Smell is one of the strongest human senses. Studies have revealed that sense of smell is closely related to the parts of the brain that process emotions and memories. Breathing in a pleasant scent stimulates your central nervous system and can have de-stressing and soothing properties.
That’s why filling your home with relaxing and pleasant aromas isn’t just a nice way to make your rooms and home textiles smell nice. It can also have beneficial effects on your wellbeing and overall health. The easiest way to accomplish this is to purchase a multi-purpose linen spray that will infuse your laundry, clothes and furniture with your favorite fragrance.
Read on to see how you can use a linen mist to remove unwanted odors and improve the smell of your home.
What is Linen Spray?
Linen spray is a household liquid product that eliminates undesired odors and infuses laundry, apparel, and home textiles with a pleasant scent. A high-quality bed sheet spray can also double as an air freshener in your home and car.
Linen mist comes in a spray bottle that houses a solution of water, alcohol and usually a blend of essential oils as well. There are many benefits to using an essential-oil linen spray including improving your mood, relieving stress, helping you fall asleep faster, helping you focus and freshening up your textiles and home.
Keeping your bed sheets and pillows smelling fresh between washes will make going to bed at night all the more pleasant. In this case, consider a scent with relaxing and soothing properties. Lavender, for example, can help with insomnia, anxiety and general restlessness. Geranium is known as a natural sedative, and bergamot can relieve anxiety.
The frequency of spraying will depend on the product’s strength and concentration and your personal preferences. In general, a few sprays of your linen mist in between your bed sheets should be enough. Keep in mind that certain essential oil aromas can last for weeks, so don’t go overboard if you’re using a new bottle of bed spray for the first time.
For more information about keeping your bed sheets fresh and clean, read the How to Wash and Properly Care For Bedding guide.
Keep Your Clothing & Loungewear Smelling Fresh
Refresh your loungewear to mask food or smoke odors by spritzing them with a pleasant linen mist. This will give you a couple more days to enjoy them in between washes.
A great way to infuse clean clothing with a lovely aroma is to spritz while ironing. Dry-cleaned clothing can sometimes produce an odd smell, due to the solvents used in the waterless process. You can eliminate that odor by spraying your dry-cleaning with linen spray.
Spritz Soft Furniture and Home Accessories
Soft furnishings such as throw pillows, sofa cushions and other home accessories can always use a few linen mist sprays to breathe new life into them. If you live in a home with an open floor plan, using linen mist is especially helpful after cooking a meal, baking or grilling. Pets can also add their odors to your sofa or pillows, so having a bottle of refreshing linen spray on hand can help to minimize any animal smell.
For advice on decorating with throw pillows, explore the How to Style Throw Pillows on Your Couch Like a Designer guide.
An Eco-Friendly Air Freshener
Use your favorite linen mist to refresh the air inside your home. Smoke is easily absorbed by home textiles that in turn release phenol compounds into the air which can cause a smoky smell to linger in your room for days. In addition to airing out your house, you can also spritz inside with a pleasant essential oil fabric spray to neutralize any foul odors.
Refresh Your Carpets With Linen Spray
An unpleasant-smelling rug or carpet can completely ruin the ambiance in your home regardless of how nice the decor is. Old stains, excess moisture and pets can all contribute to bad odors.
Learn more about keeping your rugs fresh and clean in the How to Care for Your Rug guide.
Impress Your Guests With a Fresh House Scent
Anytime you’re having guests stay overnight, don’t forget to spray your guest bedroom and bathroom before they arrive. A fresh lavender scent on your guests’ robes, bath towels and bedding will make your guests’ stay all the more pleasant.
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What is Linen Spray Made of?
There is no one standard recipe that all manufacturers follow when it comes to formulating the best linen sprays. Different companies create this product using different ingredients. The simplest, healthy eco-friendly linen mist formulas feature distilled water, neutral alcohol and quality essential oils.
Unfortunately, you may also find a long ingredient list on the back of a linen spray bottle that includes fragrance allergens and toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and phthalates that can sometimes do more harm than good. These ingredients can lead to a worsening of skin conditions and air pollution inside your home.
Parachute teamed up with organic plant-based skincare brand OSEA to create a Rest Linen Mist made with safe, vegan ingredients. This natural cruelty-free product is a sustainable home essential, with a blend of Aloe Vera, decyl glucoside (a gentle and biodegradable, non-ionic surfactant cleanser often used in baby shampoo), natural citric acid and French, Bulgarian and Croatian Lavender. This mist promotes restfulness and infuses your bed sheets, towels and pillows with a calming aroma.
People have used lavender topically since antiquity for its medicinal and healing properties. It can help to relieve asthma problems, reduce blood pressure and even relieve mild pain. Lavender is also a common ingredient in linen sprays for sheets because it helps you doze off more easily.
Learn more about home fragrances in our blog post: Home Fragrance Guide: How to Make Your Home Smell Good.
Other Laundry Essentials to Add to Your Linen Cabinet
While a linen mist can help freshen up your laundry and home, other linen closet essentials will ensure the cleanliness of your clothes and home textiles.
First of all, a non-toxic laundry detergent will guarantee your bedding comes out of the washer stain and odor-free. Invest in detergent that is gentle to fabrics to prevent any long-term damage to the fibers. Certain mild detergents are formulated with essential oils that will make your bedding smell nice, so you don’t have to use your linen spray immediately.
Drying is part of doing laundry. While dryer sheets are widely available and easy to toss into the dryer, they are bad for the environment and your health. The reason? The synthetic fragrances and volatile organic compounds they contain may cause skin problems, irritation of the eyes, and worsening of asthma symptoms. Instead, use all-natural wool dryer balls. These act as fabric softeners and are reusable, making them the best eco-friendly option on the market. Wool balls also prevent static and wrinkles, while reducing dryer time (which saves you money and time).
An efficient stain remover or a soap bar formulated without bleach is also a must-have. Look for a product that doesn’t contain toxic chemicals or allergens, yet is tough on stains but gentle on delicate fabrics.
Lastly, stock up on lavender pouches and sachets that you can place in between folded bed sheets, throws, clothes or other seasonal textile items to keep them smelling fresh, and to protect them from moths.
Read about other must-have products to add to your laundry cabinet in our guide: Laundry Room Accessories 101: Laundry Essentials You Need for Clean Living.
Where to Shop for Top Quality Linen Mist and Laundry Essentials?
Investing in premium bedding and furnishings is useless if you don’t keep them in top shape with quality laundry products.
You can find a selection of non-toxic essentials that are tough on stains and gentle on your skin (and home textiles) at Parachute. Our commitment to sustainability inspired the organic line featuring GOTS-Certified and Oeko-Tex Certified organic cotton bedding and bath products.
As for your laundry room, the Wool Dryer Balls are naturally hypoallergenic and chemical-free. They are made from New Zealand wool and will last you more than a thousand cycles.
And of course, we already mentioned the company’s customer-favorite Rest Linen Mist that will infuse your bedding and pillows with the sweet and soothing scent of natural essential oils.
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