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Easy 2 Ingredient Natural Fabric Refresher (Without Vinegar)

This easy all natural fabric refresher is made without vinegar and is a great alternative to store-bought fabric refresher spays.

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In our home, I try my best to find healthier options and minimize toxic ingredients where I can. Using sustainable ingredients, where I can. This is not always easy since life is well, messy and can be a tad smelly too. Unpleasant odors on fabric is something that can linger in the air and no matter how much we clean the room it’s in, the smell can make it feel dirty. When a rug simply can’t fit in a washing machine and a thrifted chair just won’t shake that old smell out. What’s a natural girl to do?

 To be honest, up until this homemade fabric refresher spray, there wasn’t much I could do. I have tried many different things and have been tempted to use use artificial fragrances but the product labels are filled with things I don’t want us to be breathing in. So while they might work well, they are not worth the quick fix they offer. Instead, this diy recipe is made with natural ingredients, and the good news is it is affordable to make and keeps for a long time. 

​Where to Use Fabric Refresher Spray

  • Use as a pillow spray for cases, mattresses and bed linens.
  • Great on pet beds and anywhere you have pet odors.
  • ​Spray on curtains, rugs and couches to refresh your space.
  • Good stuff to keep on hand in the car to spray on carpets and upholstery. 
  • A great natural deodorizer for stuffed animals and car seats. 

What I Love About This Spray

I love that this spray is so simple to make and uses just two ingredients to make (besides water). I am able to make a batch up whenever necessary. It’s nice to be able to switch up the scents whenever you like instead of keeping that same scent all year round. For me, I like more citrusy, fresh scents in the warm months. While those deeper, even pine scents are a nice change come the winter or fall season.

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Baking Soda- helps neutralize odors.

Pure Essential Oils-  a few drops of essential oil help give a nice scent while minimizing unwanted odors. Personalize your own fabric refresher spray by using your favorite essential oils to create a smell you love. Below you can find some of my favorite blends to try.

Water- you will need water to fill your spay bottle up. Regular tap water is fine.

Tools You May Need

16 oz Glass Reusable Spray Bottles

4 oz Handcraft Lemon Essential Oil

4 oz Handcraft Lavender Essential Oil


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In a mason jar pour in the 2 cups of water and the baking soda. Stir well to combine. Drop in 15 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir to combine all. Using a funnel, pour entire contents into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

Note: If spraying on delicate fabrics or handmade pieces it’s a good idea to do a quick spritz  in an inconspicuous place as a patch test before use.

Blends To Try

Citrus Blend

5 drops of each of the following:

grapefruit essential oil

lemon essential

sweet orange essential oil

Winter Blend

5 drops of each of the following:

pine essential oil

cedar essential oil

lemon essential oil

Therapeutic Blend

5 drops of the following:

lemon essential oil

lavender essential oil

mint essential oil

lavender bundle, lavender essential oil and baking soda for an all natural fabric refresher

How To Store

Preferably store in a glass spray bottle with a spray nozzle in a cool dry place. The spray should last up to a year. Throw out any rancid-smelling cleaners and just make new if this ever does occur. So far, this has not for me but just in case you find it does. A tip for ensuring a longer storage life is to use distilled water in place of regular faucet water. By using distilled water, you are using water that has had all the bacteria boiled out of it.

Natural Room Air Fresheners

If you use natural or DIY items in your home. Chances are you might need to do a combination of things to create that fresh scent within your home. Many room scents from the store give off extremely strong scents for days at a time.

A fabric spray can be just as potent. It’s important to understand that those scents are chemically enhanced to create those synthetic fragrances we are so used to smelling. So thinking one natural room spray will take over a particularly stinky area of our home is not practical. I find with pet bedding or even staleness within the home are normal scents.

But scents we don’t necessarily want to smell. So to combat these sorts of smells I recommend using a diffuser with a fragrant oil in the area in addition to spraying the bedding or fabric within these spaces. A nice touch to do after cleaning these areas is to put a homemade stovetop potpourri on after. This creates a nice natural scent using just things in your kitchen.

You can also opt to make a homemade dried flower and herb potpourri. Which you can place the potpourri in little potpourri fabric bags for inside dresser drawers. Or place in decorative dishes to set about the rooms of your home.

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essential oils and a spray bottle

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Yield: 1- 16 oz Spray Bottle of Fabric Refresher

2 Ingredient Natural Fabric Refresher

essential oils and a spray bottle for an all natural fabric refresher

a great natural fabric refreshing spray that works great and only requires 2 ingredients to make

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 tsp (13g) baking soda
  • 15 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, sweet orange etc.)
  • 2 cups of water


  1. In a mason jar pour in 2 cups of water and the baking soda.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Drop in 15 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir to combine all.
  4. Using a funnel, pour entire contents into a 16 oz. spray bottle.
  5. Shake well prior to each use.


*Lavender is a great essential oil to use for bedding for it's calming properties and sweet scent.

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