DIY Laundry Scent Booster

Laundry Scent Booster (1)
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).

DIY Laundry Scent Booker
A green and budget friendly laundry scent booster that refreshes and brightens your laundry loads
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  1. 1 1/2 cups epsom salt
  2. 1/2 cup baking soda
  3. 20-30 drops essential oil
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a covered container. Add a couple tablespoons to each laundry load.
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To learn more about the Essential Oils we use, check out this link to learn more, or just go straight to these links to order through us and help support this blog. One quick tip- this specific blend of Essential Oils works VERY well, in my experience: 
Lemon Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Tangerine Essential Oil


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Laurel West

Happy Wife. Mom of Three. Homemaker. Christ Follower. Multigenerational Texan. Chai Addict. Photographer. Health Nut. Natural Birth Junkie. Classically Trained Soprano. Founder of Adventures in Oiling. Amateur Graphic Designer.

9 thoughts on “DIY Laundry Scent Booster

    1. Yes, that’s correct, Traci! Plain old baking soda – like the kind you put in your favorite chocolate chip cookies – is exactly what we’re recommending. The awesome bonus is that it gently deodorizes and brightens clothing, too!

    1. Nikki, that’s such a great question! Thank you for bringing it up! From the research I’ve done, epsom salt (a form of magnesium) is considerably less corrosive that standard salt or saltwater. Given that and the fact that we suggest using only a tablespoon or so to an entire washer-full of water and laundry, I personally would not be concerned about longterm damage to my washer.

  1. I made a batch of the laundry booster and used lavender essentials oil (doterra ) and added extra drops (approx 40) but still my load does not have the nice sent of lavender. Any suggestions?

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback, Marie! So sorry you didn’t have a wildly successful and fragrant load of laundry! In the past – when using a top load washer – I’ve found that I may need to add an extra tablespoon to my wash loads. Maybe that will help!

  2. Hi! At which point in the wash do you add this? From the very beginning with the detergent? In the fabric softener compartment? Or straight in with the clothes? Thanks!

  3. I love this recipe. We use 3 tsp and scented Epsom Salt plus oil scented. (We use the mint Epsom Salt with either Lemongrass and Patchouli or orange and lavender) and it smells amazing. Just enough scent but not overbearing. I’m making my 4th batch, I’ll always use this. Thanks for the recipe!!

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