Does Febreze Really Work?

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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.

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.

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?

2,141 Customer Reviews on “Does Febreze Really Work?

  1. @ Donavan

    There’s a couple things you can use to clean those stanky clothes and your washer simultaneously!

    Pinesol!!! It is cheap and very effective and the lavender one and the blue one both smell great in clothes … I had a not so clean boyfriend and while I buy nice detergents sometimes his habits kinda required a stronger clean.

    Another thing you can try is white vinegar. But honestly I say toss all those clothes back in that stank washmachine and kill two birds with one stone use about a cup of the pinesol and your stuff will definitely be clean

  2. Febreeze is a waste of money and does not work like they claim it too! I accidentally forgot to throw away the trash today before heading out and came home to a foul smell! Mind you, we have febreeze plug ins in the kitchen, livingroom and bathroom. What do you think we smelled upon walking in the house?? Definitely not the febreeze! But the garbage! we’ll never purchase anything from febreeze again.

  3. What is the danger of using fabrize to the point of making me sickish. What are the ingredients? Is there anything that is bad for health? I get a headache and sick to my stomach.

  4. How different is the new scent with Febreeze? My male kitty is VERY picky and of he doesn’t approve he will hold in his pee until he gets bladder crystals.

  5. Febreze is the best odor reducer on the market. I have cats, dogs, and one stinky husband. I have been using Febreze for at least 10 years–it works.

  6. Ugh. I am distressed that I find Febreeze so effective. I even Googled why it works and wound up here. I have five cats and Fresh Step litter now includes Febreeze but I didn’t like their odor shield version so I resisted buying Fresh Step Febreeze until that was all I could buy last week. To my surprise my apartment is only stinky now when cats actually do their business. Luckily I’m already in habit of cleaning litter several times a day so kitties stay happy too.
    Good job Febreeze.

  7. Febreze is evil. It coats the lungs with toxins, causes ill health, stinks like a chemical factory, and the worst is that people are fooled into thinking it not only smells nice but that EVERYONE SHOULD BE CONTAMINATED WITH IT. I DO NOT WANT your artificial scents, nor the lingering respiratory distress that these bring on. Keep them to yourself — but wait! You can’t! Because the stuff permeates everything that comes within its orbit. Just use basic soap and scentless laundry detergent and realize that human odors are not bad. The end.

  8. Well as Febreze is a good smelling product but my wife and I have purchased about 3 cans of Febreze with the can having a problem with the spraying system. It will not spray. It’s seems like the idea is to get the most out of the product but it does not. The spraying of the liquid product does not come out of the can. Do not buy these cans. They don’t work at all.

  9. “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?


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