How To Dry Lavender + DIY Lavender Linen Spray

To say I love lavender is an understatement. I have lavender dish soap, hand soap, laundry detergent, lotion, creams and perfumes. About eight or nine years ago I started making my own lavender linen spray. I just wasn’t going to pay the steep price for  a bottle from a fancy store. Making it at home is inexpensive and easy to do.

DIY Lavender Linen Spray | You can make lavender linen spray one of two ways, but first let’s talk about cutting and drying lavender.

How to Dry Lavender

How to dry lavender | Hello Natural Where I live, there are several lavender farms and the summer is the perfect time to visit and cut some fresh lavender to dry. If you have a lavender farm near you, or a lavender plant growing in your yard (or know someone who does) it’s a great time to take advantage of it. Dry a few bunches to enjoy for the rest of the year.

How to dry lavender | Hello Natural When you cut fresh lavender, make sure to cut the stems about the same length to make drying easy. Grab a handful of stems about 4 inches above the bottom of the plant and make a clean cut with sharp garden shears. Lavender can be dried  in a single layer on a cooling rack or similar type surface to allow the air to circulate.

How To Dry Lavender | I prefer creating small bunches, tying them with string, and hanging them. Loosely cover the buds with cheesecloth, if needed, to keep bugs out of them as they dry. Making smaller bunches is important so the stems and buds don’t grow mold. Drying the lavender outside in a shady spot is fine, as is a garage, or even a basement or kitchen. I prefer not to dry the bunches in a hot, sunny spot because I feel like the heat is too damaging. The goal is to keep the natural oils from dissipating.

After three to five days, depending on the size and freshness of the bunch, the lavender should be completely dried. If you want to use only the buds, run your fingers over the dried flowers and they should come right off. Store in an airtight container. The dried whole lavender stems should be stored somewhere dry, preferably covered (unless they are a decoration) to prevent spiders and pests from creating a home for themselves.

How To Dry Lavender | Now, to make the lavender linen spray, you’ll need:

  • Distilled water
  • Vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • Lavender essential oil (or fresh lavender)

DIY Lavender Linen Spray

It takes a little longer, but you can place fresh lavender into a jar with vodka, cover it with a lid and place it in a dark, cool place for about a week. The lavender will infuse the vodka during that time. You’ll notice that the color will have transferred to the vodka. I don’t use this method simply because I’m nervous it will stain my linens. (But you could use it to make some delicious cocktails!)

DIY lavender linen spray | The method I use is to mix about 2 tablespoons of vodka with 2 cups of distilled water and add 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil. The alcohol helps keep the oil dissolved in the solution and preserves the scent. (But I always shake it before using it anyway.) You can spritz it on bedding to freshen it up. We also use it for ironing. It makes the whole house smell lovely. If you don’t want to use the alcohol, I’ve read witch hazel is a good substitute, but I haven’t tried that yet, so no guarantees! And that’s it! Super easy. Change it up by using different essential oils – rose, geranium, citrus, herb, etc.

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DIY Lavender Linen Spray
Make an easy lavender linen spray from three simple ingredients.
  • 2 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 15-20 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a spray or spritzer bottle.
  2. Shake well and use.
  3. Will keep indefinitely.

DIY lavender linen spray |


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  1. Melissa Mee says

    I just made this lavender linen spray with NOW 100% lavender oil. It is FABULOUS! I’m going a bit crazy spraying everything. My only problem is that I had to use Grey Goose. WIth that said, it was definitely worth it. Greatly appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. maureen says

    I have two small lavender plants outside when you rub the leaves the smell is lovely there are little buds of flowers right now. My question is I want to use them for a spray with water for keeping spiders at bay by spraying window sills and door jams what is the best way to do this. Should I dry them and chop up in a water bottle

  3. says

    After drying the lavender and letting it soak in alcohol couldn’t we add distilled water and use it in the rinse cycle.
    or spray a sponge and thr I w it into the dryer to leave the scent

  4. Aromadabbler says

    When I used perfume grade alcohol to combine with essential oils, the liquid becomes cloudy. How do I create a blend that produces clear liquid? Thanks!

  5. rhonda says

    Hi……Do I add lavender oil in addition to the dried lavender. Also is it lavender stems and flowers or just flowers?

    • says

      My preference is the lavender oil over the flowers and stems only because I’m sometimes afraid it will leave a stain on my white linens. Otherwise, the buds work great. The scent diffuses easily into the water/alcohol mixture. You don’t have to add both the oil and buds. The oil will give a stronger scent. You don’t have to use the stems, but you certainly can. Hope that helps!

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  7. lillamy says

    Thank you for the tip! I love your blog. And couldn’t notice that u have FINLANDIA VODKA there, wow! Im from Finland and that makes me happy to see some “familiar” products :)

  8. Emily says

    The instructions say to use 15-20 drops lavender essential oil. If we are using fresh lavender, how much should we use?

    • says

      Emily, great question! Sorry I neglected to add that. It kind of depends on how strong you want the scent to be. I could say like 4-5 stems would do nicely. The oil is much stronger and will last longer, so you might want add more than that if you think you won’t use it rapidly.

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