learn about the ingredients in Febreze

what we’re made of


SH SAFETY ART Usage Header

It’s no secret that Febreze fights away odors like no other. And thanks to our high standards and carefully selected ingredients, Febreze is not only your first defense against stink—it’s also designed to be safely used around your family and pets. Which is why we make sure to put the ingredients in our highly sniffable products right at your fingertips, so you know exactly what we’re made of.

Inside Febreze

what makes (and keeps) us fresh

We know the products you use and the ingredients they contain are important to you. So, go ahead: Take a peek at the label. We’re confident you’ll recognize what’s in each bottle of Febreze.

Check out SmartLabel for a full list of product ingredients.


(Hydroxypropyl) Cyclodextrin: Traps odors and locks them away (doesn’t just cover them up!) and is made from sweet summer corn, cassava, and potatoes.
Used in: Fabric Refresher, Air Effects

Diethylene Glycol: Partners with cyclodextrin to capture odor molecules of ALL sizes and is a common ingredient used in cosmetics and perfumes.
Used in: Fabric Refresher


Sodium Citrate: Balances out the pH of bad odors, so they’re as neutral as water. It’s found naturally in the zest of citrus fruits and pine needles.
Used in: Air Effects, Fabric Refresher

Sodium Maleate: Like sodium citrate, this ingredient also balances out the pH of bad odors. It’s a compound that gives apples and pears their tartness.
Used in: Fabric Refresher


Polyamine Polymer: Locks tough lingering odors, especially fatty cooking odors, and is a common ingredient in detergents.
Used in: Fabric Refresher


Fragrance*: Leaves behind that light, fresh scent you love, giving your nose immediate relief while the odor fighters get to work. Fragrance binds to stinky ammonia and sulfur-based compounds, like pet and bathroom odors, making them too heavy to stay in the air.
Used in: Air Effects, Fabric Refresher, CAR, PLUG, Small Spaces, Wax Melts


Water: Leads odor-fighting molecules to odors and stabilizes the formula. You know it as H2O in its purest form.
Used in: Fabric Refresher, Air Effects

Alcohol: Dries fabrics after they're sprayed. Alcohol is a product of fermented fruits and grains.
Used in: Fabric Refresher, Air Effects

(PEG-60) Hydrogenated Castor Oil: Makes sure our products work smoothly from the first to the last spritz and is made from castor beans.
Used in: Fabric Refresher, Air Effects

Nitrogen: Provides a safer way to disperse a fine mist of ahhh-some into the air… without VOC-containing propellants. Nitrogen is a natural part of the air we breathe.
Used in: Air Effects

Dialkyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate: Helps disperse Febreze around your room and is a common ingredient in cosmetics.
Used in: Air Effects

Benzisothiazolinone: Keeps microbes from contaminating your Febreze and is a common ingredient in antibacterial hand soap.
Used in: Air Effects

* It is not recommended to use Febreze around pets with sensitivities to scented products and aerosols, like birds.

the no, no, no list

We’d never introduce anything into your home or the environment that we wouldn’t want in ours. That’s why Febreze is never formulated with anything unsafe or dangerous to use. Check out the full list of ingredients we won’t formulate with below:

The no list: Flammable propellants, like butane and propane, Formaldehyde, Phthlates, Benzene, Triclosan, Alkylphenols and alkylphenold ethoxylates, Bisphenol A, PVC (polyvinyl chloride, PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Triclocarban, Organotins (TBT, DBT, MBT, DOT), As with all aerosols, no CFCs

Our screening process is extremely rigorous, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. Want to know more? Learn about what passes the test here.