Make Your Own Linen Spray

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A House Should Smell Like a Home

I am always concerned about how my house smells to outsiders. I cook a lot and I have 3 small dogs, all of which can cause awful smells if there's a problem. I must be very careful with air fresheners. I have several birds and a child with asthma. I have to keep my house smelling fresh without the extra chemicals in the air that can be harmful to both pets and children.

It is so easy to make your own beautiful aromatic sprays with essential oils or tinctures. It is more cost effective to make my own and I can use it for so many things! Not only do herbal tinctures and oils smell wonderful, they can be medicinal depending on the herb you choose to infuse.

I love lavender for it's many medicinal uses as well as it's intoxicating smell. Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile is said to have seduced both Julius Ceaser and Mark Anthony with it's aromatic scent.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are in! They can be used for a variety of purposes. I also use them to make linen spray and scented water. Essential oils are used for their therapeutic properties as well as their aromatic smells. They can be used to make fragrant creams, lotions, massage oils or used a few drops at a time for a compress. Not only do herbs act as holistic, medicinal remedies but some have anti fungal or antibacterial properties (such as lavender).

Essential oil can be very cheap to purchase and you can use one small bottle for a multipurpose ingredient. If you want to use any essential oils for fabric sprays, make sure to use the lighter colored oils as they may stain cloth.

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Herbal Tinctures

Herbal tinctures are made by covering an herb with alcohol and letting it sit over a period of time. Some tinctures are made with a combination of alcohol and water. Tinctures can be made for medicinal purposes and consumption.* Lavender tincture can be used for linen spray or added to the rinse cycle of the laundry. I use it on sheets and towels and it makes my entire bedroom smell fresh.

There are many ways to make herbal tinctures depending on the intended use and herb. Lavender tincture is easy to make and goes a long way. I make a concentrate that lasts forever and I only need a few drops for each load of laundry. A teaspoon added to distilled water is enough to yield a full 12 oz spray bottle.

Uses for the Home

  • Use in the rinse cycle for sheets and towels
  • Spray on pillow cases and bed sheets
  • Spray on fabric furniture
  • Spray it in the car
  • Make small bottles for gym lockers & school lockers for your kids
  • Use it in your office
  • Spray the linen closet
  • Make a compress to ease head aches
  • Use it to spritz your clothing before you iron

Absolut!

Have a drink and make some fragrant liquor!
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Cover the lavender with alcohol.
Cover the lavender with alcohol. | Source
This is after two weeks of letting the lavender sit in a dark place.
This is after two weeks of letting the lavender sit in a dark place. | Source

How to make lavender tincture:

There are several ways to make herbal tinctures and there are different ingredients depending on the purpose. I use mine in my rinse cycle and to spritz on fabric items in the home. I used a simple method that yields a concentrated liquid that will last indefinitely.

  1. Snip the lavender stems and flowers and place them in a bowl. Use a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon to break up the stems a little bit to release some of the oils.
  2. Put the flowers into a glass jar, cover completely with alcohol. (Some people do use rubbing alcohol but I would not because I want a floral spray not astringent) You can use a cheaper plain brand but if you intend to consume it - I would use a good brand.
  3. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid and store it in a dry place. Shake it once or twice a day to help release the oils in the herb. The longer you let it sit, the more fragrant it will be. (Mine sat for 3 weeks)
  4. Use a cheesecloth to strain the lavender from the liquid. You can add more lavender and allow the liquid to sit for another period of time and this will concentrate it even more).
  5. You can now choose to cover the jar with a coffee filter and store in a dark place for a couple more weeks. The alcohol will evaporate and what you have left will be the essential oil. OR you can choose to put a tight fitting lid on at this point and use the concentrated liquid to add to filtered or purified water for linen spray or laundry rinse.

