Um, no, not really. A chemical product designed to be sprayed around your house and stinky family marketed as a “breath of fresh air”? Don’t think so. How about opening some windows or stepping outside for your fresh air? Febreze’s main active ingredient is Cyclodextrin, which binds or entraps various hydrophobic compounds that cause odors. (Wikipedia). It is a starch based compound that swallows odors, encapsulating them inside the compound. It does not actually clean your fabrics at all, it just traps odors for a while. So not only are you using chemicals to try to reproduce a “breath of fresh air”, but said chemicals are only masking any odors in the house – it doesn’t clean anything. And while their television advertisements try to sell you on smothering yourself in pillows covered with it and dousing your home from top to bottom, you might want to think twice after reading their MSDS sheet:
- Possible mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
- Inhalation of high concentrations of ethanol vapor may cause irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract, drowsiness, and fatigue.
- Use chemical goggles and protective gloves (rubber, neoprene) during spill clean-up.
Still want to spray it around your family to try to make them smell better? Safer alternatives for a better smelling home include soy candles, cinnamon sticks in boiling water, bowls of vinegar in the smelly areas, and opening your windows and doors. Or, you can try cleaning with a non-toxic cleaner, since that will actually help to remove odors and not just mask them.
“A breath of fresh air” from a can filled with fragrances and chemicals. I don’t think so.