Holistic Laundry Course: Fabric Softeners and Refreshers

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Holistic Laundry Course How to Make Homemade Fabric Softeners and Refreshers

Welcome to The Holistic Laundry Course Hosted by The Laundry Diva and Diva’s Laundry Service powered by doTerra Essential Oils

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I’ve been doing laundry, professionally, for almost 8 years and I am always looking for ways to save money and use more natural products in my work.

Today, we are making homemade fabric softeners and refreshers with ingredients you probably already have in your home. If not, they can be purchased for as little as a dollar and found at any dollar store or your local grocery store.

So, let’s get started:

All of the recipes that I am going to share can be found in the Essential Living book, published by doTerra Essential Oils.

Liquid Fabric Softener:

  • 64 oz of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (if using more than one, use less of the most aromatic and more of the least for a better smelling blend).

Start by putting the baking soda in your container first. Then, very, slowly add the vinegar. Add your favorite essential oil. Then stir. (Do NOT do what The Laundry Diva does in this video. I used a bottle as my container and had to shake it to mix the vinegar and baking soda with “explosive” results! Everything turned out alright, but The Diva didn’t follow the rules of chemistry 101 and she embarrassed herself. Lesson learned).

Once stirred, carefully poor the mixture into another container (if necessary).

Use 1/4 cup for small loads and 1/2 cup for larger loads.

For my next trick, I show you how to make…

Reusable Dryer Sheets

  • Old cotton t-shirts or wool items like socks, old sweaters, etc., cut into squares or into thick strips.
  • 2-4 drops of essential oil, per strip

Place the clothing strips in a container and drop essential oils onto each individual strip. Seal the container. Toss in the dryer with wet laundry or to refresh stale-smelling items, as needed. Keep the sheets in an airtight container between uses. Refresh with new drops when they are no longer aromatic.

Dryer Softener Balls

You can make these from scratch using fresh wool that you can get from any hobby store or using wool yarn stuffed in a nylon sock and washed to form a big ball. I skipped this step and bought my wool balls from a local grocery store.

Simply add a 2-4 drops of essential oil onto each ball before adding them to your dryer with your wet clothes. The balls will also help your laundry dry a bit faster. Keep the balls in an airtight container between uses. Refresh with new drops when they are no longer aromatic.

Laundry Fragrance Booster

If you have some items that don’t necessarily need to be cleaned, but you need a boost in eliminating odors collected in storage, for instance, then this hack is for you.

  • A small glass jar
  • 1/2 cup of Epson salt
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil/s

Pour the Epson salt into the glass jar. Add your essential oil. Shake, shake, shake, to mix all the salt crystals with the oil. Place the booster in the washer with your laundry. It’s safe for a high-efficiency washer and should have no salt residue when placed in the dryer.

Linen Spray

  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 1 TBSP of witch hazel
  • 4 drops of your favorite essential oils
  • Spray bottle

Mix the water, witch hazel and essential oils in the spray bottle. Shake it up to blend. Your linen spray is ready to go!

All of these are inexpensive to make and easy to use. But, please note, they are not going to be as aromatic as commercial store bought brand versions of these items.

Commercial brands are often produced with synthetic smells created with toxic chemicals that are not good for your skin and they can trigger issues in people with sensitive constitutions.

Cleaning and refreshing with essential oils should leave a light, airy, aroma, most often smelled in passing. You won’t be bowled over or overwhelmed with the fragrance from essential oil. The smell is understated which is why The Laundry Diva loves them.

I’m hosting another class on Saturday, where I’ll teach you how to make your own stain pretreater stick using doTerra Essential Oils. In future videos, I’ll show you how to make other holistic household cleaners.

You can contact me on Facebook for more information and schedule a one on one to learn more holistic laundry tips and how you can use doTerra Essential Oils for personal wellness and for all of your household cleaning projects. Feel free to check out my doTerra website for more information about the oils I use in my own laundry and cleaning.


Thank you for attending my first Holistic Laundry Course! See you soon!

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