Strain through cheese cloth.
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This is lavender tincture.
This is lavender tincture. | Source

I use about a teaspoon of the concentrate and add it to about 8 oz of tap water and pour it in the rinse water of the laundry cycle. It makes my pillow cases and sheets smell heavenly. You can also purchase beautiful perfume atomizers or spray bottles and add distilled water and tincture concentrate and give them as gifts or add them to baskets.

I pour some into 1.5 oz spray bottles and my children take them in their back packs to use for their lockers and gym lockers. I spray my linen closet and my sheets with this and it smells so fresh. I also cart the small bottles when we travel. I spray the linen at the hotels so it smells like home.

You can also make a linen spray by using drops of essential oil and mixing it with equal parts of alcohol and filtered water. The alcohol acts as the solvent and will help preserve the liquid as well.

Some people drink tinctures for their healing effects but herbs can be very strong medicine and should never be used without first consulting your doctor. Some herbs can cause strong allergic reactions or even have fatal results to both adults and children. Keep this away from the reach of small children.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is an excellent idea! Febreeze is almost $6 a bottle now and doesn't smell like lavender. I have lots of decorator bottles and now I know exactly what to do with them. I love this idea!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have lavender in our home because of our lavender business, so even with three dogs and a cat we rarely have bad odors. Great suggestions Kelly.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Tammy! Oh I thought of you while making this hub! I knew if you had found little pretty jars you could have made them so much more pesentable! lol

I tell you - I love using it this way. I embedded the ad just so people could see how much they charge for lavender water! omg! If you don't have your own fresh you can order them! Ha! Maybe from Bill - I am about to find out!

Thank you - let me know if you try it...I just washed my sheets in it again...smells so good when you lie down to sleep...I bet anything those calming properties help with sleep too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Bill that is so cool! So do you have a link I could put here so that if people would like to order lavender buds or dried lavender they could get it that way? I meant to scrounge the net for such a link and forgot!

I just love the smell myself...the other stuff is a bonus! lol


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

In love the smile of lavender and clean linen. have you spell that one?

You birds and child has asthma? that is a hard one. I have this room deodorizer that I got from Rainbow vacuum it is wonderful.. It cleans the air. the house spells so clean

wonderful hub

sharing

Debbie


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Thank you - this is awesome! I have two large dogs and always try to make sure my home does not smell at all like dog. It is challenging. Thank you for this recipe - I'm sure I'll make it.


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanks for the recipe, I usually purchase linen spray from stores and online. It doesn't seem that hard to make so I think I will try to make some at home.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Kelly,

This is very useful, and I should probably invest in this. Living with two male roommates, we are very active and sometimes lets just say...(nevermind :) ) Awesome and informative, thanks Kelly!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well the birds don't have asthma but they are very sensitive to certain chemicals. They can be toxic to them in a matter of seconds. Even candles! You have to be careful which kind you burn and where the fumes travel. Teflon on pans - if it burns will kill a bird also. My middle girl has the asthma and uses an inhaler. I can't use any kind of powders because of that! lol So this is a great thing for me and it works so well. Plus I just love the smell - puts me in a good mood!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Natashalh - oh this will work well. And I made mine with absolut and let it sit for about 3 weeks - it smells pretty spicy. You can dilute it to your preference though so that's the nice thing. I have experimented with different scents and the lavender is my favorite!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Angela - the hardest part to making this is remembering to shake it! I hope you like it and yeah it is much cheaper to make it than to purchase it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Josh yeah buddy, this scent is for you! I know what you mean....you guys probably have lots of stinky girls trying to hang out at your place, huh? Probably should spray the place after they go!!!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Kelly,

Haha, good one! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Well you can imagine how my house smells with the 2 Newfs especially when they come in the house wet and stinky. I love the idea of making my own linen spray.

Hit all the buttons and sharing.


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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

Interesting hub! Can we make do without using alcohol? Or is it must to use it?


