How to Make Homemade Fabric Spray: Natural & Sustainable!

Giada Nizzoli

How to Make Homemade Fabric Spray: Natural & Sustainable!

You might be thinking, why make your own fabric spray when you can just buy it so cheap from the store? 

First, let us just say that fabric spray is a true lifesaver when you’ve already got your outfit ready but are surprised by an unexpected unpleasant smell. It can also help you make your clothes last longer by washing them less often. 

However, your seemingly innocuous store-bought fabric spray is bad news for both the environment and your health.

Why choose homemade fabric spray

Desdemona Linen dress

There are a few reasons why we switched to our own homemade fabric spray and encourage you to do the same.

First of all, it’s all natural. When you look at the ingredient list of the most famous fabric refreshers, you might be led to think that they are as well, but this is simply because manufacturers aren’t actually required to list all of them when it comes to household cleaners. 

Cheeky, we know. If they were, you’d see things like neurotoxin, acetaldehyde and propylene glycol. Some of these toxins and chemicals have been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cancer

As if that weren’t bad enough, buying a new bottle every time increases your plastic footprint, whereas using a homemade fabric refresher involves a reusable spray bottle. 

Needless to say, it will also save you money in the long run.

Another less drastic but fun reason why we wouldn’t have it any other way is that you get to choose your own fragrance. Yep, your clothes will smell just like you want.

How to make your own natural fabric spray in 3 easy steps

Here’s what you’ll need to make homemade fabric spray:

  • Spray bottle (you can either use your old store-bought fabric refresher's or look for a glass spray bottle to avoid using more plastic)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 500 ml of distilled water
  • 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil, depending on how fragrant you want it to be
  • Funnel

1. Choose the right essential oil

Essential oil to use to make homemade fabric refresher

If you haven’t got any pets, you can unleash your creativity and look for the fragrance that you’d want to be associated with. 

You can even try and mix different essential oils to craft a unique combination that’s just yours.

However, if you do have pets, keep in mind that some essential oils can be toxic for them. In general, lavender, cardamom and chamomile are safer bets, but we do recommend checking with your vet.

2. Mix all the ingredients

We like to start by mixing the baking soda and essential oils on a little plate or bowl first. 

Then, using the funnel, you can slide the fragrant mixture into the spray bottle and top it up with your distilled water.

3. Shake before use and… simply refill it when it runs out

Woman spraying homemade fabric refresher

We always recommend shaking your homemade fabric spray before each use. That’s literally it! 

You’ve now got a spray bottle full of natural fabric refresher that smells just like you want and that you can refill every time without buying a separate plastic item. A much healthier and eco-friendlier swap!

Now that you’ve learned how to make homemade fabric spray, you can do yourself and the planet a favour and ditch that old store-bought version. 

Why would you want your clothes to smell anything different than your new, unique scent, anyway?

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