How can I make my laundry smell good naturally? Glad you asked this question because I have some excellent tips and DIY remedies to prolong the freshness of your clothes.

This post is all about natural ways to make your laundry smell good after washing. I’m sharing natural solutions without toxic chemicals and irritants that can be harmful to the skin and health in the long run.

If you are here looking for “homemade laundry scent with crystals recipe” scroll down to number 5 or click on the table of contents.

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If Your Laundry Smells Bad After Washing …


Help my laundry stinks! No worries, keep reading to find great solutions to your problem.

The secret to great smelling laundry starts with your washing machine. It might seem obvious, but if you are not washing your clothes the right way your laundry is going to smell bad.


1. Use the right amount of detergent


If you find traces of detergent in your laundry is a sign that you are using too much. Sometimes we can get carried away and use too much detergent thinking that it will make the laundry cleaner or better smelling when in fact the opposite can occur. The same can be said for using too much softener. Go easy on both and if in doubt use less.

Also make sure that you are not using too little detergent for the amount of clothes you are washing. For best results follow the detergent’s washing guidelines.


2. Don’t overload the washing machine


Don’t be tempted to squeeze too many items in the washing machine. The clothes need space to move freely and the water and detergent need to be able to properly reach every fabric. Overloading the washing machine can result in the freshly laundered clothes being dirty, wrinkly and with bad smell.


3. Keep the washing machine clean


If you want to keep laundry from smelling bad is important to maintain the washing machine always clean. Make sure to regularly clean the soap drawer, the filter, inside the drum and the rubber around the drum.

Remove the soap dispenser and clean it with a sponge and warm soapy water. If is very dirty leave it to soak in warm water and add a splash of vinegar. Rinse and wipe out. If there is still some dirt left remove it with a toothbrush and rinse again.

Take out the filter and clean it with soap and water.

To clean the drum wipe it with a cloth dampened in water and vinegar and let it dry. Or wash it in a hot cycle with a cup of vinegar or baking soda.

Finally, take a damp cloth and wipe around the rubber seals of the machine, being careful to lift them away from the metal where possible to get any residue that’s hidden away. Wipe the surfaces of your machine, too.


To ventilate the washing machine and prevent the accumulation of bacteria leave the door open as often as you can.

If you do this every 6 to 8 washes your washing machine and your laundry will smell nice and fresh.

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4. Homemade laundry scent with essential oil


What you need:

  • White vinegar (1 cup)
  • Baking soda (1/2 cup)
  • Few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, rose and citrus are great choices)
  • Water (1 litre)

How to make it:

Mix the water and the vinegar. Carefully add the baking soda and remove well. Lastly add few drops of your chosen essential oil and remove again. Place one cup of the laundry scent on the washing machine and wash as usual.


5. Homemade laundry scent with crystals


How do you make laundry scent crystals? Here is a simple DIY recipe.

You will need:

  • Epsom salts or coarse sea salt (1 cup)
  • Baking soda (1/2 cup)
  • Essential oils of your choice (3 teaspoons)
  • Increase the amount of the essential oils to make the scent stronger

How to make it:

Add 2 teaspoons of the essential oils you enjoy most to the Epsom salts. My favorite are citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) and floral scents like chamomile, lavender, jasmine, geranium and rose. I have used chamomile and lemon essential oils for this one.

Remove really well, making sure the crystals are impregnated with the essential oils.

Now add the baking soda and remove again.

Transfer to a container with airtight seal.

DIY laundry scent with crystals and essential oils

How to use it:

Use it along with your usual detergent. Add 3 spoons inside the washing machine drum.

Adjust the amount to make a bigger or smaller batch.


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6. Smell hack


Pour 1 litre of water in a container and add a teaspoon of essential oil. Pick your favorite scents. Citrus, chamomile, lavender or bergamot will make your laundry smell amazing. Transfer to a spray bottle and shake well. Although essential oils shouldn’t stain clothes, if you want to be cautious, spray your items from the distance or even inside down. If you are unsure test it first with an old item. Wash as usual.


7. DIY laundry scent recipe


I have a handmade soap bar that smells AMAZING. So, to have the same scent on my clothes I grated the soap and use it instead of my usual detergent.

How I do it:

  • Grate soap bar
  • Place the grated soap in a heat resistant container
  • Pour double the amount of hot water (for 1 cup of soap add 2 cups of water)
  • Remove well
  • Wait until the soap dissolves and water cools
  • Add two spoons of baking soda
  • Remove again
  • Place it in a bottle or container
  • Shake the bottle or remove before each use

Even it looks like a smoothie or pumpkin soup it really is laundry soap. I used a handmade soap in the form of a pear my son gave me for mother’s day. Try it with your favorite natural soap.

You could add few drops of your favorite essential oil but this, of course, is optional. I don’t do it because I like the scent of the soap, but it can be done with an unscented soap bar.


8. Nice smell after ironing

Before ironing your clothes add a few drops of your preferred cologne to the water of the iron. You could also add rose water for a floral scent.


Clothes Not Smelling Fresh After Drying


If your clothes don’t smell as fresh as you would like after you wash them it could be due to several things:


9. Leaving washed laundry in washing machine


This happens to me sometimes when I’m busy and I forget to take the laundry out of the washing machine after it ends. It smells sour! And the longer you leave it in there the more awful the smell is. Remember to take the load as soon as it finishes BUT in case you forget and can’t stand the odor wash them again with a cup of white vinegar. YES! Vinegar again. What would we do without it?


10. Laundry is not completely dry


It could happen if you are in a hurry and don’t realise the clothes are still a tad damp. Make sure all your items are perfectly dried before you place them in their place.


11. Tough laundry smell


If you can’t get rid of bad odors in your laundry the best thing is to leave it soaking in a solution of white vinegar and water. Leave for 20 minutes and wash it again adding half cup of baking soda in the soap compartment.


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Over to you! What are your best tips to make laundry smell good naturally?