Sometimes I feel like I really need to freshen up my bed linens, especially in the summer when it’s humid and hot. What are your suggestions?
– Lucy B., Providence, RI
I know exactly how you feel. Even after a good wash, in the summer it just seems like bed linens need a bit more of a refresher. I also feel this way in the winter, when we’re all cooped up and bed linens seem stale. I have a very simple suggestion that I love to use in the summer (or any time, really!): lavender water. My favorite essential oil to freshen up with is lavender – it’s known to be balancing and calming, which is perfect for the bedroom! However, you can make this with any essential oil that appeals to you.
1 teaspoon (100 drops) lavender essential oil
1 oz. 80+ proof vodka
2 cups distilled water
Combine ingredients in a glass jar, spray bottle, or ironing sprinkler. Cover and shake. Simply spray or hand sprinkle the lavender water lightly on your sheets, towels, blankets, and other linens to freshen. If you iron your linens, sprinkle before ironing.
We also carry a beautiful lavender aroma mist, which you can use in place of the recipe above if preferred! Best, Annie P.S. – Here’s a video how-to for a variation on the lavender spray; it’s a DIY antiseptic spray that can be made with the essential oil of your choice!
Here’s a video how-to for a variation on the lavender spray; it’s a DIY antiseptic spray that can be made with the essential oil of your choice!
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By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment (Rodale Press, 2005), Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).