Why Essential Oils?
Adding essential oils to your laundry detergent is a great trade off to irritated skin from synthetic soap and overpriced laundry detergent. You can also add essential oils directly to your dryer balls to customize the aroma of your laundry. It’s important you don’t add essential oils directly to your wet laundry before putting it in the washer because the oils could damage your clothes. Essential oils dissipate in the dryer more quickly because of the heat than the washer, but by adding scent to your dryer balls you’ll get the most out of your oils.
How Should I Scent My Dryer Balls?
There are a couple ways you can scent your dryer balls. You can directly dab a few drops of oils (2-3 drops) onto your wool dryer balls and let them dry for an hour. If you want to speed up the drying process you can throw the wool dryer balls in your dryer on their own for fast results. Applying the oils directly on the dryer balls could stain the wool, so if you prefer to keep your wool balls looking new there is another method. To avoid staining the material you can add essential oils to a meat injector or a syringe and inject the oils into the center of the wool dryer balls.
How Often Should You Re-Scent Your Dryer Balls?
How frequently you re-scent your laundry all depends on your personal preference. If you prefer a stronger scent, then inject your dryer balls more often. On average, we recommend you re-scent your dryer balls every 4-5 loads. The strength of the essential oil you use also plays into how frequently you should re-scent your dryer balls.
What Essential Oil Recipes Should I Use for My Wool Dryer Balls?
- 2 drops of lavender
- 2 drops of lemon
- 2 drops of grapefruit
This is a great recipe for your basic laundry: tees, jeans, and work-out wear. Lavender is the most versatile of all the essential oils. It is calming and soothing on your skin, and smells fresh and clean. Lemon and grapefruit are best known for their cleansing and purifying agents. Their strong citrus fragrance tends to eliminate unpleasant odors and leaves a strong, clean aroma.
- 2 drops of orange
- 2 drops of lemon
- 2 drops of lime
Citrus oils helps the body stimulate the immune system and fight off infection. This recipe is great for your bath towels, kitchen towels, and other laundry used on your face and hands and close to cooking. Citrus also has a natural grease fighting element making this a great oil to use when fighting stains and odors.
Rest and Relaxation:
- 3 drops of Eucalyptus
- 2 drops of tea tree
Eucalyptus’ minty smell combined with tea tree oil makes this a perfect recipe perfect for a load of pajamas and sweats. Throw on your soft robe and sleepwear and enjoy the healing and soothing benefits from eucalyptus oils as you sleep. Eucalyptus is often used to help treat allergies and asthma and can help clear up your sinuses. Tea tree oils can also be used to treat coughs and bronchial congestion.
- 3 drops of pine
- 3 drops of cedar
Pine is often used to destress muscles and joints, and Cedar has a natural sedative component, making it a great oil to use for your sheets and bedding. You’ll be relaxed and asleep in no time. Cedar also can reduce skin irritations and cure acne, making your sheets haven for your skin.
Enhance your entire laundry experience with essential oils and Smart Sheep Dryer Balls today!