Herbal Carpet Freshener
2 c of Baking Soda
1 1/4 c of Lavender powder
3/4 c of Lemon Balm powder
1/8 c Neem powder
First, grind your herbs in a grinder or buy powdered herb.
Next, I add the dried powdered herbs and baking soda to a blender and pulse to blend and break up clumps and grind any parts the coffee grinder missed.
Then add to a shaker top bottle and shake onto carpet. I like to work in with a broom before vacuuming up.
Lavender: (Lavandula augustifolia) Repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes. Lavender has been used for centuries to add a pleasantly sweet fragrance to homes and clothes drawers. Although people love the smell of lavender, mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects hate it. ~ Mother Nature Network. Often grown for its delightful fragrance and petite purple flowers. It is traditionally used ground or in dried bunches to add its pleasant aroma to everything from baked goods to chests of drawers. Lavender is perfect for ornamental planting around doors and under windows, not only for its appearance and scent but also for its insect-repelling qualities. Lavender repels fleas, moths, and mosquitoes in addition to flies. ~ Natural Living Ideas. Neem is known to act on various insects in the following ways: *Disrupting or inhibiting the development of eggs, larvae, or pupae *Blocking the molting of larvae or nymphs *Disrupting mating and sexual communication *Repelling larvae and adults *Deterring females from laying eggs *Sterilizing adults *Poisoning larvae and adults *Deterring feeding *Blocking the ability to "swallow" (that is, reducing the motility of the gut) *Sending metamorphosis awry at various stages *Inhibiting the formation of chitin ~Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems; Effects on Insects. Lemon Balm: Repels mosquitoes. ~ Mother Nature Network. Please note: Use your own discretion when using. Examples are: light colored carpeting, known/unknown allergies, or effects on pregnant women, babies and/or children, and household pets.