Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m back, with apologies for the delay. It’s been a bit busy / lockdown-y over here and, guess what? It’s okay not to be okay sometimes! Personally, I felt a bit overwhelmed with my PhD, teaching (via the Internet) and charity work, and unfortunately this little haven of mine suffered. But no more!
So. It’s literally no secret that I don’t like cleaning. I don’t like it, I’m not good at it, and sometimes I’m annoyed that it even exists. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment with giant windows which is super lucky for us, and we have gorgeous exposed brick, and I am very grateful for that. The DOWNSIDE with living in a mill conversion is that everything is dusty. All the time. Poor Jessie does a clean and approximately 2 nanoseconds later, there is another layer of dust just sitting there, being an asshole. Anyway.
What I DO like is making things, and what I also like is natural scents. I don’t particularly like putting too many chemicals in/on/around my body (unless it’s my purple shampoo because we’re in lockdown and I just don’t know when I’ll be able to get my balayage done again, and nobody’s perfect, okay?). So I tried my hand at making a general-purpose cleaner and it was glorious and smells dreamy so I thought I’d share it here, and share how we can make our simple cleaning routines MAGICAL.
Easy Homemade Magical Multi-Purpose Cleaner
You will need:
A jar An empty spray bottle At least 2 lemons Dried Juniper berries (optional) Water White/distilled vinegar Rosemary essential oil
Yep, really. That’s it. I know. The cost of this whole thing is about…mmm…I don’t know, like if you buy everything brand new except for the essential oil and the jar (because just use an old pasta sauce jar or something), maybe about £2.80? Cheap. As. F*ck.
Right, so this takes a while. Not to make, that takes 0.3 seconds, but to sit. So your cleaner is going to be ready in about 2-3 weeks.
Right! First, why don’t you use your lemons to make a nice cup of lemon/ginger/honey infusion? Delicious! Just squeeze out your halved lemons, add a teaspoon of honey, hot water and a knuckle of grated ginger. Delicious, cleansing, great for cold and flu, and also, waste not, want not.
*A note: we are trying to be magical about this, and this is a CLEANSING potion, so please spend your time while you are making it focusing all of your intentions of cleaning and keeping safe your home and family*.
Take your squeezed-out lemon halves and place them into the jar. I use 2 lemons for a regular peanut-butter sized jar, which, to be honest, is all you need because that’s going to last you a long time.
Grab about 10 juniper berries. I recommend grinding them a bit in a mortar and pestle, but if that option is not available to you, just chuck them in whole. If you can’t access juniper berries (I found them in the spice section at Sainsbury’s) then cloves will work, dried rosemary sprigs will work, cinnamon sticks will work, star anise will work – you get the point. Anyway, grab them, grind them, add them to your jar.
Fill your jar with distilled vinegar, covering the lemons fully but leaving at least 0.5-1cm of space at the top of the jar. This is because we’re going to shake it periodically, and you can’t shake a full jar.
Clean your workspace, don’t be grubby.
Leave the jar to sit in a dark place for 2-3 weeks, giving it a shake every couple of days. Each time you shake it, put that healing and cleansing intention into it.
Right, now that you’ve waited exactly 2 weeks because you’re impatient, it’s time to make your cleaning product. Open the jar. Smell the fragrant, lemony goodness. It should still smell like vinegar but the vinegar-y sharpness should have lost its edge by now.
Strain the liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth, but probably a sieve because not all of us have cheesecloth just laying around.
Add 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil (remember that intention, everyone), give it a stir.
Use that liquid to fill 50% of your spray bottle (which should obviously be clean, don’t be difficult).
Now top the spray bottle with water. I used tap water, because I refuse to pay money for distilled water to mix into my homemade spray-n-wipe. If you would like to use distilled water, please do. Otherwise, boil a kettle, let it cool down, and add it to your vinegar and lemon potion.
Add an attracted label because you’re worth it.
FINISHED! That’s literally it. The great news is that those squished up lemons you used can actually be used again in your next batch if you don’t have any more fresh ones hanging around. I WOULD recommend freshening the mixture up, though. Add new juniper berries, or whatever you used, at least 1 new lemon, and let it go again.
The finished scent is bright, fresh and not at all chemically, which is the aim of the game. The cleaner does a great job on greasy stoves and any counter/table surface, but I do find it can take a while to dry so I give the surface a buff with a tea-towel afterwards to dry and shine.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little simple spellwork for today. Don’t forget to catch the One Boss Witchcast on Friday, and sign up for the newsletter below.
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