Sunday, December 23, 2012

How to Cleanse the Home with Herbs, Lemons and Lime


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

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup rose petals

Method:

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.

For Carpets

To absorb dirt and odor from carpets and leave it smelling clean and fresh try the following carpet fresheners.

Lavender Carpet Freshener

Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup lavender flowers

Method:

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

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup peppermint tea
  • ½ cup white vinegar

Method:

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

Sage Cleanser

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup fresh sage
  • 1 ¼ cups water

Method:

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.

Glass Cleaner

Lemon and Vinegar Glass Cleaner

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon/lime juice or 10 drops lime essential oil

Method:

Pour all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Then apply onto a clean cloth and wipe the glass clean with it.

Orange and Cloves for Closets and Drawers

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.

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