Sunday, March 27, 2011

linen water adds a special touch

Who in the world really enjoys ironing? There was a time when I would have rather done anything else---it was so tedious and boring. However, the Mister has to wear dress shirts and slacks to work every day and there was a time that a weekly trip to the dry cleaners was just not in the budget. Why did he have to refuse to wear any other fiber than cotton? Oh, no-- he couldn't conveniently be Mister Blend--he insisted on being Mister 100% Wrinkled Up Cotton. Well, I love him so I embarked on a quest to find a way to make the chore less mundane. Visions of pink hair rollers and soap operas invaded my fantasies of Audrey Hepburnish ways to make the ironing experience chic. One day, I came across an article about linen water. Hello! That sounds chic. I searched everywhere for this elusive tonic. I had to find it! I did. Wow. It was a real pocket book shrinker. Exit Audrey Hepburn--enter pink rollers and soap operas. I was feeling defeated when I chanced upon a book that had home recipes for cleaners and such. In the laundry chapter was a recipe for lavender linen water! I triumphantly went out and easily found the ingredients and made up a batch. I spritzed the Mister's shirts and applied the hot steamy iron. I was instantly enveloped in the luscious aroma of lavender fields. It was therapeutic even. I ironed one shirt and then another. I didn't hate it. It was a miracle. I couldn't stop. I even ironed a few pillow cases. There was so much steam at work I think I gave myself a facial. Best yet, the room I ironed in smelled fabulous the entire day. Well, I must say, that now I actually enjoy pulling out the old ironing board. The Mister is thoroughly spoiled and loves the way his shirts smell. I even heard one of my teen age daughters say, "Ahhh, so this is what love smells like!" when she layed her head on her pillow one night after a grueling day of high school. She didn't even like me all that much at the time. Who knew it would matter? It did, and I've been spritzing and steaming ever since.
 If you would like to give it a try, here is the simple recipe:
Lavender Linen Water
1/8 c. vodka    yes,vodka. It emulsifies the oil & water and acts as a preservative. I buy cheap $4/bottle brand at the grocery store.
1/2 tsp.(50 drops) lavender essential oil   Find at Whole Foods or health food store
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (optional or try other essential oils!)
2 1/2 c. distilled water    Tap water has chlorine which destroys the essential oils
Pour into a spray bottle, shake, spritz and steam. Ahhh--heaven!
If you still don't give a hoot about ironing, you can spritz the linen water on bed linens, towels,napkins--you get the idea--without ever touching an iron and still enjoy the soothing aroma of "this is what love smells like"!


  1. I can't wait to make some of this myself, so that I can know what love smells like too!!!!

  2. Come over and I will help you make some!

  3. I am actually going to do this in Canada. Thanks friend!!

  4. Here's Mom, joining in. I love this, such a clever daughter. I went to WalMart and got my tulips, put them on my coffee table along with newest Southern Live stuffed full of yummy desserts and quild meals. This is what im for quick meals and yummy desserts!!!

    On the the Lavender mist, can't wait, have to go down to Texas to get the Vodka, yes our county is still dry!!!!! I do have a nice health food store tho. Thanks for the wonderful hints Lisa, this is so much fun.

  5. Lisa, I love this. Thanks for the recipe, I'm definitely going to make some! I love linen water on my bedding.

  6. Laura, Canada is certainly going to love you and all of the lovely aromas wafting from your cute condo! I am so glad you like the blog,Mom---I think I know where my love for those yummy desserts comes from! Suze, have fun---I love it on my linens too---all the stress just melts away after a long day!