Lavender Dryer Bags

Naturally Freshen Laundry with Homemade Lavender Dryer Bags

Lavender dryer bags are a natural way to freshen laundry and a good use for dried lavender harvested from your garden. Lavender is a lightly floral but clean-smelling fragrance that adds a little lift to your laundry. Dryer bags can be filled with the dried flower buds and used many times over before needing to be replaced. Adding in a few essential oils will give your laundry a fresh and natural garden scent.How to make Natural Laundry Fresheners with Lavender Dryer Bags

Four years ago I swapped out chemical-laden dryer sheets for sachets of lavender and I’m so much happier with how my clothes feel and smell. Of course, the best option is to line-dry your laundry in the sunshine and let the garden perfume it that way. There is no better way to remove odors from laundry than to dry the fabric in the sun! Unfortunately, you can’t line dry outdoors all year in many places. In rainy Vancouver, I would have to wait for months for my clothes to dry. In those winter months, I turn to the dryer but bring some of the garden into the laundry room with me.

Lavender Dryer Bags

Lavender dryer bags are made simply from lavender scooped into small drawstring muslin bags like these. These bags are typically sold as bouquet garni bags for adding herbs to soups, stocks, or stews. If you don’t grow your own lavender, you can purchase it in bulk online.

When you have filled the bag with lavender, tie it tightly in a few knots and then wrap the string around the top and tie again. This will ensure that it will not come apart in the dryer. Toss a bag in with the laundry to add a light fragrance. Each dryer bag will last for ten loads in the dryer.How to make Natural Laundry Fresheners with Lavender Dryer Bags

To add more fragrance to your fabrics, you can also add a few drops of essential oils onto the muslin before each cycle in the dryer. Of course, you will want to add some lavender essential oil, but you can also add some cheery sweet orange essential oil, bright and earthy lemongrass essential oil, or deodorizing rosemary essential oil.

Lavender dryer bags will also make a great Handmade Holiday Gift! Present a set of 6  bags in a vintage jar wrapped with ribbon. The sealed jar will help keep the bags fresh when you store them in your laundry room.

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Sandie Anne
    Sandie AnneNovember 14,12

    What a great idea! I have these bags and lavender but I never thought to put them in the dryer. I am going to try it. I usually just leave them in my drawers. My grandmother made little lavender sachets edged in lace. So lavender is a good memory for me.

  2. Maxie Sykes
    Maxie SykesNovember 16,12

    Using lavender dryer bag is a great way to add the scent of lavender to your linens, sheets, and pillow cases.

  3. Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne
    Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnneNovember 18,12

    What a super idea! Why didn’t I ever think of this?!! Thanks for the lovely inspiration xox

  4. Sharishta
    SharishtaNovember 18,12

    What a great idea! This is a silly question, but where did you buy the lavender?

  5. Kate
    KateNovember 25,12

    Super cool but what kind of lavender do you use? Fresh, the kind in the bath aisle?

  6. Bonnie
    BonnieDecember 5,12

    Stopping by from the WOW party. I love lavender and those bags are so cute!

  7. Elise
    EliseJune 8,13

    I loved the idea and just got the bags. I have fresh lavender in my garden. Do I use only the flowers to fill the bags or do I use the leaves also. Do I use fresh lavender of dried? Thank you!!

  8. Diane
    DianeNovember 12,13

    What a gorgeous idea, my mother in law loves lavender so i can make these as a gift, ty

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  10. Stacey
    StaceyDecember 16,15

    I LOVE this idea! How much lavender did you use per bag, and/or, what size bag did you use? The bags your linked are 4×6 which seems quite large considering the amount of lavender flowers you would need to fill as pictured. Thank you!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 16,15

      Hi Stacey! yes, those are the bags I used although you can also get 3×5 ones. I just fill them up but I have a LOT of lavender growing in my garden and I harvest more than I can use every year.

  11. John
    JohnNovember 3,16

    This looks like a great idea! One of the things I’ve always worried with store bought dryer bags are the additives that take place in the dryer bag. I’m always worried it’ll ruin my clothes in the long run. I’ll try this out as I happen to have a bunch of essential oils lying around *and* some dried lavender that I bought as an impulse buy that I never ended up using. Thanks for the great post!

  12. Sharon
    SharonNovember 14,16

    You know, I always thought dryer bags had to be way more durable. This looks so effortless to make though.

  13. Michelle Leary
    Michelle LearyNovember 30,16

    This is a fantastic idea. As a cancer patient, I have to be careful when using certain products. I will be making me some of these. tfs

  14. Traycie
    TraycieJune 20,17

    During what part of the dryer cycle do we put the bags into the dryer? And how long should they be in there? Thank you.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJune 20,17

      Hi! I put them in when I add the laundry and leave them in the whole time.

  15. Meghan
    MeghanAugust 5,17

    Instead of double tying the drawstring, could I sew along the top to seal the lavender in?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 5,17

      Hi Meghan, absolutely! I reuse the bags after by refilling the lavender, which you could also do by unstitching them and sewing them back up. I really like this idea as the knots can be hard to get out.

      • Urte
        UrteNovember 13,17

        That’s a great idea. But I wonder how to spread the lavander odour to the sheets, etc. in case I do not use the mechanic dryer? Then the only way is lavander spray?

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