How to Use Lemongrass Oil for Laundry

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Lemongrass is a mild smelling herb.
Lemongrass is a mild smelling herb. (Image: John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Lemongrass oil is an essential oil with a light, lemon fragrance. Like almost any essential oil, you can easily add lemongrass oil to the rinse cycle when washing laundry to give your clothes a clean citrus scent. Homeowners can also make their own liquid laundry detergent using lemongrass oil. Homemade laundry detergent allows you to control the chemical content and the fragrance additives, which is beneficial if you have allergies.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemongrass oil
  • Water
  • Soup pot
  • 2 cups unscented grated bar soap
  • Spoon
  • 5 gallon pail with lid
  • 2 cups borax
  • 2 cups washing soda

Adding Lemongrass Oil to Laundry

Throw in a load of laundry and set it to a regular wash cycle. Lift the lid of the washer when the rinse cycle begins.

Add 3 to 4 drops of lemongrass oil to the rinse cycle of your washer.

Close the washer lid to restart it. Do not use any fabric softeners or dryer sheets, which may mask the light fragrance.

Making Lemongrass Laundry Soap

Boil 1 quart of water on the stove in a soup pot. Add 2 cups of grated, non-scented bar soap. Use all natural, hypoallergenic soap if you have allergies. Put the heat to low and stir until the soap melts.

Pour the soap solution into a bucket. Pour in 2 cups borax and 2 cups of washing soda. Stir the mixture until everything incorporates, then add 2 gallons of clean water.

Wait for the soap mixture to cool completely. Pour in seven drops of lemongrass oil and stir it in. Use 1/4 cup of the laundry soap with each load.

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