I’m a self-proclaimed semi-crunchy person. I don’t let myself get stressed out about my entire life being non-toxic, but when I know better I try to do better. I like my house to smell fresh but I do NOT like artificial fragrances. When I snuggle up in my bed I do not want hormone disrupting chemicals covering me just because I want my bed to smell good. And let’s be real – most of those scents don’t smell that great anyway. Some of you might even be allergic or get headaches when you’re around them!
So, for Christmas this past year I whipped up a few natural linen sprays as gifts using a few easy-to-find ingredients. I kept one for myself and I’ve already used half the bottle (January isn’t even over yet). It will last you much longer if you don’t use it like a crazy person, but I spray it on pretty much anything fabric – draperies, slipcovers, bedding, headboards, and towels. Spray it on your blankets, shoes, gym bags, whatever.
If you are wanting to dip your toe into natural products for your home, this is a GREAT place to start! I like my bed to feel luxurious, and spraying my sheets each day with a yummy spray makes me feel ~*~fancy~*~. You can use whatever oils you want to make your own unique linen spray!
So here’s the breakdown:
Spray Bottle – I purchased this set of 6 amber glass spray bottles from Amazon since they used less plastic and looked pretty. Use whatever you want! If you reuse an old bottle, just make sure whatever was in it didn’t harbor harmful chemicals.
Water – Some people say you need distilled water (water that has been evaporated then contained so impurities are left behind). I’m not going to split hairs on that one. I used whatever came out of my Brita pitcher.
Essential Oil(s) – Go find one of your friends who sells DoTerra or Young Living and purchase something you like. I am not knowledgable on the helpfulness of particular oils – I just like the way Lavender smells! If you have trouble sleeping or have a cold or whatever, you can probably ask your seller what would help.
Witch Hazel – This helps disinfect whatever you are spraying. Leave it out if you want, or use Vodka! I used Thayer’s Unscented Witch Hazel that I purchased from Amazon.
Mix the following together, then shake before using each time. This recipe is designed to fill an 8 oz bottle:
6 oz water
2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
30-40 drops of essential oil*
*DISCLAIMER: I used that much of the lavender oil, but check to make sure your oil isn’t more or less potent!
That’s all there is to it! I made a bunch as gifts, but you could keep the bottles for yourself and make different scents. That would be *quite* fancy indeed.
I tied these little black tags that come with twine from Amazon around the neck of each bottle and wrote with a gold sharpie. It looks so sharp as a gift! Plus they are easier to change than a sticker if you refilled with a different oil.
Post a picture on your Instagram and tag me (@brianajstrickland) in it if you make some! I want to see what oils you guys use 🙂