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 a while. All natural ingredients make this a wonderful recipe to add to your home.

Lavender Linen Water Recipe


  • 4 cups of distilled water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 25 drops of lavender essential oil


Mix all ingredients well in a glass bottle.  Shake well before use.

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.


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  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. :)

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