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.