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How to make scented ironing water

A crisp, freshly ironed shirt or set of bed sheets is a pleasure to have against your skin. When using the "Steam" setting to iron, fabric is made smooth and crisp without the need for stiff starches. Scented ironing water, also referred to as linen water, contributes the addition of fragrance to your clothing and linens. Fragrance-infused ironing water can be made at home to add the simple pleasure of soothing smell to your fabrics.

Place 10 drops of fragrant essential oil in a spray bottle. Lavender is frequently used for linen water but you can also use vanilla, citrus or your favourite fragrance.

Pour 59 ml (1/4 cup) of vodka into the spray bottle. Close the bottle and lightly swish the liquid around inside to mix the two ingredients. Allow the vodka and essential oil to sit for 24 hours at room temperature.

Add 47 ml (1 pint) of distilled water to the vodka and essential oil. Swish the bottle around to mix the ingredients.

Store your homemade ironing water in the refrigerator for up to six weeks to prolong the fragrance. After six weeks, the fragrance begins to weaken.

Tip

Spritz your scented ironing water directly onto clothing, rather than pouring it into the water reservoir of the iron. Always check an inconspicuous place on clothing and sheets to ensure no discolouration occurs. Experiment with a combination of your favourite essential oils to make your own signature linen spray fragrance.

Things You'll Need

  • Large spray bottle
  • 10 drops essential oil
  • 59 ml (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 47 ml (1 pint) distilled water
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.