I am so excited to share my 2 Ingredient DIY Laundry Scent Booster and Softener recipe! If you are a long time reader, then you know that I have been making most of my own laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and stain removers for quite a while now. You can find them all on my Home Tips Page by the way!
This scent booster will not only leave your laundry smelling super fresh, but will also soften it as well. All you need is kosher salt and essential oils. This recipe honestly is the easiest thing you could possibly make. The salt works to soften your water and clothes while the essential oils provide a soft clean scent and help lift away grime and dirt. You can find my favorite Lavender Essential Oil HERE!
Start by adding a 3lb. box of kosher salt (you can substitute with epsom salt or table salt) to a large bowl or container.
Next, add 20-25 drops of lavender essential oil. You could use lemon, lemongrass or peppermint instead if you don't love lavender.
Whisk together, making sure to spread the oils throughout the salt.
Now place your laundry scent booster and softener in an airtight container. I love large Half Gallon Mason Jars for storing mine. To use in your laundry, simply add ½ cup of your homemade scent booster to your laundry and wash as usual. This formula is safe for HE washers, and the essential oils will not come out of your dryer smelling super strong, it will simply give your laundry a boost in scent. It also doesn't smell girly, just fresh and soft!
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Neat...I'm going to try it. I already make my laundry detergent and it has Fels Naptha soap in it which has a strong odor, but I am going to try this to see if the pretty lavender scent will stay in the clothes. My husband cannot tolerate scented fabric softener so I will add this to his loads...because I want them to have a pretty scent as sometimes some of mine get combined.
Anwen Harman says
Hi, What is Kosher salt please?Thanks,
It's just a type of salt...any salt will work! After doing a little research, I'm finding that most salts will work, so I'm changing the post to reflect that. Hope this helps!
Rebecca Brandon says
I love this idea, but although I have bought Kosher salt before, I cannot find it in any walmart, or Sam's Club. It is listed on the website, but not in my area. Can I use Epson Salt instead? Thanks.
Epson salt will work too. After some research (since some places don't carry Kosher salt), I have found most salts will work for the homemade recipe. I'm changing the post to reflect that. Hope this helps!
Try dollar tree stores...u might need. 2 buy 2 bottles
Yes! I have recently found kosher salt at Dollar Tree 👍
This sounds amazing. I would like to start finding ways to make my own cleaning and laundry supplies for my home that don't cost too much or are more cost effective than purchasing. This sounds like I have found a winner for my fabric softener. Now I have to decide on what essential oil I would like to use...
I make my own liquid laundry soap . Can I add this salt mixture into the washing soap (1 container instead of 2 or will it loose its strength? Thanx
Recipe for liquid fabric softener? As our washer indicates only use liquid detergent and softeners! Love all DIYS and save $$! Thank you for sharing all your tips!
Here ya go, Trish! This is my recipe for homemade liquid fabric softener xoxo Jess
Couldn't locate link for liquid fabric softener. Really appreciate all your input and sharing. Thank you!
Danielle Terrier says
Hi, Is it okay if I use Epsom salts with the Lavender scent and omit the Lavender essential oil? Will I get the same effect?
I do this with Vanilla scented Epsom Salt. It is more subtle, creating an almost neutral scent.
I love this! I have been looking for a do-it-yourself laundry scent booster and this one is so simple and fresh. I recently started making my own laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent with home natural products and this is a perfect addition. Thank you very much for posting this.
I’ve read many recipes for fabric sofner and they says use baking soda the Epsom salt and essential oils so my question is would I be able to use washing soda instead of baking soda because it’s a better laundry cleaner ? And I’ve also read that Epsom salt actually makes the water hard and therefore makes it harder to clean the laundry I wanted to know your opinion if that’s true or not ?? Sorry I’m never at all this sort of stuff
Marissa E Petersen says
So you are a recipe calls for Epsom salt and essential oils and I believe I read in a comment somewhere that this is a liquid fabric softener. Am I supposed to add more water to it? To make it more liquidy?
Can I use a sented epson salt with oil drop? Thank you
Thank you for sharing so much information...
I have a water softner installed for the hard water we have. Adding more salt to the laundry concerns me as to it may damage my clothes.
I would consult the manufacturer of you water softener before using. Hope this helps!
Hi there, thank you for sharing all your wonderful hints and recipes, God bless!
Just wondering, the essential oils won’t stain clothing, will it?