How to Add Essential Oils to Dryer Balls

Transform ordinary laundry into a luxurious aromatherapy experience with essential oil-infused wool dryer balls. Just apply a few drops of a pure, high-quality essential oil right onto the wool. The heat will disperse the oil, infusing your clothes with delightful fragrance.

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Is it safe to use essential oils?

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How much to use?

Safe essential oils for dryer balls

Make life easy when you buy our essential oil spray for wool dryer balls. A few spritzes before drying infuses vibrant lemon, orange, or relaxing lavender essence into laundry. Transform an everyday chore into a mini aromatherapy ritual.

Essential Oil Scenting Spray

Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils on Wool Dryer Balls?

We get it, you want the amazing benefits of essential oils but don't want to damage your wool dryer balls. Totally understandable! The good news is that wool and essential oils make an incredible team.

As a natural fiber, wool gently absorbs those potent essential oil compounds, distributing the aromas evenly across your laundry. The wool's porous structure is ideal for dispersing the oils safely and effectively.

Here are some great ways to use essential oils with wool dryer balls:


  1. Add just 2-3 drops of 100% pure, high-quality essential oil directly onto each dryer ball. Less is more here!
  2. For even easier aromatherapy, use our essential oil spray designed specifically for wool dryer balls. Just a few spritzes infuses the wool with scent.
  3. Toss the infused wool balls into the dryer. The heat will activate and evenly distribute the oils.

So go ahead, give your wool dryer balls an aromatic boost with your favorite essential oils or our convenient essential oil spray. Not only is it safe, but it transforms laundry from a chore into a luxurious aromatherapy ritual. Your clothes will smell incredible and your mind will feel calmer and more refreshed. What's not to love?

How to Scent Dryer Balls With Essential Oils

Ready to infuse wool dryer balls with essential oil aromas? Here's how:

  1. Choose a light, floral essential oil - citrus and herbals work great.
  2. Add 2-3 drops directly onto each ball. Less is more to start!
  3. Optional: Mist our convenient essential oil spray over balls.
  4. Toss infused balls into the dryer. Now comes timing...

You can choose to add essential oils at the start of the drying cycle, or at the end. Each has its advantages.

Start of Drying Cycle


  • Light, fresh scent - the aroma gradually builds through the cycle
  • Uses fewer oil drops (2 per ball) so lighter scenting
  • Oils distribute deeply and evenly into fabrics


  • Scent may not last as long after cycle finishes
  • Need more patience for aroma to build

End of Drying Cycle


  • Strong, intense fragrance - great for maximizing scent
  • Uses more oil (4-5 drops per ball) for bolder aroma
  • Gets an immediate scent payoff from the oils


  • Heavy oils may not penetrate fabrics as deeply
  • Scent may fade faster since oils sit only on surface


So decide when you add the infused balls based on your scent preferences: light and gradual or bold and immediate! Either way, you'll enjoy freshly scented laundry.

Tips for Using Essential Oils in Laundry

  • Let the wool dryer balls fully absorb the oil for 1-2 minutes after adding drops before putting in the dryer. This helps the wool evenly distribute the scent.
  • Add the essential oils to balls in a well-ventilated area or outside to avoid overpowering indoor air. The oils are concentrated.
  • Store unused infused wool balls in a sealed container or bag. This will help retain the aroma between laundry cycles.
  • Consider using fewer essential oil drops if drying large loads; the scent may become overwhelming on more fabrics.
  • For best results, use wool dryer balls that are specifically designed to absorb and distribute essential oils safely. Look for quality materials.
  • Spot test with stain-prone fabrics like silks or delicates when using a new essential oil. Better safe than sorry!
  • Rotate between a few favorite essential oil scents to keep things interesting and avoid olfactory fatigue.
  • Be mindful of using too much oil on the balls, as this can lead to oil stains on clothes or an overpowering scent.

How to Scent Dryer Balls Without Essential Oils

We understand essential oils aren't for everyone. Although we think they're amazing, we want you to enjoy a laundry routine that works for you! Here are some effective, natural scenting options.

