Spring Cleaning: Herbal Rug Fragrance

Many herbes and flowers with their fragrant sweet smels doe comfort, and as it were revive the spirits and perfume the whole house. John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole, ­Paradisus Terrestris, 1629

| February/March 1997

Makes enough for an 8-by-11-foot rug

When our living-room rug smells musty, I hear about it right away from my husband, who does his morning exercises on it. Here’s a simple herbal solution. (If fleas are a problem in your house, add 2 cups of chopped, dried orange peel or pennyroyal leaf to the recipe.)

  • 3 cups dried lavender flowers or leaves
  • 2 cups dried rosemary leaves
  • 3 pounds baking soda
  1. In a large glass, earthenware, or stainless-steel bowl, blend the lavender flowers, rosemary leaves and baking soda.
  2. Sprinkle the mix over a freshly vacuumed rug and leave overnight. Then vacuum again.

Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in Oak Park, Illinois. She writes and teaches about herbs.

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