Does Febreze Really Work?


Does Febreze work?Febreze has come a long way since their early beginnings as a simple fabric refresher. Now they have an extensive line-up of products ranging from scented candles, to room deodorizers, to being an additive in laundry detergent. But is their success due to a clever marketing campaign, or are people buying it up because it really works? We put our review team on it to come up with the answer.

Overview
It’s often the case that when a product becomes successful it branches off into spin-offs and other useful items for the home. Such is the case with the Febreze product line, and now you’re armed with all sorts of ways to get your home, car, or office smelling the way you want it to.

The Claim
The basic claim behind Febreze is that it isn’t just adding a new scent to items or the air, but rather that it’s eliminating it entirely. The process behind this is patented and involves the use of a special sugar molecule that acts to entrap offensive odors and remove them from our sense perception. So it’s not as if it’s getting rid of the odors, but encasing them so we don’t smell them.

The Hype
They run a pretty steady amount of ads for Febreze, which keeps it in your subconscious for when you get to the store. You might find yourself instinctively reaching for it in the grocery aisle, or wonder why you’re suddenly looking it up online to see if it really works. It’s one of those hard goods that is very effectively sold through a combination of product placement in the store, and a steady stream of television ads that usually results in purchase. This can be good if you really do need an air freshener, or it might lead to an unnecessary purchase if their psychology works.

The Cost
The prices on Febreze range from about $3 for their vent packs that go in cars, to about $5 for a bottle of their more traditional spray bottle. Their prices are pretty competitive, and they don’t jack up the prices due to all of the advertising that is spent on them. You might pay a slight premium for Febreze of another rival like Glade, but the theory is that the other products won’t be able to match the effectiveness because they can’t use the same process as it’s protected.

The Commitment
The nice thing about Febreze is that you don’t have to do too much to use it, all of their products are either set-and-forget or spray and walk away. In olden times, circa the 1990′s you had to keep a bottle of potpourri spray handy and use it to cover up a stinky room. If you had bad-smelling fabrics like sofa cushions or comforters it was a real chore to have to wash them just to get the smell out. Many times they weren’t necessarily dirty, they just needed some freshening up. So in that respect Febreze does make things easier.

Evaluation
It’s easy enough to try out Febreze and evaluate whether it does the job of getting rid of odors. It’s not overly priced compared to other room deodorizers and air fresheners, but the key is to play to their strengths. Any time a company comes out with so many different product types they’re sure to miss the mark on a few of them. But overall, users seem to be very happy with the performance of the various products, and have no worries about buying it in bulk.

Final Febreze Review

The concept behind Febreze is a solid one, and it does seem to really work on eliminating odors and not just masking over them. Of course there are some products that get better reviews, so it’s not always a sure thing. Here are some of the products they offer that hit the nail on the head: Air Effects (all scents), Fabric Refreshers (all scents), Laundry Odor Eliminator, and their Allergen Reducer Air Freshener. These show strong user satisfaction, and you can be sure they’ll get the job done in your home as well. Some of the scents they make for other products don’t go over too well, but if you stick to the Gain scent, or their original scent you should be good to go.

Our Recommendation
The best line of defense against bad smells and odors is to avoid the offending source altogether. If that’s not an option then you have to bring in some reinforcements to get your home or car smelling good again. Overall Febreze has shown high levels of effectiveness and has proven that they’re not just a one trick pony. They’ve successfully branched out the label into other areas and continue to expand their brand, even going so far as to patent the process to prevent other companies from stealing their method.

What do you think? Does Febreze work or not?


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Donavon February 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

My laundry smell like crap because my previous washer smelled the same. I forget to clean the washer on a regular basis, well more like I got lazy and never cleaned it and eventually it became so dirty I couldn’t get rid of the stench. Anyways I can’t throw out all my clothes, so hopefully febreze can get rid of all the smell. I’ve never once used febreze for my laundry before, I’m just not a clean person lol. It either works or I’ll waste a ton of money on new clothes.

