When I was little there was nothing better than my mama tucking me into my cozy bed at night with freshly washed sheets and blankets pulled up around my neck. I would snuggle my head into my pillow and breathe in the fresh scent of fabric softener.
Yes, I was raised in a home where scented clothes were the norm so you can guess my disappointment when I first switched from store-bought, chemical laundry care products to homemade, natural products and the fresh scent of essential oils didn’t transfer over to my clothes.
Over the years, I’ve tried many natural laundry care options, hoping to find the right ones that worked for me. One of the best things I’ve found has been homemade scent-boost crystals. Not only are they cheap and easy to make, but they do help your clothes come out of the wash smelling fresher than if you didn’t use them. Trust me, I’ve tested it.
Today I want to share the recipe I use to make these in my home with you. I think these will become your new best laundry friend too!
Homemade Scent-Boost Crystals
When I make these scent-boost crystals, I make a lot at one time so they last a while. I also purchase my ingredients in bulk sizes which I’ll link to below. I also don’t use high-quality essential oils in this product. The reason is because I use a large amount of oil in this recipe, and I’m not using them for therapeutic purposes but for scent only.
- Pour Epsom salt in a glass jar.
- Pour essential oils over the salt. The scent is your choice!
- Mix well with a spoon so that the oil is thoroughly spread through the salt.
- Pour scent-boost crystals into a storage container. Label and place next to your homemade powdered laundry detergent.
I use 1 TBSP. of homemade scent-boost crystals in a small load of laundry and 2 TBSP. for large loads.
Yes, you can use these crystals in HP machines, and no, I don’t know how much as I haven’t moved up to those fancy gadgets yet. However, when my washer kicks the bucket, I’ll be sure to check them out!
I should also say that the essential oil you use will determine how fresh your laundry smells. I’ve found that citrus oils work best for me… and supposedly they brighten your laundry as well!