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Essential Oil Laundry Hacks: 6 Easy Laundry DIYs

You’ve got to try these easy essential oil laundry hacks! See how to use essential oils for laundry with six laundry DIYs. 

Many mothers, including myself, are rethinking routines as we roll into the back-to-school season. From setting an earlier bedtime routine, creating a homework routine, to committing to an exercise schedule, there are a lot of changes happening. 

I don’t know about you, but I happen to love these unique times of the year when we can rethink how we want to spend our time. Each opens up the opportunity to improve even the most basic tasks, such as the laundry. 

Whether you want to spend less time doing the laundry, save money, or embrace a low-tox lifestyle; these essential oil laundry hacks are a no-brainer! 

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How to use essential oils for laundry - easy hacks you can do now!

How can you use essential oils in the laundry? 

I love creating DIY essential oil recipes to use in our home. Foaming hand soap, room sprays, and essential oil candles, to mention a few. Each is frugal, fun to make, and has the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Well, cleaning with essential oils is no different. Homemade essential oil cleaners are just as effective at cutting through the grime. 

So if you ever thought you couldn’t get laundry stains out or make your towels soft without chemicals – I’m happy to report you’re wrong. 

I’ve put together this list of easy essential oil laundry hacks to help you improve your laundry routine. Each includes a simple DIY essential oil recipe. 

Related To: 20 Ways to Use Thieves Cleaner

Easy essential oil laundry hacks you’ve got to try!

No Brainer Essential Oil Laundry Hacks

If you’re looking to simplify your cleaning routines – the laundry room is a great place to “ditch and switch” products and old habits too. Use these essential oils laundry hacks to make your towels fluffy soft, linens bright, and clothes clean and fresh in less time without toxins. 

These essential oil laundry cleaners start with cost-effective ingredients such as castile soap and Epsom salt and require less than a bottle of essential oil to be effective. And you can feel good knowing you’re using non-toxic cleaners. 

Ditch Dryer Sheets

It’s easy to make your laundry smell good with essential oils. With a dryer ball essential oil recipe you can have great smelling laundry that’s environmentally friendly too. 

I’ve found the most convenient and low-tox way to cut down on static and make laundry smell great is to use wool dryer balls with essential oils. I make a wool dryer ball dropper, so I don’t have to go looking for my essential oils scattered around the house. 

I just fill a dropper bottle once every few months with a new dryer ball essential oil recipe and keep it on the shelf right above our dryer. Then I add 2 to 3 drops to each dryer ball every 3 to 5 loads of laundry. So easy, right?

Go Green with Non Toxic Laundry Detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent the easiest recipe!

This essential oil laundry hack will not only green up your laundry routine it will save you a ton of money! Make a powder DIY laundry detergent with five simple ingredients for HE washing machines. 

Or skip the DIY and buy a liquid essential oil laundry detergent such as Thieves Laundry Soap. It’s made up of plant-based ingredients and leaves no chemical or synthetic residue. Not only does it clean well, but a 32-ounce bottle will also last you at least two months. 

Use a Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Most of us are searching for ways to reduce toxins and chemicals in our homes, and one of the best ways to do that is to stop using products with fragrance oils. When you see “fragrance” on the label, put it back. It’s a term that can include up to 200 chemicals. (Learn more at the Environmental Working Group.)

You can bet the majority of laundry scent boosters have an umpteen amount of chemicals in them. This is why I make my own. It’s an incredibly easy essential oil laundry hack! 

Laundry Scent Booster Recipe:

Fill a mason jar with half a cup of Epsom salt. Add 15 to 20 drops of essential oils (lavender and eucalyptus are my favorites) and top with another half cup of Epsom salt. Place the lid on the mason jar and shake it up – real good. 

Leave it on a shelf in your laundry room for two weeks to achieve a stronger scent before using it. Then sprinkle 2 tablespoons right on top of the clothes in your washing machine. That’s it.

Swap Your Stain Remover Spray

How to make an essential oil stain remover spray!

You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t swap your stain remover spray sooner. This stuff has worked so well for our family. Pizza sauce, mud, or chocolate, this DIY stain remover gets the job done. And I love the fact that it looks so cute in an amber glass bottle with a floral label.

You’ll Need:

¼ cup vegetable glycerin

¼ cup liquid castile soap

1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

½ cup distilled water

10 drops lemon essential oil

How to Make an Essential Oil Stain Remover:

Fill an 8-ounce glass spray bottle with the ingredients above in that order. Then place the spray nozzle on and shake gently to combine.  

Gently shake before each use. Generously spray the stain. Then lightly scrub the stain remover into the fabric. Allow the stain remover to soak for 10 minutes at a minimum before washing. 

Make a Fabric Refresher Spray

DIY Fabric Refresh Spray

Use a homemade fabric refresher spray as a simple method to keep bed linens, pillows, and blankets fresh in between deep cleanings. It’s another easy-to-make essential oil laundry hack with less than a handful of ingredients. 

How to Keep your Linens Smelling Great in the Linen Closet

Here’s how to make a reed diffuser - boho style! Plus 9 essential oil reed diffuser recipes for your homemade diffuser or reed diffuser oil refill.

Make a DIY reed diffuser to keep your linens smelling great in the linen closet. Similar to that of a vase of fresh flowers, reed diffusers gently fill a space with an aroma as oils slowly travel up reeds and are released into the air. They are an effortless way to keep linens stored in the closet smelling fresh compared to using a diffuser or lighting a candle. 

It’s easier than you think to save time and money with DIY essential oil laundry cleaners. Start with one laundry hack now and add more until you have a laundry routine you love! 


You’ve got to try these easy essential oil laundry hacks! See how to use essential oils for laundry with six laundry DIYs.

Which one of these essential oil laundry hacks are you going to try first? Tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your essential oil DIYs with us. 

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