by Texas Homesteader ~
My homemade laundry detergent smells great but sometimes you want a stronger scent. I make a simple laundry scent booster using only 2 simple ingredients – Epsom salt & essential oil.
Although I love the scent of sunshine on our clean line-dried laundry, sometimes you want a little sumpin’ more.
That’s when I took matters into my own hands and using a couple of standard items made a delightful lavender-scented laundry scent booster. Come see!
Homemade Laundry Products
I have been making my own homemade laundry powder 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 Homestead, such as mud or 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 did miss about my days using the commercial stuff:
Now my laundry powder smells good, don’t get me wrong. It smells like, well SOAP. Clean and lightly scented. But sometimes you want a little more fragrance.
As it turns out making a scent booster for your laundry detergent is inexpensive and super easy.
Laundry Scent Booster
Those commercial laundry scents are overpowering to me so I shun them. 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 just a little more scent.
I ran across this idea over at Simply Shellie and figured I’d give it a try since it only called for two simple ingredients – Epsom salt and a few drops of essential oil.
I used a favorite essential oil that I already had: Lavender!
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!):
Homemade Laundry Scent Booster Recipe
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 – 40 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!
- Add about 1-2 tablespoons along with your laundry detergent, wash as usual.
Ta-daaaa!! Really, that’s it!
Caution: Don’t Add Too Much Essential Oil
After I made my lavender-scented laundry booster I made one with lemon fragrance as well. Oh the possibilities are endless!
But be careful not to add more than 40 drops of essential oil. I mean, essential oil is OIL, after all. Sure don’t want to add lots of oil to your clean laundry, do ya??
I place a load of sheets into the washing machine. Then I added my standard tablespoon of homemade laundry detergent and then added about the same amount of my lavender scent booster right in with my laundry detergent.
Push the button & wash the sheets as usual.
After the sheets were washed I hung them on the line beneath that big beautiful blue NE Texas sky.
(breathes deeply) Ummmm… smells wonderful!
It’s not overpowering in its scent. Just a light, delightful waft of aroma. And the subtle scent of lavender remained on my sheets when I made the bed with them later in the day.
So there ya go. This laundry booster was very inexpensive to make and took me mere minutes to mix it up.
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Love reading all your ideas, and use all of your ideas, thank you!!
Does anyone know how to make a liquid form laundry scent booster, the powder form leaves a white looking residue on darks. I use powder form on whites & lights but I need a liquid form for blacks & dark clothing. In Texas especially in the DFW area for some reason the last 5+ years the city water leaves an after smell that the clothes start to smell like wet dog.
Hummm… I’ve never noticed that in our laundry Carol, so I’m not sure how to advise. But laundry that smells like wet dog? Ugh, I can see you wanting a solution! Hopefully one of our other readers has a suggestion for you. Can anyone offer this information to Carol? ~TxH~
I found something non-DIY…dollar tree in their bath aisle sells BATH SALTS in a jar. They have Vanilla Lavender and a couple of other scents. Or you go to the drug aisle and the have scented epsom salts. I have been using them both for 3 years with my DIY laundry detergent. Adding during washing reduces the sudsing and cleans your clothes much better and scents it delicately.
I’ve never looked at the ingredient list on bath salts but I can’t imagine it’s much more than Epsom & scent. Good for you for finding them! ~TxH~
Lavender and vanilla make a lovely combination! Can’t wait to try this–thanks, Tammy!
I do love vanilla too Brenda. Nice! ~TxH~
I wil be trying this soon. And yes, it will make a wonderful bath salt too. I am a massage therapist, and my teacher showed me how to make our own theraputic bath salts, using epsom salt, essential oil, and some baking soda. I make one with lavender, myrhh and frankenscence. Two cups of that in a nice warm tub for about 45 minutes, and I am like a boneless chicken!
“…like a boneless chicken” LOL Evelyn!! ~TxH~
Thanks for this recipe!
Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop! This will be featured next week as most visited! 🙂
Thanks Katy – how awesome! ~TxH~
Great idea! I will have to try it and pass it onto everyone I see. May I share your idea on my blog? Twentyfoursevenmarriage.wordpress.com.
