As many of you know, I recently signed up to be a distributor for Young Living, an essential oils company. After using essential oils for some time now, I value their capabilities to naturally enhance overall wellness in both the body and the home.
When I started incorporating essential oils into our lives a while back, I used them primarily in our home for cleaning or freshening. It was around the same time that a friend of mine posted her recipe for homemade laundry detergent that I also started looking into alternatives for softener or dryer sheets.
Finding an alternative to softener was easy…vinegar is amazing! It literally takes the smell out of almost anything, and if you do not miss the smell of fresh laundry or are overly sensitive to smells, then it is the perfect alternative for you!
I MISSED the smell of fresh laundry, however! I liked how the basement smelled like clean clothes when I was doing laundry, and I also missed the hint of smell that a freshly washed shirt had when I grabbed one in the morning. It smelled clean and clean is important to me!
Using essential oils in the laundry should almost be a no-brainer. It takes very few drops to make a difference, and the smells are a safe and nontoxic alternative to using store bought dryer sheets. Dryer sheets (along with many laundry detergents) may contain synthetic chemicals like benzyl acetate, alpha-terpineol, and phosphoric acid, among others. They are also usually chalked full of synthetic, toxic fragrances which companies typically do not have have to disclose as ingredients. A comprehensive article regarding the dangers of household cleaners and detergents can be found here.
Since beginning the journey into essential oils, I have read many different opinions as to others’ favorite uses in their laundry routine. Here are the most popular ways I’ve found to use them with regards to the laundry, and also my opinion of each method:
- Add a few drops of oil to a relatively unscented detergent and wash as normal. Personally, I didn’t notice much scent on my clothing after drying was complete. It is possible that using more drops of oil may increase the amount of scent found on the clothing, however being the cheap person that I am, I didn’t feel this would be very economical.
- Add a few of drops of oil to the vinegar rinse (if you choose to use it a softener). As with adding the oil to the detergent, I didn’t notice much smell coming off of my laundry after it had dried. Again, if you choose to add more than three or so drops, maybe you would have a different result. For me, adding more than three drops of scent does not make much sense budget-wise.
- Cut up an old white t-shirt and use the cloth as a softener sheet. Add a few drops of oil to the cloth. I found this to be the best way to lightly scent your laundry. I am also able to control the amount of scent I use better, depending on the size of my load. I will tell you that the scent on the fabrics after drying is still not overwhelming, like the standard store-bought softener. It is a very light, but noticeable, scent.
Here, we use lavender essential oil as it is well-known for its calming effects, but almost any scent could be appropriate to use!
The following is a list of additional scents that may work well for you in the laundry:
As an enthusiastic mom and homemaker, I have found essential oils to be precisely essential in many aspects of our daily routines! Try one in your laundry today!
If you think you would like to try an essential oil for yourself, please start here. This will take you directly to my personal site. From there, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Young Living, view their essential oils and prices, and sign up! If you choose to sign up, please click Sign Up Here on the left hand side of the screen. From there, you will choose whether you would like to become a Young Living member or a retail customer. As a Young Living member, you will receive a 24% discount! It is certainly okay to sign-up as a retail customer to try out the oils; if you choose to later on, it is possible to switch to member status.
Please contact me if you have questions about Young Living, the sign-up procedure, and/or general questions about essential oils!
To Your Health!