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Febreze spray--does it actually neutralize odors or just cover them up?

AmesieAmesie Registered User Posts: 846 Member
edited April 2011 in Parent Cafe
I have a wool blanket that smells a little musty. I am airing it outside but am also thinking that I might try the Febreze spray. Has anyone used it with good results?
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Replies to: Febreze spray--does it actually neutralize odors or just cover them up?

  • MommaJMommaJ Registered User Posts: 5,638 Senior Member
    I think it covers them up, sometimes quite effectively, but you have to be willing to live with the smell of the Febreeze. I really hate having a lot of competing aromas in my home, and try to buy the unscented everything, but Febreeze is quite scented. Perhaps if you used Febreeze first and then aired out the blanket, you'd get the best result.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,327 Senior Member
    If you don't care about possible fading, try hanging that blanket outdoors on a bright sunny day.
  • sryrstresssryrstress Registered User Posts: 2,354 Senior Member
    I think Febreze smells, a lot, and it's just a cover up smell. I have bad allergies and that stuff really affects me.
  • faithfirst2226faithfirst2226 Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    Febreze is just a cover spray. I can't recall the name of it, but there is a neutralizer spray on the market and it is sold around the febreze aisle...seems like it has neutralizer in the title, sorry I can't be more help to remember.
  • SilpatSilpat Registered User Posts: 1,088 Senior Member
    Febreze is an allergy trigger for me, too. I've had good luck sprinkling fabric with baking soda, letting it sit overnight, and then shaking/beating the baking soda out.
  • ChuckleDoodleChuckleDoodle Registered User Posts: 715 Member
    We had to use it when son was carsick.... He puked all over his seat. We cleaned up the mess, then febreezed the entire inside of the car, came out the next day and didn't smell any "pukiness". I have a very sensitive nose and if there was any of that horrid smell still in the car, I would have smelled it. We used the extra strength febreeze and it was great.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 32,473 Senior Member
    Musty smell means traces of mold. I doubt Febreze will take care of it. Better yet try Lysol spray, sun/air exposure, vacuuming with baking soda, Nature Miracle...

    (I too gag after a few molecules of Febreze bouquet get stuck to my smell receptors.)
  • srwsrw Registered User Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    They do have an unscented Febreze.
  • 12rmh1812rmh18 Registered User Posts: 1,905 Senior Member
    I just bought some "Fresh Wave" at Bed Bath Beyond. It was recommended for tough odors by women in my book club. It comes in spray, deodorizing crystals, & carpet powder. So far it seems to have removed bad pet odors from my carpet. It's more expensive than Febreze but has a lighter, more natural scent.
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,751 Senior Member
    I'm so sick of things with scent. Hand lotions, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and so forth and so on. Everything I buy, I buy unscented, or I don't buy it.
  • sryrstresssryrstress Registered User Posts: 2,354 Senior Member
    VH-- me too!! It is difficult at times to buy unscented though. The unscented Febreze still smells. So do the unscented dryer sheets. It is difficult to live in a world where perfumes are added to almost everything. For those with severe allergies triggered by smell, asthma, etc., it really is a burden. Products don't need to smell to work!!
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,751 Senior Member
    I don't use dryer sheets and, in spite of this failure, my life is still a good one.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    I don't use dryer sheets, but I do like lavender- I use lavender soap on my evergreens in the yard & also use nag champa incense ( that I bought when D was in India & it made me feel closer to her)- it also brings back memories of when incense was very popular in the 70's for another reason.

    I like some of the Mrs Meyers scents- but I think airing out your blanket should help a lot if you don't mind a little fading.
  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay Registered User Posts: 19,008 Senior Member
    I'm also bothered by scents. Febreze has never been a problem, but Lysol ... argh.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    I don't like lysoi but my H loves it- i suspect his mom just sprayed it around a lot.
    I told him after you clean up you don't need to spray it around- but he is also bothered by things I like- like pine sol or orange oil.
    He doesn't mind the Murphys soap, but it takes a lot more scrubbing ( & guess who does 99.9% of it?)
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