Add A Bit Of Magic To Your Spring Cleaning!

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Its that time of year again when we throw out all the old built up clutter, and give our houses a really good sparkling Spring Clean. There’s nothing better than to see the windows shine, the coffee table gleam and the floor newly washed. I bet you forgot that your carpet was bright red! Over the last year its turned into a strawberry mush color, with possibly a few tags and tears caused by the dog or cat getting overenthusiastic. And what about your curtains? Yes I know you wash them a few times in the year, but lets face it they are getting a bit tatty. So, what to do?

 

First things first. As my mother used to say. There’s no good cleaning the floor if you need to clear out the rubbish. And having a large house can be pretty daunting if you really want to Spring Clean it. So the best thing to do is clean one room each day for a week. Making sure that you don’t track the dust back into the rooms that you have just done! But there’s a secret to spring cleaning. Its not just your house that needs a good dusting. it’s the atmosphere too! So this year, why not Add A Bit Of Magic To Your Spring Cleaning?


Why Clean Naturally?

Back in Victorian times, they took cleaning very seriously, especially after the publication of Mrs Beeton’s Book Of Household Management came out. This provided a detailed explanation of how to run a typical household, including hints and tips on keeping your house clean.

In Mrs Beeton’s day, everyone used natural cleaning ingredients simply because there were no alternatives. What they didn't know back then was the fact that they were using products that were safe for their health. These days the chemicals in cleaning products can be downright dangerous. Especially if you are prone to allergies

. White vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and of course the nicest smelling of all, lemon juice, can all be used to clean as well as any over the counter cleaning products. Did you know that lemon juice has excellent antibacterial properties and can be used safely around food preparation surfaces? It is full of citric acid and can cut through grease as effectively as any chemical washing soap. And its great on sweaty clothes too.

 

Let Spring Wash Through Your Home

Obviously if you find it easier to used prepared cleansers then they are just as good, if not better, to get the stains out of your work tops and furniture. Before you start open the windows, and let the air clean through. Obviously if there is a gale force wind out there, don’t bother, but its nice to clean with fresh air circulating around the room. If you are Spring cleaning then let the Spring in!

Clean out all the rubbish, old paperbacks that you no longer want, maybe take them to your local charity shop if they are in good condition, and then go around the room and pick up everything, and I mean everything that you no longer need, want or have room for. I know, difficult, but it must be done.

 

Then vacuum the floor, or dust. Some people swear by dusting first, others by vacuuming. I dust first then vacuum, but the choice is yours. When you have dusted, go back over it with a slightly damp cloth with a drop of lemon juice on. Wipe all your ornaments and shelves. Obviously take care not to get the wet cloth on anything that will spoil. I know, obvious, but you would be surprised to see how many people ruin a good picture or ornament by smearing it!


Don't forget to open your window. flickr.com
Don't forget to open your window. flickr.com

Mending and Washing

Take down curtains and mend any holes or loose layers of lace. Wash, then iron them. You don’t actually have to wait until they are completely dry before putting them back, as the radiators underneath or an open window will soon dry off any excess water.

When the curtains are down it's a good time to give the windows a good old clean. This is where the White Vinegar comes into its own. It will leave your windows really sparkling.

If your carpets need a good wash, then make sure that you are not going to use that room for a few hours, the windows need to remain open to evaporate the last remnants of water. There, looks good doesn't it? Repeat in every room, and don’t forget to give the stairs and fittings a good polish.

Finished? Good! Now for the fun part!

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Candle magic for cleansing your house flickr.com

Add A Bit Of Magic

Now your house looks clean and shiny.

There's still things you need to do.

Sprinkle magic and some sunshine

cleanse your house, refresh, renew


Candle Magic.

Using a White Candle is best for house cleansing. But you can use blue. Wait until you have cleaned all of your house, then take the candle, and room by room, walk to the centre and place the candle on the floor. Sit down in front of the candle and clear your mind. Imagine the candle burning brighter and brighter


. As your eyes focus on the flame, imagine that it is cleansing the room around you with a brilliant white light. Before you start, make sure the windows are open, to carry out the negative energy. If you wish, write a small spell before you start. For example:

 

Candle white burning bright,

Bring your cleansing pure white light,

Bless this home for all to see

Calm of thought and purity

Blessed Be

Colorful Joss Sticks Public Domain Photo
Colorful Joss Sticks Public Domain Photo

For A Peaceful House

To make your home feel peaceful and clean, pick or buy fresh parsley and soak it in water for a few minutes. Then pour the water into a bowl and go through the house sprinkling carefully, all the while thinking peaceful and calming thoughts.