Herbal Sachets

These pouches filled with dried lavender, rose, and chamomile release subtle, soothing scents when activated by the dryer's warmth. Making your own homemade dryer sachets is easy too!

Fabric Sprays

Combine distilled water, natural emulsifiers, and your preferred essential oil blend. Lightly mist laundry before drying for a homemade subtle scent. 

Don’t have time to make your own spray? Don’t worry, you can use ours. Our Essential Oil Anti-Static Scenting Spray is available in lavender, lemon, or orange scents, and it works super well. 

Essential Oil Scenting Spray

Scented Dryer Sheets

We can't deny that dryer sheets are attractive for their ease of use and instant burst of fragrance from synthetic perfumes. But they have notable downsides:

  • Single use means ongoing waste with each laundry load
  • Mask odors but don't eliminate the root cause
  • Fragrances often contain irritating or allergy-triggering chemicals
  • They coat fibers so fabrics lose their soft natural feel
  • Not eco-friendly at all compared to reusable options like wool dryer balls

While scented sheets provide short-term scent satisfaction, consider their ongoing costs. Essential oils or reusable wool dryer balls are better choices for fresh eco-friendly laundry. But ultimately, finding what makes you and your nose happy is what matters!

If you prefer not to add essential oils to laundry (but hey, why would you do that? ), here are some less-awesome ways to add scent to your laundry or dryer balls.

Herbal Sachets

Herbal sachets are a natural and aromatic way to infuse delightful scents into your laundry. These sachets are typically filled with dried herbs that have soothing and refreshing fragrances, such as lavender, rose petals, or chamomile. 

The dryer's gentle heat activates the herbs, releasing their enticing aromas. Herbal sachets add a subtle scent to your laundry while also providing a sense of relaxation and serenity. Your clothes become infused with the subtle essence of nature as they tumble, creating a truly refreshing and rejuvenating laundry experience. 

You can also make homemade dryer sachets by securing small pieces of breathable fabric with a string or rubber band. Fill them with scented materials such as dried flowers, citrus peels, or aromatic spices.

DIY Fabric Sprays

Make your own scented laundry sprays by combining distilled water and a few drops of essential oil. In a spray bottle, combine the ingredients and lightly mist your dryer balls or directly spray onto your fabrics before tossing them in the dryer. The fragrance is released as the dryer heat activates the spray.

Don’t have time to make your own spray? Don’t worry, you can use ours. Our Essential Oil Anti-Static Scenting Spray is available in lavender, lemon, or orange scents, and it works super well. 

Scented Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets have long been a household staple due to their ease of use, ability to reduce static cling, and pleasant scent they impart to laundry. They do, however, have their own set of drawbacks. First, they are single-use, resulting in waste with each load of laundry. Second, they frequently contain synthetic fragrances and chemicals that can irritate people with sensitive skin or allergies.

Wool dryer balls like those from Smart Sheep are a far more awesome and eco-friendly option. Made from 100% natural wool, these dryer balls are reusable for up to a thousand loads, significantly reducing waste. They naturally soften fabric, reduce static, and shorten drying times, saving energy. 

How Much Essential Oil Should I Add to Wool Dryer Balls?

Remember: It doesn't take a lot of essential oil to make a big impact.

Begin with 2-3 drops of essential oil per dryer ball. This should give your laundry a light, fresh scent. You can add up to 5-6 drops for a stronger aroma, but be careful not to overdo it.

If you want to make things super easy on yourself, buy our essential oil spray, spritz a little on your wool dryer balls, and toss them in. Easy as that.

Safe Essential Oils for Dryer Balls

Want your laundry scented with the power of essential oils? It's important to be selective when you choose essential oils. Not every oil plays nicely in the dryer. Here are our top fabric-safe picks.

