Why I hate Febreze And Love the New York Times

Real Estate Agent with Select Realty

"Fish & Visitors stink in 3 days."

 Benjamin Franklin


Why I hate Febreze 

And Love the New York Times


Ok I will start with the New York Times; on August 11th they profiled our little old Marquette County Fair in a recent article This Land - Where the Competition Is Stiff but Sweet - NYTimes.com. I will admit to not reading the New York Times but NMU's awesome Alumni Association published this in their newsletter and now I am sharing it with you. It is such a treat to see your friend's name (Andi Goriesky) in print in the New York Times!


I hate Febreze! I am sorry to pick on one product, but I must say it is completely overused in homes that are for sale. I understand the umm distinctive smells that some homes might have, but when a home owner thinks they are covering it up with Febreze, it seems to just make it worse. So my first piece of advice is to clean a home completely.  You just don't know what may have died under the couch. The second easy way out is to run a lemon or lime through the disposal. But my latest find is Fresh Wave a product that I saw on the Today Show July 2, 2008. I found it online but didn't do anything until I saw it locally at the Touch of Finland. I bought both the Fresh Wave small spray and a 16 oz. gel pack. I have access to a vacant home that didn't smell quite right, so I placed the gel pack in the home and the odor diminished. I do think for a whole home, I would get 2 packs. I used the spray in my own home with great results! What I like about the product is that you get a fresh smell, not a chemical or perfume smell, and it seems to remove odor not just cover it up.


Comments (7)

Carey Pott
January Financial - Foothill Ranch, CA

I'm with you on Febreze, it's a little overused and sadly not nearly as effective as the commercials would have you believe. At the end of the day, nothing beats a good house-wide scrub-down!

Aug 14, 2008 07:30 AM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Stephanie~ You are so right, nothing beats a good thorough house cleaning.  I will check out the Fresh Wave next time I go to the store!  shop on the internet!

Aug 14, 2008 07:41 AM
Laura Sellers
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com - Auburn, AL

Doing a great job at cleaning the house is usually the best solution, but I will have to check out Fresh Wave.  Thanks for the tip.

Aug 14, 2008 08:00 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

good to see you here

Aug 14, 2008 10:33 AM
Stephanie Jones
Select Realty - Marquette, MI
What Doors Will I Open For You?

Wow Maureen McCabe on my Blog, you do not know how honord I feel. I used to read and respect your posts on RealTalk!

Aug 15, 2008 02:21 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Stephanie I think I invited you to AR... I am pretty sure... about two years ago.

08/23/2006 Accepted Stephanie Jones (Select Realty) (referral link)



Aug 15, 2008 10:37 AM

Maureen, You are right. Isn't it amazing how small the world is?

Aug 15, 2008 12:08 PM