Peppermint may sound or feel like it belongs in Christmas, but its oil is for all seasons. A bottle goes a long way, especially at home. Just check out below.
1. Ant warder
We just discovered a super easy way to keep ants off window sills and cookie pile: peppermint oil! You know how ants make a food trail by marching in a line? They do this with the help of scent pheromones. As it turns out, these insects hate the minty aroma of peppermint oil. The scent disrupts the ants’ pheromone markings, causing them to turn away.
Human Nature, which has its peppermint oil (aptly called Ant Warder), recommends mixing a few drops of the oil in a spray bottle together with warm water and a squirt of dish soap. Shake and spray in cracks and corners, or wherever you find ants. You can also just put a few drops directly on the surface. It works on plants too if you’ve got pesky bugs nibbling on your greenery.
2. Homemade, all-purpose cleaner
So we know that vinegar makes a great non-toxic and inexpensive all-purpose cleaner. A spray bottle of a vinegar-water solution can clean just about any surface (except marble and hardwood floors as the acidity may damage them). To upgrade your vinegar cleaner, add a few drops of peppermint oil. Not only does it mask the vinegar's maasim smell, but it also leaves whatever you cleaned minty fresh. Just make sure you shake the bottle well before spraying.
3. TLC for upholstery
Upholstery stains can be an eyesore. Before you resort to vicious scrubbing (or buy a new sofa), turn to baking soda and peppermint oil first. Just mix a few drops of oil into a good heap of baking soda. Sprinkle on the surface of your stain and wait for 20 minutes. Then, remove the powder mixture from your sofa or carpet with a dry brush and a vacuum.
Baking soda absorbs liquids including oils and grease, which makes it a great stain remover. Just make sure you test your baking powder-peppermint oil mixture on an inconspicuous spot first, as is good practice with all cleaners.
4. Laundry bin freshener
Leftover perfume and deodorant, your grade schooler’s sun-and-sweat-baked uniform, and baby’s lampin can leave an unpleasant smell in your laundry basket. But yes, you can mask the fumes from your maduming labahin with peppermint oil. Just add a few drops of the oil to a handful of cotton balls, and leave them in your bin. Replace the cotton balls as needed or until your next laundry day.
5. Home scent
By now, you have probably heard of the calming powers of peppermint. So have a little spa at home by adding two to three drops of peppermint oil in your burner for a relaxing, invigorating treat to cap off your day. If you don’t have a burner, you can also achieve a lovely smelling home by making your DIY air freshener spray. Simply mix 10 drops of peppermint oil, 1/4 cup alcohol or vodka, and 1 cup filtered water in a spray bottle. Spritz in your bedroom an hour before you go to sleep for a relaxing slumber.