- Stored Winter Clothing – keep moths out of your stored clothing by putting several drops of both Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils on a cotton ball where the clothing is stored.
- Mice Nests Indoors – use lots of Peppermint essential oil! Put drops directly on unfinished wooden surfaces, or put drops on a cotton ball and place cotton ball in desired locations. This WILL keep rodents away and chase them away if they’re already inside. You will have to refresh every so often for it to keep working. See My Story on Using Peppermint Essential Oil to Repel Squirrel’s and Rodents.
- Weed Killer – kill weeds with vinegar – PLEASE – note that the dilution ratio and how often it is used can create positive or negative results. Here’s an article I wrote on Weeds and Vinegar based on two Ag studies and on using vinegar in the garden effectively.
- Sleep Better – I have been scenting my bed linens every morning with an essential oil spray I make myself (it’s easy to do) when I make my bed for over 12 years now. It is so easy to do and I find it helps me feel and sleep so much better. Here’s an article I wrote, Aromatherapy Bed Linen Spray. Some of my favorite essential oil blends to incorporate into my bed linen spray are: Sensation, Thieves, Sacred Mountain, Humility, Gentle Baby, or Dream Catcher.
- Vinegar for Fleas and Ticks on Dogs – Add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal. My dog is 80lbs. so I added 2 teaspoons and he hated the taste. Maybe you will have better success. I have also read that vinegar can be used as a spray on dogs to repel insects… I made a 4oz. spray (water with and 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar) and sprayed this on my dog who was scratching frantically because he got fleas… my results have been very good (I do not spray all the way down to his skin in most places though), his itching has stopped and he has been licking the vinegar/water spray mixture off of his coat, so maybe that’s how I can get him to ingest the vinegar mixture. Note: spraying your dog’s skin too often with the water-vinegar spray can be harsh on your dog’s skin. See my article on Essential Oils and Ticks: removing and killing ticks effectively.
- Cure a cement pond before adding fish and plants by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly.
- Keeping Cats Out of the Garden and Sand Box – Vinegar will help keep cats away from areas you don’t want them. Sprinkle vinegar on any areas where you don’t want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching. Pour it around the perimeter of your children’s sandbox and repeat every two months and this will discourage cats from using it as their sandbox. Caution: Using Vinegar on grass or plants will kill them and can change the pH of your soil, so be mindful where you pour vinegar outside!
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Articles by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Independent Distributor #476766
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