Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cleaning the Kitchen

I’m such a bad kitchen witch at times!  I hate cleaning the kitchen, but, boy, do I love trashing it to get a good meal on the table.   My boyfriend, gods bless him, took it upon himself from the very first to clean up after me.  He does it to show his appreciation and I, in turn, appreciate that. A lot.   I also appreciate my dishwasher.  
Yeah, so my kitchen gets kinda grody at times.  It’s kinda grody right now.  And I, being the kitchen witch, dammit, should do more to clean it.  A nasty kitchen is an unhappy kitchen.  I really don’ think Hestia appreciates a stove that is splattered with grease and marinara sauce.  
This priestess of the hearth needs to get her butt in gear.  But how does a kitchen witch clean, exactly?  What makes it different from a normal, everyday cleaning?  Well, not a lot, really.   I’m working on a list that I am going to share. 

Effective Kitchen Witch Cleaning

1.      1.  Use natural products as much as possible.  I am currently using a mixture of white vinegar, water, and orange essential oil to clean the stove and counter tops.    White vinegar and water work wonders.   I’m also a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s soap.   Look around the Internet for recipes for natural home cleaners.  There are tons of ideas and recipes out there.
2.      .  Remember to smudge.  I use a mixture of sage and rosemary to cleanse and purify. 
3.      3. Add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar-water solution to mop the floor.  Lavender and rosemary are personal favorites.    You can also use some cinnamon and clove oils to create a cozy atmosphere. This is especially nice around Samhain and Yule.

Okay, that’s for the physical cleaning.  Now on to the spiritual stuff:

4.     4.   Clean to music.  Seriously.  Not just because it makes you more productive, but because you can really generate some good energy while singing or dancing.   The kitchen is YOUR space, so fill it with YOUR energy.   
5.       5. Use said energy to communicate with your hearth deity and request his/her presence in you kitchen.    I light a candle and put it on the back of the stove to represent the hearth flame, set my statue of Hestia up there with it, and give an offering of food. 

Let the candle burn out – I use tea lights – and your kitchen will be physically and spiritually cleansed and protected.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some scrubbing and chanting to do…


TheBlakkDuchess said...

Your kitchen and mine sound mysteriously alike... o_O

This kitchen witch needs to get her butt in gear too. My kitchen went from spick and span to a disaster area in only a day or two (or three...)

Thank you for the cleaning tips! =D I love cleaning to music for exactly those reasons... and dancing makes the work that much more fun. ^-^

Good luck with you kitchen, and I'm once again looking forward to cleaning mine. ^-^


Diandra said...

I usually forget the spiritual aspect of cleaning the kitchen. Ours looks surprisingly clean, however. Don't know how that happens. ^^