Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

A simple diy recipe for homemade laundry scent booster to make your laundry smell good naturally. Keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean with a natural fragrance from essential oils.

DIY Laundry Scent Booster

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

I have been working my way towards a more sustainable, non-toxic, low waste natural laundry care routine. From homemade laundry detergent, using bleach from natural products, and line drying our clothing, I have made a lot of progress towards my goal.

If there is one thing I am passionate about it is the health of my family. I am careful to purchase products that are safe for our skin. Many detergents, softeners and scent boosters are filled with chemicals that leave a residue on the clothing. This residue can then by absorbed by our skin. Many of the chemicals are harsh, causing harm to our bodies and being an irritation to the skin.

When it come to ingredients in our laundry care, I want those that are free of dyes, natural and safe for our family to use. This often results in creating my own homemade laundry care products, like this homemade laundry scent booster.

Non Toxic Laundry Care

DIY Laundry Scent Booster

Homemade laundry scent booster is what I love using to keep our laundry smelling fresh, soft and clean. It’s all natural, non-toxic and really boosts the scent in our laundry. If you are looking for that fresh scent, this is the simple homemade recipe you will want to try.

Natural Fragrance for Laundry

Laundry Booster Essentials You May Need

Ingredients for Laundry Scent Booster

Epsom Salt

The salt in this recipe is considered the “driver” to get the scent into the fabrics. The essential oils soak into the salt creating the scent to make the laundry smell fresh and natural. The salt also works as a natural fabric softener.

I have done some research and read multiple reviews on whether using Epsom salt, kosher salt or rock salt is safe for this recipe.

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and salt is sodium chloride (NaCl). Therefore, the two are not interchangeable. I have used Epsom salt with amazing results!

Baking Soda

Have you ever looked the back of a baking soda box? It has multiple uses for laundry. Just a few benefits include, fighting laundry odors, acts as a natural fabric softener and improves the performance of the detergent.

Essentials Oils

The scent booster is found in the essential oils that you choose to use. Essential oils are very concentrated and fragrant, so, use a single blend or a combination of blends that you enjoy. For our laundry, I love the fresh scent of rosemary.

Natural Laundry Scent Booster

Essential Oil Blends for Laundry

I am a Young Living essential oil user. If you are interested in more information you can visit my page.

Fresh Citrus

Lemon + Grapefruit + Orange + Tangerine + Mandarin + Spearmint

Wild orange + Tangerine + Bergamont

Freshly Clean

Cedarwood + Lemongrass + Grapefruit

Rosemary + Orange

Peppermint + Orange

Rosemary + Peppermint

Natural Tips for Laundry Care

How to Make Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup salt – Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 20-30 Drops Essential Oils of choice

Instructions

Step 1: Mix

Mix together all the ingredients listed above. Then, whisk together until all ingredients are well combined.

Step 2: Store

Store in an air tight container.

How to Use Laundry Scent Booster

Add one scoop, about 1/4 cup, of the scent booster into the washer before adding any laundry. Add laundry and the normal amount of laundry detergent.

Notes

  • Laundry scent booster doesn’t need to be added to every load. it can be used for those extra stinky, dirty loads. I personally choose to use it for each load.
  • Make a double or triple batch to keep to prevent having to make it real often.
  • The shelf life is one year, but it never last that long in our home.
  • To keep your laundry smelling great, add several drops of essential oils to a dryer ball and toss it in the dryer with the laundry. I use the same essential oil that I use in my scent booster.

I hope that this recipe inspires you to start thinking about low waste, non-toxic, ways of doing laundry. Do you have tips or ideas for natural laundry care? I would love to hear your ideas.

Essential Oil for Laundry

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A simple recipe for homemade laundry scent booster to make your laundry
smell good naturally. Keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean with a
natural fragrance from essential oils.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup salt – Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 20-30 Drops Essential Oils of choice

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients listed above. Then, whisk together until all ingredients are well combined.
  2. Store in an air tight container.
  3. Add one scoop, about 1/4 cup, of the scent booster into the washer before adding any laundry. Add laundry, and the normal amount of laundry detergent.

