4 ways to ‘Autumn’ clean with lavender


Lavender has so many good properties and it can be used in cooking, flower arrangements and cleaning. Check out these tips for making your home fresh and inviting:

  • Scrub down all surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner consisting of one-part vinegar and nine parts lavender infusion. Both the vinegar and lavender have antibacterial properties, with added fragrance from the lavender.
  • Freshen your carpets with a mix of ¾ cup baking soda, ¼ cup cornflour and ¼ cup lavender flowers stripped off the stems. Sprinkle this mix onto the carpet, leave overnight to absorb odours and dirt, and then vacuum.
  • Make a quick potpourri to freshen a room using lavender flowers, dried leaves, seeds, bark and citrus peels. Add a fixative (like orris or vetiver root) to hold the scent.
  • Revitalise a room with a quick spritz from a spray bottle filled with a strong infusion of lavender.

Lavender grows profusely at The Herb Farm in Midrand, Johannesburg. Come and explore several varieties planted at the grounds during The Autumn Garden Show 2020