Over the past few years we have slowly migrated our household care products from the standard fare (which is filled with all kinds of crazy chemicals) to greener products (that have a much simpler, safer ingredient list and are just as effective).
I was so excited to see that one of my favorite natural laundry detergent companies had launched a new laundry “scent booster”. I bit the bullet and bought the $10 canister. A couple shakes into the washer and the load was scented with a lovely floral aroma. Out of curiosity, I glanced at the ingredients: salt, starch, and essential oils.
Heck! I can make that at home so easily. For cheap. I like cheap, don’t you?
I recommend using an essential oil like Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, or another citrus oil. The aromas are light and clean smelling, and the oils themselves are among the most affordable. (Plus, Lemon essential oil is really great at removing stains and brightening a load.) The epsom salt acts as a fabric softener. Mix up a big batch of this mixture and add a couple tablespoons to each laundry load. I suggest storing it in one of those large glass sugar dispensers (like this or this). The baking soda is a great natural deodorizer (that also helps keep your laundry bright).
- 1 1/2 cups epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 20-30 drops essential oil
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a covered container. Add a couple tablespoons to each laundry load.
Lemon Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil
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