using vinegar to clean

DIY: the CURSE A BITCH edition

So yeah, follow up to this post.

You’ll need:
• polymer clay
• nails
• paints and brushes
• a jar
• a taglock
• salt
• black pepper
• tabasco
• vinegar (the clear kind you use for cleaning)
• dirt
• gutter water
• candles

First I salted all my windowsills and my doorstep with salt to make protect my house. To make sure the bitch wouldn’t be able to counteract, I created a home guardian who acts as a “bouncer” of sort.

Then I made a small poppet out of clay. I tried to make it look as much like the bitch as I could at that scale. Then I drove nails into her, telling her each time why she was being stabbed. “This one is for when you made fun of coworker S”, “this one is for when you bullied coworker B”, “this one is for when you took pictures of me”, etc… I finished by driving a nail in her mouth “that’s to teach you to stop spreading gossips and lies”

I made her look anguished and in pain because that’s why I want for her. Then I baked the poppet, leaving the nails in. I roughly painted it afterward.

Once it was dried, I glued her inside the jar. My taglock this time was a note she wrote me. Her name was even on it, so that was good. I put it inside the jar and lit it up. Watching the flames lick her frame was cathartic.

Once it was done burning, I covered the ashes with salt to ward off her influence and irritate her. Then I ground some black pepper and poured it along some tabasco on her, to burn her. Then I went outside and scraped some dust and hair and dead bugs from the ground and poured it on her, so her reputation gets as dirty as she tried to make mine.

Ew, gross.

I added nails to the mixture so that every time I shake the jar, she’s hit by the weight of what she’s done.

Then I filled it to two third with vinegar. At first I wanted to use the cooking kind, but in the end, the cleaning kind made more sense. I mean, she’s a huge disgusting stain on the surface of earth, so… I topped it off with some gutter water because that’s where she belong, and spat in it three times, thinking about all the crap she had done to me and the others.

Once I was done, I just sealed it with wax and placed it in a dark place where it never sees the light of day.

I poured some salt and pepper on top of it, hence the grains. The color is a lot grosser irl, haha.

Anyway, there you go: how to curse a bitch.

Apartment tips

Before you move into your new place you need to do two things (if you’re renting)

Have a walk through especially if you have a large security deposit
Bring a camera with a date option and take pictures of every stain, hole, weird looking thing in the place. You don’t want to have your security deposit revoked because you’re being blamed for a previous tenants red wine spill.
Make sure you bring these up with the owner and show them the pictures and have them sign something saying they acknowledge that these problems are not from you and were in fact from previous owners.
Bring cleaning supplies. It is so much easier to do a deep clean when there is nothing in it. Even if they have maintenance come in before and clean it. Clean it again. Because we all k ow you’re not going to move your giant sectional every time your sweep unless you rearrange your furniture. So clean those spots real REAL good.
What to bring
- Vinegar & Baking soda (if your cheap and can’t bring your parents cleaning supplies)
- Carpet cleaner and vacuum (if you can)
- Broom and dustpan
- Windex
- Bleach
- Gloves
- Mop and bucket if you have laminate
- Paper towels
- Carpet powder or borax if you don’t have a carpet cleaner
- Spray bottle

Remember never mix chemicals.

Always dilute your bleach and vinegar when cleaning.

When using chemical make sure you open the windows and doors to provide ventilation.

Use vinegar to clean down counters, sinks, bathtubs, anything that’s ceramic or metal. Don’t use it on wooden surfaces. You can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar in your sinks to help clean and dislodge anything Use an equal amount for each and then run hot water after its done. You can also use both to clean your toilet. As long is its a non-porous surface like marble or wood you should be fine.

Vinegar is a natural solution to bleach and does most of the job but if you need bleach always dilute it with 3-4 parts water with every 1 part bleach. You can use it on all the same things as vinegar but make sure you wear gloves and have the windows and doors open for good ventilation. Never mix bleach with any other chemicals as it can result in lethal gas.

Using carpet powder is super easy most of the time you just sprinkle the powder and let it sit. You can also use borax to clean if you are worried about and bugs that might be living in your carpet in the same was you use powder carpet cleaner. Just sprinkle it on your carpet and let it sit for 15-20 minutes and the vacuum


replied to your



Guys, guys, gUyS I just realized: I’m not allergic…

Can you make your own cheese/yogurt? I have a recipe for ricotta that’s just milk and vinegar or lemon juice. Did I miss allergies to lemons too?

