DIY Old-fashioned Floor Polish

Old-fashioned floor polish 250 ml turpentine 80 g beeswax 20 g Sunlight Soap, grated 250 ml tea, made from infusing a handful of lemon balm leaves in boiling water 20 drops essential oil Place beeswax and turps in a double boiler. Heat gently and do not take your eye off the mixture, as turps is highly flammable. When they are …

 

 

Merry Wives Furniture Polish

This is an old recipe I’ve found in dozens of books called the ‘Merry Wives of Windsor Balm’. I’m not sure what the addition of lemon balm does to this, as the smell of turps somewhat overpowers the lemon scent, but it is such a good polish I didn’t mess with the recipe. I’ve also used this on my unpolished …

 

 

Not Green, But Cheap Floor Cleaner

Not Green, But Cheap Floor Cleaner If you’re really after ‘hospital grade’ this is the one for you. But do be aware that fumes from ammonia can irritate skin, eyes and the respiratory system, and I’m really not happy about it going down the drain. Having said that, if I need a really strong clean I’ll use this once in …

 

 

Moth Proof Blankets

If you’re putting your blankets away for summer it is always a good idea to wash them before storing.  Use this recipe to moth-proof them while you’re at it. 2 tbsp eucalyptus oil 1 cup methylated spirits 225g soap flakes (Lux flakes are good) Mix together in a screw-top jar until all the ingredients are dissolved. Add 1 tbsp of …

 

 

Javelle Water Spot Remover

Javelle Water Spot Remover  This is for spot stain removal on white fabric only.  To use, stretch the stained part over a basin of cold or tepid water. Apply the Javelle Water with a medicine dropper, drip from a teaspoon or put in a spray bottle. Leave for a few minutes, then slip the stain down into the water. Apply …

 

 

DIY Bluing Powder Recipe

While I was writing the new book I remembered the terrible days when I ruined three sets of beautiful white sheets trying to recreate Bluo from my nana’s day.  The idea behind bluing is that the blue pigment exchanges with the yellow or grey pigment which makes white sheets look dull after lots of washes. I believe that the optical brighteners …