Natural Living Made Simple

MANDI MAKES

Natural Living Made Simple

MANDI MAKES

DIY LINEN SPRAY



Smell is everything to making a home feel fresh, clean and welcoming. I only really ever want to burn candles when the weather is colder and at nighttime for the ambiance. So, instead of burning candles in the warmer months, my go-to for making my house still smell fresh and clean is a good linen spray.


You can make your own linen spray with only three ingredients! It is incredibly cheap and healthy for the whole family, including your pets (depending on the essential oils you choose). Click here for information about safely using essential oils around pets and for recommended oils to use and avoid.

In this blog post, you will find:

  1. Key ingredient information and equipment

  2. Recipe

  3. Various fragrance ideas and benefits

  4. Video

Here's to a fresh, clean smelling home!

 

1. KEY INGREDIENT INFORMATION AND EQUIPMENT


Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

This ingredient is key to stopping your linen spray wetting everything. The alcohol dries the mixture really quickly after being spray on furniture and linen. And, with a good combination of essentials oils or fragrance, you won't even know that there is any alcohol in this.


You can buy this from any home goods store, such as Bunnings.


Distilled Water

You don't necessarily need to use distilled water in this product, unless you have hard water like I do then I would recommend it. Sometimes using tap water can leave a residue due to the minerals in it. Distilled water always improves the shelf life of any product it is used in instead of tap water. I know this recipe already includes alcohol which means this has a good shelf life anyway, but it doesn't hurt to try and extend it further :)


Essential oils / fragrance

This is where you get to have fun and experiment. The higher the quality essential oil or fragrance oil you use, the less you have to use, the longer the scent lasts for, and the nicer the smell you will get. (Where to buy). See below recipe for fragrance ideas. Remember to ensure that you are using essential oils that are safe for your furry friends if you have any at home (click here for information).


Glass spritzer bottle

When using essential oils, it is important that you use a glass bottle/jar. Essential oils are high concentrated plant extracts and have the potential to leech plastic when stored in plastic bottles (where to buy).

 

2. RECIPE


Equipment

• Glass spritzer/spray bottle.

• Funnel to make pouring into your bottle easier.


Ingredients (this is a ratio depending on the size of your glass spritzer/spray bottle)

1/3 isopropyl alcohol

2/3 distilled water (or tap water if you don't have hard water)

Approximately 40 drops of essential oil/s

 

2. FRAGRANCE IDEAS

Note: If using essential oils, not all are pet friendly. Essential oils are very powerful and concentrated, and our pets are more sensitive to smells than we are. Also, their livers are not able to metabolise some of the compounds in essential oils. If you are ever uncertain of what is safe for your animal, contact your veterinarian. Click here for a list of safe oils for pets.


You will find combinations for the following pet friendly blends:

• chill pill

• spring bouquet

• warm earth


AND...

You will find combinations for the following non pet friendly blends

• citrus fresh

• lemonade

• bubblegum

 

Chill pill (pet friendly)

30 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops bergamot essential oil or sweet marjoram if you are wanted to promote sleep.

Benefits

Aside from promoting a sense of calm these two oils also help to:

• reduce anxiety

• antioxidant

• anti-fungal

• antibacterial

• pain relief

• anti-depressant

 

Spring Bouquet (pet friendly)

15 drops geranium essential oil

10 drops ylang ylang essential oil (do not use if you have cats, increase geranium and jasmine amounts instead)

10 drops jasmine essential oil

5 drops rose essential oil

These gorgeous floral essential oils provide some of the following benefits:

• reduces anxiety

• reduces depression

• promotes a sense of calm

• reduces tension and stress

• lowers blood pressure

• fights insomnia

• aphrodisiac 😜

• boosts concentration

 

Warm Earth (pet friendly option)

20 drops sandalwood essential oil

10 drops vetiver essential oil

10 drops sweet orange essential oil (replace with patchouli to make pet friendly)

This is a more masculine scent with warm undertones. These essential oils provide the following benefits:

• reduces mental fatigue and insomnia

• reduces stress

• promotes healthy respiratory system

• treats headaches

• boosts memory

• promotes restful sleep

• anti-depressant

 

Citrus Fresh (not pet friendly)

20 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops sweet orange essential oil

10 drops lemongrass essential oil


Benefits

This combination makes your home feel super fresh. But citrus oils also come with a host of aromatherapy benefits:

• promotes a healthy immune system

• antioxidant

• antibacterial

• anti-fungal

• reduces stress

• promotes sense of happiness

 

Lemonade (not pet friendly)

30 drops lemon essential oil

5 drops basil essential oil

5 drops spearmint essential oil


Benefits:

• reduces stress

• improves concentration

• supports healthy respiratory and immune systems

• relieves cold and flu symptoms

• relieves stress and depression

• improves blood circulation

• relives headaches

• relaxes

 

Bubblegum (not pet friendly)

25 drops grapefruit essential oil

10 drops ylang ylang essential oil

5 drops eucalyptus essential oil


Benefits: • stimulates brain

• reduces stress and anxiety

• boosts immune system

• fights depression

• lowers blood pressure

• promotes relaxation

• promotes healthy respiratory system


 

4. Video