Monday, October 1, 2012

Lavender Vanilla Mint Coop Refresh Spray for your Coop and Home


Recently I was inspired by an Herbal Coop Freshening Spray shared by Jennifer at 1840 Farm.  I set out to try her recipe but couldn't find any Lavender Dawn dish detergent, so I ended up improvising and creating my own recipe for a pleasant smelling spray that could be used in between cleanings to keep our coop not only smelling nice but also help repel rodents, insects and calm our laying hens naturally.



Ingredients-

Handful of fresh mint
Handful of fresh lavender leaves and flowers
 Bottle of white vinegar (feel free to substitute vodka - yes vodka!)
Vanilla bean, split and cut in half
Two canning jars
Spray bottle



Divide the herbs between the two canning jars, crushing them with your fingers as you add each sprig to release the oils. Drop half a vanilla bean into each jar, then add white vinegar (or vodka) to completely cover, leaving at least 1/4" headroom in each jar.  


Screw the lids on securely and  then set the jars in your pantry, in a cupboard or on the kitchen counter to 'age' for 3-4 weeks. Shake the jars every few days to reinvigorate the contents.   The mixture should start to turn a greenish-brown color and smell fragrant.



When the vinegar smell has mostly dissipated, the spray is ready to use. Strain the contents and then pour into a spray bottle to use full strength - or slightly dilute with a bit of water if desired.  Spray in your coop as needed



~About the ingredients~

White vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It has antibacterial properties, kills mold and is also an ant repellent.  (Apple cider vinegar, while great for adding to your chickens water and drinking yourself for all its health benefits, shouldn't be used here - only white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar will attract fruit flies.)

Note: You can substitute vodka for the white vinegar. Vodka is an all natural cleaning agent that kills insects instead of merely repelling them. It is also antibacterial and kills mold and mildew, and is odorless.

Lavender is a naturally calming stress reliever, increases blood circulation, is highly aromatic, and also an insecticide.  The aroma is highly beneficial to settle laying or sitting hens.

Mint is a natural rodent repellent.

Vanilla is a natural fly and mosquito repellent.

I started using vodka (buying the largest, cheapest bottle I could find at the liquor store) and much prefer it to the vinegar because the vodka is odorless. In fact, the spray smells so nice that I use it in our home as well as the coop.



A few months ago I shared my Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner [click here for the recipe]. 


It's a wonderful, effective cleaner that costs pennies to make and is completely safe to use around your chickens. I use this cleaner in our home as well, the citrus oils make a wonderful de-greaser. Used as a Coop Cleaner in conjunction with the Lavender Mint Coop Refresh Spray, the combination will keep your coop (and home) should smelling lovely!

Note: This spray is NOT a substitute for regular cleaning of your coop and at the slightest whiff of ammonia, all soiled coop bedding should all be removed and replaced with fresh bedding.



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23 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I'm going to even try it as linen spray since it's all natural.

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  2. Heading out to the mint garden to collect leaves for this one! Thanks!

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  3. Did it seem to work to calm the hens and repel the rodents? Sounds like a great idea!
    Liz

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  4. This would be great for freshening up around my home! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This sounds like it would be a great freshener anywhere! Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving me a sweet comment. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by again for a visit soon and maybe even a follow back. Hope you have a great week.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  6. oh wow, thanks! I was just out at the house this morning and thinking with all this rain it sure it stinky! Now to find some lavendar!!

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  7. This sounds wonderful Lisa! I can almost smell it :) Thanks so much for linking up to Wildcrafting Wednesday!

    When you get a chance, stop by and check out my new blog hop, The HomeAcre Hop at:
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  8. This sounds just wonderful! I will look forward to spring when my mint will return & maybe even my lavender - not sure that will recover after our hard Alaska winters! Will be worth the wait, no doubt. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Thanks so much! I have the lavender, well I will when the weather warms up, but I have to buy more mint plants because mine died during the drought this past summer.

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  10. Thank you! I have the mint now need some lavender and some vanilla. I will ck prices on the vodka.

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    1. You will love this spray! It smells so awesome! I don't use commercial cleaners at all in the house anymore. Between this one in the bathroom just for touchups and a nice smell, and the orange cleaner in the kitchen, our house smells great too!

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  11. Can you use essential oils as a substitute any of the ingredients? Thanks!

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  12. Can you use essential oils as a substitute any of the ingredients? Thanks!

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  13. I recently received a bag of Lavender flowers and Lemon Verbena from Mountain Rose Herbs. Is there any reason I couldn't use these in my herbal nesting box mix, along with my other herbs and flowers?

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  14. This is also a great natural bug spray for people. I will go outside in the evening and I am eaten alive in just a few minutes. I go back in, spray some on my arms and legs and then stay outside for hours without another bite!

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  15. Lisa, thank you for linking up your wonderful DIY recipes for our HERBAL series! I love your pretty tutorials :) Also, I won a copy of your book from The Nerdy Farmwife! I can't wait to get my little fingers on it… First to look at all the pictures, then to implement all your ideas on our farm. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Oh excited you won! Please let me know how you like the book - and if you were so inclined to write a review for amazon, I would be thrilled!

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  16. Do you have to use the canning jar to store it in?

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    1. No I strain it into my squirt bottle when it's done.

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  17. If I used larger canning jars would I add more ingredients of just let it sit long?? I love these ideas. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Lavender Solution is really useful for your house, This cleaner that would kill germs without hurting anyone or also the other member of the house and leave my home sparkling clean..
    Lavender house care

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