Natural Sweater Freshening Spray DIY

I don’t know what the reason is, but my sweaters always seem to smell worse than my t-shirts and tank tops do during each of their respective seasons. It makes no sense to me because I’m always freezing cold in the winter so I shouldn’t even be sweating the way I know I am in the summer. Does anyone else have this issue?


Regardless, it’s frustrating. I have a small wardrobe so being unable to wear a sweater or two for up to a week until the next wash day really throws as wrench into things for me. Plus, I hate needing to wash my sweaters after only one or two days of wearing them. With all of this excessive washing they get pilled, worn out, and lose their shape faster.


To remedy this situation, I decided to make a natural Sweater Freshening Spray. It freshens and deodorizes sweaters (or really any fabric items) with a quick spritzing. Plus, it’s a moth repellent. Here’s the recipe.

Natural Sweater Freshening Spray DIY Recipe

Sweater Freshening Spray

3 tbsp distilled water

1 tbsp witch hazel

20 drops orange essential oil

10 drops cedarwood essential oil

8 drops geranium essential oil


Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle. Tinted glass is best.

Store somewhere dark and cool.


To use, spray a light mist onto clothing, focusing on problem areas like under the arms.

Shake before each use.

Also useful for while you are travelling.

Great to use as well when bringing sweaters out at the beginning of the season and again before putting them away at the end of the season.


Witch hazel and orange essential oil are both antibacterial, so they kill the bacteria living on your sweater. Cedarwood essential oil is an insect repellent making it ideal for keeping moths away. Geranium essential oil is a deodorant, so it will help eliminate any unpleasant odors. Orange and geranium essential oils are also both uplifting and stress-relieving scents.


How do you keep your sweaters in good condition?

Natural Sweater Freshening Spray DIY Recipe

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 14, 2017 at 12:57 am

    A fantastic idea and I I love the cedarwood in the recipe! I find that even though I have fresh laundry in the closet after a few days it smells not like freshly washed so this would probably be a great way to give them that freshness back when I pull them out to wear! Thanks for sharing Grace! Have a great weekend!

    1. Reply
      January 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Yes, I totally find that same thing happens even with clothes I haven’t worn since their last wash too. I’m so glad you like the recipe – enjoy! 🙂

  2. Reply
    January 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I hate having to wash sweaters after only one wear, too. Every wash sadly shortens their lifespan… The spray is a great idea! I’ll have to give it a try! Pinned the post for future reference.

    1. Reply
      January 15, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Isn’t it so frustrating? I hope you like it, I’d love to hear what you think! 🙂

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