The Best Fabric Softener Crystals Are Also The Cheapest

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals - bottle of fabric softener crystals and two bottles of essential oils on a stack of towels

Make Your Own Easy & Inexpensive Fabric Softener Crystals

Fabric softener crystals are one of several different types of fabric softeners you can use to soften your clothes, reduce static buildup, and give your clothes and linens a fresh, clean scent. But there are certain advantages to using laundry crystals over liquid fabric softeners, such as being able to use them to make your own powdered laundry detergent.

I had never really thought to try making laundry crystals until a few years ago, when the idea was born out of necessity (as many of my best ideas are!) At the time, I was getting ready to go out of town for a few days and noticed that we were dangerously low on homemade laundry detergent.

Knowing that Dave would be likely to use the lack of laundry detergent as an excuse to not do any laundry while I was gone, I figured I’d better make more before I left. I had all the ingredients I needed except for fabric softener crystals.

So I decided to improvise, and that’s how I came up with the homemade fabric softener crystals (essentially DIY Purex crystals) that I’ll be sharing with you in this post!

Related: 8 Clever Laundry Hacks That Share One Powerful Ingredient

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals - bottle of lemon essential oil, bottle of lavender essential oil

Make Scented Laundry Crystals With Essential Oils

One of the best things about making your own fabric softener crystals as opposed to buying them is that you can customize the scent however you like. Keep it simple by adding your favorite essential oil, or use two or more oils to create your own signature scent.

I like to use equal amounts of lemon oil and lavender oil as part of my fabric softener ingredients. The combination is wonderfully bright, fresh, and floral all at once, like a sun-drenched botanical garden. :-)

Let’s get to that recipe, shall we?

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals - bag of epsom salt and two bottle of essential oils

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals

You’ll need:

Fabric Softener Crystals - putting the DIY Fabric Softener Crystals in an airtight jar


Add 4 cups of salt to a large bowl, then add 40 drops of essential oils and stir to mix. Add more essential oils as desired for a stronger scent.

Fabric Softener Crystals in an airtight jar

That’s all there is to it! Transfer your finished fabric softener crystals to a large jar with an airtight lid for storage.

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals - adding lavender essential oil

This recipe makes enough epsom salt fabric softener for about 16 standard loads of laundry, but you can easily make more or less! Just add 10 drops of essential oils per 1 cup of salt used.

Fabric Softener Crystals bottle of DIY Fabric Softener Crystals and two bottles of essential oils on a stack of towels

How To Use Your Fabric Softener Crystals

Add 1/4 cup of fabric softener crystals per standard load of laundry along with your regular laundry detergent. Use slightly more for large or heavily soiled loads.

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals - putting essential oil on a dryer ball

BONUS: 4 More Ways To Soften Fabrics

As I mentioned at the very beginning of this post, there are tons of different fabric softeners out there! I’ve shared all sorts of options here on my blog over the years. Check out the links below for more great ways to keep your clothes soft and static-free!

Check out my Laundry category for even more laundry tips, tricks, and DIYs!

Do you have a favorite fabric softener type, brand, or method?

Fabric Softener Crystals

DIY Fabric Softener Crystals

Jill Nystul
Make your own fabric softener crystals with just two ingredients!
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Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 16 uses


  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Airtight storage container


  • 4 cups Epsom salt or table salt or sea salt
  • 40 drops essential oil(s)


  • Put 4 cups of salt in a bowl and add the essential oils.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Put your homemade fabric crystals in an airtight container.


To use these crystals in your laundry, add 1/4 cup of crystals to normal-sized loads with your usual detergent. Use slightly more for large or heavily soiled loads.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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