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Stephanie Caldwell July 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I am a firm Febreeze supporter! So much so that I now buy my laundry detergent and kitchen cleaners with it. In a house with 3 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat there are some smells that even with hardwood floors you can’t ever seem to get rid of, and covering them up never works because once the spray has left the air the funky smell is still there. Febreeze doesn’t cover them up, once I use any of my cleaners or air fresheners the odor is completely gone.

I have tried the genaric fabric refreshers and other air fresheners and nothing else comes close, they are actually a complete waste of money.

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Vanessa B. July 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Stephanie: I too have tried generic Febreeze-like products and they don’t work! At best they mask the smell with a very strong scent and don’t do as good a job as Febreeze.

I love Febreze because it gets rid of bad smells without being overpowering. I get headaches easily from scented products that are too strong, but Febreeze doesn’t give me these headaches. I also love their candles. I have also tried the Tide with Febreze detergent and it left my clothes smelling beautiful and fresh.

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Stephanie Caldwell July 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

I use the Tide too! Its my favorite!

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Rhonda July 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

I should buy stock in Febreze as I purchase a bottle every week. There isn’t a room that I don’t use Febreze in. I keep one in the car too. When I clean my house, then I spray it on the drapes, furniture, bedding, floor rugs and I even spray it in the air conditioner vents. You will get the fresh scent throughout the room. If there is an odor in your home, then try Febreeze. It doesn’t just mask the odor for a while, but it will remove the smell instantly. There isn’t another fabric refreshers that I would even purchase.

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Mira Ross July 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Ahhhh, Febreze! This product is my very favorite! I’m a clean freak when it comes to my bathrooms and the need for my furniture to smell fresh. When febreze was marketed, I quickly tried it out and never went back to anything else. This stuff is awesome, I tell you. I haven’t heard of one person that has had a bad experience with it. When it comes to stocking up on this stuff, I usually need to exercise self control in order not to go over-budget lol… I like the way it neutralizes offenses odors quickly. That’s a must in family with 3 males! lol.

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Amanda G. July 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Keeping a clean home is something that I strive to do day in and day out, and with the Febreeze fabric refresher I can take things to the next level. I use it almost on a daily basis, spraying it on my sofa, beds, curtains and other areas of the home. Instantly my home smells clean and refreshed and I can tell that my cleaning efforts are really working. There are impostors that try to do what Febreeze can do but none of them offer the awesome smell and the refreshing scent of Febreeze. If you want to exemplify your cleaning power make sure there is a bottle of Febreeze there to help you out.

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Lynda Schab July 11, 2013 at 1:38 am

I’ll admit, I always have a bottle of Febreeze in my cupboard but I don’t use it very often, mostly because I don’t think about it. But when I do find a reason, it works great. Love the fresh scent, love the fact that it pretty much eliminates odors completely instead of covers them temporarily. I have tried other brands and nothing compares.

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Kelly K. July 13, 2013 at 2:12 am

I love Febreze! Just like Vanessa up there, I can’t stand strong scents, and so many odor eliminators are just strong smells that barely mask the odor. Febreze is really great at getting smells out of fabrics that you can’t wash, like furniture, rugs and curtains, and it leaves behind a distinctive but fresh light scent. I prefer the Febreze air freshener for bathrooms (the lavender scent is especially nice). Since it doesn’t just cover the scent, it actually smells nice and not like…well, bathroom. Trash bags with Febreze have been my savior in the kitchen with smelly food trash. Everything with Febreze that I’ve tried has been a winner!

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Josh B. July 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Febreze is great for deodorizing things that can’t exactly be through into a washing machine. Especially if you had pets who didn’t quite make it outside to do their business. It helps eliminate odors while leaving a pleasant smell in the air. However, if you have something that is persistently stinky then, unfortunately it’ll only cover up the smell for certain amount of time before it goes back to stinking again. It works great even to make the bathroom fresh after using it.

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Michael Storch July 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

“Febreeze does not mask odors, it eliminates them.”

Thought experiment: put the management of Febreeze in a room, arm them with cans of Febreeze, and add nerve gas.

Q/ Which odor would be eliminated? The nerve gas? Or the smell of bullpucky from them & their ads?

Cheers,

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