How to Use Essential Oils in a Washing Machine

Those who keep their nostrils flared for all the good scents in life will have already explored the world of essential oils. There’s nothing better than strategically placing diffusers all around the house and burning our favorite essential oils for that bit of extra added harmony and a whiff of nature’s best aromas.

A lot of essential oils have medicinal properties and have been used for centuries to treat various emotional and physical ailments. Lavender has long been the go-to plant and oil for sleepless night and anxiety, whereas Bergamot is known to support the urinary system.

Essential oils have a whole host of uses and, naturally, they have also found their way into our household and cleaning products. Tea tree, lemon, rosemary and cinnamon leaf oils are popular contenders in the cleaning category, not only for their refreshing scents but their antibacterial and insect-repelling properties.

Lemon, Lavender & Jasmine: Laundry Essentials

When it comes to our laundry, the scent is of great importance. Our clothes should not only feel fresh, but they should also smell the part too, and there’s no better way to achieve that than to add natural scents to our choice of eco-friendly laundry detergent.

The choice of essential oil to add to your laundry is entirely up to personal preferences. However, the most popular laundry scents are undoubtedly lemon, lavender and jasmine – they guarantee the scent of spring on our clothes and a spring in our step. Nothing beats the smell of fresh laundry, especially those washed with essential oils.

Washing Machine Essentials

Whichever scent it is that tickles your nostrils, these magical drops should become a washing-machine-essential in your home. Seeing as most natural laundry detergents – including soap nuts – are mostly unscented, essential oils offer the best, eco-conscious method to keep you feeling, and your clothes smelling, fresh.

The best way to use essential oils in a washing machine is to add them directly to your detergent, soap nuts or to dilute them in a bit of water and add them to the fabric softener compartment before you start the cycle.

Another way your clothes will come out smelling like a breath of spring, is by making your own fabric softener. Add 20 to 30 drops of your preferred essential oil to around 3, 5 liters of white vinegar and give it a good shake. Use one cup of this mixture for a full load.

A word of warning here: if your clothes are going to go in the dryer, be sure to wash them at 40 C, to ensure the oils are broken down properly. Oil residues could increase the risk of fire in your dryer.

Sweetly Scented Dreams & Meditations

If you’re prone to restless nights or insomnia or are generally trying to implement new habits with calming effects into your daily routine, this new laundry habit could have positive effects. As already mentioned above, many essential oils have relaxing properties that could greatly improve your sleep and overall well-being.

Washing your bedding, sleepwear and yoga mat with certain essential oils could positively influence your anxiety and negative energy levels. Valerian extract, frankincense, sandalwood and jasmine are all known to increase sleep efficiency.

Laundry Room Vibes

No one really likes what the laundry room implies, but we all love how it smells, provided we’re using beautiful, natural fragrances. Always emitting a warm temperature and a scent of cleanliness, there’s no reason why your laundry room should be a place of dread.

It could just as easily become a place for household meditations – provided the scent of essential oils is filling the air.

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