There are other herbs that you can use to clean your house too. From Chamomile to create a calm energy, onto stronger herbs that leave a wonderful musky smell. Whatever you feel happy with is always the best energy cleanser. Each and every one of us is different.

Joss Sticks.

I always use Joss Sticks instead of household sprays. For loads of reasons. Mainly because I tend to be an allergic person! So sprays tend to have to pass a real trial test for me.

My favorite Joss Sticks are Sandalwood that brings to mind a lovely woodland park in the Autumn, and various Musks. These are an exotic scent that will leave your room smelling divine!

Smell is an important part of our lives. These days we are so used to smelling chemical based products that we forget how wonderful natural smells are. That's why I love to bring in Pine and just leave it in a bowl on the window ledge. Lovely.

Smudge Stick
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Smudge Stick

Many people use something called a Smudge Stick to clean their house. This ritual has been used for centuries all over the world. Its actual meaning is to pass through smoke.

This can either be Ceremonial White Sage, or just a handful of sage leaves. Most people plait them to make a feather like object. You can also use Pine which is wonderful for cleansing and the smell is amazing. If you would rather do it in a simple way, you can buy Sage or Pine in powder form and place them over a charcoal burner.

Remember, Sage is for banishing negative energy, and Pine is for bringing positive energy.

Once you have the Smudge Stick burning, make sure you carry a small dish or ashtray around with you to catch any falling leaves. You don’t want to set light to the carpet! Not a good idea for banishing the negative atmosphere!

Next, start at your front door and work your way around the house, keep wafting the smoke into the corners while visualising the cleansing energy. If you are banishing negative energy then make sure you walk counterclockwise around the house, and for invoking positive energy, go clockwise.

 

At the same time as you are walking around the house, you may want to chant or use a cleansing spell. There are loads of cleansing spells out there, in books or on the internet, but the best ones are your own words. So before you start sit down and write a short spell or chant that you feel comfortable with. For example:


From this Fire comes Smoke

Which is made from Air

From Mother Earth will grow this Plant

That comes from Water.

I call upon Fire Air Earth and Water

And the blessings of Spirit

To please cleanse this house.

Blessed Be.


Obviously if you don't feel comfortable with these chants or spells you can find some wonderful Psalms in the Bible to say out loud instead. It really is about you and what you prefer to say. As long as you are comfortable with the words, and you really believe in them, then anything is fine. And of course you don't have to say anything. Just do the cleansing rituals without words.


So, as you can see, giving your house a good Spring Clean doesn't just mean washing the curtains, or cleaning the stairs! If you want to really welcome in the next quarter of the year, and invite Spring into your home, Add A Bit Of Magic To Your Spring Cleaning!

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This hub has been published at just the right time for me, Nell. I've started my spring cleaning early since a relative will be visiting me soon. Thank you for the information about natural cleaning products. I do clean with "green" products, but I am interested in using substances that are even more natural for cleaning.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alicia, thanks for being so quick! I try to use natural products as much as possible being so allergic to chemical stuff, I started sneezing yesterday because I bought the wrong washing powder! lol!


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Love this hub because I am someone who highly believes in cleansing rituals such as using a smudge stick. Interesting information and well written. Voted up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Cresentmoon, its something I have done a few times, and spring is such a great time to cleanse the house and the negative energy, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Your hub makes cleaning seem easy and fun. It's a lot of work but it has to be done sooner or later. For me it's later. LOL Great tips, perhaps I can try some of them. That means I have to get my hands dirty!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a unique idea! I think opening the windows also helps with negative energy too. I will have to give this a try. Excellent and creative!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Some great advice there Nell. Ritual is a good thing, as it helps to focus the mind. I always believe that it is appropriate to ask God to bless our work anyway.

Since I have only lived here for a few months, "spring clean lite" should be sufficient. I have noticed that my curtains need washing though.

I wish I could say, "I will pass on your useful tips to the maid". But this year I will have to deal with these things myself. Such is life alas.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, jpcmc, thanks for reading, the incense rituals are really good though, no dirty hands there! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks tammy, I often do it especially in the Spring, or if I feel we need to 'lift' it a bit, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, christopher, no maid? lol! get the neighbour to do it! haha! thanks as always, nell


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell Rose....I have one of those HUGE homes that makes Spring Cleaning seem like a "daunting task." It not only seems that way.It IS!.... For years, I would welcome pre-Spring, rolling up my sleeves and be excited to get knee deep into the work. Ready- set-GO!!

