If one of your greatest pleasures in life involves being freshly showered and climbing into an equally fresh set of clean sheets straight from the dryer, fashion and interiors influencer Anni Vanderbeek (@annivanderbeek) has a hack for you.
The TikToker has a series called “Unnecessary Necessities,” in which she shares hacks for “things you don’t technically need” but that “help make life better.” Home hacks are popular on TikTok, with people sharing everything from more involved hacks, like how to create air conditioning out of garbage bags, to the more simple, like how to get a clean brownie cut every time.
Vanderbeek’s hack involves concocting a DIY linen spray that she swears will make your sheets “feel freshly washed” even if you’ve skipped wash day. (And for the record, Vanderbeek also said in the video that she washes her sheets weekly on Sundays.)
To make the linen spray, Vanderbeek instructed her followers to get a spray bottle and use a funnel to add the following ingredients:
One tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in hot water. (Stick to just one tablespoon, she added, because any more will leave a residue.)
Essential oils as desired (she recommends the combination of vetiver and sandalwood)
Shake all ingredients well to combine, and once the baking soda is fully dissolved, spray on your bedding, shaking each layer to spray and diffuse as you go. In her video, Vanderbeek dubbed the DIY linen spray a “life changer” and added that you can also use the same spray on clothes or as a room deodorizer.
Follower @haileylilliott claimed in the comment section of the video that the hack is a popular one used in the fashion industry to keep fabrics smelling fresh between models.
“We used vodka and water in spray bottles for fashion shows to keep the dresses fresh when models sweat,” @haileylilliott wrote.
Vanderbeek swears that the vodka does not make the spray or your sheet sticky, which commenter @tierramoons explained is due to the fact that vodka does not contain sugar, so the alcohol evaporates. Other commenters suggested that if you don’t have vodka or don’t want to use it, you can also swap rubbing alcohol or plain white vinegar for the vodka instead.
As far as essential oils outside of Vanderbeek’s recommendations, @michellewilliams112233 suggested adding lavender oil because it “kills dust mites and promotes relaxation.”
However, other commenters warned against using certain essential oils because they claimed that some essential oils can be toxic to pets.
“Be very careful w essential oils, especially lavender, if you have pets,” said @incubabe, adding that there are no essential oils that “are truly pet safe, but a ton of them are more toxic than others.”
According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), it is true that some essential oils are more dangerous to pets than others. However, the APCC explains that the biggest risk of essential oils is concentrated oil directly touching a pet. Essential oils sprayed in the air away from your pet, similar to aromatherapy, do not pose as high of a risk.
The ASPCA states that you do want to avoid essential oils in the air if you have birds because their respiratory tracts are very sensitive, but other than that, using a small amount of essential oils in the air — providing your pet cannot come into contact with them — should be safe.
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