Vinegar is sulfited so I struggle to eat anything that uses vinegar. Sucks cause I love it (and use it to clean a lot) but it makes my symptoms a whole lot worse.

I am thinking of maybe trying to make my own yogurt at some point. I did find an organic brand at the store I could somewhat tolerate, but they used pectin to firm it up, and although pectin can be organic the process that changes things into pectin involves…wait for it…sulfites. So yea. I’m not sure how well I’d tolerate it.

At this point I’m happy to give up cheeses if it means I’m not constantly on the verge of vomiting up an internal organ.

20 Questions with Dr Ferox #8

My gosh, there’s just so much stuff you vetlings want to know, isn’t there? Well, knowledge is good, so here we go with yet another info dump as I try to answer a big slew of your questions in one hit.

Anonymous said: I sometimes get your patreon emails or an update on your blog while I’m studying/struggling in the wee-hours of the morning (vetmed). I’m in WA, so where-ever you are it’s also late/early. What are you doing up in the witching hours?

First of all, I am an AdultTM and as such I am permitted to set by own Bed Time. There are many reasons why you might receive notifications from me so ‘early’.

  • I have a blog post on queue every morning between 5am and 6am my time (so probably 3am and 4am your time). It goes up automatically, so I can see initial responses before I go to work.
  • I think Patreon sends its emails at the same time each day, regardless of when I post. I certainly don’t type there early in the morning.
  • Sometimes I’m on nightshift and can get kinda bored at 3am sometimes.
  • Sometimes I just can’t sleep, especially with the changing day/night cycles.

Most of the blog runs on queue, honestly. At least three posts a day do.

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simple home cleaning

Forget the Febreeze, Windex, soap solutions, and other chemical alternatives for cleaning your home. You only need four ingredients to efficiently clean the surfaces of your entire house: baking soda, vinegar, bar soap, and essential oils. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar cleaning solution and jars of baking soda and rags at the ready in kitchen and toilet cabinets. Cleaning becomes easy, simple, and quick.

Baking soda

I use baking soda for removing grime on porcelain surfaces such as the tub, toilet exterior, and sink. Baking soda is mildly abrasive, so it removes stuck-on dirt like burned residue on your gas stove efficiently. Further, baking soda neutralizes odors and leaves surfaces clean, which is why it’s great in the kitchen and bathroom. I also sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in bags or shoes to remove odors. Leave a small bowl of baking soda in the fridge and freezer to remove smell.


Vinegar is a versatile disinfectant. Use it for cleaning surfaces, disinfecting electronics, cleaning the toilet seat and bowl, cleaning the sink and shower, washing windows and mirrors, and mopping floors. Additionally, vinegar can be used for disinfecting handkerchiefs (soak for a day in vinegar) and as a softener in the laundry machine. 


For minimal environmental impact, use a multi-purpose bar soap such as Aleppo, Savon de Marseille, or castile. Buy a bar that comes unpackaged, rub it against a moistened cloth or brush, and use on dishes and surfaces

Essential oils

Forget the Febreeze. Use essential oils in a diffuser to freshen the air, or open windows to let in some fresh air.

Cleaning tools

Use cloth rags from discarded garments to clean surfaces around the house, including the kitchen and bathroom. Dedicate a bin for dirty rags, and soak in vinegar before laundering to disinfect. For dishes, you can use rags, brushes, or natural sponges (sea sponge, loofah are some examples). For hard to reach places such as lid grooves, I use an old toothbrush. I also own bottle cleaner (horse hair and metal) and a copper rag, the latter for removing minimal rust from metal surfaces or scrubbing off labels on jars.

Recipe for an All Purpose Vinegar Cleaner

Mix ¼ vinegar with 1 cup water. Add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance (lavender, orange, eucalyptus, or lemon are some options). For cleaning windows and mirrors, use pure vinegar to avoid streaks. Think the smell of vinegar is too overwhelming? Windex doesn’t smell any better. The fumes from vinegar dissipate quickly.

This all purpose cleaner can be used for the bathroom, kitchen surfaces, floors, and other surfaces. Use warm water instead of cold water for cleaning the floors.

The Zero-Waste Checklist

- Compost natural sponges when they becomes mouldy. 

