How to Make Fragrant Ironing Water

Rose petals add a delicate scent to your ironing water.
Rose petals add a delicate scent to your ironing water. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

If you pride yourself on being a domestic goddess, here's a simple tip for infusing your clothes with fragrance as you iron. By using aromatic plants or flowers, you can make lightly perfumed ironing water. You can also spray the subtly scented water on towels and bedding that's been stored in a linen cupboard to freshen them up or spritz it on sheets and pillowcases before you slip into bed and enjoy a soothing, restful sleep.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 pint of water
  • Heat-resistant mixing jug
  • Kettle
  • Sieve
  • 1 cup or large handful of rose petals
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried lavender sprigs
  • Spray bottle or glass storage bottle

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Pick a cup or large handful of rose petals. Most types of rose petals will work. The more petals you pick, the stronger the scent of the ironing water will be.

Gather 1/4 of a cup, or a small handful, of lavender. You need less of this plant, as it has a stronger scent than roses. Most types of lavender will work.

Place the rose petals and lavender sprigs in a heat-resistant mixing jug.

Boil 1 pint of water. Pour the boiling water over the petals and springs. Cover the jug and leave the mixture to cool completely.

Pour the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the sprigs and petals. Pour the scented liquid into a spray bottle or a glass storage bottle.

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