Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lavender is for Vacuuming

When I was a little girl, my mom kept a container of that powder meant for sprinkling onto the carpet before vacuuming. The stuff meant to scent the air. I can't remember what it was called or who it was made by - Glade? I'm not sure if they even sell it anymore. What I do remember is that I thought it was the neatest thing. So fancy. I would beg her to let me be the one who sprinkled it over the floor. To turn the chore I hated most into aromatherapy. I loved the whole concept.

Today, I wouldn't even think of buying something which is most certainly laden with chemicals. I have yet to see a similar product from Seventh Generation, but no matter. I made a profound discovery when I was cleaning the other day:

If I sprinkle dried lavender blossoms over the carpet before I vaccum, then the whole living space smells fantastic. It was truly a moment of genius.

I used some lavender I had purchesd from the bulk spice section at Ozark Natural Foods, but you could also use homegrown and dried blossoms (I'm sure the leaves would work just as well).

Here's another green tip: Change your vacuum cleaner bag. It's amazing how much better the vacuum works with a clean bag.

I hadn't changed mine in I don't know how long. Let's just say it was full nearly to the bursting point. Gross. I will definitely keep more of an eye on it from now on.

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  1. What a great idea! I've sprinkled plain baking soda on my carpet to get rid of smells before vaccuming but not lavender. I'll have to give it a try.

  2. i love that lavender idea! the aroma of lavender is very soothing.

    happy birthday, by the way :)

  3. Ha ha--I like the tip about changing the bag in the vacuum. One day I informed my husband that the vacuum had broken. Imagine my surprise when he changed the bag and it started working again!

    I have lavender in my yard and even harvest it sometimes, but I never know what to do with it. I will have to try the vacuuming trick. I love that smell!

    Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Green Thursday. Too back Mr. Linky hasn't been working!

  4. That's what I shall do with all my dried lavender next summer! I always feel so crafty hanging it to dry but then I'm never sure what to do with the results. Thanks so much for sharing this simple tip--and for being a part of our Thrifty Green Thursday!