- Dispose of unusable rags responsible (natural fibres go in the compost, synthetics in the trash).

- Use upcycled jars for storing vinegar and baking soda.

- Buy products unpackaged as much as possible. Baking soda that comes in a cardboard box can be recycled or composted if cut into small pieces.

“Still With Me”

She was like a mother to me, I say, and they do that sympathetic nod that feels like it means nothing. They tell me their grandmother was the same to them, and some part of me wants to shout NO! They don’t understand, and I don’t know how to tell them without dragging up the whole, awful mess of my childhood. It isn’t their fault, but the part of me that’s still grieving, the part that feels like it won’t ever stop, just wants everyone to know what she was to me.

I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately. I’m lost in my life, and she was my compass. I don’t know where I am or where I should be going. I’m trying to find my way. I’m lost, and I’m lost at her loss.

I’m trying to remember every scrap of advice she ever gave me, searching for a way forward again. Scrape your nails down a bar of soap before you start gardening, so the dirt won’t get caught under them. Always salt the water before boiling pasta. Don’t go to sleep wearing makeup. Drink chamomile tea to help sooth period cramps, and peppermint tea for nausea.

I’m wracking my brain for anything, anything to help, but all it does is make me miss her more. People told me over and over to go to her grave and talk to her. I put it off for a long time, only going with other family members and standing in silence, giving tissues and hugs to whoever needed it, but feeling numb. Last time I went by myself, and I talked. I spoke out loud in the empty graveyard, and knew she wasn’t there. I was talking to thin air, and one ginger cat sat in the shrubbery.

Chicken is cooked when the juice runs clear. Invest in a good hand cream and use it regularly. White vinegar, lemon, and bicarbonate of soda will clean practically anything. Use a knife to cut flowers before you put them in a vase, because scissors will crush the stems and make it harder for them to take up water. Don’t hold a knife like that, you puggled child! You’ll cut your hand open!

I still have two boxes of kitchenware to unpack in my new flat. There’s no room for any of it, so when I need something I have to dig around in one of these boxes I could comfortably sit in. I needed a whisk today. I found one at the very bottom of the very bottom box, and under it I found her apron.

I’d forgotten I had it. It was folded so neatly, with the wooden spoon she had given to me laid almost reverently across it. I sat on the floor, and my hands trembled as I held them, the familiar and comforting smell of pastry, Nivea, and Chanel No. 5 filled me up with emotion until I couldn’t contain it, and it fell from my eyes and splashed onto my knees.

Wish on the first star you see each night. Every flower is a miracle, you know. Who cares if you look silly, as long as you’re having fun and not hurting anyone? Hurry and write more, I’m getting impatient! If you don’t blow your own trumpet, no one will do it for you. Don’t just march to the beat of your own drum, organise the whole parade! Don’t let people treat you like a doormat, they’ll never stop of their own accord. Find joy in the small things, because that’s where the real magic is.

It’s okay, my flower. You’re okay.

anonymous asked:

Hey so, I'm kind of afraid that I've been hexed. Recently everything it seems has just gone completely and utterly wrong. Do you know anyway to detect it for sure or to undo it? I don't know if it's my paranoia, but it's better to be safe that sorry

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but everyone goes through rough (or even downright horrific) patches in life, and it often happens for no reason at all, rather than due to a curse or hex. Online, if you come to most witches with a question like this, they’ll tell you not to worry or fret because you’re likely not hexed, and your life will turn around soon enough. 

This was my approach to questions like yours for quite some time. I realized, though, that in most cases, I’ve not got all the information about what’s going on, and it’s possible that there could, indeed, be a curse. After all, curses are, in fact, a real thing, so it’s reasonable to assume that at least some of the folks who worry that they’re cursed might actually be. Thus, now, I have a different philosophy towards the question of possible curses and hexes.

To me, it doesn’t matter if there’s an actual curse or hex. If you feel cursed, you will likely benefit from taking measures to break a curse, regardless of whether you’re just experiencing normal bad luck or the effects of an actual spell. This is because most measures to break hexes tend to involve banishing, cleansing, warding, and protective measures. All of these, when used properly, are equally effective at simply turning your luck around as they are at breaking a curse. 

