How to Use Essential Oils in Your Laundry

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Things You'll Need

  • Lavender, lemon, or other essential oil

  • Unscented laundry detergent

  • White vinegar

  • White cotton rag

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If you prefer to use all-natural laundry products instead of commercial detergents and fabric softeners, you may find that your options are often unscented. To add a fresh scent to your laundry without artificial fragrances, try using essential oils. Lavender oil is a refreshing choice, but any essential oil will do. Lemon oil can help to remove smelly grease, which is ideal for those who work in food service. Because you only need a small amount, using essential oils in your laundry is very economical.


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Step 1

Put a few drops of essential oil in a bottle of unscented laundry detergent to add a fresh scent in the wash. The amount of oil you add will depend on the size of the bottle and your personal preference. Shake up the detergent and give it a sniff after every two or three drops.

Step 2

Add 20 to 30 drops of essential oil to 1 gallon of white vinegar to make your own fabric softener. Shake it up. Add 1 cup of this vinegar to the rinse cycle for large loads or 1/2 cup for small loads. Your laundry will be softer and smell fresher.


Step 3

Sprinkle two or three drops of essential oil on a white cotton cloth and toss it into the dryer. Run the dryer on your usual heat setting.

Step 4

Set the dryer to "no heat" after your clothes are dry. Run the dryer for an additional five minutes to set the smell in your clothes.