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Love this! DIY linen sprays in 21 amazing scents {with FREE PRINTABLE of all the recipes} -- there are citrus ones, floral ones, calming blends, energizing recipes, bedtime pillow sprays, and more! Perfect way to freshen upholstered furniture, pillows, rugs, draperies, clothes, towels, sheets, and more!

DIY Linen Spray That’s Better Than Store Bought

Years ago before I started using essential oils, I used to buy linen sprays.  Some of them were high quality and made with essential oils and other organic ingredients.  These were very expensive and I treasured them, using them sparingly when I wanted to treat myself or on special occasions.  But unfortunately, many of the linen sprays I used to use were filled with chemicals, toxins, and artificial scents.

But no more!

Once I discovered essential oils, I started making my own linen sprays.  Here’s why:

  • less expensive– I can make my own DIY version for a fraction of the cost of the ones I used to buy.
  • get exactly the scent (and therapeutic benefits) I want–  Because I’m making the linen spray myself with my own essential oils, it’s easy to customize a blend to exactly the scent I want.  If I want something sweet and spicy, I can make that.  If I want something citrusy, I can make that.  If I want something to help calm and relax, I can make that.  Whatever I want, I can whip it up in about 30 seconds.  No going to the store.  No hunting for which aisle has the fabric sprays.  No hoping they have something I like.  Nope.  Now, I’m in control.  I get to make exactly what I want.
  • no chemicals, toxins, or artificial fragrances–  The cheaper fabric refreshers that I used to buy at the grocery store and discount stores were convenient and inexpensive, but they were loaded with chemicals, toxins, and artificial fragrances.  (oh, how I wish I hadn’t used those all those years!  But we learn and we do better, right?)  Now that I make my own, I control exactly what goes into it.  And as you’ll see in the recipe below- that’s just two ingredients.  No chemicals, nothing artificial.

 

So Many Ways to Use Linen Spray

What exactly is a linen spray you ask?  Well, it’s a way to scent fabrics.  There are lots of reasons why you may want to do this and many ways to use linen sprays.  Here are just a few.

  • freshen the couch to get rid of the slightly stinky dog smell
  • use while ironing to help get rid of wrinkles and lightly scent clothes
  • spray sheets to deodorize them between laundering
  • revive draperies and curtains
  • stretch about the time between dry cleaning garments
  • freshen the towels and linens in a guest room before a visitor arrives
  • get rid of any stale smells on blankets and sheets that have been cooped up in a linen closer
  • refresh blankets
  • deodorize the inside of your car
  • scent your pillow before bed for a sound night’s sleep
  • spray upholstered furniture and pillows to not only freshen, but also change the atmosphere in a room (such as, energizing scents in the morning and relaxing, calming scents in the evening)
  • apply to entry rugs to greet guests with a fresh, welcoming scent as they entire your home
  • refresh clothes that have been hanging in your closet for too long, adding a subtle scent that can substitute for perfume
  • use as an air freshener

 

How to Make DIY Linen Spray

click here to get free printable of basic linen spray recipe and all 21 scents

 

Here’s the recipe:

it’s just 2 ingredients!

2 cups vodka (the cheap stuff works just as well as the expensive stuff, so use cheap vodka)

40-50 drops essential oil

 

Instructions for Making Linen Spray

  1. use a funnel to pour the vodka into a 16 ounce spray bottle (there’s really no need to measure.  just fill the bottle most of the way full, but leave a little room for the essential oils and for when you put the spray top back on.  you don’t want to waste any vodka or oils by having them spill out because you filled the bottle too much.)
  2. add the essential oil (see the list of 21 ideas for blends below.  choose light colored essential oils to avoid staining your fabrics and upholstery.)
  3. put the spray top on tightly
  4. shake really well

 

How to Use Linen Spray

  1. shake really well to make sure the vodka and essential oils are mixed
  2. spot test the spray on an inconspicuous part of the fabric to make sure that it doesn’t stain or discolor
  3. mist the linen spray on the fabric (see above for a list of some of the ways you use linen sprays from rugs to furniture, draperies, towels, and clothes)
  4. let the fabric air dry

 

Why Use Vodka (and not water) in Linen Spray?

