Step-by-step instructions for quick and easy DIY projects that will spruce up your space — all within 24 hours (or less!).
Scents of freshly cut grass, blooming trees, and budding flowers are the harbingers of spring. And bringing these refreshing fragrances inside your home is a cinch with this DIY spring-scented room spray. It's just oils and water, right? Nope! This recipe includes a few tips and tricks to help the room spray and scent last longer. But don't worry, it's still easy.
Things You'll Need
Fine mist spray bottle, 4 ounces
Lavender oil, 50 drops
Bergamot oil, 38 drops
Ylang ylang oil, 20 drops
Ethanol alcohol, 1 ounce ( 190 proof, like Everclear )
Distilled water, 3 ounces
Tip: High-proof alcohol acts as a solvent to dissolve the essential oils so they can be mixed into a water-based room spray without separating. If you can't find 190 proof, use the highest proof you can find.
Add all the essential oil drops to the spray bottle. This combination of floral lavender and ylang ylang with citrusy bergamot creates a bright spring scent that will revive your space. You can use any combination of essential oil scents, but keep the total number of essential oil drops to 108 for a 3 percent dilution.
Ylang ylang oil is considered a "base note" in aromatherapy. Base notes take longer to evaporate, which helps the room spray scent linger longer in the air. Other base notes to try are sandalwood, jasmine, patchouli, and vetiver.
Add 1 fluid ounce of alcohol to the spray spray bottle. Give the bottle a swirl, then replace the cap and let the oils and alcohol sit for one hour.
Take off the spray bottle top and fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Using distilled water helps prevent mold or bacteria growth so the room spray lasts longer. The high-proof alcohol also acts as an anti-microbial preservative.
Replace the cap and give the bottle a shake to mix everything together.
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