How to Make a Natural Linen Spray (DIY Recipe)

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Laundry commercials can be pretty entertaining—images of flowers and sunshine amidst a backdrop of snowy mountains promise your laundry will be as fresh as a day in the Alps if you use their product. But those man-made chemicals may be harmful to you and your family, and they don’t hold a candle to real, natural freshness (that is actually good for you). Instead, you can make your own linen spray so your clothes smell fresh without all the chemicals.

This recipe is a natural alternative to the chemical options. It uses essential oils to leave fabrics smelling clean and fresh, without artificial fragrances.

DIY Linen Spray or… Chemical Soup?

Homemade laundry detergent gets clothes clean without chemicals, but it does have one significant drawback—the scent doesn’t stick around for very long. We all love our laundry to not only look clean and fresh but to smell that way too. And natural scents like essential oils just don’t last as long as conventional detergents’ artificial chemicals. (It’s kind of freaky how strong those scents are and how long they last!)

Laundry washed in conventional detergent may smell nice, but it hardly seems worth risking brain cell death. One study analyzing over 90 fragrances reports that these artificial scents may mutate cells in the body and may even contribute to autism.

The scent of this spray won’t last a whole week (and then some) like the conventional options, but it’s easy to reach for whenever a boost of natural freshness is needed. And you will be keeping your home safe from unwanted artificial fragrances.

And there are no harmful side effects… in fact, only good ones.

Essential Oil DIY Linen Spray: Double Duty

Linen spray is nice to have around not only for laundry but for bigger fabric items that can’t go in the washing machine: carpets, bedding, sofas, pillows… even a child’s favorite life-size teddy bear.

As a bonus, essential oils don’t just mask the scent but, thanks to their antimicrobial properties, actually work against the bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. They also provide some amazing benefits to our well-being.

A few key players in this spray are:

  • LavenderA gentle microbial essential oil that disinfects and cleanses while calming and uplifting the mind.
  • Citrus oil (lemon)It has similar benefits as lavender oil but is more invigorating and uplifting as it cleanses surfaces.
  • White firThis calming and grounding oil also boasts antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • Cypress – Known for its ability to help ground your emotions, this woodsy-smelling oil is a great addition to help relieve stress.

These essential oils combine to create an uplifting, calming, and refreshing linen spray with notes of woodsy, citrus, and floral scents.

Other Uses for Homemade Linen Spray

This spray can be used for other things besides freshening up laundry or items that can’t be washed. You can use this any time you need an air freshener or want to spritz your pillowcases.

Before bed, you can use a lavender linen spray to spritz on your bedding. This can help you drift off to sleep because of the relaxing properties of lavender. Just add a few drops of lavender to some water in a glass bottle. Keep it by your bed and use it each night.

Do you ever have to iron clothes? One of my favorite hacks is to use this spray when I’m ironing. Not only will it help get the wrinkles out of your clothes, but it will also make them smell fresh.

Need to pick-me-up? Make some spray with peppermint or eucalyptus and use it as a room spray in the afternoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the common questions I get about this recipe:

How do you make your own linen spray?

This linen spray recipe is super simple to make. You might already have most of the ingredients in your home. It only takes a few minutes to mix up a few items and add your essential oils, then your fabrics and clothes will be smelling fresh. This way, you can customize your spray with your favorite scents.

You will need a glass spray bottle to store it in. Because of their potency, essential oils don’t store well in plastic. This recipe calls for an 8-ounce bottle, but you are welcome to make this in smaller batches in a smaller bottle.

Can you make natural linen spray without alcohol?

Water and essential oils don’t mix well, so the vodka works to disperse the oil throughout the spray. You can substitute the vodka for witch hazel. In addition, if you have rubbing alcohol, you can also use that.

While it won’t last as long, you can make this with just water and essential oils. Since you’ll want to use the water-only version quickly, you will probably want to make a smaller batch. You can use a 2-ounce spray bottle and reduce the water and drops of essential oils as well. Or, to extend the shelf life, you can also use distilled water. 

Can you use different essential oils?

Yes! DIY recipes are flexible and you can tailor them to your needs and what you have on hand. If you don’t have any of the oils listed above or prefer different scents, feel free to mix and match and use your favorite essential oils in your DIY spray. 

These were chosen for their calming and grounding properties, but other essential oils have different benefits and work well for other needs. Other ideas are bergamot, grapefruit, ylang-ylang, or cedarwood.