Well....I will not verbalize how I'm feeling THIS year. Instead, I'd just like to ask you if you prefer me to book you for a flight in early March or late March? No problem, sweetie....I'm but an hour from the Airport and I have a lovely guestroom. I promise you'll be happy here......for the month. Pack "light." Just scrubbing clothes will be fine! PEACE!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

This is wonderful information Nell. Spring Cleaning is just around the corner for me and I love all these magical tips to go with it.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

You've taken an old subject and cleaned it up with your own brand of magic! I love those ideas for the atmosphere. A good free-standing air purification system is good too, but a lot more costly than those candles :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Finance, thanks for reading, and for the vote, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, fpherj48, lol! packing already! haha! do I get a day off once a week to go and explore? no? okay, better pack my cleaning gloves, pinny (apron) oh and musn't forget the candles! hee hee! thanks for the laugh, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, mljd, glad you enjoyed it, I often get the candles out, they are great for meditation too! turn everything off and just sit and stare at the flame, wonderful! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

Great hub! I'll have to try to parsley and water after I finish my spring cleaning this year! :)


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I was cleaning when I came across this hub too. I love the feeling of a freshly cleaned house and am really looking forward to spring. those sticks remind me of the lavender that grew by my front door. It is dead now, but I enjoyed making sticks out of them.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Wonderful hub! I have started a bit of spring cleaning and decluttering..I love spring cleaning...turn up the music, open the windows and have a cleaning party. Thank you for all the wonderful tips...

Sunnie


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, green Lotus, I love opening the windows, lighting the candles and setting the joss sticks in their holders, thanks as always, nell


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hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

Love this hub, Nell! My house needs a little magical cleaning now and then. Very nice... I'm going to bookmark it. :) Oh, and vote up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Suzie, I haven't tried this one yet, but as I have a whole tray of herbs on my table I think I will too! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Millionaire, I really love lavender, if I had a garden I would grow loads of the stuff, it smells gorgeous! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sunnie, I love dancing to the music with a vacuum in my hand! lol! trouble is not a lot gets done I am too busy jumping around! but I do love opening all the windows and let in the clean air, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, hecate, thanks so much! I love the added magic, it makes spring cleaning much more fun!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

I can't believe that spring is just around the corner but I will certainly use these tips when I do begin my spring cleaning! Thank you so much.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, can't wait for spring! its freezing here, and we have snow! thanks as always, nell


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reikieffect 4 years ago

Somehow this hub speaks of a spiritual cleaning as well. Loved it!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Yes exactly, reikieffect, I love cleansing the negative energy from a house, it really does make a difference, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Awesome, awesome hub! I'm growing my own sage in my backyard just to be able to do smudges whenever I'd like. :) I'll admit though, I really should take cleaning more seriously. I mean...HubPages has taken over my life! ;) Beautiful hub! Voted up, and pushed some other buttons.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, cclitgirl, I have sage too but never made the smudges yet, they just fascinate me, so I am going to try it, I always use joss Sticks and candles though, I hate cleaning too! haha! thanks so much, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh my camera is telling me spring is near! I love the idea of lemon and I have three bottles I found yesterday, two unopened so lemon clean it is!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jackie, I love cleaning with lemon, and its said to help keep you awake! they use it in offices to make people more alert! lol! thanks again, nell


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Talk about cleaning your house...this is fantastic. You really touched on cleaning everything and starting fresh in spring. I love Sandalwood but we can't get Joss Sticks here. I've been using scented oils in those little jars with the sticks standing out of them. I'll be thinking of you when I do my spring cleaning. Voted up, useful and Sharing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I love this hub Nell and have bookmarked, I have never heard of the smudge stick or the cleansing before and am keen to try it, in fact I am actually looking forward to spring cleaning, it has to be a first:-)

Voting up!


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

Whew . . I got tired just reading this. As I read my eyes skimmed over my dust laden blinds and computer. I've got to get crack'n and your hub has put me in the mood!!! I love the inclusion of the natural cleaning products and their more economical too. Voted up marked useful, awesome, interesting and bookmarked.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, till, I love Joss Sticks its such a shame that You can't get them, I have seen the scented oils in jars, I will have to try them! thanks for the vote! cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Movie Master, I love trying all these new ideas, and I always use a candle and walk through the house to cleanse it after cleaning, especially spring cleaning, its so nice to know that its the end of winter!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, pmccray, lol! I know just what you mean! my computer table needs a good sorting out! I jumble books and papers, novels and pens all over it! scared to look under them all! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Cleaning? Don't we hire professionals for this task? I guess not all of us could afford or prefer not to have so I'll be sure and share your terrific tips!:)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sunshine, lol! I wish I could hire someone, but to be quite honest, if a sane person came in to clean, they would go out quite mad! haha! its not dirty, just me yelling at them to 'not touch that, or that or that...'! thanks as always, nell


