DIY Linen Spray is inexpensive, easy to make, and has the holistic benefits of essential oils.
June 7, 2023
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The Truth About Fragrance
There’s something so opulent about slipping into freshly scented sheets.
But do you know that store-bought linen sprays, laundry detergents, and air fresheners aren’t required to disclose all of their ingredients?
And so many nasties can be hidden under the generic term “fragrance.”
A study showed that even products labeled as organic and green disclosed less than 10% of volatile ingredients.
That’s creepy, right?
If their ingredients are safe and pure, then why not disclose them?
The best route is to use a plant-based laundry detergent and a DIY linen spray.
The Benefits of Essential Oils
I use essential oils as the fragrance for my DIY linen sprays.
For thousands of years, cultures around the world have been using plants and their fragrances as traditional herbal medicine.
And each plant has its own unique frequency. For example, rose oil is said to have a high frequency of 320 MHz and studies have reported its relaxing effect. And when breathing in its fragrance, we’re essentially attuning to that coherent, calming frequency.
DIY Linen Spray
DIY Linen Sprays are:
- easy to make
- great DIY gifts
- pure, non-toxic
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What You’ll Need
1: Spray Bottle
You can find the exact bottles I use here.
I like to use small, 3.4 oz (approx. 100 ml) spray bottles.
That way I can experiment with different blends and fragrances.
For a more aesthetically pleasing look (especially if you’re making the DIY linen spray as a gift) you may want to use one of these bottles:
2: Witch Hazel or Vodka
Adding witch hazel or unflavoured vodka to the mixture helps disperse the oil and helps the scent linger longer in the air.
(But it will still work without it — just double the purified water in the below instructions).
I typically use witch hazel because of its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It’s also less expensive than vodka. This is the brand I use.
You can read more about witch hazel benefits in this Mind Body Green article.
Using either distilled or well-purified water is best because tap water contaminants may degrade your oil.
4: Essential Oils
Use 1-3 high-quality essential oils. (See next section for details.)
5: Funnel (optional)
This can help keep the ingredients from spilling. Especially when working with small bottles. Here’s a mini option.
6: Label (optional)
This will help keep things organized if you make a variety of blends. Here’s a cute portable one.
How to Buy Essential Oils
Cheap oils (often found at drug stores and health food stores) can contain toxic additives, adulterants, fillers, synthetics, or dilutions.
The word “pure” on an essential oil bottle means nothing.
Use oils that are therapeutic grade, pesticide-free, indigenously grown, and third-party tested.
The brand I use is REVIVE Essential Oils. I like their oils for their quality, purity, and price point (they’re the most inexpensive I’ve found for high-quality oils). And they offer free returns.
Note: a 10 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 200 drops, so one small bottle goes a long way.
How to Make DIY Linen Spray with Essential Oils
These instructions are for a 3.4 oz (100 ml) bottle. But you can increase the amounts for larger bottles.
Keep in mind that this isn’t baking so you don’t have to be exact. 😉
And how much oil you use depends upon how strong you’d like the fragrance to be (some oils have stronger scents than others).
I recommend approximately 30 drops.
Fill just under half of the bottle with witch hazel (or unflavoured vodka). Approx. 1.5 oz (45 ml).
Add approximately 30 drops of essential oils. You can use one oil or a blend (see blend ideas below).
Add purified (or distilled) water. Leaving a little space at the top of the bottle. Approx. 1.5 oz (45 ml).
Screw the lid on and shake up the mixture.
DIY Linen Spray Essential Oil Blends
REVIVE Essential Oils has pre-made blends or you can create them yourself.
I like to keep my blends simple with just 2-3 scents. Here are some ideas.
DIY Linen Spray Blend 1:
25 drops lemongrass
5 drops red mandarin
DIY Linen Spray Blend 2:
Sun-kissed Clothes Line
15 drops lavender
15 drops lemongrass
DIY Linen Spray Blend 3:
15 drops of lavender
10 drops of geranium
5 drops of rosemary
DIY Linen Spray Blend 4:
20 drops of vanilla
10 drops of vetiver
DIY Linen Spray Blend 5:
15 drops of cedarwood
10 drops of bergamot
5 drops of vetiver
DIY Linen Spray Tips
- Some dark yellow or brown oils can lightly stain white sheets. I haven’t had this happen with these diluted sprays, but to be safe, test on a paper towel first.
- If your favourite essential oil does stain, and you want to use it on bed linens, then instead spray a generous amount on a clean rag and place it in your pillowcase.
- When selecting essential oils, keep in mind when someone will experience the fragrance. If you’re spraying on towels, you may want to go with a more citrusy and fresh scent. And if you’re spraying on bed linens, you may want to go with something known to help with relaxation (like cedarwood, vetiver, and lavender).
My Favourite Essential Oil Book
This book is full of beautiful photography and the information is organized well and simple to digest. It’s great for someone starting out with essential oils.
Do you have a favourite essential oil blend? Please share in the comments. ✨