DIY Laundry Scent Boosters

Make Your Own Laundry Scent Boosters

I’m always on the hunt for a way to keep my laundry smelling fresh. I used to use Scent Boosters from the grocery store until I found out how toxic they are. Now I make my own laundry scent boosters. Plus, I have a few other tips for making your laundry smell good naturally. 


Laundry Scent Boosters Are Not Safe


Long story short fake fragrance and the other chemicals in laundry scent boosters are harmful. I’m not here to scare you into switching to all natural products. I just want you to be more aware and to consider switching to a more natural option. 


The best way to safely keep your laundry smelling good is to make your own natural scent boosters. That way you know exactly what is going into your laundry and into your house. 


homemader laundry scent booster

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How To Make Your Own Laundry Scent Booster


You Need:

2 cups Sea Salt (or Epsom salt)


30 drops of your favorite essential oils ( I like lavender and sweet orange


Add the essential oils to the salt, mix it up, let it dry, and you’re done! This can be safely kept in a glass mason jar.


You can even get a glass jar with a shaker top to make it easy to shake the scent boosters into your laundry. 


You know those jars at the pizza places that you use to sprinkle cheese on your pizza… yeah, one of those!


When you’re ready to wash your clothes just shake about 1 to 2 tbs of your DIY scent booster into the washer with your clothes. 


Super easy… right?!

sea salt for laundry scent booster


Salt In Your Laundry


I have a feeling you may be thinking that it seems a bit odd to put salt in your laundry. 


Trust me I thought the same thing at first. 


There are actually a lot of benefits to putting salt in your laundry


Salt keeps the color from bleeding from your clothes and reduces the amount of yellowing that can happen to your whites.


Salt is also a really good stain remover. 


Related: 21 Laundry Hacks to Make Laundry Easier


Other Ways To Make Your Laundry Smell Good Naturally 


There are a number of ways you can make your laundry smell good naturally, in addition to your homemade scent boosters. 


Dryer Balls and Essential Oils


Dryer balls cut down on drying time and keep your clothes soft. They are a lot safer than dryer sheets. 


Just add some drops of essential oils onto the dryer balls before you toss them into the dryer. 


Homemade Dryer Sheets


There are two different options I use for DIY dryer sheets. One contains vinegar and one does not. 


Read how I make my own homemade dryer sheets


DIY Dryer Sheets and Laundry Hack


Vinegar In Your Washer


Believe it or not, vinegar can go straight into your washer. 


Vinegar can help whiten clothes and gets rid of bad smells. Just put ¼ to ½ cup in with your normal load of laundry. 


Related: Tips For Organizing Your Laundry Room


The Best Laundry Scent Booster – When You Can’t Make Your Own


I know that not everyone is a huge fan of making their own scent booster or their own anything really.


If that is you no worries. You can purchase safer laundry scent boosters than the chemical filled ones. 


In my opinion, the best laundry scent booster is Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Scent Booster. They have a variety of scents that you can choose from and they are a pretty safe brand. I do however think they use a “natural fragrance,” and I know that some don’t even like that, so just keep that in mind. 


Natural Scent Booster – What To Expect


I do want you to be aware that this will not give you the same results that you get from a product such as the Downy Unstoppable Scent Boosters.  These do last longer and give your laundry a strong “clean” smell. However, it is a fake, perfume smell, filled with chemicals. 


I know some people prefer this and if that is you then go for it. 


When you make your own scent boosters the smell will not be as strong and will not linger as long. 


I myself use a fragrance-free laundry soap so I have no scent on my laundry without adding any of the natural options I listed above. 


When I do add the natural options above I notice that my laundry comes out more fresh. It smells cleaner and faintly of lavender, rather than strongly of perfume. (Except I do have to say that I often miss the smell of my laundry after using the blue Unstoppables, but we just don’t use those in this house anymore.) 


Happy Cleaning!


I hope one of these options works for you. I’d love to know if there is another way that you naturally add scent to your laundry. 


If You Need Help Keeping Your House Clean!


Before you go, I want you to know that I’m here to help people keep on top of their housework. If this sounds like something you need help with, then you should stick around. 


I have an ebook that you can sign up for that teaches you how to design and start a cleaning routine that helps you and your family stay on top of housework. 


I also have a free 3 day declutter challenge you can join. To me, decluttering is the number one way to keep your house clean. So if any of this sounds like something that would help you out, then please sign up. It’s all free. 🙂


Anyway, glad you stopped by. Come back anytime. 🙂


diy dryer sheets with vinegar

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