There’s little risk in acting (in terms of magical practice) under the assumption that you’re cursed. I would be careful assuming that a curse actually objectively has been thrown at you, though. That can often lead to yes, paranoia and suspicion, which can alienate your friends and just make you incredibly unhappy overall. 

For this reason, I recommend thinking less about “Who could have done this to me?” and more along the lines of “How can I improve things?” instead. You specifically ask for ways to detect a curse, and while there are methods for doing this, I cannot in good conscience recommend them. Most involve pretty subjective divination techniques, and again, “confirming” might just lead to increasing paranoia. 

One good idea, though, would be to do an extremely general reading of some sort. I don’t know if you do any kind of divination, but Tarot or even Lenormand are pretty ideal for this, as are plenty of other systems that can be used to give a general portrait of your life. Avoid “yes/no” systems where you’ll be tempted to ask, “Am I cursed?” and instead, just pull cards or scry with the question being something like, “What can I do to improve my life?” 

I really, really suggest you do this by yourself or have a trusted friend read for you. I also strongly feel that it’s best if no money changes hands in this context, because, like it or not, some unscrupulous people often prey upon those worried about curses, doing a “reading” to prove there’s a curse and then demanding money in order to help “break” it. I’ve never had a problem with people charging for divination or magical services, but grifters exist, and in certain situations a person can be more vulnerable to them than in others.

Take stock of what the cards or divination tools are saying to you, and relate it to your own life in a manner that you normally would. Do not specifically look for it, but if you see something in the reading that implies a curse, be sure to consider alternative ways of viewing the reading, and even then, don’t jump to conclusions. Be particularly careful and skeptical about any image or sign suggesting that a specific person is to blame, because it’s so easy to get such things wrong even if you’re the world’s best diviner. My point is, do a reading that focuses on finding solutions, not causes.

With the results of the reading (if you decided or were able to do one) in mind, You can begin working on fixing things - lifting the “curse,” whether or not it was ever cast. The methods I’m going to suggest are pretty general, but there’s room to insert your own techniques or tailor them to your situation specifically.

In this post, I discuss the notion of the “evil eye” and curses throughout history, and offer some traditional (as well as some innovative) solutions to the problem. It may be helpful, though it was written many years ago when I was in a weird place in my life and had a very different attitude towards magick. Though the eye symbols an amulets mentioned might be helpful, the part I mention at the end always seems pretty sensible when it comes to escaping a particularly nasty curse, real or not. I’ll quote it below.

Basically, change yourself entirely. Buy some new clothes that are in a radically different style than those you wore previously, and wear them. Buy different self-care products than you usually use (deodorant, shampoo, etc), ideally in a form very different. For example, if you always wash with tea tree shampoo, try buying some dollar store brand. Dye your hair, cut it - try to look like a completely different person. You may even want to adopt a new name, like, for your blog, or temporarily (if they’re up for it) ask your family to call you something else. Friends, too.

Sounds ridiculous, huh? I think it’s a bit ridiculous, but I’ve heard people swear it works. The idea is that any curse (or even the Evil Eye) that was cast would have been targeted at you specifically, and that, by changing yourself, the curse or Evil Eye loses focus and can no longer harm you. It’s all quite superstitious, but I thought I’d mention it. One (vaguely chaote) website that mentions this method calls it a “sloppy dodge.”

I realize this method isn’t going to be feasible or practical for everyone, but it’s also open for personal interpretation. The goal is to change yourself so that the curse or bad luck finds you unrecognizable. This needn’t take the form of the examples listed above specifically, and may merely involve something like experimenting with a different worldview or developing a new hobby. It’s an idea worth mentioning, because I know many people who swear it works.

The method I usually use when I find myself in a bad place and nothing seems to go right is a little different, though. While I’ve never felt I was specifically cursed, if I feel I’ve got bad luck glommed onto me, I have certain procedures I use to get rid of it. They’re outlined in this post, but what I’ve written there isn’t meant to be slavishly followed - rather, read it for ideas and some of the techniques you might try. 

If you’re comfortable with using herbs and botanicals, try cleansing with Four Thieves Vinegar - I’ve yet to find anything that works better for me personally, though analogues exist in many traditions. Depending on the specific formulation of the Vinegar that you end up making and using, you could sprinkle it, clean with it, mix it into a floorwash, or any number of things. If you use non-toxic herbs, it can even be consumed as a salad dressing. I’ve written a bit about the lore surrounding it in this post.

