I love this book - Wendyl Nissen a journalist and former Womens Magazine Editor spent a year "living like her Grandmother" - returning to old fashioned ways of living, making her own beauty products, growing her own food and keeping chickens (more on that later!).
It is filled with beauty, household, and food recipes. Health remedies, home and garden hints and so much more.
Natural Antibacterial Spray
1 cup of water
20 drops of sweet orange essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Pour water into a spray bottle.
Blend essential oils in a glass jar.
With an eye-dropper add 8 drops of this base to the spray bottle.
Spray on surface and let set for at least 15 minutes. No need to rinse
Keep the base oil mix in a dark coloured glass bottle in the cupboard and use to mix up more spray as you need it.
500ml of water
500nl of white vinegar
Mix together in a one litre spray bottle.
Spray on shower doors or anywhere there is soap scum and leave for five minutes. Then wipe off.
If you have alot of soap scum build up you can use straight vinegar combined with alot of scrubbing with a steel wool pad.
Everday Spray Cleaner
(Almost) 1 litre of water
1 teaspoon of baking soda
A few drops of liquid soap (like Dr Bronner's or Sunlight)
10 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil
Add all of the ingredients to a 1 litre spray bottle and shake - Easy!
If you have wooden benches add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and shake the bottle everytime you use it.
If flies are a problem use citronella oil which helps deter them!