If there’s one thing I wish more people understood about essential oils, it’s how practical they can really be! Essential oils can play many useful roles in your everyday household tasks, from helping you cut through greasy messes in the living room to keeping insects out of your kitchen.
Essential oils can even come in handy when doing laundry and caring for clothing! To show you what I mean, today we’ll be exploring some of the very best laundry hacks I’ve shared over the years that feature essential oils.
I hope these tips prove as useful to you as they have been for me. And if you have them, please share your own essential oil laundry hacks with us in the comments at the end of this post! :-)
8 Brilliant Clothing & Laundry Hacks That Use Essential Oils
1. Dryer Ball Booster
Dryer balls are a great alternative to conventional dryer sheets. In addition to keeping your clothes soft, they can also cut down on drying time to save you money in the long run. You can even add essential oils to them to infuse your favorite scent into your laundry!
2. Quickly Refresh Clothes
You know those clothes that aren’t necessarily dirty, but aren’t exactly fresh either? There’s a quick and easy way to freshen them up so you can get another wear out of them before laundry day!
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a clean cotton washcloth, then toss it into your dryer along with the item you want to freshen. Start the Iron Dry or Damp Dry cycle, and in just a few minutes, your clothes will look and smell much fresher!
3. Deodorize Smelly Shoes
Use lemon essential oil to help eliminate odor from a smelly pair of shoes. Just add a couple of drops of lemon oil to two cotton balls, then place one inside each shoe and leave them there overnight. Come morning, the shoes will smell much fresher!
4. Ironing Aid
Incorporating essential oils into your ironing routine is a great way to eliminate wrinkles and infuse your clothes with a fresh scent! One way to do it is to add 1-2 drops of lavender oil to the water in your iron before you start ironing.
Another option is to use a homemade linen spray (see #5 below) and spritz it over your clothing as you iron. No matter which method you use, your clothes will look and smell great when you’re finished ironing them!
5. DIY Linen Spray
When sheets, towels, and even clothing sit in a drawer or on a closet shelf long enough, they can take on a slightly stale or musty smell. In such cases, using a linen spray is a quick and easy way to refresh them and eliminate unwanted mustiness!
6. DIY Moth Balls
Make your own moth balls to keep your closets smelling fresh and to deter insects at bay! Just add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a cotton ball, then tuck it into the closet somewhere. (You may want to use more than one if you have a big closet.)
The eucalyptus oil will keep things smelling fresh, plus it will help deter moths and other critters that can lurk in musty closets. Replace your DIY moth balls with fresh ones as needed.
7. DIY Fabric Softener Crystals
For naturally softer and fresher smelling fabrics, you can make your own all-natural fabric softener crystals with essential oils! These crystals are easy to use, effective, and are generally less messy than liquid fabric softeners.
8. Clean Your Washing Machine
Detergent residues and other grime can build up on the inside of your washing machine over time, resulting in poorer performance and efficiency. That’s why it’s so important to clean the inside of your washing machine regularly!
For front-loading washing machines, make sure to pay special attention to the door seals, which have lots of nooks and crannies that mold and mildew can hide in. Use my homemade mold and mildew cleaner with tea tree essential oil to keep mold and mildew at bay!
Do you have any favorite essential oil laundry hacks?