How to: Create a Signature Scent for Your Laundry with Essential Oils and Wool Dryer Balls
Dryer balls work in your laundry without essential oils, but many people find that adding a few drops of essential oils to your Wool Dryer Balls before your laundry goes in the dryer is a great way to give your clothing an uplifting scent, as well as making the laundry experience more fun. If you are anything like the Echoview staff, your clothes may go into the washer smelling of raw wool, dirt, dog, wood smoke or rabbit. While these natural fragrances are part of who we are, we also love walking into a room and bringing with us the scent of Lavender, Balsam Fur or Neroli Rose. We do this by dropping a few drops of essential oils onto our Wool Dryer Balls, letting them dry for a moment, then throwing them in the dryer with our clothes or linens.
Our favorite essential oils to add to our wool dryer balls are lavender, balsam fir, and eucalyptus. Since essential oils have different effects on our mood and health, we like to change up the essential oil based on what we are washing.
This oil is great for sheets, duvet covers, blankets, and pajamas. We love using this scent with these types of laundry because of the sheer bliss of slipping into a freshly made bed and letting that lavender scent carry you off into sleep.
This is a favorite for wash cloths, towels, and any other bathroom linens. It gives the distinct feeling that you have just spent the day in the spa, and tends to compliment most soaps and shampoos so that every shower feels like a luxury experience.
Both invigorating and calming at the same time, Balsam Fir is the perfect essential oil for every day clothes, gym clothes, and works well on bed linens too.
Before you toss the dryer balls into the dryer with your load of laundry, pick your essential oil and drop anywhere from 4 - 10 drops on each ball. You can pick different complementary scents for each ball, or just scent one ball per load. Stronger scents will last for a few cycles! If you accidentally add a little too much to one of your dryer balls, we suggest running that ball through a load with some towels or other fabrics that won't show if a little oil gets on them. You can also just leave the dryer ball out in the open air for a few hours to let the oil absorb deeper into the ball.
Organic essential oils can be found in grocery stores, health food stores, specialty shops, and online.