DIY Refreshingly Fragrant Linen Water

There’s nothing quite like the smell and feel of freshly laundered clothes; however, the artificial fragrances used to provide that “clean” scent we have become so accustomed to is linked to the mutation of cells within the brain and body. Although homemade and store-bought all-natural detergents get the job done without chemicals, one of the major drawbacks is the association that smelling fresh has with being clean. With that said, linen spray made with essential oils is the key to being able to have it all. Their antimicrobial properties work against the bacteria that causes odor, all while providing an even more intoxicating, but good for you, scent. I like to use this spray once my clothes are out of the dryer, sans dryer sheet. It’s also a great replacement for plain water when ironing and steaming, or even a quick spritz to freshen up pillows, bedding, carpets and the like. I chose this combination of essential oils for their aromatherapy benefits, in addition to their effectiveness in combating bacteria.

2/3 Cup Filtered Water
1/3 Cup of Vodka
24 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
36 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
30 Drops Fir Essential Oil
30 Drops Cypress Essential Oil

1. Combine vodka and essential oils into an 8oz glass spray bottle. Swirl around and let sit for 15 minutes for the oils to permeate.
2. Add water, leaving about 1/2 an inch at the top of the bottle, and cap.
3. Swirl and enjoy. 

Lavender– disinfects and cleanses, while calming the mind and body
Lemon– disinfects and cleanses, while waking up the senses
Fir– antibacterial and antifungal, while providing feelings of being grounded
Cypress– provides a woody smell that is unisex, but masculine adjacent

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