Monday, July 16, 2012

DIY Lavender Spray

photo by Janell Davidson
I've been using unscented laundry detergent for years now, and lately I've noticed that certain items never really smell clean. (Or is "good" the word I'm looking for? They are clean; they just don't smell like it.) This is especially embarrassing with guest linens. Lavender linen spray has been a sometimes indulgence that seems to help...but it's so expensive! A quick Google search revealed some recipes to try. Here's my favorite, adapted from Apartment Therapy:

—1 tsp. lavender essential oil
—Optional:1 tsp. vanilla or orange oil (to enhance the scent)
—1/4 cup grain alcohol (like Everclear or unflavored vodka)
—3.5 cups filtered water

Mix the oil/s and grain alcohol in a clean, empty spray bottle. (The alcohol is a natural disinfectant and works as an emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix.) Add the water to your spray bottle and shake. Shake before each use.

Some people seem to prefer a mix of oil and grain alcohol only—no water. Not as cost-effective, but apparently it dries faster.

I've got a garden full of lavender right now, and I'm currently working on a DIY lavender essential oil. I'll keep you posted!


  1. This is a great idea! Lavender is one of my favorite plants and scents but other drying the bundles or sprinkling it in DIY heat pads I usually run out of ideas for using it. I'm REALLY interested in figuring out how to make the oil!! Thanks!

  2. I live in the Bay Area and love to wash my daughters clothes with local company EO's Lavender Handsoap. My younger daughter has very sensitive skin and this was the only product that doesn't irritate her skin. Plus, the scent is so healing.. Would love to learn how to make my own! Is that seriously your lavender garden!

    Neethy Kalra