Peppermint Steamer Blend for Floors

March 16, 2014 34 Comments

Peppermint Steamer Blend for Floors

 

Welcome to Springtime and creepy crawlies waking up in your house! We're battling ants right now, in the bathroom of all places. They like the bits of coconut oil that fall on the floor when I'm trying to moisturize with cold, crumbly coconut oil and, a dead moth under my bathroom cabinet yuck!! I have a weapon though, it's clean, green and smells like heaven: Peppermint essential oil {that's not really oily at all}. Several years ago I invested in a floor steamer, have you seen these? If you have tile or linoleum floors you'll LOVE this time saving, deep cleaning appliance. Steam sanitizing dissolves sticky messes but best of all, it requires NO chemicals! Europeans have been privy to this planet friendly method of home keeping for decades, the U.S. is just catching on. Note: Using essential oils in a steamer can etch the plastic water tank from the inside so if you love the look of the clear sheen, steer away from adding essential oils to your steamer.

Back to the business of home keeping and keeping bugs at bay... In case you didn't know this, pure Peppermint essential oil is a natural nightmare to pests like ants, spiders and mice. Isn't that great?! Put away the toxic pest control and bring pure essential oils into your home. I'm telling you, they can be every bit as effective without the harmful effects of chemical laden pest control. Peppermint essential oil won't kill pests, but it will repel them. Please note: If you don't have a floor steamer (yet), adapt the recipe to a large spray bottle. Spray one area at a time with Peppermint Steamer Blend and mop, moving on the next area until finished.
 

Peppermint Steamer Blend for Floors

Clean your floors and repel ants, spiders and mice at the same time!

Ingredients

  • 15 drops of pure Peppermint essential oil (pure is non-oily)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap or 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • {dish soap or white vinegar will emulsify the essential oil in the water}
  • Instructions
    1. Floor Steamer: Fill water tank to the water line.
    2. Shake gently to blend.
    3. Adapt for 1 quart spray bottle application by doubling the essential oil and soap or white vinegar.

     




    34 Responses

    Andrea
    Andrea

    June 09, 2017

    You can put drops directly on the steamer pad, or spray the pad if you put the EO in a small bottle to avoid voiding your warranty on a steam mop. I adore bergamot this way.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I don’t think I would risk it with wood. I have steamed my would flooring however and according to the steamer manufacturer it’s a safe practice but the vinegar or soap in the blend makes me hesitate to say yes.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I would try a test section first and let them decide. It won’t hurt them it’s whether or not they’ll like the aroma :)

    Katherine
    Katherine

    May 10, 2017

    Love the idea. I almost cannot wait until the pests decide to crawl right on in…

    Dawn
    Dawn

    May 10, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! I love both yours and your sister’s sites. I am new to the world of EOs and am now experimenting and beginning to use many of your recommendations. I look forward to trying this one too. Do you know if this is also okay to use on wood floors?

    Judy
    Judy

    May 10, 2017

    I would love to do this but I have two dachshunds. Will they hate my floors also? That is their territory!

    Mary
    Mary

    May 10, 2017

    Hi,
    I’ve become a regular customer at Spark Naturals since I started reading your and Jillee’s blogs :) I’ve tried just dripping peppermint EO on the floor in my bathroom before steaming the floor. Boy, did it smell wonderful in there! I love your recipe for putting the EO in the tank with the water. I’ll mix up a batch for the whole house. Thanks.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Sure is!

    Brandi
    Brandi

    May 10, 2017

    Love all your tips!
    Is this safe for wood laminate flooring?
    Thanks!
    Brandi

    Grannie_4_7
    Grannie_4_7

    May 10, 2017

    In Florida, the pests never stop their onslaught. I can’t wait to try this!

    We have some spiders that I’m going to introduce to this TODAY! Go Away Spray sounds great!

    Any idea if it discourages fleas? Mid summer they can be a problem.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    If it were a citrus EO I would say definitely not. Peppermint may be ok but, I would suggest you clean a test area first and watch how your cat reacts. This is a personal decision however, I know many people that use (pure) EOs safely with a cat in the house. Use extreme caution with citrus EOs though, these are toxic to cats.

    Nicole
    Nicole

    May 10, 2017

    I have a cat. Is this safe to use around them or should I not risk it?

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Yes, on occasion. I don’t add EOs every time but for a deep clean, deodorizer or pest control I do :)

    I bought mine 3 yrs ago on QVC, 5 easy payments! Haha

    Jill
    Jill

    May 10, 2017

    So you can put essential oils in a stream mop. Do you mind sharing what steam mop you use and where to get it?

    France
    France

    May 10, 2017

    Just did this last night! No bugs but prevention is good :) and it smells clean!

    I was trying to go to the post here: https://campwander.com/2012/10/6-roller-bottle-blends-for-easy/ and it says the page is not available. Where has this post gone to?