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

RealHousewife: Kelly, this is a beautiful hub! I wish we had smell features for this one. Lavender is such a beautiful scent. I'd like to start adding sachets to my linens again. It is something I used to do and sort of just stopped. Now I know how to make my own. I should probably make some for my classroom drawers!

Thanks for putting this together and sharing with us. Pinned and tweeted.


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nancynurse 4 years ago from Southeast USA

Thanks for sharing. I have thought about making my own oils and have read the peppermint oil deters spiders. Great hub


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Realhousewife, loved this idea, I have lavender growing in my backyard and I have thought about how to use it, but I didn't know how... Now, I do... Voted up and useful and interesting and sharing! Have a great day!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Your title intrigued me because I had no idea what a linen spray was. This is great! Like you I don’t like chemical air fresheners and this looks such fun to make. We have lots of lavender in the garden so will definitely give this a go as we have a cat that can be a makes smells at times! Thanks for sharing your ideas.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Josh, Dave and I were laughing and hoping you would see the 'stinky girl" comment:) LOL LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan!!!!!

Yeah and even the dogs like the smell! Two of my dogs like to go into one cage and sleep together at night so I keep it out and a blanket in there. I spray the blanket...hope it makes them sleep better! lol They do NOT like the coconut spray I get from the pet store and I know because they take off running as soon as they see me holding it! I figure the lavender is at least a natural scent so maybe they won't mind smelling like that? lol

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi cracknutcase - yes you can make lavender water - totally no alcohol. I have not made it myself that way but I understand you just cover the herb with water (purified, filtered or distilled) and allow it to sit for a period of weeks. I would not use that for cooking, eating or drinking still though:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Why thank you MO! My mom always used sachets...even when we were little. I love them and I bet they might help calm some of your students down:) lol

Thank you very much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi nancynurse - good point and laveder does deter fleas and other insects too! They used lavender during the plague - it kept flea's away!

Thank you so much for adding that and good luck making your own - I bet peppermint would be great and I am growing some so I will try it too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi algarveview - I too didn't know what to do with mine! That is why I started trying to figure out what to do with my herb clippings and the excesses of veggies I have. The Lavender is just too good to waste or let it dry out! Let me know how it works out if you make some!

Thank you!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Melovy - yeah I used to use all the room freshener sprays - but my pediatrician told me to STOP it! lol No powdery junk on the carpets either! I was thinking - oh my house is gonna smell awful!!

The naturally occurng substances and fragrances are much better as long as no one is allergic to the herb used! lol And my girls love it sprayed on their pillows - who knows maybe it really helps them sleep better? Also I feel good knowing their sheets have been washed in the rinse because lavender is really good for your skin! One of my girls broke out with a rash from different laundry soap so I use very mild soaps and detergents too.

Thanks so much!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

very good ideas here. The smell of lavender is invigorating! I have a few aromatherapy Lavender candles in my room and bathroom.


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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

Got it:) Thank you so much..


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

So Cleo used lavender scent to arouse Mark, Julius and many others who came her way? I can't say 'Who Knew?' to this one, Kelly, because that I did know. She told me when I spoke with her - 'Interview with Cleopatra.' But she didn't tell me how to make my own lavender scent so thanks for filling that knowledge vacuum, m'dear.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lovedoctor - I do love Lavender! Smells so fresh and it has so many good uses and benefits! I should learnto make sachets:) my mom always buys them for me. I also use the perfumed cards from the malls for my jackets and coat pockets! Lol.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh I LOVE your hub nae Cracknutcase! Lol TY!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Drbj are you serious? I didn't see an interview about Cleopatra! I know I'll LOVE that - perfect choice she was SO interesting wasn't she?! I'd love to leaner more about her so I'll be trying to find that!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Making my own tinctures and essential oil, is one of my dreams. I plan to make time for this soon. Thank you, RealHousewife, for this excellent hub :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Awesome hub. I am also very finicky about how my house/clothes smell. This is a relatively cheap method than purchasing air wick scents.

