Did you know you can make your own scented laundry crystals? And it is easier than you think! It takes 2 ingredients and about 2 minutes – and you’re done! Seriously!
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As I said in a previous post, laundry was one household chore I’ve never minded. What I do mind is the cost of the items you had to have in order to DO laundry. That’s when the frugalista kicks in and I try to find ways to make it cheaper. I have noticed, though, as I’m sure you have, we seem to have about 10 times the amount of items to choose from than what our grandparents and great-grandparents used to do their laundry.
I remember my mom telling me that when she and my dad were married in the 1940s, and set up housekeeping, the house where they were living had no indoor plumbing (my dad had to install it!). She shared how, when she had my oldest brother, she had to do the laundry, including cloth diapers, with an old wringer washer someone had given them. She has said several times the choices were easier since she only had a few! She said, “I think I liked it better then even though it was harder work, since there were fewer choices to make.” I tend to agree with her!
But – I will admit – even though I agree with the simplicity aspect of how laundry was done years ago, I do like my laundry to be scented and sweet-smelling. So, as any thrifty frugalista would do, I started trying to figure out a way to make my own laundry ingredients. One of my first experiments was dryer sheets, and it works well. I knew then I could make more!
When the laundry crystals first arrived on the scene, I used coupons to purchase them cheap (and in some cases, FREE!). So, in true confession time, I admit I purchased them and tried them. And – also a true confession – I loved them! But, when my free and cheap access dried up, I no longer liked them as well!
I knew there had to be a way to make them inexpensively and I decided to find an easy way (have you noticed that “easy” is always my first priority? LOL) When I found this recipe, I couldn’t believe it could be so easy. I think if you try this one time, you’ll never go back to purchasing laundry crystals again.
CRAZY EASY LAUNDRY CRYSTALS
You will need:
- 3 cups Epsom salts
- Essential oils – scents of your choice
- Container to hold your new creation
Find a container that you want to use for your laundry crystals. I used Tupperware because I have a cabinet full and usually have an empty one not being used – such as this one in the dryer sheets post! However, use whatever you have – anything will work well – an empty canister, a dollar store container, or you can get fancy and use this.
Put 3 cups of Epsom salts into the container. Be sure you break up any clumps – as you can see my salts were extremely clumpy in these pictures!
Choose whatever essential oils you like. I’ve stated that I prefer citrus smells of lemon and lime and such. You can choose anything you want. My sister-in-law loves lavender and vanilla. For this demonstration, I chose tangerine oil (so you could see the orange against the white) and vanilla oil – I love adding vanilla to anything.
Some recipes will tell you to add 15 or 30 drops or several tablespoons. What I say is – add in essential oils until you like the smell. The very first time I made this years ago, I tried to follow the recipe, and didn’t really smell the oils at all. The next time, I did it my way (thanks Mr. Sinatra!) and loved it. So – you do it your way, where the laundry crystals have the amount of scent level you like.
Stir it up well. Use your hands if you want (of course, be warned, you will smell pleasantly like your essential oil choice for the rest of the day!). Just stir and add oils until you’re happy with the end result.
That’s it – you’re done! Drop in a tablespoon measure you aren’t currently using (as you can see, Tupperware to the rescue again!), pop on the lid and BAM – that’s it.
The next time you do your laundry, as the water is filling the washer, drop in a tablespoon or two of these magic crystals. It make time some experimentation to determine the correct amount that you like. Once you have it down, your laundry will be amazingly soft, and smell terrific.
The wonderful thing about this is that Epsom salts are not that expensive and you can make MANY containers of crystals from one bag. In our area, the average price of Downy Unstoppables is about $8. When I did make a purchase of these to try them, it lasted about a week. So, in a scenario such as that, you would save about $400. Not tons – but enough to help with debt, gas or a vacation.
I do want to throw in this thought as well. At my local Walgreen’s, and even our local grocery store, Food Lion, they sell pre-scented Epsom salts – the most common I’ve seen is lavender. If you check out this link, you will see a eucalyptus and spearmint scented Epsom salts, as well as lavender scented salts. If you don’t have time to make your own version, you could buy these pre-scented Epsom salts and still save money.
Let me know what you think about this – and absolutely I want to know if you try it and what you think! Do you have a different way you make this? Do you have something you make you want to share? Let me know below in the comments.
Until next time