Many DIY linen sprays use water.  Why doesn’t this one?

I use water in my air fresheners, but stick with straight vodka in my linen sprays.  Why?  Moisture is an enemy of fabric.  You don’t want any fabric to stay damp.  It’s important that it dry and dry relatively quickly so that it doesn’t create mold and mildew.

Water takes longer to evaporate than alcohol.  Vodka evaporates very quickly.  That means your fabrics dry faster.  And that’s much better for your fabrics!

 

Where to Get Spray Bottles

Materials:  when using diluted essential oils like in this linen spray, choose bottles made of glass, plastic #1 (PET), or plastic #2 (HDPE).

Size:  the recipes in this post are for 16 ounce spray bottles, but you could easily cut the recipes in half and use 8 ounce bottles

A few bottles I love!

click here for the bottle on the top left

click here for the bottle on the top middle

click here for the bottle on the top right

click here for the bottle on the bottom left

click here for the bottle on the bottom middle

click here for the bottle on the bottom right

lead-free glass, plastic #1 (PET), and plastic #2 (HDPE) spray bottles perfect for using with diluted essential oils (like a linen spray or air freshener)

 

21 Recipes for Linen Sprays {made with essential oils}

click here to get free printable of basic linen spray recipe and all 21 scents

 

Uplifting Linen Sprays

Citrus Smile

Citrus oils are fantastic at helping you to feel upbeat and invigorated.  With so many citrus oils in this blend, it’s sure to put a smile on your face!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

10 drops bergamot

10 drops lime

10 drops lemon

10 drops grapefruit

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Happy Place

The fresh, slightly woody scent of cypress combines with the sweet smell of orange.  The result is balanced feeling of being both grounded and uplifted.  Makes for a very happy home!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

20 drops cypress

30 drops wild or sweet orange

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Mojito

Everybody loves a citrus mojito!! The combination of lime, grapefruit, & tangerine, with a touch of spearmint is a way to relax and re-energize!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

10 drops lime

10 drops grapefruit

10 drops tangerine

10 drops spearmint

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Feel Good

Bergamot and orange ground this blend while ylang ylang adds a subtle but exotic floral note and the spearmint gives a fresh hit of mint.  The result is a blend that supports emotional balance.  Calming, uplifting, and energizing so that you feel good!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

14 drops bergamot

14 drops sweet or wild orange

6 drops ylang ylang

8 drops spearmint

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

 

Energizing Linen Sprays

Happy Morning!

The clean, fresh smell of the blend is a great way to start the day!  It will clear the air and put a little pep in your step.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

15 drops rosemary

15 drops peppermint

15 drops lemon

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Lemon Basil

I love the combination of the warm slightly spicy scent of basil with the light fresh scent of lemon!  It relieves anxious feelings, promotes a sense of well being, and gives a boost of energy.  A great scent for all around the home, but I especially love this one in the kitchen and bathroom.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

25 drops lemon

15  drops basil

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Wake Up

The slightly sweet, woody earthy scent of clary sage blends with the fresh herbal scent of rosemary and sweet citrus notes of orange, bergamot, and grapefruit.  The result is a linen spray that energizes, uplifts, and helps focus the mind.  A great way to wake up and start the day!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

18 drops sweet or wild orange

6 drops rosemary

6 drops bergamot

6 drops grapefruit

6 drops clary sage

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Brisk Walk

Love this!  The evergreen and minty scents remind me of a brisk walk outside when the weather starts to turn cold and Christmas is right around the corner.  And just like the crisp, cool air on a clear sunny winter day this blend also helps support clear breathing.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

20 drops Douglas fir

20 drops spearmint

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Garden Fresh

Fresh herbal scent with a touch of mint.  Great scent that helps energize and invigorate!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

4 drops rosemary

12 drops thyme

12 drops oregano

12 drops spearmint

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

 

Calming & Relaxing Linen Sprays

Recharge & Renew

Relaxing blend that helps relieve anxious feelings and mental fatigue.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

15 drops juniper berry

15 drops grapefruit

15 drops Douglas fir

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Fresh Fields

Slightly sweet flowery and citrus blend that relaxes and uplifts.  This feminine blend is a perfect scent for a fabric refresher that doubles as a subtle perfume.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

