Fresh Laundry

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I have been using homemade detergent for close to a year now.  I love the way it cleans, the price, and the fact that it last forever.  What I don't love - the smell - or lack thereof.    I have tried to add essential oils to the detergent with no luck.  It smells nice for about two days and then...nothing.  I considered buying dryer sheets and adding a nice fresh laundry scent that way, but our dryer repair man said they damage the drum.  So I resigned myself to having fresh, clean, odorless clothing.  Until today!  I was changing a load and thought why can't I make my own dryer sheet, of sorts?  It wouldn't have fabric softeners in it so it shouldn't damage the drum. So I took an old cloth nursing pad (I'm sure any absorbent piece of cloth would do), put a couple drops of essential oil on it, and threw it into the dryer.  When the load was finished, I opened the door, and a beautiful bouquet of loveliness entered my nostrils!  Success!!  The nursing pad was still strongly scented so I threw it into a second load.  It worked just a great the second time.  Now if I can just remember to wear deodorant every day, I could smell good all the time!


  1. Yay! I've been using flannel squares and a little conditioner, which also takes care of the static cling. It is so nice to have pleasant aromas around...

  2. Ooh good thought. I figure I'm the last one in the world to figure this out, but am still pleased just the same!

  3. You should share your "recipe" for homemade laundry detergent!!

  4. What a great idea! I've been thinking of trying homemade detergent and would love to try your recipe.

  5. Hmmmm, that might be worth a try! I need to see your recipe as well. I got Tide with Febreze for a really good price a couple weeks ago and am seriously addicted to the wonderful scent ... but if there's another way ...

  6. Hi Jeni,
    I plan to try your laundry detergent this weekend. I've made my own before but this is a little different. It may work better in our hard water.
    I've also been using a homemade deodorant for a while and really like it. I mix it together, place into a one cup jar, and put a lid on top. Yep, I use my fingers to rub a little on each morning but it washes off easily and it works GREAT.
    1/4 cup baking soda
    1/4 cup corn starch
    5 - 6 tablespoons coconut oil
    (I also add 5 drops of tea tree oil just because I was having a reaction to store bought deodorant and needed to get that cleared up.)

  7. I love homemade deodorant (weird statement, I know)! I think we use the same recipe, except I use lavender instead of tea tree oil, and I just scoop into an old container. I have to keep it in the fridge so it doesn't get to soft. In the summer it's nice and refreshing, but in the winter - yowza!!