Linen water can make the dreary experience of ironing a pleasurable pastime. If you have never used it, linen water is scented water that is sprayed on clothing and linens as they are being ironed. It imparts the fragrance to the fabric but also smells good as the ironing is done. The traditional fragrance for linen water is lavender but almost any fragrance can be used. A quick spray of this mixture can also be used to give a fresh smell to linens that have already been ironed. It can also be used to add fragrance to the air.
Use essential oils to impart fragrance to linen water. Essential oils are distilled oils from plants. Not all plants have these oils: They are extracted from flowers, leaves, stems or fruits. The oil that is used must be light in colour, or you run the risk of staining white fabrics. As long as the oil is light, go with whatever fragrance appeals to you. Try peppermint or sweet orange. Grapefruit oil and lime oil both have clean, fresh scents. Experiment with combining scents.
Lavender linen water recipe
Place 30 ml (1/8 cup) of vodka and 6 ml (1 tsp) (100 drops) of lavender essential oil in a large laundry shaker or spray bottle. Shake to combine the two. Pour in 600 ml (2.5 cups) of distilled or spring water and shake again to combine everything. Shake the bottle periodically during use to keep the essential oil distributed. It may become cloudy; this is normal. The vodka is an emulsifier for the oils as well as a preservative. Use of an inexpensive brand of vodka is acceptable, but use the highest proof available. Tap water usually contains chlorine, which will destroy the essential oil, so do not use it.
Rosemary linen water recipe
Chop 70 ml (4 tbsp) of fresh rosemary and place it in a saucepan with 480 ml (2 cups) of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and strain, discarding the rosemary leaves. Add enough fresh water to make 480 ml (2 cups) and decant into a large spray bottle. This method of making an herb or flower water can be used to make linen water with roses, jasmine or fresh herbs. When using any of these linen waters, test it on an inconspicuous spot to see if it will discolour the fabric.