How to Make Scented Ironing Water

Scented ironing water is a great way to get your laundry smelling clean and fresh. The cost of commercial ironing water, however, can put this luxury out of reach. Making your own ironing water allows you to customize the type and concentration of the scent. You'll also save a ton of money when compared to store-bought varieties.

Scented Oils Are Essential

The key ingredient in scented ironing water is an essential oil. Essential oils are natural extracts from plant material. These extracts are gathered from the leaves, stems, bark or fruit of fragrant plants. Using distillation, pressing or chemical extraction, manufacturers concentrate classic scents into liquid form.

The beauty of essential oils is that they are not truly oil-based. This means, you can use them to scent your ironing water without fear of staining your clothes or ruining your iron. Also, the concentrated nature of essential oils means you'll only need a few drops per bottle to get a healthy, long-lasting scent.

Not Oil, But They Still Don't Mix With Water

In general, essential oils don't mix well with water. Essential oils mix well, however, with ethanol-the type of alcohol used for drinking. Essential oil mixed with ethanol and then mixed with water creates the perfect ironing water solution.

Select That Special Scent

Essential oils are available in a variety of scents. Each scent has its own personality and benefits:

  • Lavender - Famous for its calming properties, lavender is perfect for bed linens.
  • Lemon, Basil - Used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and depression.
  • Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood - Popular in perfumes, these scents are considered aphrodisiacs.
  • Rose - Popular in the 19th century, the scent of roses is enjoying a comeback as a calming, romantic fragrance.

A Simple Scented Ironing Water Recipe

  • Combine 4 to 6 drops of your chosen essential oil with ¼ cup of grain alcohol in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add 16 to 32 ounces of distilled water. More water will dilute the scent.
  • Pour the mixture into one or more clean spray bottles.
  • Shake each spray bottle for one minute.
  • Allow your ironing water to sit, undisturbed at room temperature, over night.
  • Spray each garment lightly with ironing water before ironing.
  • Shake spray bottle gently before each use.
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