How to Make DIY Linen Spray for Better Sleep

A mixture of water, vodka, and essential oils can freshen your bedding and make for a restful night.

Make this DIY linen spray for better sleep and more rest.
Caylin Harris

There’s no reason to spend a lot of money on smell-good sprays for your sheets and towels — not when it’s this easy to make your own!

Why you should use linen spray

Linen spray releases a comforting, feel-good scent onto your bedding, infusing a measure of intentionality into your sleep sanctuary. Incorporating calming fragrances, like lavender and other essential oils, into your bedtime routine can help signal to your body that it’s time for sleep.

Why make DIY linen spray?

Bedside table with DIY linen spray for better sleep and rest.
Caylin Harris

Instead of using some of the harsher chemicals that can irritate and overpower, a homemade DIY linen spray can rely on better-for-you ingredients enhanced with a personalized fragrance that suits your sleepy-time needs. But these homemade spritzers offer more than just an opportunity for self-care and sounder sleep. They also allow you to get creative with — and for — your loved ones. Linen sprays can serve as a thoughtful, personalized gift for holidays and special occasions, or as a fun bonding activity with a group. The small, charming bottles can add a luxe touch to guest rooms as well, making your home feel as welcoming as any five-star accommodation.

Here’s how to make your own!

What you’ll need:

  • Distilled water
  • Vodka
  • Essential oils (10 to 30 drops, depending on your scent strength preference) in your choice of scents.
  • Amber spray bottle (to minimize light exposure for the fluid)
  • A funnel (optional)

Create and customize your spray

1. Gather your supplies. The greatest part about this DIY project is that it can yield a little or a lot, depending on how many bottles you want to make. While you can use any essential oils you’d like, scents like lavender, bergamot, chamomile, and cedarwood are all sleep-friendly.

Materials for DIY linen spray for better sleep.
Caylin Harris

*Pro tip: When using essential oils, quality is important! While a trusted brand may cost a little more, the difference can be worth it. Try single scents or blends from brands like Vitruvi, doTERRA, and Aura Cacia. For a more cost-effective DIY, use your favorite scent blend, as it saves you from having to get the ratio right and buying multiple scents to combine.

2. Combine water and vodka. The important thing to remember here is that you want to use a 1:1 ratio of water to vodka. The vodka helps the essential oils diffuse into the water and helps remove odors from fabric. If you use a measuring cup with a spout, you won’t need a funnel. But if you’re nervous about spilling, a funnel makes it especially easy.

Using water and vodka to create a DIY linen spray for better rest.
Caylin Harris

*Pro tip: Using an amber glass bottle will help protect essential oils from exposure to UV light, which can interfere with their delicate compositions.

3. Add in your essential oils. This is a very personal preference – some people like more or less scent. Depending on your vodka to water ratio, you can add anywhere between ten and thirty drops of essential oil. Make it as potent as you’d like! Also, be careful with colored oils, they could potentially stain bedding.

Adding essential oils to a DIY linen spray for better sleep.
Caylin Harris

*Pro tip: It’s always smart – with any DIY you’re applying to fabric or upholstery – to spritz it on a small test area first to check for color fastness. The test should be done in an area that’s out of sight. Fabrics and dyes vary from item to item, so try it out before you spritz it all over!

4. Shake, shake, shake. Once everything is in your bottle, screw the cap on and give it a quick shake. You’ll also want to mix it back up each time you use it. For added fun, come up with a clever name for your blend and add a homemade label.

Mixture to make DIY linen spray for better rest and sleep.
Caylin Harris

*Pro tip: Product build up is real. Remember to wash your scented bedsheets and pillowcases at least once a week.

And just like that, new sleep hygiene levels unlocked.