- In a dry skillet, roast the cumin and coriander seeds until nutty.
- Transfer to a spice grinder and add cardamom and fennel seeds; process to a fine powder.
- Put the ground spices in a bowl with the ground ginger, asafetida, and salt and mix all together.
- Transfer into a shaker bottle to use whenever you’d like.
Here is a list of DIY Natural Cleaning products for just about any job in your home! Follow the recipe and you’ll be amazed by how great your own natural products smell, and how great they WORK! Once you try them you’ll never go back. Saves lots of money, and helps the planet!
Most of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. You can make them easily right in the spray bottle. Be sure to label the bottles when you’re done so that you can tell them apart.
½ cup white vinegar
10 drops essential oil (tea tree, lavender, or lemon)
2 Tablespoons baking soda
Water to fill up a 12 ounce spray bottle
Combine vinegar, essential oils, and a small amount of water in a clean, 12-ounce spray bottle. Add baking soda, then fill bottle to the top with water. Shake gently to mix ingredients.
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
15 drops of lavender essential oil
Combine vinegar and water in spray bottle, then add salt and essential oil. Shake to mix ingredients. Spray on carpets and shake in between sprays. When carpet is dry, vacuum all the areas sprayed.
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup white vinegar
30 drops essential oil (lemon or orange)
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray directly on wooden surface and wipe down with a clean, dry cloth. Shake before use.
Mirror and Glass Cleaner
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
¼ cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups warm water
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to mix. Spray on glass surface, wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Shake well before use.
1 cup vinegar
½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil
½ cup baking soda
Mix vinegar and essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray on toilet bowl, base, seat, and lid. Add baking soda around bowl, scrub with a toilet brush. When all clean use paper towels to wipe down all areas sprayed with the solution.
We’re big on birds around my house. My husband has a couple of feeders, and a big book where he can look up all the varieties of birds who come to visit. My step-sister, Debby Kaspari, is the bird expert in our family. She looks at birds from an artist’s point of view, and paints them absolutely beautifully! I have a painting that she did for us of a Snowy Egret hanging in my entry way and I just love it. Debby lives in Oklahoma and you can visit her website to see her work or read her blog: www.DebbyKaspari.com. The last time she was out here Debby gave us a terrific recipe for bird food and I thought I’d share with you:
Melt together 1 cup of lard and 1 cup of peanut butter. Stir in 2 cups of quick oats, 2 cups of yellow cornmeal and 1 cup of flour. Spread into a cookie sheet and let cool. Store in a plastic airtight container and crumble up to feed to the birds. They love it!
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