Thursday, May 14, 2009

How To Make Homemade Scented Drawer Liners



Homemade Scented Drawer Liners

Don’t you love how clean clothes smell? Don’t you wish you could keep that fragrance longer? Don’t I sound like a commercial for one of those cheesy clothes powder/fabric softener TV adverts that my partner Stu so loathes and moans about? :o)

Here are instructions for making your own scented drawer liners. You can choose any fragrance you like. There are all kinds of fragrances out there, some that even smell like fabric softener. My favorite though is lavender or rose geranium. Both of these can’t be beat for smelling fresh and clean for a long time. Be sure to buy essential oils for the strongest, longest lasting fragrance. Fragrance oils can be used but won’t last as long and I dont like to use them.

Ok this is what you will need...

Wall paper or wrapping paper (I love to use pretty printed vintage wallpaper to line my old treasures - check out op shops, flea markets and garage sales)
small glass dish
cotton wool balls
scissors
ruler

This is what you will need to do...

You will need some inexpensive wall paper OR you can use wrapping paper. Wall paper is thicker and more absorbent so it will usually work better and can be reused. Wrapping paper is a cheap alternative and can usually be replaced easily when the fragrance runs out.

Measure and cut your paper to fit your drawer. Do all the cutting first. Mix some water in a 2:1 ratio with your chosen essential oil. 2 parts water, 1 part oil. You will not need a whole bottle of essential oil for this. I recommend that you start with just a 1/2 tsp of oil in a small dish and then add the water.

Next with the oil and water in a small dish, dip a cotton ball into the water/oil mixture, let it drip off and squeeze a little, because you don’t want it soaked and then gently brush the cotton ball over the BACK side of the paper. You can cover the whole surface of the paper or just spots, it depends on how much scent you want, I like lots!

Let the paper dry completely. Then use it to line your dresser or linen cupboard drawers. Your clothes will come out smelling divine!

* When ironing I put a few drops of essential oil into a new plastic spray bottle and then fill with water, shake well and spray clothes lightly before ironing.

* I also drop a few drops of essential oil onto my vacuum cleaner filters to prevent any stale odors

1 comment:

sarah said...

lovely site! thanks for sharing this draw liner tut, i will be off to make mine right now :)

namaste x