I use my dryer because I love soft clothes, towels, etc. Therefore, I tried a soaking wet to damp lite lint towel with a few drops (or a squirt) of DoTerra’s OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate. (NOTE: I am not a DoTerra distributor just a new customer). Then put my laundry in the dryer on low at the energy saving mode. I love the fresh scent. Thanks for your environmentally safe ideas.
Bloggers love their ideas to be shared on other sites Lynley, provided there’s proper credit & a link back. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for your sweet comment. ~TxH~
We all want nice smelling laundry and this would be the perfect solution.And it’s easy so you can’t go wrong with that. Pinning for future use.
Awesome, thanks for the pin Mary. ~TxH~
I’ve never heard of this before, but I love this idea and am going to try it. Thanks for sharing.
I don’t use it on every load Jennifer since I really love the smell of sunshine, but I often use it on my towels & cloth napkins. ~TxH~
This would make fun little Christmas gifts!
Thanks for the inspiration!
I agree Michelle, packaged in a little glass jar with a raffia ribbon. CUTE and practical too. ~TxH~
Great recipe! Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays!
Have you used it with a dryer? Wondering if the scent stays if it’s used in a dryer…..
I haven’t, Stephanie. I have a dryer but I haven’t turned it on in years – I much prefer hanging my laundry even during the winter months. If you decide to give it a go maybe you can make a 1/4 batch or something so you won’t have much invested. But even if it doesn’t turn out for you in the laundry room, I’m hearing it’s a great foot soak or bath salt as well so it won’t be wasted one way or the other! ~TxH~
I’ve tried this in the drier and it doesn’t work. After further research I’ve learned that the heat from the drier kills the scent of the essential oils. Sorry 🙁
Thanks for letting us know Jill – our clothes are always line dried so I’ve never experimented using it in the dryer. ~TxH~
Oh I want to try this. Thanks for sharing!
Give it a try Sherry, I love it. ~TxH~
I’m probably a little ADHD so I can get side-tracked, but don’t you love those old square-ish canning jars? They don’t move around on the shelf as much & seem to fit better:)
OMGosh YES Lady Locust, I’m like you and love the square-ish canning jars. I have several that I’ve dug up from where the previous homeowner on this property (whose home burned down sometime in the 1950’s) used to dump their household trash. I mark the bottom of those jars so I know that they’re for storage only since I don’t know how strong they would be to hold up to canning. But I make sure to use every one of them in some way and I love it. ~TxH~
This sounds great! I just have one question…..will the epsom salts dissolve in the laundry if you wash in cold water? Thanks and have a blessed day!
I only wash in cold water SallyAnn & I’ve never had a problem with it. ~TxH~
I have actually been looking for something like this! I’ve made my own detergent for years and you are so right. It smells like soap. I missed the smell of commercial items. This is fantastic! I’m looking forward to giving it a try! Thank you! Pinned for later.
Thanks for the pin Gina. ~TxH~
I wouldn’t have thought about making something like this. What a great idea. and lavendar is amazing smelling! Thanks for sharing on the #wastelesswednesday blog hop!
I don’t use it on every load Katy because I love the fresh smell of sunshine. But I often use it on our cloth napkins and sometimes our towels. ~TxH~
Wow…what a simple way to make your laundry smell amazing! I love lavender, and it’s an oil that i know won’t irritate my skin…it actually helps with eczema, which I have! I’m definitely giving this a try! Found this on Sweet Inspirations, thanks for sharing! I’m pinning! 🙂
Awesome Martie, thanks for the pin! ~TxH~
Hi! Great to know you may use this mixture in the laundry. I mix this up and use it in my bath water now I will also add to my washer. It also makes a lovely hand-made gift when packaged in a pretty jar.
Several people have said they use this same thing for bath water or foot soak too. Gotta love it for it’s multi-purpose use, eh Gina?? ~TxH~
I saw this online and am planning on trying it. Thanks for passing it along. Good to know someone else tried it and like it!
I do like it Cindy, and I like that I can change up the scents or even the intensity of the scent with each batch. ~TxH~
That’s a great idea!! That’s pretty much how I make my bath soak so I can use it in the washer too!! Love it, Tammy!
That’s awesome Cheryl, one product, TWO uses! ~TxH~
Thanks, I’m going to try this. It may be the solution to better sleep, as well!
Lavender scent is well-known for relaxation, Beth. Sweet dreams! ~TxH~