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Disclaimer  – I have a material and/or financial connection because I received a gift, sample of a product and/or compensation for consideration in preparing to write this content. All opinions stated within are my own.

Last week I was invited to a Febreze Safety Immersion to learn more about what Procter & Gamble is doing to ensure consumers feel safe using Febreze products. I’ll admit, before going I didn’t use Febreze products as my first thought was “chemicals.” Well, I was wrong and what I learned about Febreze, both during the presentation by scientists and the cool lab tour, is that reading the label doesn’t tell the entire story.

The morning started with a presentation by one of Febreze’s principal scientists. Science has never been my thing so I was sure this would be way over my head but it wasn’t – the scientist did a great job of breaking it down and explaining how Febreze’s OdorClear technology works to neutralize odor rather than simply mask it. There’s no way I could accurately describe this to you, but the below video can and it illustrates how molecules in Febreze actually capture “bad odor” molecules to eliminate them.

The best part of the day was our tour of the lab where we did real “stink experiments” – and I do mean STINK! Who knew you could create body odor in a lab and package it, but yup – it smelled like some of the worst body odor I’ve ever smelled. It literally made my eyes water! The scientist then sprayed Febreze Fabric Refresher Free, which has no perfume in it, on one of the body odor towels and a competitive brand on the other. The “BO towel” with the competitive brand smelled like…well…floral scented body odor – it was pretty gross. The towel with the Febreze had absolutely no smell whatsoever. You can also learn about the three other types of odor cleaning technologies and how and why Febreze cleans away stink here.

So great – Febreze works, but the big question for me was whether Febreze is safe or toxic. What’s really in the product and, more importantly, what’s not? Febreze products don’t have phthalates, formaldehyde or flammable propellants. All P&G products including Febreze ingredients are listed on SmartLabel (if you don’t have this app you need it!) and by the end of 2019 P&G will share online all fragrance ingredients down to 0.01 percent for all their products, which includes more than 2000 fragranced products.

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation and assumptions online about air fresheners that aren’t based on science or research. To address this, the Febreze team recently participated in the inaugural Household & Commercial Products Association Air Care Summit to share and assess the science behind air fresheners. The summit included academic and medical experts in toxicology, inhalation science, pediatrics and pulmonology medicine. The goal of the group is to help consumers make informed decisions about the Air Care products they use and provide accurate information.

I was amazed at how much I learned at this summit and have been talking Febreze OdorClear technology with my family ever since! Stay tuned as I’ll be posting some real-world experiments with Febreze of my own.


  1. Take massive dump

  2. Is febreze fabric toxic or safe?
    How do you know if it isn’t toxic?

  3. It is toxic! I would never trust P&g. There is a multitude of chemicals in febreeze. You are irresponsibly posting this based on their biased info. Please be careful what you promote as some will likely believe that febreeze is safe and unknowingly be exposing innocent people to cancer causing chemicals. The chemicals are covering the odor up.

  4. Allan Dennis

    You might want to do more reading about Febreeze.

  5. This article is worthless since the writer has been brainwashed. What do you expect the ‘scientist’ to tell you? Yes, it contains carcinogens? Well it DOES. It contains many lung irritants, eye irritants and chemicals that cause cancer that are NOT mentioned on the label. Google it. There are plenty of articles about how despicable it is to sell products like this which as so dangerous to breath in. And now they’re encouraging people to spray it on their clothes! P & G – one of the cruellest and greediest companies on Earth.

  6. Ike Langendoen

    I have used it three times per week for the past five years and wonder if it could have caused my incident. One day my left side became completely lame. From my toes to my body and now I wonder if it is the reason my memory is failing.
    Please let somebody give me an opinion. Ike

  7. Lynn Lindberg

    So, in reading this nowhere did I see the writer actually confirmed that Febreeze is in fact safe, nor that the company during her visit confirmed that it was safe. She just says all the ingredients are listed on the label. So, sorry but for me, that says everything I need to know. If it were truly considered 100% safe the company would have confirmed that during her visit and she would have included that information. Since it’s not I’m going to assume not a product I would risk using.


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