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Monday, January 28, 2019
Homemade vacuum cleaner bag sachets
(Photo above is from Pixabay.)
The other day I mentioned that I was making up some of these handy little helpers. These little sachets are to be placed into the vacuum cleaner bag when you replace one in your vacuum cleaner. Then there is a pleasant, clean fragrance when vacuuming. Mary asked if I would share how to make them, so here goes. I believe I originally found the instructions on Tipnut, but I'm not sure. So I'll just share what I do.
You will need: 1/2 cup cedar shavings
1/4 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup dried rosemary
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon baking soda
5 to 7 drops of essential oil (your choice)
Coffee filters String
And here is what you do:
Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass container with a sealable cover.
Let stand for 1 week.
Stir up the mixture and place 3 tablespoons of it into the center of each coffee filter.
Gather up the edges of the filter so that if forms a little bag.
Use a piece of string to tie the bag securely closed.
Store the sachets in the same sealed glass jar until needed.
Instructions For Use:
Pop a sachet into the new vacuum bag each time you change it. When you vacuum, the fragrance from the pouch will fill the room. If you prefer not to go to the trouble of making the actual sachets, you can simply add a few tablespoons of the mix into the new vacuum cleaner bag when changing it.
A few helpful thoughts: I found the cedar shavings in the pet aisle at Walmart. The smallest package will last a long time.
Our local natural foods store carries herbs and spices in bulk. That's where I got the lavender.
I used lavender essential oil, but you could use any blend that you like, and use more of it if you prefer a stronger fragrance.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.