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Rug Strewing Powder

I’m sure you’ve never done this before, but a few weeks ago after making lunch for myself and my husband I headed into Salt Lake to spend some time with my daughter.  Unfortunately, I also left a pan on the stove that I had used to warm up the roast we had for lunch.

Well, when I came home, I noticed a distinct smoke smell as I unlocked the front door.  The kitchen was filled with smoke and when I took the pan off the stove instead of taking it outside, I took it to the sink and filled it with cold water creating more smoke.

Days later, the smell of smoke was still very strong no matter how long the windows were open or how long I ran the ionic air purifier.  I found this recipe while listening to a webinar at HerbMentor.com and thought I’d try it.  The first time I tried I followed the recipe exactly and it took the smell away as long as it was strewn on the carpet, but shortly after I vacuumed, the smell came back.  The second time I tried it, I added 1 cup of baking soda and it did the trick!  The house smelled fresh!  Both times I sprinkled the powdeer on the carpet before going to bed and vacuumed the following day.

Rug & Upholstery Strewing Powder

2 C Borax

1 C Baking Soda

1 T lavender flowers

1 T wormwood herb

2 t pepperming herb

1 t lavender essential oil

Place borax and baking soda in a quart canning jar.  In a coffee grinder that is reserved for herbs, put lavender flowers, wormwood, and peppermint herb and grind to a nice powder.  Place herb powder in the jar with the borax and baking soda.  Add lavender essential oil, cover tightly with lid and shake it really good until all the essential oil clots are broken up.  It will be a really beautiful green color.

To use, sprinkle over your beds, rugs, carpet, or any upholstery, leave it on at least eight hours or up to 24 hours.  Then vacuum or sweep it up.

Hopefully, you’ll never need this for smoke smell, but whatever you use if for you’ll end up with a fresh, clean (not chemical) smelling home.  🙂

This post was shared with: Wildcrafting Wednesday Wildcrafting Wednesday-Hygiene Edition

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