Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
by Natasha Palewandrem
Bring the Mediterranean fields of lavender or the honeyed rose scents
of Grasse indoors with your own homemade linen water!
Infuse your linens with the scents of summer bottled to last the whole
year. Whether adding a sumptuous touch to bedding, or creating a
personalized gift for a friend, these heavenly scents are sure to
impress! While linen water can be purchased, it is cost-effective,
creative and satisfying to create your own with this ultra-simple
Glass or plastic bottles with caps (or spray bottle)
Essential oil (try lavender or rose for traditional scents, jasmine or
plumeria blossom for exotic scents)
90 ml non-flavoured, high proof vodka (approx. 3oz)
750 ml distilled water (approx. 25 oz)
If you are using a glass bottle, sterilize it with boiling water. If
you are using a plastic bottle, pour a little very hot water into your
container to rinse it. Let it dry before mixing your linen water.
In the cooled bottle, mix the vodka and 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential
oil together. Close the bottle and shake it well to mix the oil with
the alcohol. (The alcohol emulsifies the oil so you will have an
evenly mixed solution.)
Add the 750 ml of distilled water to the bottle. Close the container
and shake again to mix the scent and the water.
Use your linen water when making the bed, pressing your linens or
simply by misting the air to freshen a room. You can also try misting
linen water while you are ironing or try adding a little into your
dryer while your table linens are drying. You can store your linen
water for 6 to 8 months. Cap your bottles tightly and store them in a
cool corner to make them last.
HINT: Lavender and rose oils in pure form are safe for use on skin, so
your linen water can scent your face cloths, your pillows or even your
(LAVENDER LINEN WATER - Lavender repels moths and smells great.)
Lavender Linen Water - by Annie Berthold-Bond, Care2.com Producer,
Green Living Channels
As far back as ancient Egyptian and Greek times, people used lavender,
rosemary, tansy, and other herbs for cleaning.
They freshened their linens by placing fragrant sachets, herbs, and
flowers in drawers and closets. Homes were "sweetened" with garlands
of lavender and mint.
With this simple formula you can "sweeten" your linens, too, and if
you aren't sensitive to essential oils, even use it to freshen and
Sprinkle on sheets or other other linens to freshen. Spray onto linens
1 teaspoon (100 drops) lavender essential oil
5-10 drops peppermint, spearmint or rosemary essential oil (optional)
2 oz. 80+ proof vodka
24 oz. distilled water
Pour essential oils and vodka into a bottle, cap and shake to
emulsion. Mix with distilled water.
The mix will cloud, and eventually separate.
Shake well before each use.