Linen sprays have long been used for freshening and revitalizing homes, especially on cotton sheets and bedding. One of the most popular essential oils used in linen sprays is lavender, known for its uplifting and pleasant aroma. Linen sprays purchased through retail stores can be costly and contain harmful chemicals, yet there is a simple and inexpensive recipe for creating your own linen spray using essential oils, to give a clean, natural and long-lasting fragrance.
Things You'll Need
- 32 ounce plastic spray bottle
- 1/4 cup vodka or rubbing alcohol
- 1 tsp lavender essential oil (equivalent to 100 drops)
- Distilled water
- Sprig of lavender (optional)
Thoroughly wash out your plastic spray bottle before mixing the ingredients.
Measure out and add 1/4 cup of vodka to your spray bottle. You may want to use a funnel to aid you in adding both the vodka and the distilled water, to avoid any spills.
Carefully add 1 tsp of your lavender essential oil, or whatever oil(s) you choose to use. If you find it easier use an eyedropper and measure approximately 100 drops.
Fill the rest of your spray bottle with distilled water and shake thoroughly until it is well mixed.
Tips & Warnings
- Use unflavored vodka, and find the cheapest you can as it's the alcohol that's important. You can use rubbing alcohol but vodka is preferable as it dries faster and absorbs odors.
- Avoid using citrus based oils as these have a slight orange tint to them. Although it is unlikely to stain linens once diluted it is much easier to stick to clear essential oils when making your own spray.
- Some of the best essential oils to use are bergamot which is known to be relaxing; chamomile for its calming effect; mint and peppermint are both uplifting, or you could even use rosemary or jasmine. Also, don't be afraid to mix a couple of different oils together and experiment with which smells the best to you.
- Add a sprig of lavender to the bottle for that special touch and extra fragrance.
- Make sure that each time you use the spray that you shake the bottle well.
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