These 10 Laundry-Scented Candles Are So Fresh and So Clean

updated May 31, 2023
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I don’t know about you, but I hate doing laundry. I always have, and I predict I always will. The only thing I loathe more than laundry is washing dishes. Thankfully, my apartment has a dishwasher, and I have not one, not two, but three laundromats nearby where I can drop off my soiled clothes. While I’m at it, I might as well just go ahead and confess that even gathering up my dirty clothes is more of a chore than I’d like it to be (cue up here the visual of me going from room to room with my laundry bag, filling it up with my garments).

Yup, laundry day is a drag. However, once I’m unpacking that fresh laundry from the bag, my frown gets turned all the way upside down, and I can’t stop smiling as I take my sweet time putting away my clean clothes. The scent is so inviting, I just can’t get enough! Thankfully, now I don’t have to wait until my laundry is done to enjoy this downright intoxicating scent, since several candle companies have developed their very own candles reminiscent of laundry day.

Because sharing is caring, we’ve listed some of our favorite laundry-scented candles, along with the scoop on what they smell like and why we love them. So keep reading, and get ready to fill your home with the pleasant aroma of fresh laundry (without having to wash a thing).

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If you want to enjoy that “so fresh and so clean” scent without the labor of doing actual laundry, this hand-poured soy candle won’t disappoint. Not only is this candle eco-friendly, paraben free, and vegan, but it also comes in several other enticing scents like White Jasmine & Green Tea, Wild Lemongrass, and Vanilla Oak to soothe your senses.

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Anecdote Candles

This candle is a bit on the pricey side, but it also boasts right on its label why it's worth every penny. Named “Laundry Day,” it's made up of a coconut-and-soy wax and scented with lily and white musk. It burns for 40-50 hours and “smells like a week of folding,” according to the brand. If you think that aroma sounds heavenly, you'll be impressed to know that the brand has seven other enticing scents.

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Yankee Candle
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Did you know that candles have notes, just like a fine wine or luxury perfume? I can't help but love the idea of a candle that conjures up the smell of Clean Cotton. Loaded with essential oils, this candle offers bergamot as one of its top notes (aka initial fragrances), rose and lily of the valley as its mid- or main scents, and cedar with musk as its base (aka final notes).

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With its sleek and modern black and white packaging, this little candle seems too pretty and perfect to burn. If you can imagine “the aroma of freshly laundered linens billowing in a summer breeze against a backdrop of delicate blooms,” then you know exactly what to expect from this candle. But just as seeing is believing, smelling is selling, and I have a feeling that once you get a good whiff, you’ll be ordering lots more.

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With up to 80 hours of use time, this candle is made to burn baby, burn. The scent is described as “the smell of fresh linen, clean air, and new beginnings." Not only is this candle lovely, it also comes in a jar that conjures up beloved home and family memories (or invites you to make some very special new ones).

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Lavender, cedarwood, citrus, and amber come together to create the pleasing smell of Washed Linen. This candle also comes in a soothing, blue-tinted glass that calls the ocean into your consciousness. Can't get enough of this intoxicating scent? It's also available as a dishwashing liquid and a hand wash.

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This petite candle comes in a Scandi-inspired concrete container that you can surely repurpose once the candle’s wax is all used up. Transition from indulging your sense of smell to engaging your sense of sight by using it as a mini planter. Just place your favorite small succulent into the pot and transform it into a whole new incarnation of home decor.

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If you remember days of hanging wet laundry out on a line and miss the fresh, crisp smell of clothes dried outside, you’ll like this lavender-scented duo. Made from soy as well as vegetable wax, you don’t have to worry about what to do with the glass containers once you’re done with these candles. They're reusable, so you can give them as gifts or get a set for yourself — and feel good about what you’re doing for the planet either way.

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If you’re a fan of the frosted glass look, you’re going to love this Chesapeake Bay candle that sources ingredients from all over the world to create its signature clean linen scent. With a simple yet statement-making twine hook on the lid, you may be tempted to preserve this pretty candle for as long as you can. But, don’t; the sandalwood, musk, and white amber oils deserve to be burned and enjoyed.

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Bath & Body Works

This candle stands out from the pack because of its three wicks. More wicks mean more heat to release the aromatic goodness. One satisfied customer wrote, “You know the laundry aisle and how even though it’s 20 different brands it’s the best smell in the world. Yup, this it.” Got it? Good!