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Old Aug 18, '08, 8:08 am
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Default "Crunchy" Laundry Divas! How do you add essential oils to your wash?

Hey there! I know that y'all will have some good, tried and true methods for adding lavender or lemon essential oil to the wash. My questions:
-Do you add to the rinse cycle or just at the beginning with your detergent?

-How do you dilute it to add? With vinegar? Or just plain water?

-How much do you need per load?

I've been mostly hanging to dry this summer, so I was looking for ways of gently scenting without doing it in the dryer.

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Old Aug 18, '08, 8:22 am
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Default Re: "Crunchy" Laundry Divas! How do you add essential oils to your wash?

I've been using an old sock tossed in the wash with a few drops of lavender EO. I do the same in the dryer if it's a 'going in the dryer' load.

I just began using soap nuts which come with a little(I think cotton?) pouch to put them in, and it occurred to me I could just put the EO on that too.
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I've been using an old sock tossed in the wash with a few drops of lavender EO. I do the same in the dryer if it's a 'going in the dryer' load.

I just began using soap nuts which come with a little(I think cotton?) pouch to put them in, and it occurred to me I could just put the EO on that too.
Thanks! so you put that in when you add the clothes and soap, and the scent remains after clothes are dry? A few drops, like 5, or a few like 20?
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My dear, if your laundry is "crunchy", you are doing something wrong.
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My dear, if your laundry is "crunchy", you are doing something wrong.

Oh you think you're so funny!!!

Maybe I need more help than I thought at first!
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I use 1 cup of white vinegar with 10-15 drops of EO during the rinse cycle.
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I use 1 cup of white vinegar with 10-15 drops of EO during the rinse cycle.
ooo great! That sounds easy. What kinds of EO do you enjoy using in your family?
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Old Aug 18, '08, 11:21 am
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mmmk guys.... I just did a med size wash with the vinegar/EO rinse... I put in about 15 drops of lavender oil. And it was STRONG. the whole house is laden with the scent. Methinks it was a bit too much! I ran it through another rinse cycle with some baking soda to try and tone it down a bit.
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I use 1 cup of white vinegar with 10-15 drops of EO during the rinse cycle.
I use vinegar and EO too. My EO for sheets/pillowcases is lemon with tea tree oil. It has a nice fresh smell. For the rest of the wash I usually use sandalwood. I like lavendar, jasmin, vanilla or gardenia too but my husband finds them too feminine.
BTW, I put about 8-10 drops, sometimes even less. Otherwise I find the smell too strong.
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ooo great! That sounds easy. What kinds of EO do you enjoy using in your family?
Lemon, Tangerine and Lavender
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Sadly, I'm horrendously allergic to lemon-scent and a lot of its relatives. If I even get a drip of lemon-scent dishsoap on me, it instantly looks like a horrible whip-weal and flare, and could even escalate to worse, yeesh. On the other hand, I do use other organic oil scents, favoring resiny scents like myrrh a lot!

My favorite method would probably be to get your hands on some perfumer's alcohol (not so easy these days...the post office has gotten pretty insane about opening - and basically ruining - packages with liquids in them, especially even slightly volatile ones...but it can be done) and making a spray mist, for either ironing or just lightly misting the fabric. Works a treat, lasts well, and usually isn't too strong, although it'll take a try or two to get it just right.
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Thanks! so you put that in when you add the clothes and soap, and the scent remains after clothes are dry? A few drops, like 5, or a few like 20?
Yes. Exactly. Like maybe 5 drops or less. 2 if it's going in the dryer.
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As a young man, I know nothing of these things But I am curious, is the purpose just to make it smell good?
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