Notes

  • Laundry scent booster doesn’t need to be added to every load. it can be used for those extra stinky, dirty loads. I personally choose to use it for each load.
  • Make a double or triple batch to keep to prevent having to make it real often.
  • The shelf life is one year, but it never last that long.
  • To keep your laundry smelling great, add several drops of essential oils to a dryer ball and toss it in the dryer with the laundry. I use the same essential oil that I use in my scent booster.

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Thank you for sharing!

33 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Scent Booster”

  1. Hi. In your recipe you had 20-30 essential oils. Because I am new to oils can you please explain do you mean drops? Thanks and looking forward to trying this.

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      • I love this recipe and have made it numerous times. I have to triple the batch. But lately it had turned solid as a rock about a day or two after and we have to hack at it with a knife to get it loose when we want to use it. Has that happened to you?

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        • I have never had that happen to me. It seems odd that it would all of a sudden do that. Sorry I am not more help.

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        • I live in a very dry climate and would imagine I will have the same problem, because that happens to other things as well. I bet if you put them in a silicone ice cube tray, you could make little scent bombs! Maybe just let them air dry for a bit to form, and them pop them out and put into your jar. That’s what I’m gonna try anyway.

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        • Put a saltine cracker, or one of those little silicone packets in the jar with your mix. It will keep the salt dry, especially if you’re using sea salt since it attracts water. Make sure to store it in a cool, dry area as well. Don’t store near your dryer because it may be getting too warm. Hope that helps!

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  2. Hi
    I am new to own made laundry products we have bad skin allergies to most laundry products and can only use one kind of non biological powder and fabric softener would like to try your method is there anything in your laundry booster or laundry powder that would cause skin allergies.
    Many thanks

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  3. Hi
    I am new to make your own laundry powder and booster just wondering how safe this is for people with skin allergies we can only use one type of non biological laundry poser and one clothes softener is there anything in this to cause skin allergies.
    Many thanks

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    • I know of nothing in this to cause a skin allergy. It gets an A rating on the EWG guide for non-toxicity. It would be worth a try.

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  4. Does the rock salt need to be ground to fine? All rock salts in finding are very coarse but your powder looks fine from the pictures! Thanks ❤️

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  5. Just made a batch to last about 2 weeks. We’ve been buying the bead scents from the grocery store and because I do laundry almost every second day this will help to cut back on the cost of adding scents to the laundry. Once I get more oils I’m going to make different batches such as adding lavender for the bedding as it helps to promote sleep. I only had peppermint so I used that but that will help with my headaches so I can sleep

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  6. Where did you get the super cute jar and scoop? And the bit about which type of salt to use was a little jumbled. Did you find one works best?

    I can’t wait to try this!

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  7. Hello!

    I think I’m late to the party but I have a question; for a HE front loader, would I still add the “good smelly mix” to the drum or put it in the dispenser? If in the dispenser, would I mix with my laundry soda or do a pre-wash with it or something?

    Thank you!

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    • I believe that with a front loader you place the scent booster into the washer at the beginning of the load, then add the clothes. You might check with the manufacturer and see if they have recommendations as well.

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  8. Does this hold the scent or does the scent disappear as soon as the clothes are dry? I’ve been trying and trying with this recipe and adjusting it to no avail, trying to replicate the scentsy washer whiffs. But their recipe doesnt state what their fragrance carrier is. I also read that bicarbonate of soda kills any scent you add and this is why I have tried with epsom salt and fragrance oils, to epsom salt with essential oils and now just rock salt with essential oils. The latter worked slightly but no great smell fro. The scent as you get with brand names. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am wasting a small fortune testing this lol. Thank you, Andrea

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    • It seems that mine holds the scent for a bit, but nothing like store bought scented things. They use chemicals and artificial in theirs and therefore it is going to be different.

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  9. If you live in a hard water area I’d avoid Epsom salts as you’re essentially making your water harder which causes the detergent to be less effective. Kosher salt would be a much better option.

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