Essential Oils - Your Laundry's Best Friend!

sshrivastavaAugust 11, 2010

I have recently discovered essential oils and have experimented with using them in my laundry to great effect! It's practically useless to put essential oils in the wash or even in the rinse - the scent left behind after drying is almost non-existent. Other tips I've found online are to put a few drops on a wash cloth and throw it into the dryer. That doesn't work either, as the heat of the dryer kills any scent the oils may have imparted.

Here's the key to maximizing the scent from essential oils - and it works very well. Wash and dry your laundry as usual. Once the laundry is dry, drizzle about 1/4 teaspoon of essential oil on a wash cloth, throw it into the dryer, and run the dryer on NO HEAT setting for about 10-15 mins. You will have naturally and heavenly scented laundry like never before. Adjust the amount of essential oil up or down depending on how much scent you want.

This is the perfect solution for those of us who can't stand the fakey smells in fabric softeners and detergents. I prefer a light scent to my laundry, as it has aromatherapeutic effects and I enjoy it. However, I hate the fakey gross artificial smells in detergents and fabric softeners. I use Persil for the main wash - the scent is gone by the time the laundry is rinsed - and Downy Free & Sensitive fabric softener. Perfectly soft, fluffy, and unscented laundry. After adding my makeshift lavender oil "sheet", my laundry smells wonderful!

Give it a shot - it truly works!

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Thanks for this tip! I have tried all the other methods and (you are quite right) they don't work very well.

I will try this tip of yours and see what happens :)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 10:55AM
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Good luck and let us know how it goes! The key is taking heat out of the equation. Once you do that, the oils can impart a wonderful fragrance to your fabrics. My clothes still smell good 3 days after putting them away. I used a little more oil - 1/2 teaspoon. Don't be afraid to use more.

I bought one bottle each of lemon and lavender oils from The Chemistry Store. The price seemed good, although I don't know if it's of very high quality.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 12:11PM
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FYI... my dogs seem to love essential lavender scent on their bedding. They roll around in it like crazy! :)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 12:29PM
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I will go tomorrow and pick up some essential oil and give this a try! I am guessing it is just a matter of preference as to which scent to try?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 11:11PM
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Great tip -- will give it a try. I have some freesia oil in the house.

I've found I can get a similar effect using Caldrea laundry liquid. It isn't super concentrated, a small amount does a good job of washing, and it both deodorizes and leaves a slight fragrance. They have lavender. I also like their Sweet Pea (though they market it for nursery) and Sea Salt Neroli. Currently I'm using the Palmarosa and Wild Mint. Their linen spray with the same fragrance makes bed sheets smell heavenly, too. Mrs. Meyer's is the sister brand.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 7:12AM
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I use dryer bags as sshrivastava does with the dryer cloth. A cloth bag with a drawstring, a cotton ball soaked in essential oil and fill the rest with flax seed. Using just a cloth I occassionally had oil marks on my clothes. The bag seems to diffuse better and I am able to get more mileage out of the oils.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 12:51PM
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The same essential oils can also be used for linen sprays and air freshners. Purified water and EO sprayed from a spray bottle with a fine mist. It's so much nicer than the commercial stuff. It does need to sit for awhile before using and shaken before each use.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 1:56PM
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Yes, I have been doing for several months! No more detergent or vinegar smell on my clothes.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 4:31PM
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Not exactly the same, but I do this with perfumes I don't wear. I spray some on a clean wash cloth and throw it in with my towels and sheets.

Surprisingly, the perfume I don't like to wear, leaves a lovely scent on my towels.

Have men in the family, so I wouldn't do that with clothes.


    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:42PM
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