happened to washing windows with newspapers
and vinegar? has the convenience of chemical
filled spray bottles replaced the tips handed
down the generations? or has the knowledge of
the pre-consumerism age faded from memory? or
just been dismissed as 'old wives tales?' From
tips for natural cleaning around the home to
friendly ideas for dealing with gardening problems...
read on for some Natural Tips to help free your
life from stress [and chemicals!].
Send in your own tips
and ideas and help bring back Natural Knowledge!
Around the Home |
A Rosemary infusion makes an ideal solution for cleaning
food shelves and cupboards. Infuse a few sprigs
of fresh or dried Rosemary in boiling water
- allow to cool to a suitable temperature and
use to wash down food storage surfaces.
Use neat Lemon Juice for cleaning tarnished silver, copper or brass
[wash off with cool water and dry with a soft
cloth]. Lemon Juice is an excellent alternative
to bleach, and is great at tackling grease and
oily surfaces. Add Lemon Juice to the washing
up when grease is a problem.
Mix Salt and Vinegar [or Lemon Juice] together
to make an abrasive surface cleaner.
Baking Soda can be used to freshen, clean and
deodorise - makes a useful scouring powder [do
not use on Aluminium]. Mix baking soda with
warm water to clean tarnished silver, stainless
steel sinks and surfaces, floors and windows.
Tree essential oil has remarkable antifungal
and anti-bacterial properties - add several
drops to water and use to wipe down bathroom
surfaces, shower curtains and wooden items prone
to mould / fungi.
in wood surfaces can be treated with a Walnut
kernel - rub in circular motions first and then
with the grain. Polish with a soft cloth once
dried. This really does work - and the oil from
the walnut kernel will help seal the scratch.
Magic! Hazelnut kernels can also be used.
fresh Lemon Balm leaves to scent and polish
chewing gum by rubbing with an ice-cube [or
placing appropriate items in the freezer]. The
gum will flake off effortlessly.
red wine stains from carpets and fabrics by
immediately applying salt - allow the salt to
soak up the wine and brush off. Apply more salt
as necessary [do not rub].
an effective natural metal cleaner try a strong
infusion of Horsetail - leave to steep overnight
then boil for about 15 mins. Cool, strain and
bottle. Use a cloth soaked in the horsetail
solution to rub over metal items [especially
good for pewter] - leave to dry, then polish
with a soft dry cloth.
moth repellents can be made by adding Cedar
Wood [Cedrus spp.] shavings or dried
herbs such as Wormwood [Artemesia abrotanum],
Meadowsweet [Filipendula ulmaria], Sweet
Woodruff [Asperula odorata], Lavender or Rosemary to linen cubpoards, wardrobes and clothes drawers
[or added to a fabric pouch and hung in appropriate
Make a flea-repellent pet cushion with dried
herbs such as Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary,
Fleabane [Galium verum] and Pennyroyal. Eucalyptus
leaves can be scattered around - the sticky
surfaces will trap the fleas and all you need
to do is sweep the leaves away. I personally
stick to Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary herbs,
with the addition of Marjoram and Catnip if
it's a cushion for a cat! Dogs like Aniseed,
so you could include some in a dog cushion if
Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to a cotton wool pad or tissue
and place in your hoover - this will help freshen
the air as you vacuum and is an excellent flea
remedy! [Not suitable for upright vacuum cleaners
with a bag].
Keep weevils out of stored grain, flour and
cereals by placing a Bay leaf on top.
Basil will repel
flies and mosquitos - grow some in a pot on
a kitchen windowsill.
Remedy a Cockroach infestation by spraying a
strong Catnip infusion on all appropriate surfaces, or scattering Catnip leaves
around. [Make the infusion by simmering the
leaves in water].
Ants dislike strong smelling herbs such as tansy,
lemon thyme, rosemary, sage and catnip - bruise
fresh cut sprays of these herbs and hang them
in food cupboards to deter ants.
a limescale encrusted shower head in vinegar
for 24 hours to remove the limescale [submitted
In the Garden |
Keep slugs off your prize plants by surrounding
the plant with a layer of crushed eggshells
or copper sheeting / items. Alternatively feed
them something tastier than your prize plants
- the slugs in my garden love pumpkins and melons!
Milk is an effective organic fungicide / germicide
- useful for protecting vegetables, plants and
roses. Try mixing one part cow's milk to nine
parts water and pouring this over the affected
Plant Garlic near your Rose bushes to discourage aphids.
