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Last year, I received a bottle of linen spray as a Christmas gift. At first, I was dubious. I mean, a gift like that reeks (get it!?) of just-something-else-I-don’t-need-that’s-going-to-take-up-space-that-I-don’t-have. However… I soon changed my tune.
Linen spray is awesome!
If you’re like me, you love the effects of Febreze, but you dislike the smell (really, I sorta hate it). And if you’re like me, you have a serious problem with allowing dogs on the furniture (I try to stop myself, really I do, but they’re just so darn cuddly…). We-ell… Linen spray is a great solution. I find myself using it weekly on the couch, the rug, and our bedding. If we burn bacon or something and there’s a particularly strong smell in the apartment (because you know these NYC apartments don’t have exhaust fans or good ventilation), we follow up with a few sprays of the stuff.
So… when I was thinking of Christmas gift ideas this year, I wanted to sort of pay it forward with this great gift. (I know, I know… the phrase “pay it forward” is usually reserved for loftier causes like charitable contributions, but I couldn’t think of a better way of describing it… and linen spray really is pretty awesome.)
When I looked up prices for linen sprays, specifically the amazing one that was given to me, I found they were a little more expensive than I expected/could afford. So, I did the Google thing and found a few recipes, combined my favorite parts of each one, and I think I ended up with a pretty good mix (and it was made from things I already had at home so it was FREE!).
Here’s the finished product:
And here’s how you make it…
- Isopropyl alcohol or vodka
- essential oils
- a spray bottle
- Combine 1 part isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol or vodka to 5 parts water to a spray bottle. I used an empty Bath and Body Works spray bottle, then removed the label (this took a little time and effort — about one episode of Pan Am — plus acetone, windex, and a lot of scraping).
I love damask.
Here’s the document, in case you want to do something similar: GPP linen spray label
Note: When attaching the label, you may smudge the ink a bit. To get rid of these smudges, carefully erase them with a pencil eraser.
And here’s the finished product (again):
And a little bit closer…
Something that I didn’t note on my label, that may have been smart in retrospect: The spray will initially give off an alcohol smell when you first spray it. However, after a few seconds — once it evaporates — this smell is gone and the essential oil fragrance remains.
Now… because I had all of these things lying around my house, I was able to make this project for free. However, if you don’t have any of these things, it would still be super affordable. I searched each item and found at found at least one affordable source (listed below):
(I also remembered that Dollar Tree sells linen spray for $1 on their website. However, I have actually used their stuff before and I found it to be very weak.)
Water, your faucet, free
Isopropyl alcohol, any drug store, $0.50-$2.00
Vodka (an alternative to the rubbing alcohol), can be found a variety of places. Here’s a link to some pricing. $1-$20
Essential oils, available a variety of places, including eBay, $3.00
Approximate Total: $6… more likely less.
Consider the oils an investment, as they will last a long time and could potentially create dozens of bottles of linen spray.
I think this linen spray would be great as a teacher/neighbor gift. Hope you found this tutorial helpful!
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