Custom Scented Laundry

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My discovery of custom scented laundry – how did I ever live without it?

1.  Essential oils for your laundry
If you are like me, I like to use fragrance free laundry detergent.  It’s better for skin and environment, and not so overwhelming with fragrance.
But a light fragrance would be nice for laundry, don’t you think?
That’s why I use essential oils in the rinse cycle.  It works well with three or four drops put right into the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine, or added to the rinse cycle. This is great for clothes that you will be line drying, since the fragrance will come during the washing, not the drying.
This I find is a SUCCESS.
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Sweet orange smells great!
 But you could use whichever one you like.
2.  Add fragrance to your dryer.
Recently I’ve read that you can add essential oil drops to a clean cloth and toss in the dryer with laundry.  This is especially good for towels and sheets that you probably won’t be line drying.
I tried this for a load of bed sheets. I didn’t get the same result as I did when I added the oil to the rinse cycle.
For me, this is a FAIL.
3.  Baking soda for fresh smelling towels.
Do your towels sometimes smell sour?  Do you find wet towels on the floor that your kids or husband left behind?  No need to worry.  Just add baking soda along with your soap in the washing machine. I put about a 1/3 of a cup in there, and the towels always come out smelling fresh and clean.
You could use any fragrance you love – lemon, lavender, sage.  Or mix it together for lemon/sage, or just about anything. The Sweet Orange I used you can buy here.

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