Essential Oil Sachets

Before vacation, some part of me decided I needed to wash all of my clothes. Every. Single. Thing. Don’t ask – even I have no explanation for my radical behavior. Load after load, I began to realize the reason for the heap of clothes on my floor… I had no more room in my dresser or closet for clothes. I don’t ever remember having so much… As ashamed as I am to admit, I’ve always been one of those people who had a closet, dresser and floor full of clothes, yet had “nothing” to wear. I hadn’t worn half of my clothes in over a year (thank you, freshman fifteen) and decided that I needed to purge some things. While going through my closet and dresser, I found a few scent sachets. I thought I hit the jackpot (I mean, who doesn’t want their clothes to smell delightful all of the time?), only to find out that they don’t have a scent anymore.

Now stick with me here. I promise this mind-numbing story has a positive outcome.

Here I am, with two “problems” and a ton of creative juice flowing. Problem #1: I have piles of clothes to get rid of, some that aren’t in good enough condition to give away because of stains or holes. Problem #2: my clothes are boring and scentless thanks to unreliable scent sachets (this one may be less of a problem and more of an excuse to get crafty).

Here comes the thing we’ve all been waiting for… the solution. A cheap, easy way to make an endless supply of your own customizable scent sachets. Almost everything you need can be found in your home!

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  • Fabric (any scrap fabric, old t-shirts, etc.)
  • Rice
  • Your favorite essential oil
  • Thread & needle (or sewing machine if ya have one)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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Lay your fabric flat. Grab your ruler and scissors and cut a rectangle that’s 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. The edges do NOT have to be perfectly straight.

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Fold your rectangle in half, making sure that the patterned side (or the side you want to see when you’re all done) is on the inside.

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Sew two of the three open sides. Gently flip the square right side out, so that the patterned side (or the side you want to see in the end) is now on the outside.

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Measure out a ¼ cup of rice into a small bowl and add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. I used Simply Earth’s lavender essential oil. Mix the rice/essential oil mixture.

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Gently spoon the scented rice into the sachet. Sew the remaining side closed.

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And there you have it! With little time and effort, you managed to reduce waste and make something that will leave your clothes smelling fresh!

Let me know what scents you decide to use!



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  1. Wow! love this idea! This is great for when I’m packing up my winter clothing to keep it smelling good when you’re taking it back out! Also for suitcases! repinned this one! Thanks

  2. Oooh I love this. So creative and I can use some of those scent baggies. I resorted to putting lavender dryer sheets in my closet, but this would work so much better. Time to get creative!!!

  3. Too bad I didn’t see this before I purged my closet and drawers! I think I might have one or two tees that I could use to make these sachets. What fun and how easy. Not sure what scent I would use.

  4. I’d add one to each drawer at home. I know they sell these at stores but a different scent for different articles of clothing would be great. lavendar for intimates, fresh and floral for summer clothes and something rich for the winter sweaters

  5. Such a great idea! I love rice sachets because they can be used in so many different ways. I wouldn’t have thought about making them out of old clothing though.

  6. I think it’s nice to be able to do something like this. No chemicals or anything just pure essential oil. Love the idea!

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