Natural home clearing

Natural home clearing

 Tidy, declutter and dusting
THIS SYMBOL REPRESENTS DECLUTTERING AND ENERGETIC HOME-CLEARING

In the late 1990ies I had a very interesting home visit. My then downstairs neighbour told me about this ‘wonderful interior designer’ who he met at a recent party. My husband and I were just about to gear up for a serious redecoration process. So  I decided to have her round to get some input and ideas.

A few days later a bubbly young Italian woman showed up and I guided her around the house. I had been a makeup artist for a little while but was then experiencing a career-lull and felt a bit lack-luster.  What I needed was extra energy and a fresh start.

As we walked around the place she noted a few things down and finally, we reached the top floor. There were 2 rooms. The one facing towards the garden was used as a work/spare room and the room facing the street was our bedroom.

She was puzzled by this arrangement and thought the bedroom would be much better facing the back. But we had tried this before and both found that we could not sleep well in this room. And neither did any of our guests.

She turned to me and asked if she could ‘energetically clear this room’ and took out a sage smudge stick.  At that time I had never seen one before and was by now getting quite curious.  She lit it and then walked around with it, making sure the smoke went into all the corners, behind piled-up papers, in the cupboard and any other hidden place. She then carried on throughout the whole place.

Once finished, she gave me precise instructions on how to declutter and thoroughly air and clean the place. Then she urged me to hang up colourful, happy pictures of friends and family and snapshots of ‘happy moments’.  When all that was completed and only then, I was to move the bed back into the garden-facing room, which of course I did.

That night and many after that I slept so well.  No more twisting and turning. I could not believe the difference the whole procedure had made. Additionally, a friend called me the next day and told me about an interview for a new TV show. I went to it and got the job. In hindsight, that day really transformed my then stagnant career and home life.

Of course,  this all could have been completely coincidental, but whatever she had done – it just worked! She had explained to me the ‘concept of stagnant energy’.

According to her, dead energy gathers in crevices and around clutter and needs to be cleared away. It is like dust or debris which you would clear away, too.

My grandmother had always mentioned that energy does not get lost but just transforms. So it all somehow made sense. In any case, it did work whatever had caused it.

Since then I have kept to this principle.  If I ever need a bit of ‘energy’, ‘oomph’, ‘mojo’ – or whatever else you call this elusive “get-up-and-go” quality, I cleanse my home – dirt, clutter, and energy!

How to cleanse your home the biodynamic way?

1) Declutter:  Choose the time of the Waning Moon, ideally on an Air Day. Take 3 bags and declutter either a room, a storage area or whatever needs doing. If you are a hoarder (like me), make sure you stick to a small area or room, otherwise, it is just overwhelming. There is always another moon cycle to do the next bit. A great way to go room by room through the whole house.

Bag One is for rubbish, Bag Two is for giving-away. This could be to neighbours, friends, family, charity or selling on e-bay. Bag Three is your treasure chest – this is the precious stuff to keep, ideally not too much.

Once madness turned into tidiness, take a duster and get rid of all the dust. If you still have some energy, clean mirrors, and possibly hoover. But what is really important – give your home a good blast of fresh air. Even in winter, just make it shorter.

washing and deep clean   2) Cleaning:  Keep the decluttering, dusting and hovering on Air Days, if you can and have a day off if possible. Then a Water Days will follow the Air Day- still in the Waning Moon. Today is a cleaning day. Do another good hovering session, wash your floors and wet vacuum your carpets (you can hire wet&dry Vaccum cleaners). Get down curtains, give them a shake outside or wash them.  Move furniture to really get as much dust/dirt away as you can. This is not a routine clean, this is a deep clean.

Here are 2 articles about natural cleansers that you most likely have in your larder.

Natural Cleaning Products   
Cleaning with Vinegar 

3) Clean Energetically: Now your home is dusted and cleaned. Give it a day or 2 and then you can clean it energetically. The element fire is perfect for this task and it won’t even take long.

Get a sage smudge stick and light it. Then walk around circling the smudge stick, making sure the smoke is going in all the hidden corners and crevices. Put some uplifting music on – it can be quite fun.

Have you ever heard the phrase – you can cut the air with a knife?  This is exactly what stagnant energy feels like. If you pay attention, there will be some hidden corners where the smudge stick literally gets stuck, spend a little bit more time clearing those ‘energetic cobwebs’. Places where there is a lot of traffic, such as hallways, show normally little build up of ‘stagnant energy’. It is those ‘forgotten corners behind the pile of papers’ that is where you need to first clear, clean and swish.

