Make Natural Laundry Scent Boost with 3 Simple Ingredients

In my quest to shift my home care routine to more natural products, one seemingly simple switch that took experimenting to perfect was boosting laundry’s fresh scent…naturally. While essential oil infusions were clear aromatic choices over synthetic fragrance sprays, at first my DIY attempts of Natural Laundry Scent Boost ended up way overpowering – nose tickling overload from a single sock!

But after some trial and error in finding the ideal natural booster recipe, soon friends started requesting my fresh laundry secrets. Now protecting fabrics gently is a wonderfully calming ritual. From sourcing quality simple ingredients to being able to customize natural oil blends matching my mood, let me share why and how I came to make my own laundry scent booster – as well as the proper method so you can ditch harsh chemical fabric “enhancers” with a simple homemade recipe for nourishing, sustainable clean!

Laundry scent boost in a glass jar with other laundry supplies.

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Why You Will Love Making Natural Laundry Scent Boost

  • Inexpensive ingredients and reusable finished product saves money
  • Avoids synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals ruining clothes’ freshness
  • Complete control over scent combinations to match your mood – citrus, floral, and herbal blends!
  • Therapeutic ritual adding customized essential oils for self-care aromas
  • Easy process with items likely already stocked in your pantry
  • Saves time buying yet another store product monthly
  • Natural salts soften fabrics without residue or irritation
  • Result leaves laundry fresher smelling than detergent alone
laundry scent booster with a wooden scoop.

Supplies To Make Natural Laundry Scent Boost

Ingredients Needed for Natural Laundry Scent Boost

  • Epsom Salt – Acts as an absorbing base and fabric softener
  • Baking Soda (optional) – Extra odor/stain fighting power
  • Essential Oils – Provides custom natural fragrance • Single scents like lavender, lemon, etc • or specialized laundry blends

Just this trio of humble ingredients from my pantry allows for an affordable scent infusion free of funky chemical aftermath. For ease, premade oil combos eliminate guesswork, but mixing your signature aroma is creative fun too!

Once combined and allowed to set, the salts eagerly await scenting loads gently with whichever notes balance your mood.

Epsom salt, baking soda, essential oils, with lemons.

Top Essential Oil Laundry Scents

Single Oils:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint

Essential Oil Blends:

  • Lavender + Sweet Orange
  • Cedarwood + Lemon
  • Geranium + Bergamot
  • Clary Sage + Patchouli
  • Lemongrass + Litsea Cubeba

The light, fresh single-oil options work nicely alone or blended for balance. For a combination of garden-inspired scents try floral, woodsy, herbal, and citrusy aroma categories to impart pleasant laundrified notes. For convenience, specialty laundry oil combos mix compatible fragrances automatically.

But with pure oils or blends, the beauty lies in picking beloved scents that speak to you and then infusing goodness wash after wash. Follow intuition and start with your favorite essential oils.

Holding a bottle of lemon essential oil.

Popular pre-formulated options

  • Mountain Rose Herbs Laundry Scent Blends – Blends their high-quality essential oils into pairings like “Clean & Bright”, “Fresh & Cozy”, and “Breezy & Bright” designed to scent laundry loads.
  • Plant Therapy Laundry Sampler Set – Allows you to try several single-note essential oils most complementary for infusing laundry with nice scents like lemon, eucalyptus, spearmint, and more.
  • Revive Laundry Kit – Formulated recipes for adding directly to laundry, like “Lavender ” and “Tumble and Tidy” to give a laundry-specific boost.

The benefit of these specialist products is not having to guess at oil combinations yourself and knowing the scent mixes work well for laundry applications from drops to dryer balls. Just use according to label instructions based on oils selected and enjoy laundry elevated by natural oils crafted for fabric infusion!

Creating Your Custom Laundry Booster

Start by thoroughly mixing dry base ingredients – Epsom salt and optional baking soda – in a large bowl until well blended.

Next, select whether to utilize a single essential oil like invigorating grapefruit or prefer a proprietary blend like lavender vanilla laundry essence. Add your chosen liquid scent options slowly, stirring continually to distribute evenly throughout the powder.

Funnel mixture into a clean 1 pint (2 cup) glass jar or other sealable container.

Let absorb for 10-15 minutes then secure the lid. Give the jar a final shake again to ensure even oil distribution. Leave unsealed for at least 12 hours to dry and eliminate excess moisture.