    Thanks :)

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Gabo, I don’t add EOs and a tiny bit of soap every time I steam my floors, only on the occasions that I need a little something extra :)

    Gabi
    Gabi

    May 10, 2017

    I am planning to buy a steam mop but the one I like does not say anything about adding detergent or other stuff to the water reservoir. They actually say nothing is needed for cleaning but that is not the same as “do not use any soap or cleaning agent”. Is yours specifically allowing this? I’m thinking maybe it is not a big deal but I don’t want to damage the machine by using additives.

    Thanks.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    If you only add to water, without an emulsifier, the essential oil will sit on top of the water in the steamers water reservoir. You’ll need the emulsifier for best performance :)

    alise
    alise

    May 10, 2017

    So because the vinegar or soap emulsifies the EO it’s ok in the steam cleaner? You are saying not to put the oil with only water? Thanks!

    Sarah
    Sarah

    May 10, 2017

    I have a Shark steam mop. I don’t put anything but distilled water in the tank, but I do put several drop of essential oil on the cleaning pad itself. That way I don’t have to worry about adding emulsifiers to the tank. It smells wonderful while cleaning and for a few hours afterward. Also, I love the new look of the blog!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    I’ve been buying droppers from www.aromatools.com, they carry droppers that fit 15ml and 5ml bottles.

    alise
    alise

    May 10, 2017

    Ok, I had to reread it. You’re saying the oil will leave marks in the plastic water tank so if want the take to look clean and clear don’t use them. I wasn’t completely understanding. I thought you were warning against using EOs because they can damage the tank and then telling us all about using EOs. It’s only the aesthetic value that is diminished. The machine’s effectiveness isn’t bothered. Ok. I was just confused. :) Thanks!

    Kendra Davidson
    Kendra Davidson

    May 10, 2017

    I am going to try this!! Where do you get the dropper tops for your bottles? i tried mixing your croupy formula for my little one and ended up with a mess when I tried to pour it straight from the bottle.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    It’s certainly worth a try, and a good idea :)

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Not weird at all! Every time I walk into my bathroom I breathe in Peppermint…ahhhhh I love it too :)

    J. Campbell
    J. Campbell

    May 10, 2017

    Is it weird that this got me motivated to clean almost all of the floors in my house?? After I saw this post on pinterest this morning, I steam mopped the kitchen, dining room, hallways and bathrooms. Then I replaced the Pine-sol in my Rubbermaid Reveal mop with a bit of water, vinegar & peppermint oil and cleaned the laminate floors in my office, and THEN I mixed some peppermint oil with baking soda and sprinkled it all over the carpet in my living room, let it sit for a few, and vacuumed it up! My house smells great, thanks! :)

    Sarah
    Sarah

    May 10, 2017

    Great idea! I have a shark and have been told via the instructions AND a fried with experience, to never put anything other than water in the tank. Do you think this would work to just put the oil/vinegar mixture on the floor pad?

    A.Marie
    A.Marie

    May 10, 2017

    Oh my gosh….I just used this on my floor today but I used equal parts of eucalyptus and peppermint oil. My house smells AWESOME!!!

    jen
    jen

    May 10, 2017

    I have a shark steam mop and have been using lavender oil (about 10 drops) right in the canister and have NEVER had a problem! :) I want to switch it up and try peppermint oil… I’m doing it now.. Midnight.. Haha can’t wait. Thanks for all the tips!!! :). Although I’m not brave enough to put dish soap in the canister.. If someone else has a shark steam, and has done this, how much have you used with how much EO? Thanks!!

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    It’s definitely a “use at your own risk” if your manual states specifically NOT to use EOs. In my experience, steaming on occasion with a few drops of EOs in the water hasn’t been a problem.

    Anne
    Anne

    May 10, 2017

    Hi! I am so excited to try this! However, my steam mop specifically says to not add anything to it but water. I want to try your recipe anyway but am a little hesitant. Thoughts?

    Kelly McNamara
    Kelly McNamara

    May 10, 2017

    I was afraid that the EO’s could damage the inside of the machine…so I mix this up in a SPRAY BOTTLE and spray each section, and THEN use the steam mop. That way, the EO’s are never inside the machine and can’t break down any plastic pieces over time.

    tiffany douglas
    tiffany douglas

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Sarah,

    I have owned 2 sharks and the first one i lived by the directions. it still died. But i loved it. so i purchased a 2nd shark and I have used different homemade floor cleaners in it with no issues (almost 2yrs now). I always premix-nothing too sudzy or foamy. or i have also made the product and soaked the floor pads in the solution. i have had great sucess with both options and it always smells amazing!
    I am now fighting with the allmightly ant colony that lives to defy me! so this is on my list of things to try!
    Good Luck

    Thanks Rebecca!!!
    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Midnight is the perfect time to mop! Now go get some sleep -

    Leave a comment

    Comments will be approved before showing up.

    Save 20% thru Monday on our summer products & FREE 1 ounce All Purpose Salve with orders of 49.95!