When it comes to chores, most people want to get them over with as soon as possible. However, for those who enjoy stopping to smell the flowers, these easy laundry strategies can not only leave your clothing smelling like a trip through the garden, but may also transform what was previously a tedious duty into a tranquil sensory experience!

The Dangers of Fragrance in Laundry Products

The presence of fragrance in laundry detergents might be hazardous. The term "fragrance" is frowned upon since it might signify hundreds of compounds that corporations are not required to declare. Chemical laundry detergents labeled "unscented" can potentially be hazardous, since additional chemicals may be added to hide any aroma.

As a result, when customers decide to convert to all-natural detergents, they are usually greeted with only unscented alternatives – true unscented options. Some individuals prefer unscented products, but others miss the tiny pleasure that beautiful aromas bring on laundry day. After all, the smell is one of our most powerful senses! However, guess what? Those customers do not necessarily have a lack of alternatives. Consider adding essential oils to laundry detergent, especially if it is unscented. You may also experiment with products that deliver essential oil-laundry detergent combos.

Doing your Laundry in the Most Natural way

Did you know that the most effective way to keep your laundry in the most natural way is with essential oils? 

For a natural aroma, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the washing or blend with unscented laundry detergent. What are some of the most popular essential oils for laundry? Try essential oils like lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree oil, or lavender.

You simply need a small bit of oil to give your garments a wonderful smell boost. You'll start with a bottle of unscented laundry detergent and then add two or three drops of your favorite essential oils. Then, shake the bottle vigorously and smell it. That's all there is to it if you like it! If it's not quite strong enough, add a drop at a time until it's just right. Shake the bottle every time you do laundry to keep the oil and detergent mixed.

Why Essential Oils? 

Essential oils may help your laundry in a variety of ways. To begin with, they can aid in the removal of stubborn stains. They can soften the fabric and leave a lovely aroma in your garments. In other words, oils can alter your laundry from start to finish. There are several oils to pick from, based on your specific smell requirements. The final line is that essential oils are not harmful to the environment. They are also quite effective in producing outstanding outcomes.

Here’s a list of popular essential oils that not only smell great, but have additional benefits that help keep your home and laundry safe and clean.

Tea Tree

Naturally fights unwanted substances, Tea tree is a gentle oil with antiseptic properties that mixes perfectly with natural DIY cleaning products, including surface cleaners and soaps.



A calming oil, lavender is great with soaps, bath oils, perfumes, DIY skin care, and linen sprays.

Lemon not only packs a punch with its antifungal, astringent, and antiseptic properties, it also smells delightfully fresh.


Not only Peppermint is high in menthol content that is ideal for laundry products, this has antibacterial properties as well. 


Rosemary is being used even before during ancient times in household because of its natural antibacterial and antiseptic. This can also be used to repel bugs and mosquitoes which can be helpful to keep your laundry area insect-free. 


Not only Cinnamon is a great mood-booster but it also helps in anything cleaning! This has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can be used from laundry, to cleaning wood surfaces.


The crisp, tart and uplifting scent of Lime works wonders when blended with any DIY household recipe. This can also help in removing unwanted stains from any fabric in a natural way. 

Laundry Recipes with Essential Oils

Washing Machine Cleaner

Once a week after you’ve finished a batch of laundry, use this recipe with Tea Tree and Grapefruit oils to help cleanse and refresh your machine.


¾ cup white vinegar

  • 10 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil
  • 5 drops Grapefruit oil


  • In an eight ounce glass spray bottle, combine all ingredients. 
  • Shake well and spray the solution around the seal (the rubber at the front), drum, and door of your washing machine.
  • Using a soft cloth, thoroughly wipe down.
  • Remove your soap dispenser tray. Spray and wipe down, then put it back.
  • Let air dry before you do the next batch of laundry.
  • For top-loading washers, you can use this same recipe to wipe down the drum and outside of your washer.

Power Laundry Detergent


  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1 bar grated castile soap
  • 25 drops favorite essential oil single or blend


  • Mix washing soda, borax, and grated castile soap together.
  • Add essential oil, mixing to combine.
  • Use ¼ cup per load. Store in an airtight container.
  • Tips: Recommended oils include Lavender oil, Lemon oil, and Purify Cleansing Blend.
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