Grapefruit Ironing Spray…

I love summer. I love being able to wear flip flops, I love that getting dressed when it doesn’t involve a hundred and ten layers just pulling on a dress, I love that the evenings are light and I love that the increase in light makes for a cheerful and happy Nic.


What I don’t love, is the increase in ironing that changing to summer clothes causes because most of my summer dresses (and skirts and tops) are linen or cotton and that stuff needs ironing

Anyone else avoid ironing at all costs? During the winter I iron my pillowcases and my tea towels and the occasional dress or pair of trousers but most of my winter clothes just don’t require ironing to look good so I don’t bother. Sometimes, the pillowcases and tea towels sit in the ironing basket for weeks on end, which makes them difficult to iron because they are too dry, and they need dampening.

I’ve been using Cassie’s from Back to Her Roots lavender linen spray to see if it would help with my rampant sleeplessness issues and it occurred to me that I could use it whilst ironing my pillow cases, to help with the dampening. I did and it made my pillowcases smell great and my ironing easier.


Lavender is for relaxing though, and when I’m ironing and doing anything other than actually relaxing, I probably don’t need to be relaxed. I also am obsessed with the smell of grapefruit at the moment, so I made up another batch using grapefruit essential oil instead of lavender. Grapefruit oil is supposed to have a number of benefits, including being an antidepressant and antiseptic, it’s also non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing and is non-phototoxic. However, it can irritate the skin if exposed to strong sunlight after treatment but I live in England and strong sunlight is not something I worry about too much and I’m not applying it directly to my skin. I used slightly more essential oil than Cassie did for the lavender spray. (I used the labels she had in the post because I’m not artistic!)

It almost makes the ironing more enjoyable.


  • One 100ml spray bottle
  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 3 oz water
  • funnel


Use the funnel to pour the witch hazel and the essential oil into the bottle, put the lid back on the bottle and give them a really good shake to combine the liquids.

Take the lid off and use the funnel to add in the water. Put the lid back on and yes you’ve got it, give it all another really good shake!

There you’re done.

Now go and do some ironing!


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