So, when you say use any cheap alcohol...you mean liquor? 'cause I am not aware of any alcohol besides rubbing alcohol available in drug store. Kindly advise. Thanks


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

HI Martie! Oh I bet you will love it! It is fun to do and my girls helped too. And after several weeks you have some great smelling stuff that lasts forever. I just ordered some of the herbal oils that I can not make myself (like Jasmine) and it came in today. I was so excited! lol

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira - yes liquor! I wonder what you have there? You could use Everclear or Vodka is best (unflavored). It doesn't have a scent either...some people do use rubbing alcohol but I wouldn't - it stinks! lol I used Absolut which is too expensive to use for this reason. I don't drink often though so I figured what the heck! lol

It is so much cheaper to make your own...I LOVE spraying it on the sheets - smells so good right before bed:) Thanks and let me know how it works out for you!


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

Hi Realhousewife, long time no speak! what a great hub!! I have always like your work. Kellymom


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Great...will buy a big bottle of vodka. I agree rubbing alcohol stinks. I use it mostly for my kids experiments etc.

Vodka...here I come :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This is such a great idea Kel! I have to be honest though, I am very sensitive to many smells, lavender being one that really gets to me. I'm one of those people that can't stay very long in a candle shop or anything like that either. All my laundry soap, dryer sheets, kitty litter too, are all unscented. BUT, who cares about me, ha. I will share this all over. It truly is a great article.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Super idea RealHousewife! Lavender is one of my favourite scents and plants - we used to grow it in my family home.A friend is now growing it to produce oils as a business in Italy. I will be definitely be trying out your ideas for different sprays and tinctures! Awesome hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi kellymom! Right! How have you been????

Thank you so much! I have not been around as much - my kids are still home on summer vacation and they are quite popular this year:) The age of being a taxi/mom !! lol I am always so excited for summer to begin and the same when it ends! whew! Mom needs a break!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah drink some while your making the spray - it's a jolly good time! hahah I wondered - IF Im drinking while I am returing comments - I am really drinking alone? LOL

Good luck and please let me know how it works out!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Sharon - oh wow! Yeah I know some people don't like the scents like that. When I worked in the hospital - I never wore perfume for that reason. Some of the patients are sensitive and the last thing I needed was to keep someone awake because my perfume gave them a head ache or rash:) LOL

Thanks so much for sharing as always though!! You are awesome:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Suzie HQ - thank you so much! I do love lavender! For many reasons but the smell is number 1! I recently saw a photo of a lavender field...so beautiful and I could just imagine what it would have smelled like to be right there! Heaven!


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wage 4 years ago from malaysia

your hub is very useful..i will be try latter. thank u!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi wage - thank you! Good luck and let me know if it turns out well for you!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

What a nice hub. Lots of good information. I love the smell of any flowers doesn't matter to me. I even love the smell of milkweed. Very interesting hub enjoyed reading it. Voted up.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much moonlake! I love your hubs too btw - you have interesting topics and great info!

Yeah the only thing I'm NOT liking is the smell from my spray seems to wear off way too fast! I don't know if I should concentrate it more - I messed with it a bit but now it looks dark enough I don't want to spray it on my white sheets! But I still love using it in the laundry that never fails! I am going to do more research and may add a note about the spray wearing off if I'm not just doing it wrong. Now I can spray it on dark colors but not white!

Thanks so much!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I have been in your house and so I know personally that it doesn't smell... I had my sniffer well tuned! ha ha - Well, we all know you are a good housewife so that probably is never an issue, but now I know your secret. I am going to have to try this. However, I was going to be sarcastic and be like... "Oh - I am using vodka on this one!" and then I realized that is what you really do. I should use cake vodka with vanilla ... hmmm... I can only imagine how sweet my sheets would smell! Great hub and great information as usual!


