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Essential Oil Spray Freshens and Eliminates Odors

May 25, 2024

Essential Oil Spray Freshens and Eliminates Odors

Embracing the Authenticity of a Lived-In Home

As I sit here, surrounded by the comforts of my lived-in home, I can’t help but chuckle at the irony of my current situation. You see, just a few weeks ago, I was fielding request after request from readers for a homemade fabric refresher spray – a natural solution to that dreaded “dog smell” that seems to permeate every nook and cranny of our humble abode.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about embracing authenticity. Those dirty white cushions and Toby-scented couch? They’re the marks of a well-loved home, a testament to the joys and messiness of everyday life. But as the holidays approach and the thought of hosting guests fills me with equal parts excitement and dread, I can’t help but want to put our best foot forward.

After all, inviting company into my home means that people will sit on the same couch as stinky Toby, use the same bathroom as my kids, and sit on the soiled chair cushions in our dining room. And while I’m not afraid of being authentic, I do want our guests to feel comfortable and at ease.

Homemade Fabric Refresher to the Rescue

Thankfully, I have a secret weapon in my cleaning arsenal: a homemade fabric refresher spray that’s as simple to make as it is effective. This 3-ingredient wonder not only eliminates unwanted odors but also leaves behind a fresh, natural scent that’ll have your guests wondering if you recently hired a professional cleaning crew.

The best part? This fabric refresher spray is the exact same formula I use to make my disinfectant spray and air freshener. It’s a true multi-tasker, and one that’s been a lifesaver in the days leading up to holiday gatherings.

The Ingredients: Simple and Effective

So, what’s the secret to this magical fabric refresher spray? Just three simple ingredients: high-proof vodka, water, and essential oils. That’s it! No harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances – just pure, natural cleaning power.

The alcohol in the vodka serves as a natural odor neutralizer, killing off the bacteria that cause those pesky smells. And when combined with the water and essential oils, it creates a refreshing mist that can be sprayed onto fabrics to leave them smelling as clean and fresh as the day you bought them.

In fact, this method of using vodka to freshen up fabrics is a trick that’s been used by theatre professionals for years. They know that a quick spritz can work wonders on even the sweatiest of costumes, and I’m here to tell you that it works just as well on your home furnishings.

Customizing Your Scent

Now, if you’re anything like me, you probably have a few go-to essential oils that you rely on for their natural cleaning and freshening properties. Personally, I’m a big fan of tea tree oil for its antibacterial powers, as well as lavender and lemon for their calming and invigorating scents.

But the beauty of this homemade fabric refresher is that you can really make it your own. Whether you prefer the earthy notes of rosemary or the crisp, clean scent of eucalyptus, the sky’s the limit when it comes to customizing your fabric refresher.

Just be sure to start with a light hand when it comes to the essential oils – a little goes a long way, and you don’t want to end up with a fabric that’s overpowering. I usually recommend starting with 4-6 drops per 2 ounces of vodka and water, and then adjusting to suit your personal preference.

Putting It to the Test

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Kristin, won’t this vodka-based spray stain or damage my delicate fabrics?” Rest assured, my friends, that with a few simple precautions, this homemade fabric refresher is safe to use on a wide variety of surfaces.

The key is to always spot test any new cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous area of your fabric before spraying it liberally. This will help you identify any potential issues, like water spotting or staining, before you unleash your freshening powers on the entire surface.

And when it comes to delicate materials like leather, suede, or silk, it’s best to steer clear of this spray altogether. Those specialty fabrics require a more gentle touch, and this homemade concoction just isn’t designed for them.

But for everything else – from couch cushions and curtains to towels and clothing – this fabric refresher spray is an absolute game-changer. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s 100% natural, making it the perfect solution for those last-minute touch-ups before company arrives.

The Finishing Touches

So, there you have it – the ultimate homemade fabric refresher spray to help you tackle those lingering odors and get your home holiday-ready. Whether you use it to spruce up the living room before guests arrive or give your favorite sweater a quick refresh before heading out the door, this 3-ingredient wonder is sure to become a staple in your cleaning arsenal.

And who knows, maybe it’ll even inspire you to embrace the authentic, lived-in charm of your home a little more. After all, a couch that smells like Toby is just part of the package when you’ve got a furry family member (or two) in the mix.

So go ahead, give this homemade fabric refresher a try, and let me know how it works for you. And if you’re ever in the Nottingham, UK area and in need of professional cleaning services, be sure to give Adam Cleaning a call – they’re the experts when it comes to keeping your home looking and smelling its best.

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