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Nell,

I can totally relate to your hub since, I kinda do a sweep of negativity from my home on a daily basis. I usually light an incense stick and a lamp. And then take it to each room and allow it to spread it around...I feel it's aura will help nullify the negativity ;)

Belief is so powerful that if anything helps...we kinda cling to it :)

loved your hub with such brilliant tips...voted up as useful. Thanks!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Nell, what a wonderful hub. Now you know you were going to please me when you wrote this. :) Love the tips on washing curtains, using candle magick, and using smudging for a cleansing effect. I need to get my white sage out and do a smudging in my house soon. Thanks for reminding me how magickal and beautiful spring cleaning can be! Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ruchira, thanks for reading, I should really do it more often, its a fact that on a quantum level atoms do react to positive thoughts! fascinating! thanks so much for the vote, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, kitty, haha! I did have you in mind!! seriously its a lovely way to bring Spring into your home, glad you liked it, and go get the white sage! lol!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I absoltuley love the idea of not only cleaning your house... but cleaning the negative energy that might have built up over time. We are heading out to vacation soon, but spring cleaning (and finish unpacking) is on my list of things to do when we get back. I might have to try this... although I will admit I use the store bought cleaners just because it always seems to do a better job. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Maybe I will eventually get through all my spring cleaning this year!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I'm so far behing on picking up that it's hard for me to even get to the cleaning part or my house! Maybe one day as i plug along. I like your ideas. Gave you all the votes but funny. Bookmarking for later. Lovely hub!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, barbergirl, that sounds wonderful, I could do with a vacation! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

Hi, Victoria, thanks so much for reading, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Nell

I like the magic that you have added to spring cleaning. I have bookmarked this one.

Voted up and away!

Take Care


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sue, thanks so much, I am so glad you liked it, nell


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have given some great advice here with natural cleaning products. I love the idea of cleansing the home of negative energies at the same time.

Voting up


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Rosemay, thanks, I always get a candle and walk around my house mentally cleaning as I go, it seems to make the room feel much brighter, nell


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What an interesting way to spring clean. I'm familiar with joss sticks, being from Asia, but the other stuff was new to me. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks again alocsin, I really appreciate it, cheers nell


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I have a huge amount of sage in my garden so I am going to use your technique to cleanse my house of evil spirits and perhaps I'll intice a couple fairy folk move in.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Lilleyth, lol! make sure the fairies do all the Spring cleaning for you! thanks again, nell


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great hub and tips for cleaning. I have never heard of the smudge stick. Interesting and useful hub, voted up.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, yes the smudge stick is used to cleanse the room of bad vibes, thanks so much for reading, nell


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I remember the old country women (where I grew up) did spring cleaning. It was a big deal. I'm somewhat of a slacker when it comes to cleaning, I'm afraid. I'm even bad about washing the curtains. Just one of those chores I dislike.

You mention a couple of things I am not familiar with like the smudge sticks.

When I do decide to clean, I use white vinegar for everything. I wrote a Hub about using vinegar.

Voted UP and shared.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Hi Nell, Great article. Like Mary615, my spring cleaning is not as thorough as it should be, but this year I will do better.

I never think about adding the cleansing rituals to my cleaning. I will burn a candle or incense after any cleaning but it's not an intentional act and I don't add a chant. I have performed cleansing rituals to dispel negative vibes, however, just not connected to spring cleaning.

This is a good reminder to include this in my spring cleaning.

It's that time of year, so I'm sharing this excellent article.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Hi Nell, I found this hub useful. Great tips for a clutter free home and atmosphere. Not only does it clear up physical space, but mental space as well. I like the candle magic & chant ideas. definitely voted up!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks mary, yes I have started to use vinegar now, its really good isn't it? thanks, nell

Hi Cyndi, I love burning candles too, it makes the cleaning process seem finished with a lovely touch, thanks so much for reading, nell

Hi love, yes the mental thing is great for making you feel better, thanks so much as always, nell


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kittythedreamer 18 months ago from the Ether

Nell - Did you know that I remembered you wrote this article 3 years ago? I thought to myself, let me go back and look at what Nell suggests for spring cleaning (magical, that is). I can't believe you wrote this 3 years ago, seems like just yesterday! Anywho, your suggestions are wonderful, but they are all things I already do! LOL. Great hub, anyway. And happy spring cleaning!


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Nell Rose 18 months ago from England Author

LOL! oh don't kitty! where has the time gone? thanks for coming back!


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

We, each of us, should endeavor to clean and purify our living spaces at least once per year. Once per quarter might be better. And getting rid of clutter is a good on may levels.

Voted up.


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Nell Rose 18 months ago from England Author

Hi poetry, I totally agree with you, I am actually about to paint my front room too, so fun time ahead! LOL! thanks for reading, nell

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