Clean Your Floors with Peppermint Tea

Ants, and most insects, cannot stand the smell of mint.  I found a recipe for using tea to clean wood floors in my 1950 household craft book (the tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine and color for hardwood floors.) So I combined the two to make a wood floor cleaner that repels insects.


Here’s the recipe:

  • Steep 6 peppermint tea bags into a quart of water.
  • Add one-quarter cup of white vinegar.
  • Add 10 drops of tea tree oil as a disinfectant.
  • Store in a spray bottle, and spritz your mop and clean.

This mixture, because of the vinegar and the essential oils, will keep for a long time, under your sink.

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