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Thread: lavender linen oil, homemade

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    I love lavender. Penny

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    Hi i want to know what does this recipe do in the iron thank you in advance

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    I would not put it into the iron due to the essential oil.

    Quote Originally Posted by annette
    Hi i want to know what does this recipe do in the iron thank you in advance

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    I've been using this for years and it has not damaged any of my irons. I use distilled water, so I don't know if that makes a difference. I only put about 20 drops of oil in about a 38 fl oz of water with about 1/8 cup of vodka. I use a cleaned out "Dawn" bottle, as it makes no mess when filling the iron and I write "IRON WATER" all over it, so they won't try to wash the dishes with it!! :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I was just wondering today if there was a cheaper way to get that stuff!!! I've never bought essential oils before....where would I find it???
    Most health food stores carry essential oils.

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    I use it to press all my fabrics before I begin cutting out my quilt. It adds body to the fabric without the residue that spray starch leaves EVERYWHERE. :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    Vodka for ironing you fabric?? Forget that, freeze the water, put the cubes in a glass and pour the vodka over that! Use the vinegar and water to clean the coffee pot!!
    LoL!!!!!

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    I just brought in dried lavendar from a plant in my yard. I wonder if I could make scented water using that. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farnsworth
    so I have seen this that you can use in your iron that you can buy and they are pricey but I just found this recipe
    2 cups distilled water
    2 ounces vodka
    20 drops lavender essential oil

    and it makes me think can you use other essential oils? Does anyone know?
    Thank you for the recipe. I thought it had vodka in it.

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    The simple answer is no. Processing lavender oil, or distilling lavender water is not a home process. However, you can make lavender eye pillows out of your buds, and they are heavenly. I sell both lavender pillow spray and lavender eye pillows that I make myself. My lavender spray also contains hydrosol (distilled lavender water, which is spendy- about $100. gallon.) But you don't need it, it just deepens the scent a bit.

    Putting lavender buds in water just gets you soggy buds and dirty water- which I would not put anywhere near an iron. Lavender essential oil can be bought in any health food or natural food store. I get mine at Whole Foods. And make sure it is essential oil, not "fragrance oil" which is diluted with cheap oil. A small bottle of essential oil will last you for years, if all you are doing is making linen water with it. And as discussed earlier in the thread- a little cheap vodka or grain alcohol allows the oil to dissipate in the water.



    Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I just brought in dried lavendar from a plant in my yard. I wonder if I could make scented water using that. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I just brought in dried lavendar from a plant in my yard. I wonder if I could make scented water using that. Any suggestions?
    check out my lavender eye pillows- really simple to make- I make them about 4X10 1/2 inches. Fill with 1 1/2 cups of flax seed, and a cup of lavender. Should only be about 1/2 full. (If they are overfilled, they do not contour to your eyes as well, more like balancing something on your nose.) They make great gifts, and I can't live without mine.

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    thanksfor that information! I'll probably use it for sachets , but the eye pillows sound good too. Again, thanks.

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    Love it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    Vodka for ironing you fabric?? Forget that, freeze the water, put the cubes in a glass and pour the vodka over that! Use the vinegar and water to clean the coffee pot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    Vodka for ironing you fabric?? Forget that, freeze the water, put the cubes in a glass and pour the vodka over that! Use the vinegar and water to clean the coffee pot!!
    HaHaHa! I thought close to the same thing! Vodka and ironing...my kinda day. But seriously....don't drink & iron..You might burn something. =)

    This just goes to prove to me once again...Quilter's make the best friends as we all have the best sense of humor. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Bad part about it is that the Vodka would never make it to the iron!!
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    And I cant do Cheap Vodka :(

    All my Vodka goes into my wife and I usually mixed with Gin, Rum, Whiskey, Triple Sec, a splash of Sweet and Sour mix and a touch of Cola for color......Can we say "Long Island Tea" :thumbup:

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    my favorite drink!!!! woo hoo.... that made me laugh by the way LOL

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    Do you have to add the esential oil or is it just for the nice scent?
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    yes you can, but these are PURE essential oils, not Fragrance oils. there is a huge difference!
    Also you must know what the essential oils are used for in the homeopathic world. Like lavender is used for nerves , migraines , headaches , tension , emotional stress , sore muscles or tense muscles . Other uses include benefits for the skin , immune and circulatory systems.

    Lemon oil smells refreshing, and is also good for excellent immune system booster and hence promotes good health and well-being. Moreover, it also improves the functioning of the digestive system and circulatory system. It also improves blood circulation and thereby helps to lower high blood pressure. The anti-septic, astringent and bacteria fighting properties of lemon oil, make it the best ointment for treating wounds and burns. Other than its medicinal uses, lemon oil is also known as one of the best cleaning and insect repellent agent. Given below are the various methods by which you can enjoy the benefits of the lemon essential oil.

    and so it goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride View Post
    I use it for all my ironing. Not long ago DH used the bathroom in my sewing room and asked why do I keep vodka in the bathroom. I wonder what was he thinking.
    Oh my, I had to laugh...

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    DH used the bathroom in your sewing room? Did you rub his nose in it????

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    you can make lavender-infused vodka and then wouldn't even need the oil. Put a few tablespoonfuls of dried lavender in about a cup of vodka, cover and let sit about 4-6 weeks. Strain out the flowers and dilute the vodka with water. I think I'm going to start using this, what a good idea. I hate spending lots of money on non-fabric items--don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farnsworth View Post
    so I have seen this that you can use in your iron that you can buy and they are pricey but I just found this recipe
    2 cups distilled water
    2 ounces vodka
    20 drops lavender essential oil

    and it makes me think can you use other essential oils? Does anyone know?
    Yes, you can use any essential oil, be sure you aren't buying fragrance oil though. Fragrance oil is simply veg. oil with a few drops of essential oil added to it.
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    Wink

    It is used in place of starch. Starch attracts silverfish and this not supposed to do that plus I think it makes fabric stiffer.

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    i am al for the vodka on the rocks ....in the jello ...in the tea

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    Quote Originally Posted by farnsworth View Post
    so I have seen this that you can use in your iron that you can buy and they are pricey but I just found this recipe
    2 cups distilled water
    2 ounces vodka
    20 drops lavender essential oil

    and it makes me think can you use other essential oils? Does anyone know?
    You also have to add a little liquid starch. Can't remember how much!
    Also the amount of Lavender depends on how much you are making (pint or gallon)etc.

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    yes...I do !

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