DIY: Pillow Spray for Better Skin

There aren't many things as comforting as climbing into bed on fresh sheets day and being ensconced in soft fabric and nice smells. Unfortunately, living with animals who also enjoy that feeling means that my bed doesn't stay clean and fresh for very long, and thus I've always been quite into Febreeze.

Brushing off hairs and dust and then spraying some some fabric freshener helps to make my bed nice again after the cats have been dozing on it, but the problem with Febreeze is that it's not really something you want direct skin contact with. Having read some articles on its ingredients and links to skin irritation and health risks, I concluded that while using it on sofas, curtains and carpets is unlikely to cause problems it's probably best not to use it on bedding (and particularly to avoid it on pillowcases).

Keeping pillowcases clean and free from potentially irritating chemicals is an important part of maintaining clear skin too; pillows absorb oil, sweat and dirt from hair and skin every night and going too long without changing them means sleeping with your face pressed into a build up of bacteria. If your skin looks worse on the side you sleep on, try washing your pillowcases more frequently (I aim to put new ones on every two days and flip them over in between, but twice a week is enough really).

I decided to try making my own skin-safe fabric freshener to replace the harsher shop-bought ones I'd been spritzing around, and after a bit of trial and error I settled on a recipe that reduces bacteria, works well to refresh my sheets and pillowcases and smells better than any of the synthetic fragrances I'd been using before. 

150ml Vodka
1tbsp Bicarbonate of Soda
10-20 Drops Essential Oil
It's super easy to make - just combine 150ml of vodka, 1tbsp of bicarbonate of soda and 10-20 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle (I got mine from Ikea for 80p, and you can pick them up in most supermarkets for under £1), and then use boiled and cooled water to fill it the rest of the way to the top.

The vodka and bicarbonate of soda both help to remove bad odours and kill bacteria, and the essential oil is an optional (but lovely) extra to keep things fragrant. I usually like to use cedar wood, jasmine and ylang-ylang, but play around with whichever combinations appeal.
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  1. I've been looking for a home-made pillow spray recipe for ages, thanks so much! I'm definitely going to use lavender and vanilla for my scents to help aid sleep as well :)

    Chloe x
    Snug Corner

    1. You're very welcome! Lavender and vanilla sounds like an excellent combination too :) x

  2. Ha ha. As for me that one bottle with vodka is not for spray but for a good mood;) Thanks I'll try to do it)

    1. Haha, yep, definitely used some of that bottle to help facilitate some fun times ;)