I have a love affair with chemistry. I was never closer to Hogwarts than when I took O-Chem in college, although that felt a lot like Breaking Bad too.
But I am not a fan of chemicals in every day use. In the DIY low impact approach essential oils are my anti bacterial, viral, and microbial friends. My thought is the more complicated it is to make, the longer it will need to break down in the environment. Here are a few of my favorite potions using essential oils to swap out commercial products.
My Other Broom is a Swiffer Wet Jet
do this first to remove the container
it holds 5.2 cups, we will make a little less than that
2/3 cup of liquid castile soap
4 cups of warm water
1/3 cup of lemon juice
10 drops of either tea tree or lemon oil
(works best on tile or vinyl)
Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Bath Salts
start with 1 cup of basic bath salt recipe
6 drops of clove oil
4 drops of faery garden oil
Familiar Fur-Off Spray
I spray my cat trees with this to loosen the fur offerings and wipe them clean
to a 16 oz spray bottle add
1 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup witch hazel
6 drops lavender oil
4 drops cat nip oil
(number 31 on the pagan blog project week 10)
Moving out of a rental has a ritual that has always irritated me, that final clean. Preparing the house for the walk through to make sure it’s in order should be straight forward; it’s not like I haven’t been living there it should be easy enough to polish the place up. Wrong. Once you start packing all you can see are stains, crumbs, and residue. You are gross. How could you have lived in this flith?! So you start scrubbing only to realize you are never going to enjoy this very clean home you are creating. I imagine this is what is it like to clean up a crime scene. You only get rewarded if you make it look like you were never there to begin with.
Here’s a deeper question. When you move out, do you scrub away your crafting too? Alters are boxed up, runes earsed, and tokens are take down. But what about the sage buried in the rocks outside or the years of blessings you’ve made. Does that power stay once you’ve left? I do believe the layer of time alters a place and remains. You can’t ever hit a complete reset button and erase your presence completely. Just as you will never be able to rid your space of every loose cat hair.
But securing your full deposit back from the landlord is more about the visual and less about the metaphysical. If you are like me and are too busy filling your fridge when it’s empty to bother a full clean through you may notice various demonic deposits when you move out. Those need to be dealt with as you do not want to have the cost of a professional service deducted from your deposit. And if that terrible Conjuring movie taught me anything it was people just don’t understand when witches leave their mark on a place.
fridge demon banishment potion
regular white vinegar
do these things
sprinkle the demonic ooze with a healthy coat of baking soda
use the towel to create a circle around the baking soda covered area to contain the magic
pour or spray the vinegar to activate the potion
allow the bubbles to fester and wipe away
(this potion will also work on any urine stains left by your familiars)