Lavender Linen Water Recipe

Lavender Linen Water Recipe and Printable Label

This lightly scented lavender linen water is a must for the laundry room. Use it to fill up your iron to freshen while pressing. Pour it into a spray bottle and mist linens fresh from the wash or those that have been stored for awhile. All-natural ingredients mean this spray is gentle with a delicate scent that doesn’t overwhelm the senses, making this a wonderful recipe to add to your regular laundry routine.Lavender Linen Water

Lavender has been used to cleanse and refresh since ancient times. The word “lavender” has its root in the Latin word “lavare,” which means “to wash.” Ancient Romans used the flower to perfume their baths, bodies, beds, and clothing.

Resfresh your linens with lavender laundry spray

Those Romans were on to something. Not only does lavender leave linens smelling fresh and clean, but studies also suggest that lavender possesses anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties which may prevent common skin infections.

While there is no definite evidence for its medical benefits, lavender has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times and is gentle on skin, plus it smells wonderful. So the way I see it, the more lavender I have in my life, the better!


Lavender Linen Water Recipe

Make it!

Mix all ingredients together in a glass bottle. Shake well before use. You can also use this linen water as a pillow spray to help you relax and sleep better.

Here is a copy of the label as well. You are welcome to save and print it for your linen water.

lavender linen water

Love lavender?  Check out all these other fabulous things you can do with lavender and the Essential Guide to Growing Lavender


About the Author : Stephanie Rose

A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  1. Jana
    JanaAugust 22,12

    Sounds like an easy recipe to do. Will have to try it soon. Love the smell of Lavender. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. laurel
    laurelAugust 23,12

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have used lavender sachets and sponges with lavender oil on them in the dryer. But they get thrown out and lost by my family. I live where it is hot and I like to hang dry when I can. this will be perfect ! I found you at the delightful order link up party.

  3. vikki
    vikkiSeptember 4,12

    I love this idea and decided to see if there was a website that also told how to make the lavender essential oils. I grow lavender myself and am always looking at ways to use what I grow. I found this website. Hope this helps anyone else out there looking to make their own essential oils.

    • Stevie
      StevieSeptember 5,12

      Vikki, I want to try making essential oils, but it seems the recipes are either for infused oils or using s still. I’ll look through your link – maybe there is a great idea there to try! Thank you.

  4. Bernadene Whitten
    Bernadene WhittenSeptember 7,12

    I still use my Great Grandmother’s recipe for linen water. It has been copied and handed down through the years. Today with less ironing there is less call for this recipe. Originally linen water used alcohol, water, and herbs.

    My Great Grandmother’s recipe states to take a bundle of cut lavender or other aromatic herb, a non aluminum pot, 1 gallon well water, bring water to a high boil, remove pot from heat, add herb to the water, cover pot and sit overnight. Strain water to remove herbal matter. In the same pot with strained herbal water add 1 crock of local alcohol, mix well and transfer to canning jars for storage. Use liberally on linens to reduce and kill bedbugs, refresh bedding between washings, use on rugs and floor coverings to refresh between cleanings.

    Today I use 1 gallon distilled water, 1 large jar cheapest liquor, and 4 oz.of your choice of herbal. I like the use of witch hazel too.

  5. susan
    susanOctober 2,12

    Please give example of a “carrier oil” when making your own lavendar oil recipe.

    • Dusty
      DustySeptember 1,16

      Look for 100% pure essential oils (and avoid anything that’s labeled as a “fragrance” or “perfume” oil. Young Living Essential Oils has a a great lavender oil product that would enhance the spray, adding 3-4 drops to your recipe. Also, be aware of allergies in both yourself and pets – rub the top of the bottle of oil on the inside of your wrist – you will notice pretty quickly if you are allergic. Best to buy 100% all natural. These may be ordered online.

  6. Stevie
    StevieOctober 2,12

    Susan, I have yet to research and try making my own essential oils. Perhaps there is someone else that can answer you, or follow the instructions on the link provided by Vikki.

  7. Cindy Eikenberg
    Cindy EikenbergAugust 13,13

    Hi Stephanie! I love this! I always use lavender linen spray when I iron and now I can make my own! Thank you so much for sharing this and am sharing on my FB page today. Have a fantastic Tuesday!

  8. Carlos Mendoza
    Carlos MendozaAugust 14,13

    Lavender has long been know for its ability to uplift the spirits of human beings who smell its fragrance. Interestingly, the body becomes satiated fairly quickly and can’t continue to experience the intensity of lavender indefinitely. The olfactory organs need a rest, and then they can again savor the strong essence of this plant. A great article on lavender and other herbs for gardeners including mint and borage, with photos, can be found here:

  9. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family
    Megan @ Our Pinteresting FamilyAugust 15,13

    Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try this out. :)

  10. JCgl
    JCglJuly 7,14

    Hi there,
    Doesn’t this need a preservative because it has water in it? I’d like a recipe for lavender linen spray that does not require a preservative of possible and cannot seem to get a clear recipe on how to make it with witch hazel….as some have alcohol added to it I guess…but just because there is some alcohol does not mean the whole thing is preserved…I believe there is a ratio that is needed. Does anyone know that or any links to a recipe that is safe to make and sell not just for diy yourself for a week? thanks!

  11. Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 8,14

    JCgl, lavender oil has antibacterial properties but I wouldn’t sell this recipe as it has not been tested commercially. For home use, I make small batches and use them quickly, and have never has any issues with needing a preservative. Vitamin E oil is often used as a preservative in natural skin care products, however I’m not sure if it is fabric safe.

  12. Kimberley
    KimberleyDecember 30,14

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  13. Sheri
    SheriAugust 20,16

    Hi there! What does witch hazel do? Learning. :)

  14. Tanya
    TanyaJuly 14,17

    Looking forward to trying this.

  15. Ree Enlow
    Ree EnlowJuly 14,17

    I was browsing your blog today. I’m extremely interested in gardening and herbs, I am an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils as well, and I’d like to write something useful and helpful to your audience. What do you think?

    If that’s cool with you, I can send you a couple of blog post ideas and you can choose which one you’d like to publish on your blog. Perhaps you would also be interested in being featured as a guest-blogger on my own blog?

    You can have a look at my blog here:

    Have a look and see if it’s something you would be interested in :)

    Have a nice day!
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Ree Enlow

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