  • Lavender essential oil is a calming and versatile oil that is ideal for fabric softeners and perfumes.
  • Lemon oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties that make it a great addition to laundry detergents.
  • Tea tree oil is an antiseptic powerhouse that can fight germs and viruses in laundry and natural cleaners.
  • Peppermint essential oil has natural antibacterial properties that can boost the fresh scent in the laundry.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural germ fighter with a clean scent that can aid in centering the mind and helping with focus.
  • Jasmine essential oil is believed to have antiviral, antibiotic, and antifungal properties that make it effective for fighting illness. 
  • Orange essential oil has a cheerful and stimulating scent that makes it easier to be productive
  • Rose essential oil has a light, floral scent that can encourage feelings of overall wellness.
  • Bergamot has a refreshing floral citrus scent that makes it perfect for making your clothes smell nice.
  • Rosemary has a rich, spicy scent and antimicrobial properties that can boost immunity.
  • Chamomile essential oil has a delicate, calming scent that can be used on its own or combined with citrus oils for an uplifting fragrance.

Best Essential Oils Blends for Laundry

If you thought there were a lot of essential oils for laundry, there are exponentially more ways to combine them for an infinity of fragrance profiles. Here are a few interesting essential oil blends:

  • Fresh and Clean. Combine equal parts of lavender, lemon, and rosemary for a scent that's bright, clean, and slightly floral.
  • Sweet Dreams. Lavender and chamomile are a dreamy combination that can help bring calm and relaxation to your bedtime linens.
  • Citrus Burst. Combine grapefruit, lemon, and bergamot for a zesty, energizing fragrance. It's like a refreshing citrus smoothie for your clothes!
  • Forest Retreat. Combine essential oils of pine, frankincense, and cedarwood to create a grounding, earthy scent reminiscent of a peaceful walk in the woods.
  • Floral Bliss. Combine geranium, jasmine, and ylang-ylang for a lush, romantic scent that's a floral lover's dream.

See our complete guide to essential oil recipes for even more suggestions!

Essential Oils FAQ

How many drops of essential oil to put on the dryer ball?

2-3 drops of essential oil should be enough to freshen your clean laundry. If you want to get a stronger aroma, add 5-6 drops, but make sure not to overdo it. 

How do you add scent to dryer balls?

Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to wool dryer balls before throwing them in the dryer. Once the fragrance is dry, throw the dryer ball in with your clothes and run a dry cycle as you normally would.

How long do essential oils last on wool dryer balls?

Essential oils can last for a long time on wool dryer balls. With high-quality wool and pure essential oils, you can expect the aroma to last for many weeks or even months! Over time, the intensity will gradually mellow. When you notice the scent becoming lighter, simply "recharge" your wool balls with 1-2 refreshed drops of your favorite essential oil.

Is it safe to put essential oil on wool dryer balls?

Yes, it is safe to put essential oils onto wool dryer balls. Wool is a natural and porous material that can absorb and distribute essential oils effectively.

What oils do you use for dryer balls?

Some popular essential oils for dryer balls include lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, sweet orange, ylang ylang, peppermint, and tea tree oil. These oils not only add a pleasant fragrance to your laundry but also offer potential benefits such as relaxation, freshening, or antimicrobial properties. 

Are essential oils flammable?

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that contain volatile compounds. While essential oils are generally not considered highly flammable on their own, some may have varying flash points and can be flammable under certain conditions. It is important to handle essential oils with care and follow safety precautions. Keep essential oils away from open flames, sparks, or high heat sources.

How often do you scent dryer balls?

You can scent your dryer balls before each use, or you can add essential oils every few loads or as needed. 

Are fragrance oils safe to use with wool dryer balls?

Fragrance oils are not recommended for use with wool balls. Wool is a natural fiber that can absorb and retain oils, and fragrance oils typically contain synthetic components that may not be suitable for direct contact with fabrics. Additionally, fragrance oils can leave residue on the dryer balls, which may transfer to your clothes and potentially cause staining or skin irritation.

What are the best carrier oils for essential oils?

The best carrier oils for essential oils include:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Argan oil

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