My world shifted for the better when I discovered I could make it myself. Pure bliss!
You met Kweli, the dog-child, in this post; she's allowed anywhere she wants in the house. Unfortunately, sometimes she smells (weird I know), thereby leaving beds -hers and ours- and furniture smelly. My husband is a Hotshot (that's an elite wildland firefighter), so he smells and his clothes and gear smell...leaving whatever they touch stinky.
As you can imagine, I spray everything - sheets, bedding, towels, dogs beds, dog blankets, curtains, the floor, furniture, the upholstery of my car. You name it, I spray it!
An internet search will quickly lead you to a ton of blog posts about this and everyone seems to have the same recipe. (Including One Good Thing by Jillee and Camp Wander) Did I mention many of you will have everything you need to make this already? Can it get any better?
Custom EO + Vodka Linen Spray
1/4 cup vodka
3 1/2 cup water (filtered/distilled)**
20 drops essential oil*
Spray bottle (another great reuse opportunity)
Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake. Spray away your smellies.
*Scent ideas: Lavender is by far the most popular.
Lavender + Grapefruit = delicious (10 drops each)
Grapefruit+ Bergamot + Orange = a citrus blast
Peppermint (bonus, it'll keep the spiders away)
*I'm not gonna lie, I used tap water and haven't had any problems, but everyone else said distilled or filtered.
To try out different combos, I made a batch of water + vodka.
Then I poured it into 1 oz spray bottles.
Added 1 - 2 drops of EO.
(My rationale being that a full batch was roughly 28 oz with 20 drops of EO.)
In The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood recommends 4 drops per 1 cup of water for room spray and 8 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water for air fresheners.
Create your custom scent and spray away the smellies!
This post has been updated to reflect new information I have learned - you may find things omitted that were previously there. In recipes, I have crossed out the old amount and added the new. 10/2013