I have this weird duality about me. I like shopping but I’m cheap. It is my father and mother both in me at the same time I suppose. So I don’t normally just shop, I bargain hunt.
And I do this absolutely ridiculous thing when I’m shopping where I won’t buy a thing I need because I don’t want to spend the money. And then I wind up going back out for it where I buy more stuff than I would have if I just got it when I needed it. It’s absolutely crazy of me and I get it, but even my last trip to the grocery store I was all, oh, hey now that chocolate cake mix is almost $5. I’m not doing that today.
So I go the next day and while I’m there decide I need new pencils and, ooh, is that a furry pillow? It is!
And for a while I was buying scent crystals for my laundry because they really, REALLY smell good. But after a while I realized that this smell good was really adding up since I change my sheets and wash my towels so frequently. So I quit doing it. Every once in a while I’d take the bottle off of the shelf and look at it and then I’d wind up putting it back. Maybe next time I’ll spend that $6 but not today, I’d think.
In one of these moments I noticed that the brand that I always got, because I think it was the most reasonably priced, was made from sodium chloride. Now I’m not scientist but I knew it sounded familiar. And it absolutely should…
noun – a colorless crystalline compound occurring naturally in seawater and halite; common salt.
Yep, that’s freaking SALT they are selling us. And no fancy salt… COMMON salt! The nerve!
So I’ve started making my own. It’s so, so cheap and it smells exactly as I want it to. And I can mix the scents up every few days. I can even make a special nighttime formula to help me sleep at night with sleepy-time scented sheets. And you can, too. And it might just blow your mind how easy this is…
For this project you will need:
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*edit* Quick number crunch per comment below:
I can purchase 8 pounds of epsom salt on my normal Walmart run for about $5.50. If you’re going to use essential oils anyway the cost of a set of for around $20 is a great buy at only $3.33 per ounce bottle and easily found on Amazon. You use 20-30 drops of oil and an ounce of oils has over 500 drops inside of it. If we consider using 30 drops per pound of salt, that still is $.90 per pound. The cheapest scent booster I can buy at Walmart is about $3.50 with tax for 18 ounces, or $3.11 per pound. That’s significant enough of savings for me :)
Grab your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil. I’m using freesia for this go. It’s floral and sweet and lovely.
Fill a jar or container about 3/4 full of epsom salts. Add a good 10-20 drops of essential oil.
And mix that business up. You, too, can be oh so professional by using a pair of scissors to mix your bidness up.
And that’s freaking it my friends. Isn’t that crazy?
I went ahead and dropped a little bit of gardenia to my salts to give the scent a fuller smell but it totally isn’t necessary. I also purchase insomnia blends of essential oils and they can make your sheets smell like the sweetest dream you ever had. That may be overselling it a bit but I believe in the power of the insomnia oil!
If you leave this stuff set on the shelf for a few weeks the scent will just keep getting stronger. Or so it seems to me. To use simply sprinkle some into the washing machine and refill your jar as soon as you’ve used it all up.
If I forget a load of laundry in the washer for a few days and it mildews line crazy I’ll dump a good cup of this in with the was and I very, very rarely have to wash them more than that single time! Hurrah for all lazy laundresses!
*** A few quick updates for things I didn’t address in the original post:
I use about 1/4 cup for a normal load of wash and I toss it right on top of the clothes. I have an older HE top loader. I don’t ever put it in the fabric softener dispenser. If a load has mildewed or is just really smelly I might use up to a full cup and somewhere in between the 1/4-full if it’s just a little bit stinky. I just eyeball it every time.
I’ve not had any problems with my machine though I cannot guarantee that it doesn’t cause problems. I had it serviced and was told that the only problem I had with it was electrical and that it was in fine shape otherwise. It’s a good several years old and I’ve been doing this for maybe 2 years now.