There is just something about freshly laundered sheets that is incredibly soothing, relaxing, and luxurious.
I used to buy the dyed & fragranced laundry detergent that made my sheets smell good, but now I know better. The dyes and fragrances are toxic and irritating to the skin, which is not something I my family exposed to.
Now, we use unscented and un-dyed detergent, which does great at laundering and cleaning our clothes, but I find myself missing the relaxing aroma on my sheets. To get the pleasant scent without the toxic ingredients, I decided to try some linen spray!
There are a few different ways to make this, but here is a nice, simple recipe.
All Natural Linen Spray
What you need:
- 6 oz spray bottle
- 1 oz vodka
- 5 oz distilled water
- 15-20 drops essential oil
What to do:
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake until incorporated.
(I told you it was easy!)
The vodka acts as an emulsifier for the water and oil. You can choose to leave it out, if you wish, but you’ll need to shake the bottle rigorously before each use. You could also use rubbing alcohol instead of vodka, but I don’t recommend it. It’s going to add an undesirable aroma of alcohol.
Using distilled water in place of tap water will keep your mix from becoming murky over time.
You can customize this recipe to whatever bottle you’re using. Just keep in mind a 1:5 ratio of vodka to water, then add 2-3 drops of essential oil for every ounce of liquid.
Essential oils I recommend:
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is probably the most notorious of essential oils for relaxation, and for good reason. It’s aroma induces calm, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps with insomnia and restlessness.
This blend is made with lavender, roman chamomile, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, vanilla and ylang ylang. It is sweeter than lavender, and leaves you feeling soothed and calm.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Used frequently in combination with lavender, Roman Chamomile is well know for its calming and relaxing properties. It helps with depression and insomnia, making it a great oil to add for a sheet spritz.
This blend is made with eucalyptus radiata, laurel leaf, lemon, melaleuca, alternfolia, peppermint and ravensara and can be tremendously helpful if you’re filling sick or congested.
This is more energizing and bright than the other oils above. The uplifting citrus scent will induce a warm and happy mood.
If you want your bottle to look “professional”, here is a free printable label that you can adhere to your bottle 🙂
What essential oil will you use in your natural linen spray?
This post is written by Andrea from Homemade for Elle.
I live in New Mexico with my husband and my two-year-old daughter. After my daughter was born, I jumped on the “green and crunchy” bandwagon, and have been striving to eliminate toxic products from our lives. I make my own household cleaners and beauty products. I create wholesome, delicious meals from real food ingredients, and keep processed junk out of my home.
I have a background in finance, and strive to live a debt free life (although I have a ways to go). I enjoy reading, writing and living in ways that are environmentally friendly and frugal. I love taking pictures of nature, food and my daughter. I garden, read labels, and play the piano.
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