September 01, 2006

Friday Favorite:

Lavender Linen Spray
This is a continuation from last Friday's Favorite post about getting wonderful ideas from friends.
As most of you know I LOVE linens. As most of you probably also know from reading my blog, I LOVE lavender. BUT, probably most of you DON'T know, I DETEST ironing. I'm not afraid to say it! It ranks even below scrubbing toilets! (ICK) Thanks to my friend Clarice over at Storybook Woods I have now found
ironing my linens a most enjoyable task. It is all because of the recipe she provided awhile back for Lavender Linen Water Spray. I decided to give it a try so I made some up and I can honestly say ironing my hankies, etc. with this spray has become a downright enjoyable experience that I actually look forward to! Put on some nice calming music and it can be a very relaxing experience. I am not kidding!! I love how my linens look after being ironed with the spray, but most importantly I LOVE how they smell!! Heavenly:) Thanks, Clarice!

Lavender Linen Water Spray

2 1/2 cups distilled water
1/2 cup ethyl alcohol (or isoprophyl or vodka)
15-30 drops of essential oil of lavender
Mix in spray bottle


clarice said...

Dear Susan, I so agree. I hated ironing till I made the linen water. It is so nice and easy to make. I wanted to say people keep getting hung up about the alcohol it is used as a preservative. If you do not have any and think you will use your water in a month or so, you can make it without then alcohol. Enjoy and have a great Friday. Clarice

Mrs. C said...

Thanks for the tip! Do the items you spray it on "keep" the scent? Also, would you spray starch before or after the lavender?

Copper's Wife said...

I have essential lavender oil on order. Making Clarice's spray is definitely going to be a happening thing here!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I must admit that I DO love ironing linens (shh! don't tell! ;) but I think I would enjoy it all the more with this linen water, so I plan to make some as well.
Thanks for sharing this!

Mary said...

I will have to make some of this. Like Bluebird Rose, I enjoy ironing pretty linens. Thanks to you and Clarice for sharing the recipe.

Love the linenes you have pictured.

Susan P. said...

Clarice, thanks again for your wonderful recipe. I know everyone is going to love it!

Mrs. C., yes, they do keep the scent for quite awhile. It is just a very light, feminine scent. I think you will love it. About the starch, I am ashamed to admit it but I have never starched anything in my whole life:( My Mama never did and I guess I just never made it a point to try and do it (Susan with a red face, now)

copper's wife, bluebird rose, and Mary, I know you all will love it. Ironing my vintage linens is now a pure joy and something I actually look forward to. I actually make an "event" out of it and have tea brewing and nice, soft music playing, as well as candles burning!! "Who would have "THUNK" it, and that's from a lady who detests ironing!" LOL

Mary said...

Can anyone tell me where I can get the essential oil of lavendar? Do they have it in candle shops? Health food stores? Thanks!!

Susan P. said...

Mary, I got mine at Michaels Craft Store, but I'm sure there a lot of stores that carry it:)