Essential Oils, How To, Tips and Tricks

Switch Up Your Laundry Routine with Essential Oils

A few months ago, we switched up our laundry routine and started using products with non-toxic ingredients and combining them with essential oils. After doing some research, I realized that there are a lot of not so great things in your typical laundry detergent–even the unscented kind and some of those labeled “green” (and don’t even get me started on dryer sheets).

One quote that stuck out to me specifically while researching: “Why does your laundry have to smell clean for you to think it’s clean?” The answer to this question is marketing, in short. Think about before we had washing machines and dryers–people would hand wash and line dry. Their clothes didn’t smell like “Spring Meadows” or “Aloha”.

Non Toxic Laundry Routine

Which brings me to our current laundry routine. We use non-toxic Thieves Laundry Soap. It’s a plant-based formula that “gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without any chemical or synthetic residue.” It doesn’t have a strong smell–kind of like a light citrus-y smell. It’s ultra concentrated so it lasts forever. We started using our first bottle on October 1, 2017 and still have a little bit left. It’s February 5th people. I just ordered our second bottle, but have yet to crack it open yet! It’s lasted 5 MONTHS! Now, I’m only doing laundry for two, but one bottle typically will wash around 64 loads.

Thieves Laundry Soap cleans just as well as other leading detergents, but without the chemicals! You can use it in all washers, including high-efficiency–which is what we have!

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When it comes to adding a little bit of scent to the wash I made this In-Wash Scent Booster & Fabric Softener (adapted from Fun Easy Recipes with your Starter Kit by Chelsea Bruno + Dana Ripepe):


  • 15 drops of Purification Essential Oil
  • 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 cups of Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda
  • Large Glass Container

Mix all ingredients together in glass container. Add up to 1/2 cup into every load you wash! We use a tablespoon or two in each wash and it works just fine. Also, this recipe is easy to double or tripe depending on the size of your glass jar.

I mentioned before that dryer sheets are also pretty awful for you. They never list their ingredients and it makes you wonder why, ya know? I switched to dryer balls because of it. I have a pack of six and throw them in with a few drops of my favorite essential oil of the week with each load! (Currently, that combination is Rosemary, Purification, and Lavender)

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  • Noelle Lynne

    LOVE LOVE this! Thank you for sharing, I am always looking for more natural ways to do my laundry that are non toxic and ethical!

  • shootingstarsmag

    What a cool idea. I’ve never really thought about how laundry doesn’t NEED to smell good to actually be clean.


  • Yay for new essential oil ideas! My goal for 2018 is to slowly switch out all of our products for non toxic alternatives. I really like your scent booster recipe. I like clean smelling laundry even if it doesn’t need to be! Since I switched out our detergent, I get a headache when I smell other people’s! Even though I used to use the same kind.

  • I need to do this! I keep talking about removing all of these toxic products from my life and just need to take the plunge and actually do it.

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    Your recipe sounds great. I’ve never seen either the Thieves laundry soup or the Woolzies. Will have to keep an eye out and see if they’re available here in Canada.

  • Dryer balls are also supposed to help your clothes dry faster! I love putting essential oils on mine too!

  • Krystin

    Oh I want to try this! I love that there’s no chemicals in this! Definitely giving this a go!

  • Thrive

    Love this! I am just getting into essential oils, so I’m pinning this for later!

  • Neely

    I have heard amazing things about this!

  • I want to try this! I have sensitive skin so sometimes using certain laundry detergents makes it hard on my skin.

  • Ooooo this looks amazing. Another DIY to add to my list – I’m still a complete newbie with essential oils.

  • Victoria Harris

    This is so brilliant! I keep forgetting that there’s so much you can do with essential oils.

  • omgggg i loveeee this!!! I am totally switching to thieves on a separate note! I’ve been looking for a chemical free all natural detergent! and totally going to add some oils to the mix! thank you!!

  • cewtypye

    Could I use say Eucalyptus spearmint for the scents?? I am new to this but willing to give it a try!

  • We switched to Norwex detergent and love it. A bag lasts about 6 months which is just amazing and I then Switched to dryer balls too. So much better!

  • Chelsea Leinenbach Adams

    This is such a great idea, I have never thought to add oils to my laundry! Now I am looking forward to doing a load tomorrow!

  • I’ve been meaning to use essentials oils with dryer balls! I really need to pick up some dryer balls, soon! I have used a wet wash cloth with oils, but I think the dryer balls will work much better!

  • I really want to try this! I love essential oils, and the idea of using less chemicals is definitely a good one! xx