DIY Toxin-Free Purifying Room and Fabric Spray
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We used to have scented plug-ins plus a number of scented candles in every room of our house. Of course we had air-freshener and fabric sprays, too, and would spritz, spritz, spritz everything, everywhere. All of it smelled so lovely, I thought, but I never considered what I was exposing my family and myself to when it came to ingredients.
Since I've become more and more passionate about wellness, and my husband and I are becoming more aware and cautious about what we expose our family to, I've begun making DIY room and fabric spray which, if you can believe it, works even better than the stuff we were buying at the store. Plus I know it's absolutely toxin-free because I'm making it myself.
This recipe is super-simple – you only really need two ingredients: distilled water and essential oils. I like to use a bit of witch hazel too, because the oils last longer when they can mix with something other than water. If you don't like the smell of witch hazel though, you can add a thin layer of epsom or sea salts to the bottom of your spray bottle before adding your essential oils and distilled water.
I have to note here that while proper essential oils are all-natural, that doesn’t make them safe to use without caution. You should use extreme care (and do your own research) before using essential oils. It's important to use high-quality essential oils – you should look for 100% pure essential oils (definitely avoid anything that’s labeled “fragrance” or “perfume” oil). Also, don’t necessarily be swayed by a label that says “therapeutic grade.” There is no regulated grading system for essential oils, so anyone can label their oil “therapeutic grade” if they want to.
There is only one company I trust for essential oils, and that is Young Living. Their incredibly high standards and Seed to Seal® promise, along with my experience with the company and their products, has me completely convinced that they are the absolute best out there with the purest (thereby safest and most effective) essential oils available on the market.
What You'll Need
- Glass Spray Bottle – I use 100ml bottles, which is approximately 3 oz. 4oz is also fine – even 6oz – but I personally wouldn't go any larger than a 6oz bottle unless I knew for sure I'd be powering through the spray. It's best if you can find glass spray bottles as some essential oils will erode synthetic material (such as plastic). Amber, blue, or green glass bottles are even better because they'll protect the oils from light. I found my amber glass bottles on Amazon.
- Distilled Water – The amount you need will depend on the size of bottle you have. Basically, your bottle will be 2/3 distilled water. You'll need to use more water though if you choose not to use witch hazel in your mixture.
- Essential Oils – For this recipe I'll be using Young Living's Thieves® and Purification® blends, which happens to be our favorite combo for so many things. When you combine these two powerhouse blends, you, your family, and your home benefit in so many ways. In my 100ml bottle I add 20-25 drops of each blend. You can use this handy-dandy dilution calculator I found on another site to determine how many drops of EO you need for your bottle.
- Optional: Witch Hazel – I prefer to use witch hazel in my recipe because it gives something for the oils to adhere to, plus it adds some additional purifying properties to the mist. I also like the smell of witch hazel! (I've seen some recipes that have said that vodka can be used instead of witch hazel, but I've never tried that myself.) The amount you need will again depend on the size of bottle you have. Your bottle will be just under 1/3 witch hazel.
- Optional: Epsom or Sea Salt – If you're opting out of the witch hazel and are just using distilled water, you'll need a pinch or two of epsom or sea salt to create a thin layer at the bottom of your bottle. The salts give something for the oil to adhere to so they're not just floating around in the water.
- Start by cleaning or rinsing out your bottle.
- If you aren't using witch hazel, add a layer of epsom or sea salts to the bottom of your glass bottle.
- If you are using witch hazel, fill your bottle to a little less than 1/3.
- Add your oils. Depending on the size of your bottle, you'll need anywhere from 50-100 drops of essential oil. In my 100ml bottle I add 20-25 drops each of Thieves® and Purification® oils. Use this dilution calculator to determine how many drops you'll need for your bottle.
- If you used the salts, let the oils soak into the salts for a few minutes before moving on.
- If you used witch hazel, close your bottle and tip it upside down once or twice before moving on.
- Fill the rest of your bottle with distilled water, close it up, and tip the bottle upside down once or twice. Don't shake the bottle, as that causes the oils to oxidize. Tipping the bottle upside down will mix the solution up just fine.
- Spray away! I recommend tipping the bottle upside down once or twice before each use, to make sure the oils aren't just hanging out at the top of the mixture.
This room spray is safe for everything. We use it in our bathroom (Pro Tip: spray inside the toilet BEFORE you go), in the kitchen, in the boys' rooms, and even on our curtains, rugs, and couch. It's also absolutely safe for your skin – actually, it's good for your skin – so don't worry if you "make contact."
There are so many great oils that have a crazy amount of benefits – to your home, your physical health, and even to your emotional health – which would work really well in room and fabric sprays. We tend to stick with the blends I mentioned above for this particular recipe, because of the amount of benefits it has not only to the air (Purification® got its name for a reason, after all), but also to our bodies. Here are some other combos we've tried and enjoyed too though; I recommend playing around so you can choose your own favorite!
- Lavender + Orange
- Lavender + Purification
- Purification + Peppermint
- Peppermint + Citrus Fresh
- Lemongrass + Geranium
I've made a printable lined paper for you too, to make your own DIY checklists and recipes!
When it comes to essential oils, quality is extremely important. Who and where you get your oils from and how the plants and oils are cared for and distilled makes a huge difference, and yes, you can have control over that. As I mentioned, there is only one company I trust for essential oils, and that's Young Living, because of their incredibly high standards and their unequivocal Seed to Seal® promise.
Feel free to reach out and ask me any questions you have, and take a peek here for more information on why and how to choose Young Living for your family.