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How To Use Essential Oils For Laundry

By June 28, 2019 March 21st, 2020 No Comments

You may not immediately think that using essential oils for laundry is a thing, but it totally is!

And why wouldn’t you want to use the amazing aroma of oils on your clothes when washing? They smell way better than traditional detergent or dryer sheets.

Plus, they aren’t toxic like most laundry products likely are! I’ve heard it said that most indoor air pollutants come from the laundry room… Yikes!

Here’s a quick look at using essential oils in laundry, in both the washer and dryer.

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Reasons To Use Essential Oils In Laundry

Traditional laundry routines are flat out harmful to both you and those in your household, as well as the environment.

Most laundry detergents have toxic [or potentially toxic] ingredients that should be far away from your home and your clothing. These can include cleaning agents and synthetic fragrances.

Cleaning your clothes with chemicals means you are essentially wearing these chemicals daily on your skin and breathing them in constantly.

Not good!

To see for yourself, download the app “Think Dirty” on your phone.

You can scan thousands of household products in your home or at the store to see if they are considered safe, or if you should steer clear.

(what I’m saying is that you should definitely steer clear of most of the big laundry brands)

Aside from detergent, both dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener are also usually really bad for you!

These can contain ingredients such as benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, ethanol, limonene, chloroform and more. Some of these ingredients are known carcinogens, can cause respiratory issues, central nervous system disorders and more!

Not only are they on your clothes and skin now, but when drying, the fumes are pumped out into the air to pollute the environment.

THANKFULLY there is a better way! And it’s not hard. Nor is it expensive. Nor is it a burden. Cleaning up your laundry routine with essential oils (and oil based detergent) and wool dryer balls is easy and will instantly make your family healthier.

How To Use Essential Oils For Laundry

You can use essential oils in both parts of your laundry routine – washing and drying.

Oils can be used to help clean your clothes as well as to freshen them up in the dryer and make them smell amazing.

Adding Essential Oils In The Wash

If you get oils from Young Living, you can also try out their pre-made Thieves Laundry Detergent. This is what we use, and it works great!

The bottle is a bit more expensive, but it’s super concentrated and can be diluted and split between 2 bottles. This will allow you to complete 128 loads of laundry, which is about $0.25 per load. So it’ll last a while!


For an extra boost, add a few drops of Thieves oil, lemon, lemongrass or lavender to your load of laundry.

The other way to use oils in your washer is by making a DIY fabric softener. Simply mix epsom salt, baking soda and essential oils together and add a scoop to the washer. 

Mix these together, let dry/absorb, then transfer to a glass jar:

1.5 cups epsom salt,
0.5 cups Baking soda
20 drops essential oils.

Try mixing oils such as lemon, tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, or Thieves.

Then just add a small scoop to each load of laundry in the washer. It will keep clothes soft, deodorized and smelling amazing.

In The Dryer – Wool Dryer Balls

The other way to use oils with laundry is in the dryer!

First off, make the switch from dryer sheets to natural, wool dryer balls.

We did and are never going back!

By adding these into the dryer, they help to mix up and separate your laundry (especially larger items like towels, sweatshirts and blankets) in order to help them dry faster and more evenly.

This ultimately saves energy and money over the long term.

Plus, the dryer balls are all natural and reusable for a long time! (and super affordable!)

You can also clip in a metal safety pin or two to help reduce any static on your clothes. 

Dryer balls also enable you to use essential oils in the dryer.


How To Use Wool Dryer Balls With Essential Oils

It’s super simple to use wool dryer balls and essential oils when drying clothes. 

Just add a few drops of essential oils to each dryer ball you are using. I usually use every dryer ball I can find at a given moment (between 3-6 per dryer load).

So if using 3 dryer balls, add 3 drops of oil to each (9 drops total in the dryer). 

Some people recommend adding the oils to the dryer balls, and placing into the dryer to sit while your clothes are still washing. The will help fill the dryer with the aroma ahead of time.

Add a few drops of lavender or purification to help remove and left over odors from clothing. 


Grab some all natural essential oil dryer balls here:

The Best Essential Oils To Use With Laundry

Best Essential Oil For Laundry

When adding oils to your load of laundry (along with your detergent), think of oils that are cleansing, uplifting and refreshing.

You can add a few drops of Thieves, Lemon, Lemongrass or Tea Tree along with your detergent for an extra burst of pleasant aroma and cleansing properties!

Best Essential Oils For Dryer Balls

Our favorite essential oils for dryer balls are lavender and Purification (from Young Living). They are so good at removing any left over odors and ensuring clothes come out feeling and smelling fresh.


Other great oils to try with wool dryer balls:

Tea Tree
Roman Chamomile

If you are looking for a stronger, longer lasting scent, try lemongrass or peppermint. Since you aren’t using a chemical fragrance, the scent won’t be nearly as heavy. That’s okay! Because you are all natural now 🙂

Finally, ‘Clean’ Laundry To Be Proud Of

It’s funny how the traditional way of ‘cleaning’ your clothes is far from clean. It’s toxic and unsafe!

By simply being intentional with your laundry, you rid your home of some of the most polluting substances and instantly increase your quality of life.

Do you have other ways of making laundry more enjoyable and healthy? Let me know on Instagram!


Make sure to grab some wool dryer balls to revamp your  laundry routine (super exciting, I know!). Or if you are interested in using Thieves detergent and are not currently a Young Living member, you can learn more about joining and ordering here!

Disclaimer: The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to be medical advice. Suggestions here are specific to Young Living and should not be combined with oils from other sources. Examples and experiences do not guarantee similar results. Read our full disclaimer here


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