It’s fine if oils occasionally re-pool when stored. Either redistribute droplets when making a batch or don’t worry about slightly uneven fragrance load between washes. The end result will still be wonderfully scented clothing!

Scooping some laundry scent booster to put in the washer.

How Much Booster to Use

To lightly scent an average load, start with 1-2 tablespoons of your homemade mixture sprinkled atop clothes in a top loading washer (first before the clothes in a front loading washer) before starting the wash. Gently dispersing ensures even contact.

Crank it up to 3-4 tablespoons for a good punch of aroma suitable for gym clothes, mud-caked items, or large overstuffed loads needing a heavy hit of fresh. But rarely does a batch need over 4 Tbsp at once.

When adopting any new laundry formula, caution protects against risks like misplaced stains. So the first test batch without essential oils lets you confirm clothes emerge unscathed before infusing oils and revving full fragrance power! Soon this vital step will be a relic of the past.

Let your nose guide you to the ideal laundry-to-booster ratio for signature scent strength that leaves olfactory delight, not overwhelming overload!

Putting laundry scent booster in my washer machine.

Storing Your Homemade Laundry Booster

Once the booster mixture is fully dried, transfer it from the baking sheet into clean, dry airtight container for moisture protection and fragrance containment.

Pretty containers can live in your laundry room for everyday access while plainer bulk batch jars are stored behind the scenes. Just use a small scoop to refill little jars as needed.

Stash jars away from light, heat, and small curious hands if possible. A cool basement or pantry shelf works perfectly to maximize longevity for up to a year while the salt crystals lock in essential oil integrity.

Over time, the eye-catching homemade blend of baking soda flakes and Epsom salt grains will clump. A quick stir with a chopstick recombines any compacted areas so scooping and sprinkling remain smooth.

laundry room essentials, wool dryer balls, clothes pins, stain remover and laundry scent boost.

Why Homemade Beats Store-Bought Boosters

Unlike leading brands’ undisclosed concoctions, handcrafted boosters let you control precisely what touches fabrics. Avoiding synthetic perfumes and washing soda means clothes get clean minus weird residue or reactions. Plus Epsom salt actually softens through natural ion exchange sans buildup.

With just three pantry staples transforming into an incredibly effective armor of freshness, expense stays low too. A few pounds of dry goods and some essential oils make gallons of scent booster for pennies per batch. Making something so useful from items I likely already have around means no repetitive supplement store runs!

Speaking of essential oils, another perk lies in customizing. Single scent infusion or complex aroma alchemy – the exact aroma profile relies on my mood and creativity.
From spotting the washing soda imposter to becoming a “master laundress”, I’ve turned the mundane task of laundry into a self-care ritual by crafting the perfect scents for my fabrics.

Laundry scent boost in a photo that is a top view.

Alternative Homemade Fresh Laundry Scent Booster Ideas

Don’t have Epsom salts but really want to elevate laundry scents? Simple swaps like coarse sea salt or sodium bicarbonate still create an effective absorbent base for essential oils. Or skip the salt element altogether, here’s some ideas!

Baking Soda Base Booster:

Mix 1 cup baking soda + 15-20 drops of essential oils until clump-free powder remains. Let sit for 1 hour so fine grains fully integrate scents before transferring into storage containers. Add 1-2 Tbsp directly into the washer drum.

Herbal Sachet Bundles:

Place mixed dried herbs like rosemary, lavender, and lemon verbena trimmings inside small muslin bags. Tie shut securely with twine or ribbon then toss 1-2 sachets directly in with laundry. Remove to line dry open air along with clothes and replace herbs to reuse 5-10 times.

Natural scented Wool Dryer Balls:

Soak 2-3 wool dryer balls in the preferred essential oil blend overnight. Air dry completely before tossing into dyer loads infusing fluffing laundry naturally. Refresh monthly by re-soaking to maintain aromas. Get my recipe in my Natural Scented Wool Dryer Balls post.

me holding a basket of towels with dryer balls.

Add to the Fabric Softener Dispenser: 

Adding 3 to 4 drops of essential oil directly into the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine is an easy way to give your clothes a fresh scent. This method will also help you avoid using chemical scent boosters, which can contain harsh ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin.

Mix with Laundry Detergent: 

When adding detergent, you can mix in 4 to 5 drops of an essential oil of your choosing for a long-lasting scent. However, it’s important not to use too much as this could cause staining or discoloration of fabrics. You should also make sure that any detergent used is safe for colors, as some may fade fabrics over time.

