Do you want to get to sleep faster? Need your linen to smell nice? What about freshening up the kids’ playroom? By making your own linen spray you get a natural product and save money too. It’s one of the easiest sprays to make. Here are the details…
If you’re like me, you love using natural products. I usually make my own. And lavender spray is one of the quickest things to make at home.
If you grow lavender in your garden (which I highly recommend) you’ll want to use the flowers to make your spray.
For a stronger spray you’ll want to use a pure essential lavender oil.
As a room spray I use the stronger spray made with essential oil. It’s very fast to make and I tend to use a lot of lavender room spray.
Lavender Room Spray
1 Tablespoon Vodka
10-30 drops Lavender essential oil
6 Tablespoons Distilled Water
Use a small to medium size glass bottle with a spray top.
Place the vodka in the bottle. Add your drops of lavender oil (you can add more later if it’s not strong enough). Shake the ingredients together.
Add the water and shake again.
It is difficult for the oil and water to combine so you’ll need to give the bottle a shake each time before you use it.
You can make 2 or 3 times the quantity depending on how regularly you use it.
Can I use tap water?
Tap water varies so much depending on where you live. By using the distilled water it has the minerals removed and should contain fewer impurities which can turn your mixture green and slimy over time.
Can I use rubbing alcohol?
Rubbing alcohol is not healthy to inhale. It’s better to use vodka which tends evaporate quickly and (hopefully) won’t stain furniture or fabrics. Of course, use your spray with precaution because you don’t want to risk it on your favourite sofa. If appropriate test it on an inconspicuous part of the furniture before using it wholeheartedly.
Why is my lavender spray cloudy?
When you shake the ingredients the lavender oil is separated into tiny little droplets, so it appears cloudy. You need to shake it every time you use it to disperse the essential oil before spraying.
This is the spray I use for rooms but you could also use it as a lavender linen spray. It is a stronger scent than the next sprays (see below). So, if you prefer a stronger lavender linen spray you’ll prefer this method using essential oil.
How to Make Linen Spray Using Lavender Flowers – 2 Different Methods
There are two ways to use lavender flowers to make linen spray.
Method 1: Using Fresh Lavender Flowers
First, you can place 1 cup fresh lavender flowers into vodka (use just enough to cover the lavender) and leave it to soak for about 1 week. This infuses the lavender scent and color into the vodka to be used in the spray.
Add 1 cup distilled water to a glass spray bottle.
Use a funnel with a coffee filter inserted to pour the vodka mixture into the bottle, leaving the flowers behind.
Shake the mixture well before using.
Method 2: Using Dried Lavender Flowers
Second method uses ¾ cup dried lavender flowers.
You can hang up your own lavender from the garden for about 5 days in a dry dark room to dry it.
Add the dry lavender flowers to a pot of 2 cups water and boil it like a tea. Let it steep for about 15 minutes. The boiling infuses the water with the lavender scent. The water will usually turn slightly brown in color.
Let the water cool.
Place 2 tablespoons vodka in a small to medium glass spray bottle. Using a funnel, line it with a coffee filter and pour the lavender infused water into the bottle through the funnel.
Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. If you don’t like the color, you can add 1 drop of purple food coloring to the mixture. Whether you leave the lavender linen spray as the brown color or make it purple it has never stained my linen. Of course, I can’t say that it is safe for everyone’s linen. Before using it on any fabric, test it on an inconspicuous spot.
I’ve found the color in the mixture is so minimal that it has never stained.
This method of making lavender linen spray from flowers produces a very subtle scent. If you want it to be stronger you can add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture.
Lavender Pillow Spray for Better Sleep
You can use either the lavender essential oil spray or the lavender flower spray as a sleep spray. Personally, I prefer using the natural flowers for as a pillow spray because it is up close to my face on the pillow and provides just enough scent to be pleasant and relaxing.
My children also love using the lavender pillow spray at night.
When one of the kids is going through a difficult sleep phase, that is not going to sleep easily, I increase the intensity of the spray by adding a few drops of the pure lavender essential oil.
Variety in Scents
If you want to use lavender spray at night for the bedroom but you like a different natural spray for the day, you can experiment. Try adding vanilla or orange essential oil to your lavender spray. Start slowly and increase the number of drops of essential oil as desired.
Once you start experimenting with making your own essential oil sprays, the sky’s the limit. You’ll be able to tailor the scent to your mood and the time of the day.
Variety is the spice of life, so try a few different variations of your lavender spray to keep things interesting.
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