Some people are not comfortable with using housecleaning products which are made from chemicals for fear of infecting their home and family with toxins emitted out of it. Instead they prefer to use herbs which are safe and do not leave a harsh smell lingering in the air.
Some herbs are also used since it has the power to cleanse and remove negative energy which has stagnated within a home
Listed below are herbs and flowers commonly used to cleanse different areas of one’s home. Keep in mind that home cleaning products made from herbs, spices and flowers should be used immediately for its effects wear off after sometime and therefore becomes ineffective if stored for more than a day or two.
For Kitchen Sinks
Rose-Scented Scouring Powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- ¼ cup rose petals
Place all the ingredients into a blender or grinder and crush into a powder. Wet the kitchen sink and generously sprinkle the powder in it and scrub. Rinse off with warm water.
To absorb dirt and odor from carpets and leave it smelling clean and fresh try the following carpet fresheners.
Lavender Carpet Freshener
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¾ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup lavender flowers
Place all ingredients in a grinder and ground to a powder. Sprinkle on the carpet and leave overnight. Vacuum the next morning. Do this treatment once a week to maintain clean and odor free carpets.
For Wooden Floors
Peppermint Wood Floor Cleanser
- ½ cup peppermint tea
- ½ cup white vinegar
Mix together the peppermint tea and white vinegar and add to a bucket which has 7 ½ liters (2 gallons) of water in it. Wipe the wooden floors with the mixture.
For Counter Tops and Dirty Surfaces
- ½ cup fresh sage
- 1 ¼ cups water
Place the sage together with the water in a pan and cook on medium low heat till water has reduced to ¼ cup. Strain into a cup and discard the leaves.
Take the ¼ cup sage tea (make sure it has cooled) and pour into a bottle. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda and the juice of ½ lemon/lime into it and mix all the ingredients well by shaking the bottle. Use the liquid to cleanse kitchen tops, kitchen and bathroom wall tiles.
Citrus and Baking Soda
Cut a citrus fruit in half and sprinkle a ¼ teaspoon baking soda on it. Use it to scrub counter tops and bathtubs.
Lemon and Vinegar Glass Cleaner
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon/lime juice or 10 drops lime essential oil
Pour all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Then apply onto a clean cloth and wipe the glass clean with it.
To freshen drawers, closets and to keep moths away take an orange and stud it with cloves.
To Brighten Stainless Steel
Rub a slice of cucumber and leave for a few minutes. Then wipe dry with a clean cloth.
To Polish Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Brass
Take a tablespoon cream of tartar and mix enough lemon or lime juice into it to make a paste. Apply on the metal. Leave on for 10 seconds and wipe clean with a dry clean cloth.
To Brighten Brass
Rub half a lemon/lime mixed with salt on the brass for a few minutes. Then wipe clean with a dry clean cloth.
To disinfect and clean drains of kitchen and bathroom sinks mix half a cup lemon juice with 1 ½ liters (1 gallon) of hot water and pour it into the drain.