I’ve been doing lots of fancier DIYs lately, so I decided to step it back with a simple DIY for freshening up linens, sheets, and rooms—just in time for spring. A simple, fresh blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils are diluted in water to create a simple spray you can use to spruce up your sheets and blankets and pillows, or maybe even the inside of your car if it’s starting to smell like feet and winter and dog. Easy peasy, peppermint squeezey.

We’ve got a few different things we can use to emulsify small amounts of oil into large amounts of water. Essential oils aren’t technically oils—they don’t contain any lipids—but they are oil soluble. Polysorbate 20 is well suited to dispersing essential oils into water, while polysorbate 80 is better suited to heavier (true) oils. Both will work here. I would avoid Olivem300 and Turkey Red Oil so you’re not misting oils onto your linens. If they’re linens you don’t wash often the oil on them could go rancid (especially the Turkey Red Oil), and that’s kind of gross.

You can definitely mix up the essential oil blend here to create pretty much any kind of linen spray, so let your imagination run wild! Linen sprays are incredibly easy to make. They come together quickly, they’re fun, and you can make your house smell puuuurty. Awww, yeah.

Peppermint Lavender Linen Spray

0.7g | 20 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada)
1.1g | 30 drops lavender essential oil
5g | 0.18oz polysorbate 20 (USA / Canada) or Polysorbate 80 (USA / Canada)

35g | 1.23oz distilled water
0.2g | 0.007oz Liquid Germall Plus™ (USA / Canada) (or other broad spectrum preservative of choice at recommended usage rate [why?])

Weigh/count the essential oils and Polysorbate 20/80 into a small beaker or glass measuring cup, and whisk everything together to combine.

Add the water and preservative, and whisk again—the mixture should become slightly cloudy.

Decant into a 50mL (1.69 fl oz) mister bottle (the exact one I used was from New Directions, but they discontinued them a while ago). To use, mist over any linens or laundry you’d like to freshen up.

Shelf Life & Storage

Because this spray contains water, you must include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth. This is non-optional. Even with a preservative this project is likely to eventually spoil as our kitchens are not sterile laboratories, so in the event you notice any change in colour, scent, or texture, chuck it out and make a fresh batch.