How to Mix Up Linen Waters

comments (3) September 8th, 2008     

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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With only three ingredients, you can whip up a lovely linen spray.
Choose your favorite essential oil for your freshening spray.
Consider making a special label for your linen spray and giving a bottle as a gift.
With only three ingredients, you can whip up a lovely linen spray.

With only three ingredients, you can whip up a lovely linen spray.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

If you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship with both Febreze and starch. I learned to whip up my own linens spray, perfect for freshening up your clothes, spritzing on your ironing (such as that fabric you prewashed before sewing), or even spraying around your home (on your sheets or curtains, or just around a room that doesn’t feel—or smell—fresh).

And—get this—it’s quick, cheap, and makes an ideal gift for those friends and family members who have everything.

You’ll need:

  • large pot
  • 8-ounce spray bottle
  • large glass measuring cup
  • mixing cup
  • metal spoon
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 3 tablespoons 100-proof vodka
  • 1 tablespoon essential oil of your choice (I like sweet orange, lemongrass, or lavender)


Step 1: Sterilize your tools. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Dip the spray bottle components, measuring cup, mixing cup, and spoon into the boiling water for several seconds. Pull out (tongs often work) and allow to dry.

Step 2: In the large measuring cup, pour distilled water. Set aside. In the mixing cup, add the vodka and essential oils and mix well with the spoon. Before they have time to separate, pour the mixture into the measuring cup with the distilled water. Mix well with the spoon.

Step 3: Pour the mixture into the spray bottle and twist the top on snugly. Shake well before using and store in a dark, cool place in between use. Feel free to spritz on gamey garments, sheets, curtains, ironing, or anything else that needs a boost.

Note: Avoid darker-colored essential oils like patchouli, as the dark hue of the oil might stain whatever you spritz. Stick to lighter scents like lavender, rosemary, peppermint, or lemon verbena.

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Comments (3)

VivJacobs writes: Where can I source free labels that I can print?
Posted: 2:37 am on December 12th
ohnoshesews writes: Thanks for the recipe! I've looked for something to mist around those musty linen closets and basement storage areas. This is so much better than perfume-laden air fresheners and Febreze.
Posted: 12:30 pm on January 22nd
sassysewer writes: This sounds like so much fun! Kinda sounds like a flavored vodka, but I'll try to remember just to spray it! Fragrance sprays are so expensive and sometimes you just want a nice little scent when you enter your kitchen or bedroom. Can't wait to try this!
Posted: 2:39 pm on September 9th
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