Washer and Dryer Sheets

by Andrea Butje on March 13, 2012

Essential oil washer and dryer sheetsI first discovered using essential oil washer and dryer sheets when a friend stayed at our house while we were away.

She used her own scented laundry detergent in the washing machine. When I got home and started to do my own laundry, the machine smelled like a synthetic chemical detergent. (I wondered if we could still be friends!)

It occurred to me to add some essential oil to a wash cloth and run the washer without any clothes. I added drops of Lemon and Siberian Fir essential oils to a wash cloth and ran the machine (I’ll never admit how many drops of essential oil I used). It worked!

I realized I could add a damp wash cloth with essential oils to the dryer as well, and now I use my essential oil washer and dryer sheets regularly when I do laundry.

Here are a few recipes I love!

Sweet Tart

5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
5 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Fresh Forest

5 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)
5 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
5 drops White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Lavender Flower

14 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)

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Jess Holmes August 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

What a great idea! I just got a new whirlpool washer, so I’m a little hesitant to put oils into it. You don’t think it could get stuck in the washer/stain clothes on the next cycle, do you?


Andrea Butje August 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I am not positive, maybe ask the company what they think about using dryer sheets?


Kc July 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I love this idea and have been using it for some of my essential oils that are ‘riding the edge’ of their shelf-life. Works great + makes me happy to conserve.


Charlene Will March 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Hi Andrea! Just a short message to tell you how much I enjoy your helpful tips on alternatives for cleaning. The dryer washcloths leave such a nice, fresh scent. Thank you so much for continuing to enhance our education!

Charlene Will


Andrea Butje March 31, 2012 at 6:57 am

Thanks Charlene,
I really appreciate your comment and am so glad you are enjoying the cleaning tips! 🙂


Lisa March 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

thanks andrea, i knew you could use e.o’s in the dryer, but wasnt sure how many drops or a good blend!


Doug March 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

What a great idea!!!

I can’t stand the smell of fabric softeners/dryer sheets – GROSS!!!


Tarena Jedrey March 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

I love this idea! I’m always looking for creative ways to use essential oils. Can’t wait to try it.


Karen Williams March 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Such simple great ideas. The fresh aroma of all 3 blends make me want to do laundry. Not to mention the therapeutic value!


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