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Once upon a time when my daughter was younger, she used to wet the bed. Apart from the upset it caused her, even with a mattress protector, I found the mattress still used to smell slightly stale and off putting to the nose. Enter Febreze into my household. Iíd originally been alerted to it via all the dubbed adverts on TV, with the lovely smelling house, despite having dogs, smokers and smelly shoes everywhere. I was sure it wasnít going to work quite as well as that, but I was willing to give it a try.
The price was a bit off putting in itself when I was perusing the supermarket shelves for it. A 500ml bottle was around £2.50. I was convinced it would be £2.50 well spent if it did the trick. Itís also available in larger bottle carrying larger price tags too.
How does it work?
Febreze supposedly rids fabrics of odours, by spraying the offending article with a generous amount of spray, and when it dries it takes the smell with it.
I personally mainly used it on mattresses as I said, so I spray an over generous amount to the entire area, not just the wet bits, open the window and leave all day. The more you spray the longer it will take to dry so itís best to do first thing in the morning to ensure proper drying time throughout the day.
Does it work?
I find Febreze leaves an odour of its own behind as opposed to ridding the original smell. The classic version of the spray has quite a fresh pleasant aroma. Closer inspection of the mattress after drying time had elapsed, I would say there was definitely a pleasant smell rather than nasty aromas. I am pleased with the effects of Febreze on mattresses, but there are so many other uses for it that I hadnít tried back then.
Now I use it on my sofas to create a ďfreshĒ smell from the cat using my cushions as his bed more often than not.
Where can you use Febreze?
Procter and Gamble (who make Febreze) tell us we can use their product on linen, upholstery, mattresses, canvas shoes, car seats, carpets etc. They do advise to test a small patch first if using on delicate fabrics.
Febreze isnít suitable for use on leather, suede and silk so check before spraying away.
Procter and Gamble have recently updated their product packaging and range of sprays. My bottle is still your standard trigger pump, white bottle, but the bottles are now a clear light blue with a range of different fragrances, including extra strength (classic smell), spring renewal, meadow rain, blossoms and breeze.
My 500ml bottle has lasted me a good year as I donít see the need to use it all the time, only when I see a need to, therefore I think itís an idea product to keep in the cupboard for when you need it, as you never know when these instances can occur.
Do I recommend it?
Definitely, as I said buy it, you never know when itíll come in handy, and it does help get rid of nasty whiffs I would rather not smell.