by Tammy Taylor
I have been making my own homemade laundry detergent for several years now. I love that it’s so inexpensive. And that it’s even effective enough for tough laundry problems here on the ranch such as manure on heavy denim fabric. I also love that making it is environmentally friendly and that it uses simple and easy-to-obtain ingredients. But there is one thing I really missed about my days using the commercial stuff: the scent.
Now my detergent smells good, don’t get me wrong – it smells like, well SOAP. Clean and lightly scented. I don’t want to add heavier scents directly to my homemade detergent because I really enjoy the scent of the SUNSHINE on my line-dried laundry most of the time. But sometimes you want your towels, cloth napkins or sheets to have a little stronger scent. As it turns out making a scent booster for your laundry detergent is inexpensive and super easy.
I ran across this idea over at Simply Shellie and figured I’d give it a try since it only called for a few simple ingredients – epsom salt and a few drops of essential oil. Shellie used a mixture of orange and lavender essential oils for her recipe. I didn’t have any orange EO so I used a favorite essential oil scent that I already had: Lavender!
Easy Directions to Make Laundry Scent Booster
OK now that I have your full & undivided attention I’ll try to explain the complicated directions for making this scent booster: I measured out 2 cups of Epsom salts and stirred in 30 drops of lavender essential oil and stirred it around with a whisk until the scent was fully incorporated. Ta-daaaa!! Really, that’s it! Next time I may add 10 more drops of EO to make the scent even stronger. hummm…. I stored my Laundry Scent Booster in a glass canning jar and wrote the instructions on a label placed on the lid. After I made my lavender-scented laundry booster I made one with lemon fragrance as well. Oh the possibilities are endless!
So to give it a test drive I placed a load of sheets into the washing machine. I added my standard tablespoon of my homemade laundry detergent and then added about the same amount of my lavender scent booster right in with my laundry detergent. Then I washed the sheets as usual. But how did it work? Awesome! After the sheets were washed I hung them on the line beneath that big beautiful blue NE Texas sun. (breathes deeply) Ummmm… smells wonderful! And the subtle scent of lavender remained on my sheets when I made the bed with them later in the day.
So here’s how I made it: (but remember you can use whatever EO or FO scent you like, or even a combination of 2 or 3!):
Laundry Scent Booster
- 2 cups Epsom salts
- 30 – 40 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used lavender)
Measure 2 cups Epsom salts into a large bowl. Add approximately 30 drops of your favorite essential oil, (either one scent or a blend of two or more scents). With a whisk stir the Epsom salts to assure the essential oil is completely distributed throughout the salt. Store your laundry scent booster in a pint canning jar – be sure to label the contents!
To use – add about 1-2 tablespoons along with your laundry detergent, wash as usual.
So there ya go. This laundry booster was very inexpensive to make and took me mere minutes to mix it up. SCORE!