Make your own DIY Linen Spray to freshen up towels, lines, upholstery, curtain and other linens and fabrics for pennies and just a few simple ingredients.
It’s so stinkin’ (pun intended) easy to make your own DIY Linen Spray (aka Homemade Febreze). All you need is a few simple ingredients you already have in your home.
The Problem with Store-Bought Linen Sprays + Fabric Fresheners
Okay, I’m so guilty. I used to use store-bought fabric fresheners in my home all the time, especially my clothes. You see, in an effort to avoid washing my clothes after every wash, I’d just spray my clothes for to freshen it up.
But guess what? Those fabric fresheners are loaded with toxic chemicals. Those scents are artificial – I mean how do you bottle the scent of “linen and sky” or “meadows and mist”, right? But that’s not all. There’s so much going on below the surface. Those fabric fresheners have been linked to a number of health issues, including allergies, asthma, skin irritations and more.
In fact, one of the leading fabric freshener sprays on the market, actually got a F rating in the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to Healthy Cleaning. What exactly is in these fabric freshener products? Here are just some of the ingredients: 1
- Proprietary odor eliminator – linked to skin irritations, allergies, acute and chronic aquatic toxicity
- Quarternary ammonium compounds – linked to acute aquatic toxicity, respiratory effects, systemic/organ effects
- Ethanolamine – linked to nervous system effectics, skin irritations, allergies, systemic/organ effects
- Fragrance – linked to skin irritations, allergies, nervous system effects, respiratory effects
- Benzisothiazolinone – linked to skin irritations and allergies
- Silicon compounds
- Alcohol denatured
- Hydrogenated castor oil
- Odium hydroxide
- Citric acid
Homemade Linen Spray – Cheaper Than Store Bought
Fabrics in your home for just pennies and with simple ingredients. This recipe has just three ingredients that you probably already have in your home. This can be used to spray on linens, shoes, garbage cans, diaper pails or pretty much anywhere you want to eliminate odors.
Vodka or rubbing alcohol is used in this air freshener recipe as it dissipates quickly and doesn’t leave a residue on furniture or upholstery. It also helps to clear odors from the air and fabrics.
This DIY Air Freshener recipe is great for small spray bottles too. Keep it in the car to freshener the air on the go.
Ingredients to Make Linen Spray
- Vodka helps the water in this recipe dissipate faster and also helps to keep this spray sanitized so it has a longer shelf life – about 4-6 weeks.
- Essential oils provide the natural fragrance in this recipe. Purification essential oil (a blend of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca and myrtle essential oils) is very effective in deodorizing and removing odors from fabric. You can also use Citronella essential oil in place of Purification.
Which Essential Oils to Use for This Spray?
You can use a combination of essential oils to provide the natural scent in this recipe, including:
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How to Make this Linen Spray – Step by Step
1. In an 8 oz spray bottle, add 1/3 cup vodka.
2. Add 10-15 drops essential oil. A great combination is half Lavender and half Lemon. It smells so refreshing.
3. Fill with water and shake well before using.
How to Use This Linen Spray
Spray generously on fabrics like curtains and pillows and upholstery like couches, ottomans, love seats and chair. Allow to air dry and then put fabrics back where they belong (in the closet, back on the couch, etc.). Use as often as needed to keep fabrics and upholstery smelling fresh. I suggest using weekly.
This is a great spray to use for towels, sheets, and bedding left in the linen closet for a while to freshen them up.
Top Tips for This DIY Fabric Freshener
- You can use all kinds of essential oils, but Purification essential oil (a blend of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca and myrtle essential oils) is very effective in deodorizing and removing odors from fabric.
- Use vodka or rubbing alcohol in this recipe.
- Shake well before using.
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DIY Linen Spray (Homemade Febreeze)
- Add vodka to spray bottle.
- Add essential oils to bottle.
- Fill spray bottle with water. Shake well.
- To use, spray generously on fabrics and let air dry.