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Homemade Laundry Scent Boosters

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Use this non-toxic homemade laundry scent booster with only 3 ingredients the next time you do laundry! Help to help soften towels and make your laundry smell amazing.

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Homemade Laundry Scent Boosters

To begin with, let me say this homemade laundry scent boosters DIY is meant for anyone who likes to avoid store-bought laundry products. There are various reasons for this, from allergens to avoidance of chemicals you can't pronounce! This scent booster does use Rock Salt, baking soda, and essential oils. It only takes three ingredients which you may have on hand already, so don't be intimidated by the idea of making your own laundry scent boosters!

If you already use your own homemade laundry detergent, this Scent Booster is a must try!

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Using DIY Laundry Products

I have several DIY's on the blog for homemade laundry products. I love the Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent just because it's easy to use and smells great. We also have an older recipe for a powdered laundry detergent.

You may decide you could use a scent booster if you're using your own DIY laundry products and the laundry is extra smelly. For instance, summer sports wear and workout clothes, those gross gym socks, and of course beach towels. Those may end up on the ground a few times before they make it to the washer!

For towels and sheets that are stored for the most part I do like to add an extra level of freshness! These Homemade Laundry Scent Boosters are a great addition for those laundry loads now and then.

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Safety Note: Keep in mind, we say “non-toxic” to mean there aren't a bunch of commercial chemicals added. These ingredients should always be kept away from children and pets, and stored in a childproof container if you have children in the home. Label properly and lock those cabinets! Don't assume smaller kids can't get to the laundry cabinet. ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Make Your Own Laundry Scent Booster

Rock Salt seems to be the cheaper option rather than using Epsom or Kosher Salts. You can get a 4lb box for only $1.48 at Walmart, so if you're trying to make this as frugal as possible, go for Rock Salt. You will also use 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and 30-40 drops of essential oils. I use Young Living which you can find more about here.

That's it! I recommend using a glass container if possible, to keep the essential oils from being absorbed into the container (this could happen with plastic).

Fun Scents to Use:

  • Lavender
  • 20 Drops of Orange & 10 Drops of Rosemary
  • Peace and Calming
  • 20 Drops of Lemon and 10 Drops of Orange
  • Theives
Yield: About 1/2 lb.

Homemade Laundry Scent Boosters

Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

Add this Laundry Scent Booster to your towels and sheets for additional fresh scent!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Under $10


  • 4 lb Bag Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 40 Drops Essential Oil of choice


  • 1/2 Gallon or 1 Gallon Large Glass Jar with Lid.
  • Scoop (Optional)


Mix the salt, baking soda, and essential oils in a large glass jar. Use a long wooden spoon or whisk to mix well until the baking soda is evenly distributed in the salt.

Cover the glass jar and secure in a child-proof cabinet.

To use: Scoop a small amount of your laundry scent booster out and add to your laundry loads. Add to washer prior to adding laundry to ensure it dissolves completely.

If the mixture gets too hard to scoop, stir with a wooden spoon and break up chunks. Shelf life is about a year but if you live in a humid climate, we would recommend you make smaller batches and use within 1-2 months.


You can find labels on Amazon to ensure the Laundry Scent Boosters aren't mistaken for another laundry product. Or, use a sharpie to mark your glass jar with contents!

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See More from Consumer Queen Here:

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