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Well with animal number four in the house now, plus three kids, I think I need to bookmark this hub! Great tips here :)


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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

This is such a beautiful hub. I felt like I was 'out with the girls' while reading this. I too hate artificial smells, they make me nausea.

I use lavender a lot. It just adds that calming affect.

Great hub. Voted up and shared.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Great hub! I could imagine that this smells really nice, and making your own would be cheaper than buying the store brought sprays.

Voted up and more!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Right Stacy - I can't fool you!

Hey if you add vanilla and vodka and make a linnen spray - ahhahaha - you could just suck on the sheets if the water goes out! lol Party! You can just trashed and smell good too! LOL All without leaving the bed!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Julie sound almost as bad as me. Right now - I am down to 2 children that live her full time (their friends are part timers:) and 3 gods (oops! dogs) lol 1 cat, 1 African Grey Parrot and 4 parakeets. When my husband complains I just say "hey - there is no pet evidence...if you can't smell they live here - it's fine!" lol If I start becoming like a hoarder - go ahead and kick me out. lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Carly Sullens! Thank you so much - I love lavender. I had a boss who gave me some and I was thinking how ironic that was considering she was the one who caused me to need some calming effects in my life! ha!

I do not like most of the stuff out of the spray can because I can smell alochol in it sometimes...and yeah I accidentally killed a parakeet with the store bought Airwick! I was just tring to spray the carpet beneath the cage with something fresh as I was walking through the room - I just sprayed it casually under that cage - just one little bit. I found my bird dead in an hour. NO joke. Man, I was so upset - he was just a parakeet I know, but I loved that little guy! He was very tame and everything. I have never had another can in my house since!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jennzie - thank so much! Yeah it does smell really good - I just wish the scent would last a little longer. It does if you use some in the rinse cycle on the sheets and towels...but spraying it on pillows - it kind of disappears pretty quick so I would conserve it for the laundry:) lol

Thank you again!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States

Wonderful hub! This would make a great HOTD.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Dirt Farmer - thank so much! I had a lot of fun making the oil - and since you only do a little at a time and mostly just wait for things to happen - it is pretty foolproof:) lol I ended up wishing I had bought more lavender - I had no flowers left to cut. Lavender is so awesome and useful for just about anything from skin issues to anxiety it's one of my very favorites!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a wonderful, useful and interesting hub, I agree with the dirt farmer, hope this makes HOTD for you!

Voted up, best wishes Lesley


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Movie Master - thank you! That is so nice - and I really had fun making the linen spray and doing the hub. I took a ton of photographs during the process too so it was a well rounded learning experience for me:)


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Kelly, this Hub is useful and interesting. I had read earlier of essential oils and have been interested to know more. My first job was in an area where they had a market for all sorts of essential oils and tinctures for perfume making. The entire place used to smell so enticing, but I did not get time to find out more. Now I am satiated with information from you. It is a wonderful idea to make and gift. Voted up and away.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much sen.sush23! I do LOVE the smell of the essential oils. I am just trying to learn more about the many uses of them. I really prefer using natural anything over manufactured so it really appeals to me. I am so glad that you enjoyed it!


stinadaze 3 years ago

Thanks, this is very informative and I will be giving this a try over the Xmas holiday period. Quick question though... Is it a good idea to leave some lavender flowers floating in the individual spray bottles just for the pretty factor? thanks!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hmmm not sure if I'd leave floating flowers in there but I bet it would be pretty! I can't think of why it would hurt anything? Good luck and I hope it works well for you - let me know!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

RealHousewife,

I was not aware that you had backlinked my hub until I found this hub on the site that posts stolen hubs.

What an unfortunate way to find about the backlink.

I have made rose water, but never extracted essential oils. Thanks for sharing your expertise.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Really Vinaya? I emailed you to let you know I linked you! It IS so sad that you found out that way...for both of us! Wah! Hey maybe my email went to your Spam folder? Anyway - thanks for letting me know this one got ripped off too! Ugh!

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