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Lavender Ironing Water: Ask Annie

Lavender Ironing Water: Ask Annie

Dear Annie,
I thought you, if anybody, would know an old folk formula for making herbal ironing water. I am an old hold-out for ironing my sheets and would love to instill a fresh, totally natural, scent. Ideas? –Sally, MA

Dear Sally,
You are right, I know about many thousands of folk formulas, but the answer to this comes courtesy of a lovely review book I have, The Clothesline, by Irene Rawlings et al. Here is what they recommend in this gem of a book:

The simple addition of homemade lavender water to your laundry sprinkler or spray bottle allows this wonderfully fresh scent to fill the air every time you sprinkle or spritz.

Making Lavender Ironing Water
3 oz. 90-proof vodka
12 drops pure lavender essential oil
12 oz. purified water

Sterilize a 16 oz. bottle by boiling for 10 minutes or running through the pot-scrubber cycle in your dishwasher. Pour the vodka into sterilized bottle, add lavender essential oil. Swirl vigorously to mix and let stand for at least 24 hours. Add the purified water. Pour into a spray bottle and enjoy the lavender’s refreshing scent while you iron. Store in the refrigerator. Keeps for six weeks, after which it gradually loses its scent.

Caution: Do not use this in a steam iron.

Adapted from The Clothesline, by Irene Rawlings and Andrea Vansteenhouse (Smith Gibbs Publisher, 2002).

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5:17AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Sounds gorgeous thanks.

8:07AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

hvalana receptu

1:26PM PDT on May 31, 2012

thank you a scent that takes me back to sweet memories. I can't believe that I have not made this in years

12:04PM PDT on May 19, 2012


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3:31PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Thank you

10:17AM PST on Mar 10, 2012


10:15AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Thank you so much for the recipe. (I'm old enough to remember this being used!)

4:51PM PST on Mar 9, 2012


12:54AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Thank you for the information

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