Make Over Your Laundry Room


Doing laundry may not always be the most exciting way to spend your time, but it is a task everyone has to face on a weekly or perhaps even daily basis. You can enhance your laundry routine with the cleansing power of essential oils along with a few handy tips.

DIY Fabric Softener

Ingredients

Instructions  

Pour Epsom salt into a large glass or stainless steel bowl. Add essential oils and stir well to combine. Store in a glass jar. Use ½ cup for medium to large loads in the wash cycle at any temperature and ¼ cup for small loads.

DIY Bleach for Cleaning (Makes 1 Quart)

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups hydrogen peroxide (3 percent solution)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice OR ½ teaspoon citric acid
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil

Instructions

Store in dark or covered bottles, as exposure to light will weaken the solution. Lasts up to 1 month in a clear bottle, 2–3 months in a dark bottle.

Upcycle and Reuse

Use empty Slim & Sassy TrimShake containers to store powdered laundry detergent, clothespins, or homemade dryer balls (visit doterrablog.com for a DIY). Use empty 10mL roll-on bottles for stain spot treatment. Put your loose pocket change into empty LLV bottles. Add a couple drops of Lemon, Melaleuca, or Purify essential oil to a used dryer sheet for cleaning baseboards.

Essential Oils in Laundry Routine

Natural, safe, and effective solutions

Add 4 drops of Lemon to a water bottle to pretreat some stains.

Use the doTERRA On Guard® Laundry Detergent to add the benefits of doTERRA On Guard to every load.

Add 2 drops of your favorite essential oil to the rinse cycle for lasting benefits:

  • Add Citrus Bliss® to your towels for an uplifting scent after each shower.
  • Add Wild Orange to your workout clothes for an energizing scent during your next workout.
  • Add Purify to your dish towels for added purifying benefits.
  • Add Melaleuca for its cleansing properties. Add 2–4 drops of Lavender to unscented dryer sheets or a clean washcloth to further infuse a fresh scent into your laundry. Add a drop of your favorite oil to a damp cloth and place on top of clothing when ironing.

  1. Delicates, sweaters, and cotton T-shirts should be turned inside out to prevent pilling. Dark, fadeprone clothes should also be turned inside out as abrasion from rubbing against other clothes can cause fibers to fray, making clothes look faded.
  2. When drying pillows, add a tennis ball or two to the dryer to prevent matting.
  3. Add ½ cup of white vinegar and 4–6 drops of Melaleuca essential oil to the wash cycle to naturally brighten your whites.
  4. Install labeled baskets for family members to pick up their laundry.
  5. Utilize the narrow space between the washer and dryer to store a rolling storage cart or a laundry sorting bin.
  6. Place stuffed animals in a laundry bag and wash on a gentle/delicate cycle. After washing, remove from the bag and hang dry.
  7. Before putting socks in the washing machine, attach pairs together using a lingerie bag, safety pins, or sock clip. When you fold laundry, place any unmatchable socks into a “missing sock drawer” or create a lost sock board.
  8. Throw a dry towel into your dryer with your wet laundry to save time and energy.

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