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Lavender Mint Refresh Spray for your Coop and Home

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White vinegar, lavender and mint come together naturally for a wonderful chicken coop refresh spray.

I set out to try to create a recipe for a pleasant-smelling spray using fresh herbs 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.

By combining two of my favorite scents  lavender and mint - I came up with this. Lavender Mint Refresh Spray.

About the Ingredients for Lavender Mint Refresh Spray

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, eliminating the waiting period for the vinegar scent to dissipate.

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.

Lavender Mint Refresh Spray for your Coop and Home

What you Need

Handful of fresh mint (any kind will work)
Handful of fresh lavender leaves, buds and/or flowers
Bottle of white vinegar (feel free to substitute vodka, see above)
Mason jar
Spray bottle

What you Do | Tear and crush the herbs with your fingers as you add each sprig to the jar release the oils. Fill each jar about halfway with the herbs, then add white vinegar (or vodka) to completely cover, leaving at least 1/4" headroom in each jar.  

Screw the lid on securely and  then set the jar in your pantry, in a cupboard or on the kitchen counter to 'age' for 2-3 weeks. Shake the jar every few days to reinvigorate the contents.   

The mixture should start to turn a purplish-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. This spray is also wonderful to spray in your bedroom or bathroom to refresh those areas as well.

A few months ago I shared my Orange Peel White Vinegar Coop Cleaner

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.