My life is soooooo much better since finding the original recipe for this, and then tweaking it to perfection. I use this on the floors, beds, chairs, couches, dogs, and in the commodes, and quite frankly, it’s (mostly) stopped my life from being a stinky nightmare. Dunno where I first found the recipe because it’d be great to prop out whoever posted it.
Here’s my take on non-toxic homemade air freshener and bug relocator:
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda https://amzn.to/3qBDpdk
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup Mint Rubbing Alcohol https://amzn.to/3rCZjhC
- Distilled Water https://amzn.to/38rA5LC
- Start with an open, cleaned, and dried bottle
- Add baking soda and alcohol
- Gently swish it around
- Add distilled water to about 3/4″ from where the top meets the bottle
- Close and mix well
To use, spray that 💩 everywhere!
Smells great to people, not harmful to dogs or people (or bugs, for that matter), and the mint encourages bugs and other undesired occupants to relocate.
This has been nothing short of life-changing over here. Can even spray it on the pups occasionally between baths. Just please respect their very sensitive noses by using very little and not near their faces. And yes, it encourages bugs to not bother with them either.
* Do not rely on this mixture for fully debugging the pups. It’s a good touch-up kinda thing, but a safe and light spray isn’t strong enough to fully get the job done.
* I am a dog person, and have no clue how safe this is for cats and other pets.
Sounds interesting. I’ve never purchased mint alcohol.
I am, however, a major user of essential oils and use mint EO around the house as mouse repellent.
I’m NOT a fan of flea and tick and heartworm feedthru meds. I found an article about 3 years back which advocated using Rose Geranium essential oil. Not made of rose mixed with geranium, but a plant called “Rose Gerranium.” Not very easy to find locally. I either ask my healthfood store to order it or I just get it online myself.
It’s a bit grandma perfume florally at first, but it wears off pretty quickly but remains effective all day. We apply 2 drops per dog once a day – one drop at withers/shoulders, one at base of tail on their way out for their first morning run in the yard. Keep in mind, the gal who wrote the article was in a horrifically tick infested area of Maine, had pitpulls with very short fur. We have 3 long haired dogs and 1 short, and it works on all equally well.
We have not had a single bug in our 2.5 years of using, even when we miss a day every so often.
I add it and peppermint and about 15 other EO to my people bug spray.
As for deodorizing the house – with 4 BIG dogs, wee need it! – I have 3 salt lamps which help a great deal.