There’s nothing that smells better than laundry dried on a clothes line outdoors. But what if you can’t? Or if you live in an apartment? Or it’s -40° outside? There are many reasons someone might turn to another option.
I wash my clothes and then hang them inside to dry in the winter. This will increase humidity in the home, allowing the heating system to heat the house more efficiently. I use vinegar as a fabric softener, but the scent is sometimes lacking. I’ve tried commercial laundry scent boosters, but I no longer use them due to the chemicals they contain.
Homemade Laundry Boosters for Scent
In the past I have paid over $5 for a bottle of laundry fragrance booster. There are two basic types of scent boosters – those made with salt and those made with sugar. Yes, that’s right, just salt or sugar.
It’s actually very simple to add scent to your laundry without spending a fortune! The following recipe for natural, homemade scented laundry crystals will infuse your laundry with the freshness of your favorite essential oil.
Homemade Laundry Crystals: Scented Naturally
- 1 cup of rock salt, Epsom salt,* or 1 cup of sugar (find epsom salt here)
- 20 drops of essential oil – see options below (find pure organic essential oils here)
*Note: If using salt, keep in mind it is also a natural fabric enhancer and water softener!
Blend the essential oils with the salt or sugar. Store in an airtight container out of direct light.
Use one tablespoon per load. Add crystals to the washing machine in the beginning of the wash cycle. Because these need to melt, I place them in the drum before putting the clothes in and let the water dissolve them a bit. They will continue to dissolve completely during the wash cycle.
I don’t color mine since I don’t want to risk staining lighter fabrics, but you could use a few drops of food coloring if you wish. Keep the color very light if you do add color to avoid staining.
Essential Oils for Laundry
You can use just about any essential oil you like to scent your laundry. I use lavender and lemon and have a batch that is just grapefruit – my favorite. For a minty blend, use peppermint and eucalyptus oils. For a flowery sweet blend, use geranium and sweet orange. You could also use oils like citronella during warmer months to help ward off bugs like mosquitoes.
Want more laundry DIYs? Check out our other articles:
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- Homemade Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets
- Natural Ways to Reduce Static in the Laundry
- How to Treat Tough Laundry Stains Naturally
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