How to Use Essential Oils for Laundry

Have you experienced the clean, refreshing aroma of Lemon oil? Do you love the light, inviting scent of Lavender oil? Not only do some essential oils have powerful cleansing properties, but they can also have bright and lovely aromas that make them excellent for helping your laundry to look, feel, and smell extra clean.  


Keep reading for some of our best tips on using essential oils to improve your laundry experience.  


Washing Machine Cleaner  

If your washing machine smells musty or moldy, it might be in need of a good cleaning. To keep mold, mildew, and soap scum at bay, give your washing machine a weekly wipe down and a deep clean every month. Check out this DIY washing machine cleaner with Grapefruit oil and Tea Tree oil for the perfect recipe to help keep your washing machine clean and sparkly.  


Fabric Softener 

Are you looking for a natural fabric softener, free of harmful chemicals or additives? Try making your own with essential oils! This homemade fabric softener with Lavender oil and Geranium oil acts as a natural softening agent to keep your clothes soft and fresh, without leaving behind any unwanted residue.  


Stain Remover 

Did you know that doTERRA makes an essential oil–infused laundry detergent? doTERRA On Guard® Laundry Detergent is color safe for all fabrics and fantastic for removing stains. Make your own doTERRA On Guard stain remover by following these instructions:  

  1. Pour doTERRA On Guard Laundry Detergent into a 30 mL roller bottle.  
  2. Roll on stains and let sit for five minutes before starting the wash. 

Dryer Sponges  

Whether you want a more natural alternative to dryer sheets or don’t like spending money on them every month, these DIY Lavender dryer sponges offer a simple solution. Combat static and soften your clothes with this simple DIY that only requires hot water, white vinegar, baking soda, sponges, and Lavender oil.  


Essential Oil Linen Spray 

Freshen up the linen closet or bring new life to your clothes by making your own essential oil linen spray. Simply combine 30 drops of essential oils and ¼ cup of witch hazel (you can use rubbing alcohol in place of witch hazel) into an eight-ounce spray bottle. Shake well and fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled water. Spritz over sheets, pillowcases, towels, or over the clothes in your closet for fresh, clean-smelling linens.  

Here are a few ideas you may consider for the best essential oils to use in your linen spray:  

What are your best essential oil laundry tips? Tell us in the comments! 


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