For the last 16 months, I have had DIY withdrawal.
We always had a project on the go in our previous homes but, since we’re living in a rental (and our tools are packed away), we haven’t been able to do much in terms of DIY’ing our space. In the past, if I wasn’t updating an area of our house, then I was usually sewing a quilt or clothes for Theo but I haven’t been able to do that either for lack of space. So, my urge to create something (anything!) has got me looking to change up some of my household products that don’t tend to match my decor.
First item that comes to mind – the not-so-pretty bright blue/pink/purple laundry scent boosters. No amount of pretty glass canisters can make those things blend in with my home style. So I’ve made my own – it is super easy, fresh, affordable and (obviously) pretty! [Not to mention more sustainable, non-toxic and better for the environment].
Here’s what you will need:
JAR AND SCOOP
This one is optional but self explanatory – you have to have something to hold the scent boosters, might as well make it look nice.
There are a number of salts that would work here – epsom salt, rock salt, kosher salt. I happened to have Epsom Salt on hand and it’s worked great, so I will likely stick with it. Epsom Salt helps soften your clothes (Fun Fact – many fabric softeners actually contain epsom salt!) and the chloride in the salt helps keeps clothes bright and white.
Baking soda is a “superhero” as far as ingredients are concerned. It has countless benefits including fighting odors and it’s also a natural fabric softener.
Any high grade essential oils will work for this recipe. I happen to be a huge fan of Saje Essential Oils – I use their blends in my diffuser daily and love trying different combinations of their pure oils to give my scent boosters the fresh, clean scent. In this recipe, I combined Saje Eucalyptus Oil, Saje Lavender Oil, and Saje Lemon Oil.
- 3 cups – Epsom Salt
- 1 cup – Baking Soda
- 60 drops – Essential Oil (add more to taste (or is it smell?…))
- Whisk together all ingredients in large bowl until well combined.
- Add one scoop (app. 1/4 cup) to washing machine either before or after adding any clothes. I prefer putting half before and the other half on top of the clothes. Use the same amount of laundry detergent as you normally would.
- Store in air tight container. Mixture will last up to a year but you’ll likely use it all long before then.
- BONUS: For an added fresh scent boost, you can add the same Essential Oil drops to your dryer balls and toss them in the dryer.
And there you have it! Fresh, clean smelling laundry and a pretty mixture on display (for when not in use!). Hope you try this soon and let me know how you like it!