This easy herbal recipe helps extend the season on my annual Spring Cleaning. I make a powder in my blender that’s antiseptic (bay), antiviral (lavender), antibacterial (chamomile) and keeps the moths out (agrimony).

I sprinkle it on mattresses after stripping the sheets. It goes under couch cushions. I dust it on rugs. The trick is to wait a few hours before vacuuming it up. Sometimes I break my chore into two sections: Before work sprinkling and after work vacuuming.

For days to come, I catch the scent of the herbs when I plop down on the couch or when I crawl between the sheets at the end of the day. When I need a little more refreshment, I can toss more Mattress Powder down on my problem spot and spring cleaning is back at my fingertips.


  • 3 1/2 cups organic cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup dried lavender flowers
  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup dried agrimony leaves
  • 1 bay leaf


  • 1 blender
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 mixing spoon
  • measuring cups
  • 2 resealable shaker bottles or a small canning jar with holes punched in the lid
  • 1 resealable jar for extra mixture
  • 1 label


  1. Blend the dried herbs into a fine powder.
  2. Add the cornstarch 1 cup at a time to the blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour a small amount of the mixture into a shaker bottle for household use.
  4. Pour the remaining mixture into a resealable jar and label it for storage.

Storage and Use

Store extra Mattress Powder in a labelled, resealable bottle for up to a year.