Many herbes and flowers with their fragrant sweet smels doe comfort, and as it were revive the spirits and perfume the whole house. John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole, Paradisus Terrestris, 1629
Makes about 1 cup
I save this scouring powder for my grungiest jobs, such as the bathroom and kitchen sinks, using a loofah on light stains and a nylon scrubbing pad on tough ones. I usually use as a base a powdered calcium carbonate cleanser such as Bon Ami, but sometimes I combine borax and baking soda in equal proportions. Essential oils cut greasy dirt, battle microbes and add an appealing scent.
Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in Oak Park, Illinois. She writes and teaches about herbs.
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