Thursday, June 4, 2009

Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap - Homemade Linen Spray

It really bothers me that when I pull my cotton sheets from the dryer (or clothes line) they have what I can only describe as a burnt smell. Even before I used homemade laundry soap and homemade dryer sheets, I had this problem. The perfume from the store bought soaps would wear off and I'd still be left with unpleasant smelling pillowcases and linens. The answer was the fancy luxury linen sprays that you find in the stores. But what do you do when you can't justify spending well over $10 for a product like that?

You make your own.

It's so easy and just WAY cheaper. Plus you know EXACTLY what's going in the bottle and landing in your bed for you to sleep in all night. And the best part? I'm being frugal but still adding a little pampering and luxury into my life. So here you go. The best recipe for...

Homemade Linen Spray

1 teaspoon of essential oil (a popular scent is lavender but we don't really care for it. A nice fresh scent is jasmine and I really like mango oil for a light fruity scent.)

1/4 cup of witch hazel (you can substitute this with vodka, cetyl alcohol or stearyl alcohol)

3 1/2 cups of water

I used an old hairspray bottle with a pump spray and just washed it out. Then I poured in all the ingredients and gave it a good shake. Just spray on your sheets every morning when you make the bed. You can use this on tablecloths or any linens. It dries quickly and leaves a wonderful scent that smells so good when you turn down your sheets at night.

The witch hazel or alcohol is used as an emulsifier to keep the oil and water from separating. You can make it without, but you'll need to shake it very well to get it to mix together without leaving oily spots. I recommend using the emulsifier.

Check my sidebar on the left under "I Recommend" for a great set of essential oils. You can also add them to your homemade laundry detergent to have a scent to your clothes. I plan on trying it this week.

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Hoosier Homemade said...

With 3 boys in the house, I sure could use a little good smelling spray! Thanks!
I hope it's okay to post 2 recipes, if not please let me know.
Thanks for hosting!

Lisa said...

I can't wait to try this.

Melissa said...

How very cool - thanks for sharing!