Natural cleaning recipes have always been hit or miss for me, but one thing I’ve always loved are essential oils in my DIY laundry detergent. So, it was a logical next step for me to look for a linen spray recipe to keep my sheets fresh in between washes.

This linen spray recipe I use even has antibacterial properties!

Plus, it just plain smells amazing.

While I’m a huge lemon essential oil lover, you can customize this recipe with your own favorite essentials oils. Just keep the proportions in mind and get mixing!

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Antibacterial Linen Spray Recipe

Combine following together in an 8 oz spray bottle, preferably dark or amber colored, and shake well before each use.

  • 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • 90-100 drops or 1 teaspoon of essential oil— I love using 30 drops of lavender, 30 drops of lemon, and 30 drops of lemon verbena. 
  • Filtered or distilled water

Quick tip: I like to buy spray bottles in bulk because I find so many amazing uses for them so often! These spray bottles are my favorite because they are dark (protects essential oils), can adjust from mist to spray, and come with labels—plus they’re BPA-free.


Mountain Rose Herbs also has some amazing information here on working with essential oils, converting between different measurements, and dilution ratios if you want to geek out a bit, too.

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This pregnancy has been a bit rough for me, and I primarily work from home right now.

Since the bed has become one of the most comfortable places for me to work, I use my antibacterial linen spray on my bed linens the most. The citrusy scent really helps keep me motivated, too.

More Ways to Use Your Homemade Linen Spray

  • We reuse towels for a few days before throwing them back in the laundry. Spritz your towels down in between uses.
  • Spray down the kids’ mattresses while their linens are getting washed.
  • Lightly spritz baby mattresses and changing pads for a quick refresh.*
  • Give the socks in your sock drawer a quick mist.

*Important note: do not use essential oils (even when diluted or diffused) around infants younger than 3 months.

Published by Tiffany Barry

Tiffany Barry is a single mom of 4 who never really planned it out that way. Her writing about motherhood, family finances, parenting, and more has been featured on sites like Scary Mommy, Modern Mom, and

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