Everyone loves the scent of fresh linen! Create your own non-toxic linen spray and make your living space smell clean and fresh.
DIY Linen Sprays
Making your own blend of linen spray is a good way to ensure you’re avoiding ingredients you don’t feel comfortable with and not accidentally spraying your home with something that could disrupt hormones, aggravate allergies, irritate lungs, or worsen breathing.
My DIY sprays are cheap, easy to make, contain only healthy essential oils and distilled water, and are endlessly customizable.
- Dark Amber Glass Spray Bottle (that offers mist mode)
- Distilled Water
- Essential Oils
Essential Oil Scents
- 6 drops of clementine
- 6 drops of Douglas fir
- 4 drops of sandalwood
LAVENDER & CHAMOMILE:
- 10 drops of lavender
- 5 drops of vetiver
- 3 drops of Roman chamomile
LAVENDER & LEMON:
- 10 drops of lavender
- 7 drops of lemon
- 7 drops of lemon
- 5 drops of spearmint
- 3 drops of lime
- 3 drops of orange
Choose from one of the blends above and add the oils to a 4-ounce glass spray bottle. Add distilled water, not quite filling to the top. You want to leave enough room so that the liquid doesn’t overflow when you fit the top on. Secure the lid and shake well.
Spray a bit on your hand or a rag and smell. If you want the scent stronger, add more essential oil, up to 4 more drops each time, until you get the desired scent. Then do a fabric test in a small spot.
Shake before each use. Lightly mist the linen spray on curtains, sheets, blankets, couches, throw cushions, car seats, carpets, and clothes.
Give the spray time to dry before putting on clothes, sitting on a seat or couch, or using sheets, blankets, or cushions that have been sprayed. You may want to avoid spraying it on pillowcases as it may be irritating to the eyes for some.
Why do I need to use a glass spray bottle?
- You can use a plastic spray bottle, but over time, essential oils break the plastic down. This doesn’t happen with glass.
Why do I need to use distilled water?
- You don’t have to use distilled water, but the spray will last longer if you do because it has been cleaned. Plus, distilled water won’t cause the spray nozzle to clog over time with buildup.
Couldn’t I use a fragrance instead of essential oils?
- You can use anything you prefer. I use essential oils because they are the safer choice.
Do you recommend a certain brand of glass bottle, distilled water, or essential oils?
- No, use whatever brand you feel comfortable with. Just make sure the water actually says distilled water. For the essential oils, read the ingredients on the label to make sure you’re getting what you want. Some company labels can be misleading. For the bottle, make sure it is dark amber glass and has a spray nozzle that will mist.
Do essential oils stain clothes?
- For this spray, use essential oils that are light in color. Some oils like German chamomile, spikenard, and tansy come in bright hues that could leave a mark. If you’re concerned, before spraying on cloth, do a small test spray on a paper towel or white cleaning cloth to be on the safe side.
How should I store my spray?
- This homemade linen spray has no preservatives, so it will do best stored in a dark amber glass bottle, in cool, dry conditions, out of sunlight.
How long will this spay last?
- It should last between 4-6 months. If the spray has gone bad, you might notice the liquid is murky or the scent has faded. I have never had that happen because I use it well before 4 months. However, if it does go bad, pour it out, clean the bottle with vinegar and water. Rinse well with distilled water, and make another batch.
Is it safe to use around pets and children?
- Any oil can be toxic if not used properly. Dilution and safe practices are extremely important. Certain oils many agree should not be used with pets, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, anise, and basil. Some children may be sensitive to these oils as well. The above recipes are safe to use around your pets and kids–do NOT spray on your pets or kids. If you experiment with your own recipes, take precautions and research the oils before using them.
What other ways can I use this spray?
- Spray it on clothes to help remove wrinkles.
- Spay on quilts or clothing that have been in storage and may have a stale or musty scent.
- Anytime I need an air freshener. This is great for bathrooms and kitchens!
- Spray countertops or desks and wipe with a cloth for quick cleaning.
- When I need a mental pick-me-up or have a stuffy nose or congestion. Lemon is a great mood enhancer. Lavender helps with relaxation. Peppermint or eucalyptus help with stuffiness.
What do you think?
Will you create your own linen spray?
I hope you give my DIY linen sprays a try and experiment with your own unique scents. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on how it turned out and any awesome scents you have created.