8 drops geranium

24 drops lavender

12 drops wild or sweet orange

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Seaside Breeze

The perfect way to relax and recharge! Lavender eases feelings of tension and anxiety. Lime uplifts and refreshes as it balances emotions and well-being. And spearmint’s sweet, refreshing aroma is ideal to help clear the mind and evoke a positive mood. Oh, and did I mention it smells heavenly?!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

18 drops lavender

18 drops lime

6 drops spearmint

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Lemon Lavender

Fresh and floral!  A fantastic combination to relax and re-energize to take on the rest of your day.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

25 drops lemon

25 drops lavender

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Refresh

Lavender calms, peppermint energizes, and sweet orange uplifts.  When combined these essential oils can have an amazing effect on your mood.  

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

8 drops peppermint

16 drop lavender

24 drops wild or sweet orange

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Eucalyptus Spearmint

This is one of my absolute FAVORITE blends!! The combination of eucalyptus and spearmint smells amazing! And it has wonderful therapeutic benefits:

eucalyptus to clear and focus my mind

spearmint for a energy and an uplifting, can-do attitude

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

20 drops eucalyptus

20 drops spearmint

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

 

Bedtime Linen Sprays

Sleepy Time

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

18 drops patchouli

12 drops wild or sweet orange

12 drops frankincense

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Lavender Orange

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

25 drops lavender

25 drops sweet or wild orange

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Deep Sleep

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

25 drops lavender

25 drops cedarwood

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

 

Clear Breathing Linen Sprays

Mountain Air

The warm woody aroma of cedarwood combined with the floral scent of lavender and the fresh sweet fragrance of tangerine evokes the feel of a walk in cool, crisp mountain air. 

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

15 drops cedarwood

15 drops lavender

15 drops tangerine

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Lavender Lemon Rosemary

Not only does this smell amazing, together lemon, lavender, and rosemary support open airways and clear breathing.

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

20 drops lavender

20 drops lemon

10 drops rosemary

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

 

Mint Explosion

Cool, crisp, and invigorating!  You’re home has smelled so fresh!!

to a 16 ounce spray bottle add…

2 cups vodka

20 drops peppermint

12 drops spearmint

5 drops wintergreen

shake well.  spray fabric (be sure to spot test).  allow to dry thoroughly before use.

click here to get free printable of basic linen spray recipe and all 21 scents

Love this! DIY linen sprays in 21 amazing scents {with FREE PRINTABLE of all the recipes} -- there are citrus ones, floral ones, calming blends, energizing recipes, bedtime pillow sprays, and more! Perfect way to freshen upholstered furniture, pillows, rugs, draperies, clothes, towels, sheets, and more!

 

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Love this! DIY linen sprays in 21 amazing scents {with FREE PRINTABLE of all the recipes} -- there are citrus ones, floral ones, calming blends, energizing recipes, bedtime pillow sprays, and more! Perfect way to freshen upholstered furniture, pillows, rugs, draperies, clothes, towels, sheets, and more!

 

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5 Comments

  1. angela August 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    love your site.

  2. Goyi August 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Loved your ideas for the linen sprays and was wondering if I could substitute rubbing alcohol instead of vodka. Thanks in advance.

    • Sarah Lewis August 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Hi, Goyi.
      I use rubbing alcohol for cleaning, and it’s great!
      I haven’t tried it in this linen spray though. The smell of rubbing alcohol is too strong to me for this application; I don’t think the essential oils would be strong enough to cover up the smell of the rubbing alcohol.
      If you try, please let us know how it goes. I love learning new things!
      Sarah

  3. Charles December 7, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Hello Sarah,

    Thanks for your site and taking time to answer my question. Is there anything else that can be used to substitute the Vodka? Would witch hazel with 14% alcohol used as a carrier oil work?

    • Sarah Lewis December 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Yes, witch hazel can be used instead of the vodka. But since witch hazel has a higher water content, it won’t evaporate as quickly as the vodka. Just be sure to (1) not overspray or over wet the fabric and (2) give the fabric plenty of air and time to dry thoroughly so that it doesn’t develop mold or mildew.

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