How to Add Essential Oils to Laundry

Last Updated on March 21, 2020 by Ellen Christian

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Have you ever considered how to add essential oils to laundry? Since I use oils in my homemade cleaning products, it only makes sense to use them in my laundry as well. So, today I’m sharing a few tips on how to do this and which scents to try.

How to Add Essential Oils to Laundry

Add Essential Oils to Laundry

Can I add essential oils to my laundry? Yes! We usually use a laundry detergent that is clear and unscented. I have very sensitive skin and asthma. So, many of the artificial fragrances make me sneeze or cause a skin rash. But, I really like scented products. So, the solution is to use a natural scent like an essential oil.

What essential oils are good for laundry?

When it comes to how to add essential oils to laundry, a lot depends on the types of scents that you enjoy. You can opt for citrus scents like lemon, orange, or grapefruit. These scents are good for cutting grease and odor. So, I often used them for my son’s sports uniforms. The best essential oils for laundry, in my opinion, are lavender, lemon and tea tree oil.

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Best essential oil for laundry scent

Or, you can use a floral scent like lavender when you wash sheets, blankets, and towels. Lavender is very relaxing and is wonderful to fall asleep to at night. You can also add in eucalyptus oil for a soothing combination.

How to Add Essential Oils to Laundry

There are also other scents you can use like:

  • Peppermint and spearmint have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. These are good to use along with tea tree oil when there is an illness in the house.
  • Rosemary is also good for boosting your immune system. And, it has anti-fungal properties for anyone dealing with athletes’ foot.
  • If you want a scent simply to freshen your laundry, try a combination of lemon and basil. Or, rosemary, peppermint, and lemon is one of my favorites.

essential oils in a tin

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Be sure that you are purchasing pure essential oils and not fragrance oils. A fragrance oil won’t do anything at all besides add scent.

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Do essential oils ruin clothes?

Essential oils aren’t really oils like motor oil or the oil from a greasy hamburger. A pure essential oil should not leave any type of stain at all on your clothes or laundry.

How to Add Essential Oils to Laundry

How can you put essential oils in your laundry?

You only need a very little bit of essential oil to give a nice fragrance boost to your clothes. Take your bottle of unscented laundry detergent and add two to three drops of your choice of essential oil or oil combination. Shake the bottle and then sniff. If it’s not strong enough, add another drop. Each time you do laundry, shake the bottle and pour the detergent into the washer. If you’re wondering how to use essential oils to scent laundry in the dryer, keep reading.

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Can essential oils catch fire in the laundry?

Your essential oils cannot catch fire in the washing machine since it’s filled with water. However, adding essential oils directly to your laundry may not be a good idea. Essential oils are flammable. While I have never had any sort of problem with this at all, use caution if you plan on adding them directly to your laundry in the dryer. This article was an interesting read and explains it in more depth.

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