreze

 

The recipes I found were pretty much all the same and most of the people that shared them got it from a friend (who heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend . . . .  heck, that old favorite song is now in my head).  Can you name that song and the band?

You can find the recipe here!  It’s just 3 ingredients plus a clean spray bottle.

  • 1/8 cup liquid fabric softener
  • 1-2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Warm water

Hit or Miss DIY Febreze

Was it a hit or a miss?

The hardest part was finding a measuring cup in my kitchen that had a 1/8th measure.  Finally I gave up and just filled the 1/4 cup half full.  After pouring in the fabric softener and baking soda, slowly add hot water until you reach the top of your spray bottle.  Don’t even ask how I know that bit of information.  Place the top on the bottle and shake it like it’s hot and you’re done.

I really like the smell!  I lightly misted everything in my living room – the rug, the sofas, the pillows and I think I may have misted a grand child or two.   The smell is soft and clean, not overpowering at all.

All in all, in my opinion, it’s just an OK substitute for the real deal.  I didn’t get excited enough to call a friend.

Helpful Hint:  The day after I made the DIY Febreze, I noticed that the fabric softener had separated from the water.  I just gave it a good shake before using it.  Also, the smell doesn’t last nearly as long as the real Febreze does.

But, if you happen to spot your neighbor walking up your driveway, grab the faux febreze, give it a good shake and spray it in the air.  Your house will smell like you’ve been cleaning all day.

Will I make it again?  Probably, because I have to use up that bottle of fabric softener.  I use the store bought dryer sheets to soften my clothes.

Do you have  a favorite homemade household cleaner that really works?

Oh, and don’t forget to shout out the name of the song I mentioned and the band who sang that song! :)

Choking Hazards for Kids & Adults

Today is the last day of  Baby Safety Month, so I thought it fitting to share this information in order to help keep babies, children and adults safe!

Have you ever been eating and swallowed a big chunk of food and it got stuck in your throat?  It’s a horrible feeling!

I have three major choking stories that pushed me to write this post:

1.  We were on the way to church one Sunday morning when daughter #2, a preschooler at the time, choked on a peppermint disk.  We had to pull over on the side of the road, grab her out of the car seat and perform the Heimlich maneuver.  It seemed like time stood still and afterwards I was shaking in my shoes.

 Find out the proper way to perform the Heimlich here!  If you’re alone and are choking, you can self-administer the Heimlich!  Here’s how!

Heimlich Maneuver on Infants

2.  A few years later, when that same daughter was elementary age,  (what’s up with her???) she choked on a piece of hard candy during Sunday School and once again, I performed the Heimlich maneuver.  Her lips had turned purple and I was about to go into panic mode when that hard candy finally dislodged and landed in the floor.

I think I should get a Heimlich maneuver award because I have that thing down pat.

Because of those two incidents, my daughter does not allow her children to eat hard candy disks.

3.  Fast forward a couple dozen years to a night in Ft. Lauderdale.  My husband and I had deposited daughter #3 in FL so she could attend makeup artistry school.

That evening, we treated ourselves to my favorite food, sushi, at a cool Ft. Lauderdale restaurant for dinner and then headed home (long drive) immediately afterwards.  My husband likes to drive at night while I snooze away.

While I was eating sushi,  all of a sudden it felt like I was choking and I kept clearing my throat and coughing.   I told my husband that it felt like I had something stuck in my throat.

Finally,  after we had eased on down the road a bit, I was still coughing, but breathing fine and (this part is gross) I finally stuck my finger down my throat and felt a bone (from the raw fish in the sushi) stuck in my tonsil!  I’m serious!  You can’t make this stuff up!

I asked my husband to stop and buy a pair of tweezers and a mirror.  I was going to try to remove it myself.  Yeah.  Uh huh,  Dr. Alli.  That did not work.

After we had crossed over into South Carolina (yes, I had battled that bone for a while) and I realized the bone was not going anywhere, we stopped at the first emergency room we could find.  My throat was numbed and the Dr. removed the bone with a long pair of tweezers.  That was after everyone who worked in that small hospital came to see the woman with a sushi bone stuck in her tonsil.

The emergency room Dr. gave me the bone to take home in a little bottle so that I could prove to my children that it really happened.

That’s a funny story (now), but choking is no laughing matter!  As I was thinking about all the choking episodes I’ve witnessed in my lifetime, I knew I had to issue a warning about choking hazards for kids & adults.  Here goes!

1.  Nuts, Popcorn & Grapes

When my children were small, I would always cut grapes in half.  Anything that you tend to eat by the handfuls (nuts or popcorn) can become a choking hazard.  Slow down, don’t gobble.  Chew that food!

According to experts at Ohio State University, we should chew soft foods 5-10 times before swallowing and more dense foods (meats and veggies) up to 30 times before swallowing!  I really need to slow down!

2.  Foods with Small Diameters

Hot dogs, carrots and string cheese sticks are the perfect size to get stuck in a child’s throat.  When I give a hot dog to a toddler I slice it in half length wise and then into small, bite sized portions.

3.  Foods with Chewy Textures

Peanut Butter is the first food that comes to mind.  It’s best eaten in a sandwich and not by the spoonfuls (note to self).  Steak and meat, in general, is another food that adults get choked on, especially if it’s overcooked or a thick cut.  Again, cut into small pieces and chew that food!

3.  Small Toys and Balloons

In my opinion, small children and latex balloons don’t mix!  Small and/or popped balloons can be ingested,  get sucked into the airway and are nearly impossible to remove.

Plastic wrap and cellophane pose the same threat.

It can be a challenge to keep small toys away from toddlers, especially when you have older children.  Keep small toys like Legos, etc. in bins with secure lids.

You can find age appropriate toys here!

4.  Dishwasher Tabs

I was saddened when I read about all the children that have died from ingesting dishwasher pods!  It’s not so much a choking hazard as it is a toxic thing.  It’s bright and pretty and tots can mistake it for candy.

Because I don’t have small children, I’ve always kept my pods in a container under the kitchen sink.  After hearing about a toddler dying from trying to eat a dishwasher tab, I now keep them on the top shelf in an upper cabinet.

We can’t follow our kids around 24/7, nor should we be overprotective, but I do believe we should be educated so that we can do what we can to make our homes a safe environment.

I suggest that all parents learn how to properly administer the Heimlich.

Remember, if you’re alone and are choking, you can self-administer the Heimlich!  Here’s how!

What are some choking hazards that I’ve missed?  Have you ever choked on a bone or had to perform the Heimlich?

 

 

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