How to Make Scented Ironing Water

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Things You'll Need

  • Large spray bottle

  • 10 drops essential oil

  • 1/4 cup vodka

  • 1 pint distilled water

Fragrant ironing water adds a fresh scent to clothing.

A crisp, freshly ironed shirt or set of bed sheets is a pleasure to have against your skin. When using the "Steam" setting to iron, fabric is made smooth and crisp without the need for stiff starches. Scented ironing water, also referred to as linen water, contributes the addition of fragrance to your clothing and linens. Fragrance-infused ironing water can be made at home to add the simple pleasure of soothing smell to your fabrics.


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Step 1

Lavender adds a light, soothing fragrance.

Place 10 drops of fragrant essential oil in a spray bottle. Lavender is frequently used for linen water but you can also use vanilla, citrus or your favorite fragrance.


Step 2

Pour 1/4 cup of vodka into the spray bottle. Close the bottle and lightly swish the liquid around inside to mix the two ingredients. Allow the vodka and essential oil to sit for 24 hours at room temperature.

Step 3

Add 1 pint of distilled water to the vodka and essential oil. Swish the bottle around to mix the ingredients.

Step 4

Store your homemade ironing water in the refrigerator for up to six weeks to prolong the fragrance. After six weeks, the fragrance begins to weaken.


Spritz your scented ironing water directly onto clothing, rather than pouring it into the water reservoir of the iron. Always check an inconspicuous place on clothing and sheets to ensure no discoloration occurs.

Experiment with a combination of your favorite essential oils to make your own signature linen spray fragrance.