Three easy ways to use old textiles

 Every year, with the advent of spring, a cleaning maniac wakes up in me! It's almost like waking up from hibernation and discovering that at least the last four months
no one has cleaned home and questions arise! (I look at my partner). And then there is a split in my personality and absolutely everyone living under the same roof as I must start major spring cleaning IMMEDIATELY! The first thing is a storm in the wardrobe where I always discover that too much clothing has emerged again (the irony is always and always one finds nothing to wear). For years I pulled out big bags and started shovelling clothes in there to take them to one of the second-hand shops. But as is already well known, these second-hand stores don't want to accept clothes anymore because they are sitting on a pile of clothes themselves! So what to do?

I've sewn, remodelled, reshaped a lot of clothes during the years, given them to friends (they btw are drowning in clothing as well). But honestly, how many of these quilts a person manage to sew in a lifetime! And after all, not everyone has a sewing machine in hand. Below are three simple (tried and tested) tips that
you can use as soon as you finish reading this post.


Dusters

Not just dusters, but clothes that are impregnated with the best natural remedies that nature has to offer to polish your household. After cleaning, your home is bright and fragrant.
 

You need (depending on the number of dusters):
1 part water
1 part distilled vinegar
2 drops of olive oil
lemons
a variety of cotton cloths (use textiles you know you won't give any colour)
empty glass jars

optionally you can also add a drop of tea tree oil, which gives
extra disinfecting effect.

First, mix vinegar and water in a bowl and add two drops of olive oil. Place the cloths in the bowl to soak, meanwhile peel the lemons (I recommend peeling the lemon so that you leave the white skin on the lemon,
lemons won't dry and you can use them later). When the cloths are sufficiently soaked,
twist them dry and place them on the work surface. Put the lemon zest on the cloth and then place the duster in an airtight jar. Add one extra lemon zest to the jar to give an even stronger lemon aroma to the dusters.

Vinegar has a cleansing and disinfecting effect, olive oil helps to collect dust and gives to different surfaces
a thin protective layer. In the future, it's much easier to clean these surfaces since the oil layer doesn't let dust gather.  
There is no need to be afraid of oil stains because the amount that is added to the mixture is very small.
Cleaned surfaces remain brilliantly clean! I must admit that thanks to these dusters I clean more often, just to open one of these jars! What a smell !!

Idea: Christina Strutt “Guide to natural housekeeping”


Scent bags
One of the clearest memories I have of my grandmother is all kinds of fragrance bags. As a child, I liked to linger in her closets, there were all kinds of exciting treasures. For example, she had a closet that smelled very sweet. I called this a candy closet. I often put my nose in there and smelled that sweet smell. In fact, grandma kept cherry liqueur and home-made wines there, and sometimes candies as well 😊. Between the sheets, I found sachets that smelled like rose, lavender, laurel, etc. This experience from my childhood definitely influenced and shaped my sense of smell. When feeling unwell, I put my nose in the lavender bush, I pull my lungs full of nectar and life gets a new taste (smell). These scent bags also have other functions. In addition to fragrance the closet, they help keep away the annoying insects that are ready to eat your beautiful textiles as soon as they can. 

To make sachets you need:

dried herbs of your choice (my favourites are lavender
and rose)

pieces of fabric

strips of cloth to close the sachets

if desired, different essential oils

Cut out different pieces of fabric depending on how big you want sachets to be. For example, 22x22 cm could be the size of a medium sachet (cut bags larger, you can always cut them smaller later). Set a piece of cloth on the table and place the dried herbs on top. You can pick herbs and dry them either yourself or buy them at a herbal store. Nowadays, there should be already a pretty good selection of herbs. I used lavender and laurel as the goal of these sachets is to keep away the moths and these two herbs make the lives of these characters a little
more unpleasant. You can also add a drop of essential oil to the dried herb mixture to enhance the odour effect. odour. Tie the sachets on top and voilà, they're ready! My sachets went to the child's room in the linen closet.


Storage box covers

Do you know the feeling when you can't find the right lid for the storage box? It happens to me all the time.
Honestly, I don't know where all the covers are and why all available ones are smaller than the box itself. But don't worry because now you can use this cotton linen that you classified as old and which had to find a place among the things to be discarded.

You just need that linen, stronger rubbers and when you are

a especially diligent hostess then you can also look for some ribbons. I'm not that diligent and there is a good amount of laziness in me, so I use rubbers. The result is not aesthetically so beautiful, but it is fast.

Cut off cloth material of suitable size, place them on the box,
fasten it with rubber and it is ready before you can say "where are the lids". The textile you use should be stronger and denser with a thicker fibre. Tighten your storage box properly, because for example a pack of juice (which you put on its side to the refrigerator and, of course, forgot to close the cap properly) causes a flood in the refrigerator, you can be sure that there won't be flooding in your storage box. The fabric also allows air to pass through, the storage film does not, and thus no condensed water is formed!


In these three ways alone, you can make big savings for the benefit of yourself and nature. Plus you get a cleaner and more chemical-free home. I boldly give a duster to my child without fear that the chemistry inside the cleaner would somehow harm her health. Scent bags are also great to make with kids. Maybe I'll be able to pass her some beautiful fragrant childhood memories she can remember years later!


Enjoy the crafting and have a lot of scent experiences!



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