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Peppermint Steamer Blend for Floors

March 16, 201434 Comments

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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.

I can't tell you how great your kitchen and bathrooms will smell after you clean them with this blend!  You'll smile as you breathe in clean air rather than toxic bug spray. Truly, this is such a time saver!  Clean floors with natural bug repelling properties is a winner in my book. Okay, now the question bears asking:  How can I keep the repelling benefits of Peppermint fresh for a few days?

Peppermint

I call these, Peppermint Patties...

Drip 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil on simple cosmetic puffs or cotton balls and place strategically in the house.  Keep away from cats, they have a harder time assimilating pure essential oils and can be toxic to our feline friends.  Make sure they're out of reach of crawling toddlers too, they'll be attracted to the smell. Cotton puffs or balls could be a choking hazard. Of course, you can change the essential oil in the blend to anything you so desire!  If you're not dealing with ants, spiders or mice use Lavender or Patchouli. Oh my!

 

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34 Comments
Andrea

Jun 09, 2017 at 06:50pm

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

May 10, 2017 at 11:37am

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

May 10, 2017 at 11:37am

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

May 10, 2017 at 11:37am

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

Dawn

May 10, 2017 at 11:37am

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?

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