See this bedroom? It belongs to the little Farmhands. I know I've shown you this bedroom before, but I didn't tell you a deep, dark secret about this lovely-looking room.
Beauty is only skin deep. This room has spiders. Actually, not spiders plural…. spider singular. One eensy weensy, teeny tiny little spider. But it crawled near the bed.
Farmchildren sleep in this room. Farmchildren who spend their days outside playing with chickens and a duck, catching grasshoppers by hand for the chickens to eat, picking worms off the tomato plants to save the tomatoes. That's the kind of children who sleep in this pristine-room-with-one-little-spider.
So you wouldn't think one little spider would be a big deal. We're not talking about a tarantula or even a brown reculse. We're talking about one spider about half the size of pea… that only one child even saw… and it was dark.
I told that child the spider “went away” but he didn't believe me. I guess there was really no reason to believe me since it was actually just wishful thinking on my part and not backed by anything concrete such as watching the spider walk away.
So, I've been informed that no reasonable parent would ever expect their children to sleep in a room that is full of one little spider. Reasonable parents, I am told, would let their children stay up all night playing so that they aren't accosted by one little spider while they sleep.
Apparently I am not a reasonable parent.
I thought there might be other parents out there with bedrooms full of one little spider, so today I am sharing my secret recipe for Spider Spray. This spray is 100% guaranteed to rid any bedroom of spider (but the guarantee only applies if you turn the lights out immediately after spraying).
Take a spray bottle. You can get some cute ones on Amazon, but I just used one that was already kicking around the house. Fill it about halfway with water, then add a few drops of essential oil. You can use any scent you want, but be warned that different scents have different effects… on the children, not on the spiders! I used orange essential oil and that might have been a mistake. Next time I'll use something calming like lavender.
So, after you put the essential oils in the spray bottle, continue filling the spray bottle up, almost to the top. Leave some space at the top because when you put the top of the bottle on, it displaces the water. (I know that sounds obvious, but I forgot and ended up with essential oil running down the side of my bottle!)
My mother made this one time when a friend of mine spent the night. She was afraid of the Boogeyman so my mom used cheap perfume in the bottle. Cheap perfume works too, but it makes your house smell like… well… like cheap perfume for days and days and days. Plus it's toxic.
Now you are prepared to fight any spider that might come through your bedroom. This spray also works on the Boogeyman and Monsters in the Closet very effectively!