Finally, open all the windows and let the smoke ‘breath out’. Once all the smoke has gone,  light a scented candle or use a natural air freshener.  I guarantee you – you will notice a big difference and your sleep and general mood should improve a lot.

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Natural Home Cleaning

Natural Home Cleaning

Today is a great time to do an extra load of washing or tackle items that you rarely clean. These could be the sofa, curtains, deep-clean carpet.

I truly endorse natural products and have written an article that shows you that you can clean with vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and many other natural products. Here are 2 articles that give you a little bit more information

Natural home cleaners

Cleaning with Vinegar

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Natural home cleaning

Natural home cleaning

Fresh lemons.

In my view natural is always best and now that the spring clean is  round the corner here are a few top tips for
‘organic house cleaning’.

1. Toothpaste: Who would have thought, but brushing your taps with toothpaste will make them shine again. It is also great for removing watermarks from wooden furniture. Just put some tooth paste on a cloth and rub the wooden surface. Leave to soak in for a while and then polish off. Normally the watermarks should have completely disappeared. I suggest you try a small corner before attacking the whole of your furniture, especially antique furniture.

If you have a piano and the keys have gone yellow, just brush them with a toothbrush and tooth paste and they will be white again, just like your teeth.

Use toothpaste to repair CDs or DVDs with minor scratches. Dab some toothpaste on the back of the CD or DVD and gently spread in a circular motion. Delicately rinse with water and a tissue.

2. Baking powder: Sprinkle baking powder into  your sink and leave them for around 20 minutes. Then put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the baking powder with the vinegar, finally rinse off with warm soapy water and your sink will sparkle again.

Another good use for baking soda is when you burnt food in a pot or pan. Don’t scratch the surface, by trying to scrub the burnt food off. Just sprinkle some baking soda into the pan and add some water and bring to the boil. The burnt food will come off quite easily and you can wash pan and pot as normal. In severe cases you have to repeat the baking powder boiling a few times. But it will save you many pots which would have been useless or scratch otherwise.

If your oven needs a good clean combine 5 teaspoons of baking soda, 5 drops of washing up liquid and some water to create a paste.  Coat the inside of the oven with this paste and leave overnight. The next morning again spray it with vinegar and leave for another 20 minutes. Then you can sponge it off with water.

Have you got stains on your glass hob? Start by mixing baking soda and water in a small dish. Spread the paste over the stained area and let it to set for 10 minute, then clean it off with soapy water. Or pour lemon juice/white vinegar over the baking soda paste to release tougher stains. Use a dry cloth to wipe off any remaining streaks.

3. White vinegar: I can’t believe when I look into some kettles what amount of limestone they contain. This is not good for the kettle and it is certainly not good for the body, as take in limescale with every cup of tea. So it is important (not just for your kettle’s health, but also for your health) to descale your kettle, coffee machine, egg cookers, etc. on a regular basis. The best way to do this is to fill your kettle with white wine vinegar and leave overnight. Then bring it to boil and discard. Now fill the kettle with fresh water, boil and discard again (to get rid of any smells). Now the kettle is ready to use again and you can keep it for much longer !

You can also descale your taps and shower heads by placing kitchen towels soaked in white vinegar over them, again leave overnight and rinse off in the morning. Some stone surfaces like marble or granite don’ like vinegar, so if in doubt always test on a small corner.

4. Lemon: Dried on food that won’t easily wipe off inside your microwave? Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a glass bowl containing half a cup of water and pop the squeezed lemons in as well.

Warning: never place anything metal inside a microwave. Place the bowl inside your microwave and turn it on for 3 minutes. After the ping, leave it for a further 5 minutes before removing the bowl. Now wipe clean the food splashes with a damp cloth for a sparkling interior.

To make your place smell fresh and clean take a small saucepan, fill to about two-thirds with water, slice a lemon and add a few sprigs of rosemary.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla extract and let it simmer for a marvellous smell around your house.
5. Cream of tartar: to get rid of any stickiness on your extractor fan and cooker hood mix a tablespoon of cream of tartar and a few drops of water. Rub the solution onto the area firmly with a sponge and wipe with a damp paper towel.

6. Cola: Put 750ml of the fizzy drink into your kettle and boil it. This should be sufficient for most kettles but make sure you don’t fill beyond than the ‘max’ level.Pour away the hot liquid and rinse thoroughly with water. Repeat this until the limescale has gone. Personally I don’t think it is as efficient as white vinegar, but it will do for mild lime scale. Colas are also brilliant toilet cleaners, just pour some cola into your toilet and leave for a while whilst you clean the toilet seat and other surrounding. Your toilet will sparkle again.

 

 

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