The options really abound for infusing great scent into washes no matter what ingredients sit at home ready for repurposed glory as closet fresheners!

Frequently Asked Questions About Natural Scented Laundry Boost

How much boost should I add per wash load?

For best results, start with 1-2 Tbsp (3-6 Tbsp for very large/smelly loads) of this DIY laundry scent booster. Sprinkle evenly over clothes along with detergent. Too much can leave a white residue. Then add your regular detergent for clean laundry with a great smell!

Does the Epsom salt fully dissolve?

No – the Epsom salt granules themselves do not dissolve into a liquid. The granules remain in solid crystal form during the wash cycle. However, they are dispersed throughout the water and integrate into fabric fibers as clothes get sudsed and rinsed. This allows the Epsom salts to impart a softening effect while their absorption properties gently capture some of the essential oil molecules, helping to transfer that fragrance to the laundry.
At the end of the full wash/rinse cycle, trace amounts of salt may remain trapped in small clothing creases and pockets. However, the vast majority of salt crystals get flushed out with wastewater. Only subtle oils trapped in fabrics themselves plus the softened hand laundry gets from salt integration remain at the end.
The Epsom salts don’t technically “coat” fabrics. It’s more that they permeate cloth weaves to exchange magnesium and sulfate ions softening mineral buildup.

Is this safe for all washing machine types?

Yes! This homemade laundry scent booster is safe for all washers. But for front-load HE units put the booster in first before adding the load of laundry. For top loaders, sprinkling evenly over clothes is perfectly fine.

Do essential oils ruin clothes?

Pure essential oils, used sparingly in laundry, do not inherently damage clothing fabrics. But synthetic fragrance oils, excessive amounts, or poor dispersion may increase the risk of discoloration or stains over time. Start diluted, conduct tests to confirm clothing safety, and use high-quality therapeutic-grade oils for successful results.

me putting laundry in the washer machine.

Step-by-step Instructions For Making Natural Laundry Scent Boost

Natural Laundry Scent Booster

Makes 1 Scents Booster (Around 20 Loads)

Total Time: 10 minutes + Drying Time


  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Baking Soda (optional for extra cleaning)
  • 30 drops Essential Oil Blend (such as lavender or lemon)


  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Glass jar
  • Funnel (optional)


  1. Combine Epsom salt and optional baking soda in a large bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine into an even mixture.
  2. Add 30 drops (approx 1.5 teaspoons) total of your chosen essential oil blend to the dry mixture. Mix well using a spatula or spoon to fully incorporate.
  3. Funnel mixture into a clean 1 pint (2 cup) glass jar, mason jar or other sealable container.
  4. Let absorb 10-15 minutes then secure the lid. Give the jar a final shake again to ensure even oil distribution. Leave unsealed for at least 12 hours to dry and eliminate excess moisture.
  5. To use, add 1-2 tablespoons of the booster to laundry every cycle for fresh-scented clothing! Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 1 year.

Notes: Adjust the oil amount to the capacity of your container and preference on scent strength. Start low then increase 4-5 drops at a time each batch if not aromatic enough. Enjoy!

laundry booster in a jar sitting on top of white towels.

For those seeking a kinder way of freshening clothes that also saves money, I hope these recipes demystify that creating your own laundry helpers is completely doable! With just a few humble ingredients from the pantry and nourishing essential oils, you can transform something so beneficial from items likely already on hand.

I encourage you to start small by making enough natural scent booster for 10-20 loads and seeing if your family notices and enjoys the difference as much as mine. Soon you might even find yourself looking forward to laundry days thanks to the clean scent from customized concoctions. Knowing it’s an affordable, non-toxic ritual benefiting our bodies and environment makes pressing start so much sweeter.

Here’s to inhaling lovely laundry smells of lemon lavender while loading the washer, and having sweeter-smelling, safer sanctuaries because of the thoughtful shifts we make to more natural ingredients! How has your laundry routine changed and where will your homemade laundry booster journey lead? I’d love to hear!

As I progress on my quest toward a greener, non-toxic home through adopting more natural laundry products, the best part has been taking the laundry game into my own hands by concocting solutions like homemade laundry detergent, reusable wool dryer balls, and customizable scent boosters that make clothes clean without chemicals – now I’m wondering what eco-friendly wash aid I should tackle trying my hand at next! Maybe natural dryer sheets!

Thanks for visiting the blog today to learn how to make your own Natural Laundry Scent Boost! I hope you love it as much as we do!

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