DIY laundry booster crystals made from lemon and eucalyptus

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Today’s recipe will increase the efficacy of your detergent and help soften your clothes. This great DIY laundry booster costs very little and is easy to make. It leaves your clothes sparkling clean and with a divinely fresh fragrance, and all with only three ingredients! We strongly recommend that you use high quality essential oils. Sometimes, the labels can state that the oils are 100% pure (which is true), but some brands add perfumes and other substances, which means that the product isn’t as natural as you might think. Also ensure that you are not allergic to the essential oil(s) in question. 

What you need:

  • Epsom salts
  • 20 drops (or more) of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops (or more) of lemon essential oil
  • A large glass bottle (better again if it is recycled!)
  • A fairly narrow-necked funnel

What is great about this recipe is that you can vary the essential oils, and play around with different fragrances!


1) Fill the glass bottle to two thirds full with the Epsom salts. Use the funnel to avoid spills or having lumps in the mixture. Next pour the salt into a separate container.

2) Add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 10 drops of lemon essential oil.

3) Stir the salt mixture well and use the funnel to transfer it all to the bottle of Espom salts.

4) Fill the rest of the bottle with salt, leaving a little space so that you can shake it and mix the crystals around.

5) Add 10 more drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 5 more drops of lemon essential oil.

6) Close the bottle firmly and shake it for a good long time.

It is generally not necessary to add more essential oils, given that their fragrance spreads well in the salt, so adding more could add too strong an odour. It’s better to add too little than too much!

7) Sprinkle your clothes with the mixture before putting them in the machine.


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