My kitchen sees a bunch of activity in a given day. There’s the regular cooking and eating to simply sustain us, but there’s also recipe development for private clients and magazine writing assignments, there’s herbal medicine creating, and much more that goes on in there. All that activity means the counters need cleaned, often. Most of the time, I simply use hot soap and water or some diluted vinegar. Both those things work well for me and tend to clean up most every mess we make. I never expected to change that until I saw the recipe for this Thyme Counter Cleaning Spray and well let’s just say that this has changed my kitchen cleaning routine in all the best ways.
I’ve been a huge fan of Jan over at Nerdy Farm Wife for years. Her DIY projects are always so very doable and practical, not to mention beautifully photographed. Her new book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home gives us all of the practical and beautiful in a resource perfect for every home’s DIY library. It’s a book, I know I’ll turn to again and again for home use as well as amazing gift giving ideas.
101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home takes a wonderful approach to DIY body and home care products in that there is a heavy focus on using fresh and dried herbal and floral elements. I appreciate this as a gardener and avid forager who is always looking for new and practical ways to use my harvests and the shelves of dried items I put up each year. Too often, in my opinion, DIY books focus on heavy use of expensive and uncommon essential oils. Don’t get me wrong, essential oils have their place in a handmade life but I appreciated that for the most part the recipes in this book skipped heavy essential oil use in favor of using the whole plant more often.
For the beginner, the book gives all the basic steps necessary for infusing oil, includes substitution tips, and includes detailed instructions. For the more advanced there are plenty of ideas to get the creative juices flowing as well as projects for soaps using lye and much more. Projects included in the book include everything needed to wash and soften skin, ways to make baths more luxurious, herbal home remedy needs, solutions for homemaking, and even a section on taking care of those pets naturally. Truly it’s a book for every body and every home interested in doing more of ‘it’ themselves. It’s a great way to be using up the summer garden for amazing homemade gifts for birthdays, holidays, and more.
As I was going through the book, the thyme counter spray jumped out at me as the first product I wanted try. I had some dried thyme in the pantry and all of the other ingredients were also easily at hand. I knew that thyme was a natural antibacterial and figured the combination of soap and alcohol with that herb would be an amazing way to keep the counters clean without harsh chemicals and boy, is it!
- Put the thyme in a small jar and pour the alcohol over it. Cover and let infuse overnight. In the morning strain the leaves from the alcohol.
- Put the water and castile soap in a spray bottle and swirl gently to combine. Pour the infused alcohol into the bottle and swirl again. Cap with a spray and label the bottle.
- Shake gently before each use.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It truly is a book you’ll be glad to have in own personal library. Pre-order now because it becomes available everywhere tomorrow, March 29th.
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