how we use chemistry

to clean the air



the tech behind a fresh clean

Don’t settle for masking odors—Febreze has the technology to clean away bad odors at the source. The good news: Cleaning away odors isn’t rocket science… but it does take a little bit of chemistry know-how to do it right. Read on to learn why the technology in Febreze is designed with the safety of you, your family, and your pets in mind.

Febreze: tackling bad odors with good science

No fluff in your fresh air! Febreze gets to the point on odor elimination… down to the molecular level. We found four enemies to stinky smells and combined them (science!) to eliminate—not just mask—bad odors. You might be surprised to recognize some of them:





Sodium Citrate: The odor neutralizer

Find it in: It’s the bubbly in your club soda, and the fresh zest in citrus and pine needles.
What it does: These zesty molecules eliminate bad smells by balancing out their pH (so they become as neutral as water).





Cyclodextrin: The odor trapper

Find it in: summer sweet corn and potatoes
What it does: This donut-shaped molecule traps odors in its center and locks them away for good.





DUO PSB: The odor magnet

Find it in: Febreze! This polymer was specially created to tackle odors in hard-to-wash fabrics.
What it does: This odor magnet digs deep to draw out odors, then traps them away while releasing bursts of freshness.





Fragrance: The odor converter

Find it in: Flowers, fruits, and fresh rain! We re-created natural scents in Febreze by replicating their molecular composition.
What it does: These various perfume molecules react and bind to bad odor, thus forcing them to change their stinky ways.





natural or synthetic: Is there really a difference?

Often, there is no difference between natural and synthetic ingredients; that’s why many of them are called “nature identical.” Yep, the ingredients used in our air fresheners are identical to their natural counterparts. When examined under a microscope, they look exactly the same. So when you smell a lavender fragrance molecule that’s created in a lab, it’s indistinguishable from the scent of lavender growing in your yard.

Febreze takes a responsible approach to fragrance, opting for synthetics when choosing a botanical that could be harmful to the environment… or even strip away a rare plant species.

naturally occurring vs. synthetic

A molecule from a fresh orange vs. the orange essence used in Febreze

So now you know: There’s no secret to the stink-busting power of Febreze. Just good, clean science. Doesn’t that feel like a breath of fresh air?