Learn how to make DIY Laundry Crystals scented with essential oils to use as an affordable natural fabric softener alternative.
One of the first things we ditched when be began our natural living journey was fabric softener. Not only is it full of all sorts of icky ingredients, but it can really clog up your washing machine too.
Have you read the ingredients in Downy Ultra?
Water, Diethyl ester dimethyl ammonium chloride, Fragrance, Calcium Chloride, Formic acid, Hydrochloric acid, Dye, Polydimethylsiloxane, Methylisothiazolinone/ Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Cationic polymer and Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate sodium salt
In addition, a lot of people have started using things like Purex Crystals to boost the scent of their laundry.
Much like fabric softeners, the ingredients in Purex Crystals leave much to be desired:
Sodium Chloride, Sodium Silicate, Fragrance, Silica, Propylene Glycol, Liquitint Blue, Liquitint Red St, 3-Methyl-4-(2,6,6-Trimethyl-2-Cyclohexene-1-YL)-3-Buten-2-One, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, D-Limonene, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool
What if I told you that you could replace both of these products with two simple ingredients – epsom salts and essential oils?
You can make your own DIY Laundry Crystals with a lovely scent using these two simple ingredients you may already have on hand. This combination works great as a natural fabric softener alternative and as a scent booster.
Epsom salts are essentially just salt, right? Salt is a great fabric softener and it has the added benefit of being a water softener too. We have extremely hard water where we live, so using these DIY laundry crystals is a huge benefit in getting our clothes cleaner and softer.
And I love that by making them myself, I can scent them however I like. Some of my favorites are lemon and peppermint, rosemary and spearmint or lavender and frankincense.
However, it’s not necessary to add essential oils if you really want to soften your laundry on a budget. The epsom salt alone with do the trick. The essential oils are really just for scent.
Best of all, you can literally make your own DIY Laundry Crystals in just two minutes. That’s all it takes to make your own natural fabric softener alternative.
How to Make Laundry Crystals
How to Make
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the essential oils to the epsom salts and stir until the essential oils are evenly distributed in the epsom salt.
- Transfer the mixture to a quart sized mason jar and store in your laundry room.
How to Use
- Add 1 tablespoon of your homemade Laundry Crystals to each load of laundry to soften your fabrics.