Peppermint Oil Spill

I spilled a 4 ounce bottle of essential peppermint oil. It went all over the counter, down the dishwasher and on my hardwood floor. I have cleaned it all up, but the whole house smells of peppermint, not that it's a bad thing, we are all breathing much better, sinuses all cleared up, but it is a little overwhelming. Does anyone have any ideas how to dissipate some of the strong smell?

  13 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 04, 2018
    Fresh air, time and lots of both.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on May 04, 2018
    Thank you Redcatcec!

  • Sharon Sharon on May 04, 2018
    Try some Frebreeze on the surfaces where you spilled it, and one of their Air Effects spray.

  • Cindy Cindy on May 04, 2018
    You could try washing those surfaces again with some Pine Sol in your water.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on May 05, 2018
    Use an ozone machine for a couple of hours when no one is going to be in the affected room (including any pets). That should cut it quickly since it is an organic compound. The ozone bonds with the particles and neutralizes them on a molecular level. It's like concentrated sunshine.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 05, 2018
    Rejoice that your breathing is better. I think the smell will probably dissipate in time. It probably ran into a place you could not reach.

  • Stinky in Chicago Stinky in Chicago on Oct 12, 2019

    I have the same issue. My niece spilled a full bottle of peppermint oil in my car, which was parked in the garage. That was six weeks ago. The whole house reeks! I even developed sores in my mouth and "burning mouth syndrome" that my doctor says are from inhaling the peppermint fumes.

    That obnoxious smell permeated EVERYTHING! i have spent thousands of dollars trying to remedy this. Had Service Master come in with an ozone machine, which didn't work. Then we tried a hydroxyl machine--also from Service Master. Had a company called BioSweep come in and do their thing. Placed bowls of vinegar, coffee grounds and baking soda throughout the house. Washing ALL clothes multiple times in everything from vinegar to Oxyclean to an additive called Odoreze that is supposed to get rid of any smell. Had my good dresses dry cleaned three times. Purchased all new bedding and a new mattress. Now the new mattress AND the new pillows reek of peppermint.

    For the past six weeks, I have opened all the windows in my house every single day for several hours per day. That does get good cross ventilation. I even placed an industrial exhaust fan in one of the windows to pull the air through the house. I also had the ducts professionally cleaned.

    I also purchased a few new clothing items and washed them. After doing so, now the new clothes have a STRONG peppermint odor. Figuring the smell was embedded in the washer and dryer, I purchased new machines. After a couple of days, now any clothes washed in THOSE machines comes out smelling of peppermint--even new cloths.

    That smell will NOT go away. It will NOT dissipate. Not with time. Not with airing out. Not with thousands of dollars in professional remediation attempts. Now I am looking at putting the house on the market just to get out of this, as it is impacting my health. The only thing I haven't tried is repainting the entire house. My guess is that the horrendous smell got into the walls.

    That crap should not be on the market! At least not in such concentrated form.

  • Kate Sinnott Kate Sinnott on Feb 03, 2020

    Hey did this smell go? If so how long did it take?!

  • Kate Sinnott Kate Sinnott on Feb 08, 2020

    Did you ever get over this!?

  • Kate Sinnott Kate Sinnott on Mar 05, 2020

    Please!! Did this ever go!? I feel like we’re living the same nightmare.. we’ve been out of our house for 5 weeks, with a 2 year old and new born as scared for their health

  • Jessica Rogers Jessica Rogers on Jan 16, 2021

    i got rid of my peppermint spill. its called moving

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    • StinkyInChicago StinkyInChicago on May 09, 2021

      Just curious: Did you discard all of your clothes and furniture in the move? When I move, I fear I will have to leave everything behind--all clothes, towels, wood/leather/cloth furniture, pillows, etc.

  • Sarah Sarah on Feb 05, 2021

    Has anyone managed to solve this problem please?? I’m desperate to find something that works? I have two young children and I’m scared for their health if we return home to our house. Spilled 50mls of pure peppermint oil, on two areas of floor boards in our house which can’t be replaced without removing the whole floor/bathroom/airing cupboard ect.... does the smell and the fumes dissipate with time???

  • StinkyInChicago StinkyInChicago on May 09, 2021

    Sorry, all, for the delayed response. I have had three deaths in my family since posting, so it's been a challenging few years--ON TOP OF this damn peppermint smell. No, it never went away. If anything, it's even STRONGER. (I have no idea how that can be.)

    It's worse at night. I suspect my mattress absorbed all of the smell. (Yes, I did buy a new mattress and,shortly after purchase and setting it up in my home, the new mattress reeks, and I mean REEKS of that peppermint/mentol smell.)

    I am unable to sleep well (peppermint is a stimulant) and I wake up multiple times throughout the night with my mouth and throat burning from the smell.

    This crap should be removed from the market!

    My sympathies to the rest of you who are also dealing with this nightmare.