Oh! Its not too Jappy.. get someone to make it for you:) ::wink::
1/4 c. 80 proof vodka (I bought the cheapest possible last time — SKOL)
1 3/4 c. distilled water (very important that it’s distilled! minerals in tap water or spring water will bleck up your iron)
10-20 drops of essential oil (I use 20 of wintergreen)
a 24 oz or larger spray bottle
Combine the vodka and oil in the spray bottle and swirl the heck out of it. You have to get the oil and the vodka to combine. Depending on the temperature in the room and the humidity, it will happen at different rates. You can try zapping the vodka in the microwave for 15 secs before adding it to the bottle. That worked for me when I had a stubborn oil. Add the water a 1/2 c (ish) at a time and swirl. Make sure your water and vodka are at room temperature. If one is a different temp than the other, they will separate.
That’s it. Takes me about 10 minutes per batch and if I’m making multiples, I do it all at one time. Cost (excluding bottle) is about 73 cents for me.
** a note about essential oils: use the food grade/health store grade. Other scented oils will not emulsify in your vodka and will splotch on the fabric and likely ruin it. they’re very easy to find if you have a health food store. I have used wintergreen (my favorite!) peppermint, grapefruit, orange, lavender (ick), and lemongrass. Not that I hate lavender or something, but this just didn’t smell good to me. I know a lot of versions of this recipe use lavender exclusively or in combination with other oils. You can mix the oils for new scents, but when I do that, I cut the recipe in quarters to test first.
** a note about vodka: don’t buy a whole bunch more than you need. I only do this once a year and last year, I discovered that vodka can loose some of its omph and won’t emulsify the oils. Research shows it’s something about breaking down alcohol molecules…