Is it safe to use around pets?

If you have pets, you will want to read more about using essential oils around your furry friends. It is safe to spray this around your pets, although you will want to take some precautions

How to make a refreshing natural linen spray
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DIY Linen Spray Recipe

A light, natural fragrance for freshening fabrics—keep on hand for sheets, towels, pillowcases, and more!
Prep Time5 minutes
Resting Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Yield: 1 8 oz spray bottle
Author: Katie Wells



  • Combine the vodka and essential oils in the spray bottle, and give it a good swirl to combine. Let it sit for 15 minutes for scents to combine. Shake again.
  • Add water until almost full, leaving about ½ inch of space at the top.
  • Cap the bottle and shake again to combine.


How to Use the Linen Spray: Shake the bottle well before each use, and liberally spray on fabrics as desired. This spray is safe for most fabric types, but you can test a small area if there are any concerns. The linen spray can be used on bedding, clothing, fabric-covered furniture, etc., for a fresh scent.
Storage: With the alcohol, this spray will last for months without the need for refrigeration.

What’s your favorite way to keep fabrics smelling fresh? What are your favorite essential oils for your DIY linen spray?

This natural linen spray recipe uses essential oils to leave fabrics smelling clean and fresh, without any harmful artificial fragrances.
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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


63 responses to “How to Make a Natural Linen Spray (DIY Recipe)”

  1. Kiki Attilakos Avatar
    Kiki Attilakos

    if I want to produce the spray, what kins of preservatives that suit to them? should I put grain alcohol or another preservatives? Tq

  2. Abdulkareem Mohammed Avatar
    Abdulkareem Mohammed

    Nice & very helpful article, please what can I use as a good substitute for the vodka or rubbing alcohol, they’re so scarce to be found in my vicinity, can I make use of IPA instead? lots of fun….

  3. Prema Avatar

    My question is that I am only interested in antimicrobial. I do not spray at night so lavender is just a waste as it is so expensive. I use clove, peppermint, tea tree and eucalyptus. If you are not looking to do an antimicrobial why even bother?

  4. Karen Avatar

    How do you feel about adding polysorbate 20 to the linen spray? I haven’t tried it yet but found a recipe that recommends it. What are your thoughts?


  5. Niki Avatar

    Do you have a recipe that uses just one or two oils? I tend to only like spearmint or citrus oils so I would substitute those, but this seems like I would use a whole bottle of one oil to compensate for all the different oils in this recipe. Thank you.

  6. Alexandria Avatar

    I have read articles that essential oils are bad to have around pets. Especially cats. Is this something that we should be worried about when using this spray?

  7. Michelle Avatar

    Can you use this for ironing clothes also without harming the fabric?

  8. Julie Avatar


    Thank you for the linen spray recipe! Will witch hazel work too? If so, how long would it keep?


  9. Heide Linde Avatar
    Heide Linde

    I was amazed at how the nursing homes in Austria did not smell until upon one visit I noticed that after lunch they wrapped all the patients up in big blankets and opened all the windows for a brief time. What a difference the fresh air made in the home! Cold outside or not I try to do this each day…it seems like the right thing to do!

  10. Lori Avatar

    I just ordered the spray bottles and am excited to try your diy linen spray. Can you use witch hazel in place of the vodka or rubbing alcohol?

  11. DeLora Frederickson Avatar
    DeLora Frederickson

    love you so much. i am a birth professional and yoga therapist and recommend your recipes ALL the time in my classes. thank you for being you.

  12. Elizabeth Avatar

    I used this recipe and followed it exactly… The smell is amazing but when I spray it in fabrics you can’t smell it. Any recommendations on how I can make the smell come through on fabrics?

  13. Marianne Bergs Avatar
    Marianne Bergs

    Hi, I was wondering if the alcohol is necessary?
    Is it possible to make the spray without?


  14. Lacey Avatar

    Would this work at all with ACV? For some reason I would much rather use that instead of alcohol. Specifically I want to use it for our pillows! Thank you!

  15. Krysta Avatar

    What would you add to this to increase its disinfectant properties? Make it more like a Lysol spray? Would it be effective on its own?

  16. Charisse Avatar

    Does the Vodka help the essential oils to dissolve in water? or does the EOs just float on top of the ingredients when the spray is not in use? 🙂

  17. Katrin Avatar

    Will it affect the smell though? Just want to know if the water is super important 🙂

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