To deter spiders
Combine 1/2 cup each of distilled water & white vinegar in a clean spritz bottle – either buy new or re-use one you have on hand.
Start by adding 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. You can tweak this to your desires based on results. As essential oils are not miscible with water, you will have to shake your peppermint blend prior to each use.
To deter mice
Simple DIY: add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil to a cotton ball. Place cotton ball where you know mice have been. The essential oil will evaporate fairly quickly from the cotton ball – you will have to re-apply every day or two.
You may also want to try the LJ Turtle Peppermint Hydrosol.
Peppermint essential oil & peppermint hydrosol is available Saturdays, at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, 7 am – noon.
Recipes inspired by the very straightforward DIY recipes from Kasey Schwartz’s book ‘Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home’.