So I returned from a two week trip to Australia and my house stunk! Cards on the table, we have a problem with mould. We only recently finished our house and the builders used litres and litres of water to build our concrete walls. Don’t ask. Now in winter, that water seeps out of our walls, causing humid spots that turn into mould every time we turn on the heater.
We have tried everything to get rid of it, but short of burning the house down, it’s one of the problems that you just have to live with. Even when we’re on top of the mould, our rooms still smell a bit mouldy, which is where this DIY spray comes in. I hate air fresheners, they smell fake and over powering, so I set out to make my own.
You only need three ingredients to make your own linen and home fragrance: booze, water and essential oil. Since we’re in Italy, I used grappa. Since oil and water don’t mix, you need the alcohol to blend them together. It also helps the fragrance linger longer. Mix in the following quantities:
20 drops essential oil
You can use whatever essential oils you have lying around. I used sandalwood for its antiseptic qualities, jasmine because I love the smell and ylang ylang because it ties the two together. But for something calming, you could use lavender and rose. For something refreshing, use rosemary and bergamot or for something to brighten the mood, use grapefruit, orange and sage.
Mix your oils, alcohol and water in a small spray bottle. Shake well and spray on your pillow before bed, on your clothes as you iron or in your rooms to give them an instant brightening.