Lavender Laundry Sponges

Lavender Laundry Sponges

Don’t you just love the comforting, clean, and relaxing smell of lavender? Lavender laundry sponges are reusable lavender scented fabric softeners. Just pop them in the dryer and your clothes come out soft and smelling lovely! Today’s DIY craft is not only fun to make, it will help you save money in your laundry room. This project will cost about $5.00 and we have lots of fabric softener left. I can’t wait to show you how to make these… (plus I have a free printable for you!)…

DIY Lavender Laundry Sponges

For this craft, you will need:
(I purchased everything from the $1 store)

  • Small plastic tub with lid
  • Sponges without scrubbing pads (I got 3 packs of 3)
  • Water
  • Liquid lavender fabric softener
  • Lavender Laundry Sponges printable (CLICK HERE TO PRINT)
  • Scissors – depending on the size of your plastic container

Earlier this month we visited Europe. I noticed that in both France and Italy, lavender was kind of a big deal. I’ve always loved lavender (particularly French lavender), and it was so beautiful to see it all over the place. It was used in handmade soap, linen sprays, perfumes, oils, and even incorporated into food.

Dried lavender in France

Of course, my favorite place to see it was in Tuscany. Here’s me during our time in Tuscany. We had just come from Florence on our Royal Princess Cruise in the Mediterranean Sea. What a beautiful day it was!

Taking pictures in Tuscany

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the gorgeous buildings and rolling hills. Tuscany looks just like it does in the movies. I wonder what was behind this beautiful blue door?

Beautiful Blue Door in Tuscany

I was so in love with all of the lavender growing in Italy and the lavender used in products at a Farmer’s Market in France, that I decided to make something of my own. You will love these Lavender Laundry Sponges too!


  1. Cut the sponges according to the size of your container.

how to make dryer sponges

2. Combine about 2 cups of water with about 2 cups of liquid lavender fabric softener (use more or less depending on the size of your plastic container).

3.  Gently mix the solution with the sponges and close the container. Eventually, the sponges will absorb the mixture.

DIY Lavender Laundry Sponges

4. To use a lavender laundry sponge, pull a sponge out of the mixture and squeeze out the excess. Place the wet sponge in the dryer with wet clothes, and the fabric softener will do the rest! It uses a smaller amount of liquid fabric softener than if you were to dump a cap full into the wash cycle.

Add the pretty Lavender Laundry Sponge printable to the side using double sided tape. So cute!

DIY Lavender Laundry Sponges

5. When the laundry is dry, replace the sponge into the plastic container with the mixture! Reuse the sponge until all of the mixture is gone. You’ll have a lot of liquid fabric softener left to make a whole new batch.

Your laundry room and your clothes will smell of gentle lavender … and you will be saving a couple of dollars along the way!

Here are some other DIY tutorials you might like:

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We had an ice cold bottle of champagne waiting in our room after our day in Tuscany. What more could you hope for on a cruise?

Want to see the things we did on our Mediterranean cruise? Visit Princess Cruises here and explore the sailing options they have this year!

Royal Princess Cruise to the Mediterranean

To see more about our trip, check out my DIY Chocolate Face Mask inspired by the Lotus Spa on the ship.

DIY Argan Oil Chocolate Mask - instant smoothing and nourishing results!

Sponsored by Princess Cruises

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  1. Love this idea.

  2. Thank u so nice to find things that can be a delight to use when it’s a chore such as laundry on social security
    U look for very frugal ways to throw some extra into your day. U have made my day !! We will all smell lovely (smile)

  3. Geraldine Leach says:

    Excellent idea. I do my own fabric softener, but the sponges and plastic container is brillant. Open to more ideas.

  4. I own a lavender farm and am going to post this fun idea this weekend. I’ll put your link to this page! Super fun:)

  5. Kimberly says:

    I wish the dollar store was open right now! I can’t wait to hit my local store first thing in the morning to try this in my laundry this weekend. Thank you!

  6. Jean M. vollman says:

    I have done this for years the only difference is I cut my sponges into 4 squares and put every thing in a plastic jar. This works great.

  7. The plastic container looks like it was once a dishwasher pod that was used. It would save from buying one.

  8. Lavander123 says:

    thank you so much for making these ideas freely available to all of us! God bless you!

  9. Where do you get lavender softner?

    • verb8mgrl says:

      Downey has a lavendar and vanilla version that is my fav. It’s more expensive, but this DIY will definitely save some money.

  10. Bonnie Cantrell says:

    I would love to see an all natural way to do this! I’m trying to stop using chemical fresheners!

    • Try adding a few drops of essential oils. You get the same amazing scent without the synthetics.

    • I’m going to tweak this idea by soaking rags in a solution of vinegar/essential oils. I’ll probably use lavendar for bedsheets and maybe something like vanilla or sweet orange for everything else.

      • For anyone interested, vinegar is a natural fabric softener. Works in the wash/ rinse as well as in the dryer =)

  11. Where did you find your container? I love it and can’t find one anywhere. We have a dollar tree but that’s it. Thanks!

  12. I’m going to give this a try using an old diaper wipe container!

  13. Such a great idea, I love the smell of lavender!