Keeping Your Home Fresh the Herbal Way
Herbs have been used in housekeeping since pre-historic times. Whether it was cedar bowels or sweet grasses, herbs were used to freshen caves or hovels. In medieval Europe, herbs such as lavender, wormwood, and rosemary were swept over floors of castles and cottages alike. Not only to make a pleasant scent but to address vermin as well.
I’ve selected a few old recipes to share:
Musty odors in wood cabinets or drawers: Use oil of clove on a cotton ball, leave in drawer. Cloves also repel ants.
Silverfish: dab patchouli oil around old books.
Moths: soak cotton balls with lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, or cedar oil.
Vacuum cleaners: scatter aromatic herbs on floor or carpet and suck up, or put your favorite smelling essential oil on a cotton ball and put in vacuum bag.
Silver cleaner: 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and a few sheets of aluminum foil. Fill pan big enough to hold silver, with water. Add silver, baking soda, salt, and aluminum foil. Let mixture sit for an hour or so. The tarnish will remove itself from the silver and transfer to the foil. Rinse silver and polish dry.
Lemon Mint Window Wash: juice of one lemon, 2 cups water or club soda, 1 tsp. cornstarch, and ½ tsp. peppermint essential oil. This wash is also a fly deterrent.
Easy Wood cleaner and polish: ⅛ cup food grade linseed oil, ⅛ cup vinegar, ¼ cup lemon oil, a few drops of vitamin E. Shake all together in a jar. Using a cotton cloth, wipe the mixture on furniture until you have achieved the polish you want.
Roach Repel: 1 cup borax, ¼ cup black pepper and 1 cup Bay leaves. Cut up, mix together and sprinkle in cupboards.
Citrus Scrubber: ½ cup borax and ½ cup baking soda. Add 1 ½ each of essential oils of lemon, orange and grapefruit. With a little elbow grease this will take iron stains out of sinks and toilets. And smells great too! One of my favorites.
Keep it clean and keep it simple!
Herbally yours, Nysie Watson