You can help your laundry “go green” along with the rest of your household by creating simple laundry products in your own kitchen. A simple laundry softener can be made from 1 part Borax and 2 parts Baking Soda, and can be scented with natural Essential Oils, or left unscented. Toss one or two tablespoons of this simple powder into your wash to help soften and fragrance your clothing and linens.
Certain Hydrosols make great Linen Waters too. Neroli Hydrosol, Lavandula Hydrsosol, or Rose Hydrosol can be used while ironing to add a touch of gentle, all natural fragrance to your clothing. Ironing with Hydrosol is best reserved for dark fabrics, but all fabrics should be tested with a little Hydrosol prior to use as Hydrosols can stain certain fabrics. Since Hydrosols can vary from batch to batch it is important to patch test your fabric every time to avoid accidental staining, even if you have used a particular type of Hydrosol for this purpose in the past.
Another easy way to scent your laundry with natural Essential Oils is with your dryer. Add just one drop of Essential Oil (Lavender is a great choice) to a cotton ball, and seal it inside a Muslin Bag. Toss the Muslin Bag into the dryer along with your wet laundry. The scent of the Essential Oil will quickly fill the Dryer with aroma, leaving just the right amount of scent on the laundry. Be careful to choose an Essential Oil that is safe for the entire family, and to never use more than one or two drops per load.