DIY Fabric Spray Recipe
It's almost time for spring to step it's foot through the door. Already the air is getting milder, the snow is starting to melt away, and the sun is shining a little brighter. It feels as though spring is already here.
With the weather warming up I feel like I can finally fold up some of these fleece blankets and start checking things off on my spring cleaning checklist. Spring is always the best time of year to do a deep clean of your house. The spring clean is my annual way of kicking the winter blues out the front door.
As you're getting through your list of dusting and organizing you may notice some fabric items that don't necessarily look dirty, but may need freshening up and are not something that you can just toss in the washing machine. Even if they don't stink there's no reason for them not to smell amazing.
Today I want to share with you guys a recipe for a fabric spray that I use to freshen things up and eliminate odors. This spray is great for items such as couches, lounge chairs, area rugs, throw pillows, mattresses, curtains, shoes, ect. Oh, and it costs less than $1 to make as well!
I am just going to share a basic recipe and then it is up to you to adjust how much you need for the size of spray bottle you use and and how strong of a scent you would like to have.
Make sure the spray bottle you choose has a misting setting. When using this spray on your fabric items it's important that you mist it and lightly coat your fabrics. If your bottle sprays a lot of liquid at once causing your items to get damp you could risk mold buildup. I like to use an empty bottle of makeup-setting spray to make my mixture in. The misting setting on those bottles releases the perfect amount of spray without getting the items damp. Empty perfume or body spray bottles will also work. Make sure they get a good thorough wash first.
When it comes to picking out a scent you can use either essential oils or shaved bits of a scented wax cube. This is up to you, and which scents you enjoy the most. If you use the wax cube chop up half of a cube into very fine pieces so they melt easily.
This spray is also great to have on hand to quickly freshen up your home before company stops in to make it smell more inviting. Hold it approximately 6 inches away from whatever you're spraying to get the best results.
What you need:
1 cup hot water
1 tsp baking soda
1-2 tsp scented wax bits, or 5 or more drops of essential oil, scent of choice.
Put the baking soda and chosen scent in the spray bottle then carefully pour the hot water in using a small funnel. Fasten on the cap tightly and carefully shake the bottle until all the ingredients have dissolved. Wear oven mitts while shaking to be on the safe side.
If you don't feel comfortable shaking you could always mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then pour them into the bottle once it has cooled down. I personally prefer the shaking method because everything mixes up better and I can also use the spray right away.
If you ever brew a cup of tea and it is too strong to drink use it as a replacement for water in this recipe. A relaxing tea such as chamomile with some lavender essential oil could make a very relaxing fabric spray for your bedroom. Where an energizing peppermint tea with some lime essential oil would be a great combination for doing your footwear and gym bag.
Rosewater is also something you could replace water with and may not need an essential oil or wax bits because it already has a strong natural fragrance.
This the quickest and easiest way to have your house smelling amazing for less than a dollar. Keep your friends wondering what your secret is.
What scent of fabric spray do you plan on making? Let me know in the comments below.