If you grow Tomatoes try growing some Basil alongside them, apart from keeping flies and
mosquitos away the Basil will also enhance the flavour of the Tomatoes.
When frost is expected spray plants late in
the evening with cold water - the heat generated
as the water evaporates helps prevent frost
is better for plants than tap water - [rainwater
can be collected in a barrel, but do keep the
barrel covered to keep the water fresh longer
and to prevent insects laying their eggs in
it]. If you only have tap water fill up a watering
can / container and leave to stand for a few
hours before using on your plants. [This will
allow the chlorine to evaporate].
Comfrey makes an ideal natural fertiliser. The quick
method is to boil some water, pour onto dried
Comfrey and leave to infuse overnight. Strain
and use to feed plants. The more traditional
method is to steep plenty of comfrey leaves
in a covered tank for a few weeks. Use in the
garden or for houseplants.
Water used to cook vegetables in makes a nourishing
drink for houseplants and garden plants.
Cardboard egg cartons can be recycled into environmentally-friendly
seedling pots. When it's time to plant the seedlings
out simply cut the container into separate containers
and plant in the ground. Grapefruit and Orange
rind halves also make useful natural seedling
skins are rich in potassium - place a banana
skin underneath rose bushes or under vegetables
when planting up, or place around plants as
a mulch - the skins decompose quickly and supply
the soil and plants with a boost of nutrients,
including sulphur, magnesium, calcium, phosphates,
silica and sodium. Also an excellent compost
ingredient which reputedly helps to speed up
the composting process.
grow well during the waxing moon period - if
you are looking for a lush, thick lawn mow it
during the waxing phase. If you prefer a slow
growing lawn, it is best to mow during the waning
Aromatic herbs such as Rosemary, Sage, Lavender,
Lemon Balm and Geranium make additions to bonfires
- they not only smell good but help deter mosquitos
For the Family |
Use neat Lemon Juice as a gargle to soothe a sore throat. Lemon Juice
is anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
A slice of raw Onion can be rubbed on a bruise
to reduce swelling and soothe pain. [For more
Natural Remedies for Bruises click HERE]
toughen or repair damaged nails soak your fingernails
in a Horsetail infusion. Place 2 tablespoons
of horsetail in a stainless steel or glass bowl
and cover with a cup of boiled water. Infuse
for about half an hour and strain into a suitable
bowl. Soak fingernails in the solution for at
least 10 minutes.
Boil some freshly drawn water and dissolve some
Sea Salt crystals in it. Pour into a clean glass
bottle, cool, cap and store in a fridge. Use
this saline solution as a soothing eye wash
for tired or irritated eyes. Also useful as
a wash for cuts, abscesses and grazes.
an effective remedy for bad-breath caused by
garlic, onions and fish. Fennel seeds can be
chewed to freshen breath - and remedy wind.
Jojoba oil makes an ideal alternative to chemical
based make-up removers and cleansers - Jojoba
dissolves sebum - apply to skin on a cotton
wool pad / tissue and wipe skin to remove dirt.
Pay particular attention around the hairline,
jaw and neck. Continue until the pad is no longer
If you've got some left over Lemons after juicing, scrabble your fingers in the
pithy white inner rind bit to clean dirty fingernails
Lemon Juice can
be used to whiten teeth - brush your teeth with
lemon juice and rinse - BUT limit this to once
every fortnight or so, otherwise you could damage
the tooth enamel because of the acidity.
A remedy for dry itchy elbows... rub them with
a Lemons slice
[the fleshy part as opposed to the rind]. Leave
for awhile and wash off, pat skin dry.
Another Lemon remedy - this time for dandruff : Cut a Lemon
in half [or use slices of Lemons] and rub into
the scalp. Leave for awhile before rinsing out.
your own Natural Perfume : Take a beautiful
bottle, 10 ml, fill it with jojoba oil and add
10-15 drops of your favourite fragrance. You
can also put beautiful items in it, Shimmer,
stones or flowers. Voíla ! submitted
a quick and easy Lemon face mask simply rub a fresh lemon slice over
your face, leave for 10 - 15 minutes or as long
as you desire, and then wash off with cool water,
and pat skin dry. Feels great!!! For a slightly
more complex recipe [ok, so there's one more
ingredient! lol] whisk up the white of one egg
- just like you would for meringues - and carefully
fold in 1 tsp of lemon juice. apply to clean
moist skin and leave for about 20 mins before
washing off and patting skin dry. Tones, cleanses