How To Use a Laundry Scent Booster

If you’re looking to perfect your laundry routine, look no further than a laundry scent booster.

With the ability to give your clothes that “just-washed” smell long after they leave the drier, this product just might change the way you think about laundry. In this guide, we’ll take you through exactly how to use a laundry scent booster to infuse your clothes with an extra boost of fragrance.

What Are Scent Boosters?

Specially formulated to make your clothes smell even better than usual, laundry scent boosters are usually beads or crystals that dissolve in your washing machine. Just like laundry detergent, the more scent boosters you add to a load, the more fragrant it will be. With fragrances from essential oils like eucalyptus and vanilla bean, these cleaning products can add an extra layer of scent to your clothes. 

Why Should You Try Scent Boosters?

Sometimes, you might wash your clothes, bedding, and towels just to get that delicious, fresh-out-of-the-machine scent… and not necessarily because they’re actually dirty or soiled. If that sounds like you, we’re right there with you.

But unfortunately, the more you wash your items, the sooner they’ll wear out. 

This is where scent boosters come in handy — they can extend the clean fresh scent of laundry than normal liquid laundry detergent can. This way, your items smell fresher longer, which means you might be able to extend the time between wash cycles and customize the fragrance of your laundry more specifically. 

If you can manage to squeeze a few more days out of your garments with scent boosters, you’re saving time, giving them a longer life, and doing something good for the environment. If that sounds like a win, win, win, it’s because it is.

How Do You Use Laundry Scent Boosters?

Now that you know a little bit more about what scent boosters are, it’s time to take a look at how you can use them. This section will provide you with a step-by-step guide for incorporating laundry scent boosters into your washing routine. 

1. Sort Your Laundry

Before you reach for any products, you need to sort your laundry. It’s important to sort your laundry before washing to avoid the darker items staining the lighter items. You can start sorting your laundry by tossing all of the darks, lights, and colors in their own pile. 

In the dark pile, put any black, navy, dark gray, or deep red clothing. On the other end of the spectrum, your light pile should include any white, beige, or cream clothing. Anything else you have to wash should go in the colors pile (think clothes that are orange, green, pink, or purple). 

For clothes that are patterned or feature a design with many colors, do a quick blot test. Drop a little bit of water on the garment and quickly blot the water away with a paper towel. If none of the color bleeds, then you can wash it with the colors or lights. 

Now, you’re almost done sorting, but before you bring everything to the machine, take out any really dirty items. We’re taking spills, stains, and smells — items in this category should be washed alone. 

Also, take a minute to consider the fabrics of the items you’re watching. Delicate fabrics should be separated from coarser fabrics, and don’t forget to check out the care labels to make sure there’s nothing that came with special washing instructions.

2. Load Your Washing Machine

Once you’ve sorted everything, it’s time to load your washing machine. Before you toss your items in, make sure to check all your pockets to ensure they’re empty. Nothing ruins a load of laundry faster than an exploded pen or sweet treat that snuck its way in. 

For any dark items (think dark wash jeans) or items with decals, turn them inside out before they go in the washer. If you have any garments that are especially soiled inside the neck or sleeves, you can also turn them inside out. 

3. Choose Your Wash Cycle

As soon as your clothes are sorted and your machine is loaded, it’s time to choose your wash cycle. Luckily, most washing machines are preprogrammed, which means once you choose the type of cycle you want, it will automatically determine the water temperature and spin speed. Generally speaking, the dirtier and more durable an item is, the longer and hotter your cycle should be.

4. Add Detergent and Scent Boosters

You’re finally ready to add laundry detergent and scent boosters to your machine and get your cycle started. Make sure to take your time measuring your detergent. Without enough detergent, your clothes might not get sufficiently cleaned and smell a little musty. If you put too much detergent, your clothes might come out slightly filmy and sticky. 

If you’re using Snif liquid scent boosters, use the following instructions:

  1. Fill the cap: We recommend starting with 1 cap of Scent Booster per load. Use more or less depending on your preferred scent strength.
  2. Pour booster into the fabric softener tray: After adding detergent to your laundry, add the Scent Booster to the fabric softener tray of your washing machine.
  3. Wash and dry your items: Our Scent Boosters are designed to deliver fragrance through wash and dry cycles at any level.

5. Run the Cycle

The time has finally come to run the cycle. Start your machine and step away, but don’t go too far! It’s important to take your clothes out of the machine once it is done to avoid them getting a damp smell while they wait in the washer. 

Are Fabric Softener and Scent Boosters the Same Thing?

Although they're both popular laundry add-ons, it’s important to keep in mind that fabric softener and scent boosters are not the same thing. Fabric softener comes as a liquid, powder, or dryer sheet and works like a conditioner for your clothing. It may remove a wrinkle or two and leave your clothes softer than usual. However, fabric softener can also sometimes leave an unpleasant film on your clothes if too much is used.

It’s also important to keep in mind that not all fabric softeners are suitable for all types of fabric. They sometimes contain harsh chemicals that can be irritating to sensitive skin, so it’s important to read the ingredient list carefully before you start using fabric softener. 

Where fabric softener is used to make clothes softer and wrinkle-free, scent boosters give your clothes a longer-lasting fragrance. Scent boosters are safe for all types of fabric, and they generally tend to be safe for all skin types. 

Get That Freshly-Washed Scent

To make the most out of laundry day and extend the life of your garments, consider using Sniflaundry scent boosters. This revolutionary product will give every load a five-star rating and leave your clothes smelling better for longer.


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