For our new series, How to Use Essential Oils in the Home, we asked Dawn De La Fuente, owner of herbal apothecary S/he Studio, for smart, simple ways to use essential oils around the house. Today, inspired by the French countryside, warm breezes, and lavender: a fresh-smelling spray for bed and bath linens.
There’s nothing like the smell of linens hung to dry in the sun, or, better yet, a summer bedroom with the windows flung open. A substitute you can bottle: “Linen sprays are a great way to provide daily freshness to sheets and towels,” De La Fuente says. “They also help to take care of stagnant air in a bedroom, living room, or bathroom.” Here’s how:
To make a linen spray:
2 oz distilled water
7 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Cedarwood, Virginia Essential Oil
3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
Add to a small glass spray bottle and shake well. Use as a spray, or dot the mixture on cotton balls and tuck into the linen closet.
(For a comforting blend, De La Fuente suggests mixing the distilled water with 10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, 20 drops Orange, Sweet Essential Oil, and 4 drops Neroli (Orange Flower) Essential Oil.)
N.B.: Take care before using essential oils, and always test in a small, discreet area of skin, clothing, or furniture before applying. “Essential oils are the most potent form of plant medicine and must be respected and handled with care. Some essential oils may have contraindications for use when pregnant or for people with health conditions or skin sensitivities, so consult your physician before using,” De La Fuente says.
To make an all-purpose cleaning spray, see How to Use Essential Oils in the Home: Make an All-Purpose Cleaner. And for more in linen care, see:
- Linen Logic: 20 Tips for Taking Care of Your Bedding
- Pillow Talk: 7 Secrets to Making a Perfect Bed
- 10 Easy Pieces: Simple White Sheets
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