Everyone loves the feel of fluffy soft towels that have just come out of the dryer right? What if I told you that the lovely softness you’re rubbing on your body comes from animal fat? Gross!
Ditch the animal products and make an easy, cheap, toxin-free fabric softener yourself.
A really easy way to freshen up your laundry is to add a couple of drops of essential oil to your fabric softener drawer. I love using Purify but you can add any oil that takes your fancy.
DIY Fabric Softener
- 1 64-ounce bag of Epsom salt
- 40 drops Lavender essential oil
- 30 drops Melaleuca essential oil
- 20 drops Lemon essential oil
Pour Epsom salt into a large glass or stainless steel bowl. Add essential oils and stir well to combine. Store in a glass jar. Use ½ cup for medium to large loads in the wash cycle at any temperature and ¼ cup for small loads.
Essential Oils in Laundry Routine
—Natural, safe, and effective solutions
Add 4 drops of Lemon to a water bottle to pretreat some stains.
Use the doTERRA On Guard® Laundry Detergent to add the benefits of doTERRA On Guard to every load.
Add 2 drops of your favourite essential oil to the rinse cycle for lasting benefits:
- Add Citrus Bliss® to your towels for an uplifting scent after each shower.
- Add Wild Orange to your workout clothes for an energizing scent during your next workout.
- Add Purify to your dish towels for added purifying benefits.
- Add Melaleuca for its cleansing properties. Add 2–4 drops of Lavender to unscented dryer sheets or a clean washcloth to further infuse a fresh scent into your laundry. Add a drop of your favourite oil to a damp cloth and place on top of clothing when ironing.
Homemade Fabric Softening Spray
Everyone loves a warm, fresh-smelling pile of clean clothes, but sometimes the products we use in our laundry contain unnecessary chemicals and additives. This natural fabric softener DIY uses the power of vinegar and essential oils to give your clothes a crisp, clean scent using just two ingredients.
First, vinegar acts as a natural softening agent by dissolving hard water buildup without leaving residue behind. And don’t worry—although this ingredient has a strong scent of its own, you won’t even notice it once your clothes have dried.
You can choose any number of essential oils to add to this recipe depending on your preferred aroma. Lemon, Grapefruit, and Peppermint are great options if you’re looking for an invigorating boost, but here we have listed Lavender and Geranium oils due to their soothing, conditioning properties. Whatever you decide to use, your clothes will come out feeling softer and smelling nicer.
- Add essential oils to a glass spray bottle.
- Fill the remaining space with warm white vinegar.
- Shake well before each use to ensure oils and vinegar are well combined.
- To use, spray over wet clothing before drying.
- Delicates, sweaters, and cotton T-shirts should be turned inside out to prevent pilling. Dark, fadeprone clothes should also be turned inside out as abrasion from rubbing against other clothes can cause fibres to fray, making clothes look faded.
- When drying pillows, add a tennis ball or two to the dryer to prevent matting.
- Add ½ cup of white vinegar and 4–6 drops of Melaleuca essential oil to the wash cycle to naturally brighten your whites.
- Install labelled baskets for family members to pick up their laundry.
- Utilize the narrow space between the washer and dryer to store a rolling storage cart or a laundry sorting bin.
- Place stuffed animals in a laundry bag and wash on a gentle/delicate cycle. After washing, remove from the bag and hang dry.
- Before putting socks in the washing machine, attach pairs together using a lingerie bag, safety pins, or sock clip. When you fold laundry, place any unmatchable socks into a “missing sock drawer” or create a lost sock board.
- Throw a dry towel into your dryer with your wet laundry to save time and energy.
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