I stopped buying laundry softener ages ago. But I do still want my whites to be white, colours to stay bright and most importantly – for all the laundry to have a wonderful, fresh smell.
I’ve never been too fond of the smells available in laundry softeners: I’ve always found them too pungent and not my kind of scents anyway. I’m more into wood-y and forest-y smells – options that are rarely available.
If you are into making your own household products, you should also check my post about a DIY linen water.
Making this laundry booster is so easy and you can make heaps of it in one sitting. One large pot of 5kg lasts for ages and since it’s pure bicarbonate of soda, you can use it around the house for whatever cleaning task at hand: from improving the cleaning power of your laundry detergent to sprinkling it in the toilet bowl or using it to clean your sink or mixing it in with your floor cleaning solution. It’s multi-purpose and still makes your laundry smell great.
So let’s go!
What you’ll need:
- 5kg of bicarbonate of soda / Baking soda / Baking powder
- Large bunches of fresh herbs or, alternatively, essential oils
- A sieve
Basically, first you need a container to make your laundry booster in. I buy my bicarbonate of soda from Amazon and it comes in a handy 5kg pot in which I can mix it directly. I generally suggest you make a large batch rather than a small one, mostly because, while it’s easy to make, you have to wait for it to mature before it’s ready for use.
Get your selection of fresh herbs – I suggest basil, rosemary, thyme and such. Lemon balm smells wonderful, too. Or why not try some fresh peppermint? You can also mix and match these things, as your heart desires.
If you opt for essential oils: you can for example go with a classic, soothing lavender or something more elegant, such as cedar wood. I also love love love clove – it makes the laundry smell so good, it’s heavenly!
- Have your bicarbonate of soda ready in an appropriate container: a sturdy plastic bag or a plastic pot or a large jar. The latter need well sealing lids.
- Add the scents. If oils, just dribble them around the bicarbonate of soda and mix in well with a spatula or spoon. If you add fresh herbs, I suggest chopping them up a little in order for them to release more smell. You’ll have to sieve them out before using it.
- This is the only slightly annoying part of making this: you have to wait! I recommend something around 2-3 weeks, letting the mixture sit in a dark and relatively cool place. If you’re patient, 4 weeks will yield even better results.
- After the wait, sieve the contents. A metal sieve would probably be your best option. If you make a bigger batch like me, sieving it all will take some time. So, I sit on my bathroom floor, turn on Netflix and sieve away. It takes approximately two episodes of Modern Family.
- Add it to your washing! There’s no right way to do it. You can put it in the laundry ball with your detergent, you can put it straight in the machine or in the small drawer for your laundry detergent – there’s really no right way.