Thursday, November 5, 2015

Making Your Own Scent Booster and Wool Dryer Balls

A few months ago I decided to try making my own fabric softener.  I had seen it on Pinterest of course and it seemed simple enough.    All you need is some Epson salt and some nice smelling essential oils.  I went with Aura Cacia brand in Lavendar and Sweet Orange scents.  You can pick them up at several stores, like Mom's Organic, or just do what I did and grab them from Amazon:

Aura Cacia Lavender

Dolly Is Cooking has easy to follow instructions on exactly how to make the fabric softener. I recently purchased some Vanilla scent that I plan to use with my next batch.  I really like how it softens and scents the laundry and its so easy to make, it literally just takes a few minutes.

I also ordered some Wool Dryer Balls (Amazon again) and I have been scenting those with the essential oils as well. I am normally sensitive to scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets but I find that with the essential oils I do not seem to have any issue.  I do occasionally have a problem with static cling when using the dryer balls but its not with every load, just those items that are more prone to static.  And usually hanging them for a bit allows it to dissipate. Worst case scenario, Ill throw it in the dryer with a Bounce dryer sheet but I have rarely had to do that.  

Overall I really like using both the fabric softener and the dryer balls and plan to continue.  The scents are less harsh to sensitive skin, you only need to use a small amount and I do not have to buy dryer sheets every month.  The balls are still going strong after many, many uses and I just re-scent them about once a week.  I also leave two balls unscented for loads where I prefer no scent. 

More information on the dryer balls can be found here at the Paleo Mama , including how to make your own wool dryer balls. 

And here is a photo of my laundry tools... the fabric softener and dryer balls are in the middle ( I haven't labeled them yet but you know I will).