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DIY Laundry Booster Scent

When I first started looking into how to become sustainable, I discovered the wonder of dryer balls and how they can save wear and tear on your dryer.  That led me to think, what about my washing machine?  There must be something out there to limit the amount the chemicals that I am washing my clothes with.  That’s when I found out how to make my own homemade essential-oil laundry scent booster, which only contains three ingredients.

Have you ever had someone walk past you and you can smell their fresh cleaned clothes?  I LOVE that smell!  There’s something about a “fresh” smell that brings me back to childhood and good memories.  I just don’t like that the smell comes from a mixture of chemicals in my laundry detergent.

The fact of the matter is that making your own laundry scent booster is so simple!  I love things that are quick and easy, especially in my hectic schedule.  And you can’t get much simpler than this speedy trick to great smelling clothes.

Epsom Salts

The first thing you need is Epsom salts.  There are many health benefits from Epsom salts, which include being therapeutic, releases magnesium as a mineral supplement for your body, promotes sleep and stress reduction, can be a laxative (if taken by mouth), reduces muscle soreness and relieves cramps, and reduces pain and swelling.

I had no idea that Epsom salts were so good for your health.  It makes me want to try to create a bath bomb with Epsom salts (is that a thing?!).

Essential Oil

The second ingredient is essential oil.  You want to make sure that you are using CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality essential oils.  I prefer DoTerra essential oils, but you can use what you like.  Essential oils provide you with your laundry scent.

There are a vast quantity of oil scents that you can use.  The most common oils for laundry are lavender, eucalyptus, melaleuca, purify, and lemon, which you can use as single oils.  You can also combine the oils depending on which scent you would like to add.

I have created several blends that you can use for your laundry scent booster that you can find here:

Best Laundry Booster Scents

Baking Soda

The last ingredient is baking soda. Baking soda can help to whiten and clean your laundry.  It is an alkali, or soluble salt, which can be used to help remove stains and dirt.

And that’s it.  See, I told you this was simple!

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  • 1 1/2 Cups of Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
  • 20-30 Drops of Essential Oil


Combine all of the ingredients.  Stir (or whisk) well.  Let air dry.  Once dried, store the laundry booster in an air-tight container.  When ready to use, add 1/4 cup to your load of laundry along with your detergent, and wash.

If you still would like to add more scent to your clothes, try adding essential oil drops to your laundry dryer balls for the drying cycle.  Please let me know your favorite scent combinations in the comments below!

DIY Laundry Booster Scent

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4 Comments on Homemade Essential-Oil Laundry Scent Booster

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  2. This sounds really great! But I’m curious if this recipe will work with front load HE machines? And if so, do you add it to the dispenser? Thanks

    • I actually don’t know if it will work with HE machines. I do not personally have one. I know that HE machines are sensitive and you need to be careful what you put in them.

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