A lot of people don’t like  working with herbs and chemicals, though, and that’s alright, of course. I have gone through periods in my life where I made heavy use of physical ingredients in magick, and also times when I used mostly my bare hands. There are a million different ways to do this, but one that’s always been a go-to method for me an some of my friends would be a traditional banishing ritual such as the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram or Star Ruby.

I’ve written a bit about these and the different forms that exist here. Suffice to say, almost all traditions have a general banishing ritual, and if yours doesn’t (or you follow no organized tradition), writing your own or adapting one is always a great option. In the video, you’ll notice that the person is wearing a robe and there are tools, but these are hardly necessary for the operation and most people who do these rituals do them with nothing but their bodies and a sense of direction/balance.

Both the Four Thieves Vinegar and the rituals mentioned are, well, banishing. Banishing is good and all for ridding a situation of whatever currently fills it (in this case, your bad luck), but nature abhors a vacuum, and too much banishing with nothing else included just leaves you open for more problems. To remedy this, I recommend invocation of some sort directly following any banishing or cleansing exercises you might do. Any force that you want to bring in to help fix things is a good choice, and while I don’t know you well, in this situation I would probably choose to invoke Solar forces. Venus or Jupiter might work well, also. Below is a herbal recipe that you can follow after the Four Thieves Vinegar - it uses plants to invoke Solar forces. Other options include classical invocations such as the Supreme Invoking Ritual of he Hexagram for the Sun, or writing your own. 

In various combinations tailored to your needs, and with proper intent and focus, these methods should be effective, but they aren’t the only ones. I do recommend doing your own research into breaking curses and runs of bad luck, as well. As I said, though, I can’t really recommend you do anything designed to ferret out the curse-thrower or even confirm whether a curse exists or not objectively. Just operate under the assumption that it might, and, as you’ve said, it is better to be safe than sorry.

No poo Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

So many times I have been asked why isn’t something working out, or why is this happening to my hair!?! Most of the time it is an easy fix like switching the recipe around or trying something else instead. Here are some No poo dilemmas you may face and how to deal….

Dry Hair

Your hair isn’t coated in silicones anymore so it is going to feel a little dry!

You need to try:

-using less baking soda in your wash solution

-using more apple cider vinegar in your conditioning solution

-adding 2-3 drops of favorite oil into your conditioning solution

-using raw honey in your wash solution and conditioning solution

-deep condition more often

-deep condition..period.

-using coconut oil, argan oil, or any oil your prefer on the ends of your hair

-wash less often

Oily Hair

-try adding more baking soda in your wash mix

-less vinegar in your conditioner

-not applying the conditioning rinse to your scalp. Just apply from ears down

-use your boar bristle brush to distribute oils from the root to the ends

-use dry shampoo

If you’re transitioning just stick with it!

Waxy hair

-Use your boar bristle brush to clean off the gunk

-Use a cap of vinegar in 8-10 oz of water and rinse with it twice. It will help get rid of the build up.It could be your hair detoxing. Use the brush to slough off all the build up

-If you use shampoo bars or castile soap they can leave a film if you have hard water. You need to use an acid rinse to get rid of it! Use the recipe above twice or use lemon juice diluted in water. You may need to boil your water or use distilled water (if your water is hard)


-Use less baking soda in your mix

-use tea tree oil in your mix (just a few drops)

-use the vinegar solution on your scalp

-use raw honey in your shampoo solution

-deep condition with aloe vera gel, coconut oil or any oil of your choice

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use castile soap, baking soda, or shampoo bars?

Use whatever you want. I love them all and they work for me. What works for me might not work for you. Know your hair type and read the ingredients lists of products to know what is good for you and your hair. If you do go the baking soda route do not use a paste! This will dry your hair out and break it. Wash 2-3 times a week at the most with the baking soda too….again it can be very drying if you wash it more!

I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and Chagrin Valley Shampoo bars.

How often should I deep condition?

I deep condition once a week, it works for me and my fine hair. Your hair might be more damaged or just dryer and you will need more moisture. I would say deep condition every week to every other week if your hair is not damaged. IF your hair is dry and or damaged I would deep condition once a week or twice a week. It just depends on your hair!

Can I use hairspray/gel/mousse?

You can do what you want. The point of no poo is eliminating the chemicals and build up. If you keep applying them you will have a hard time with no poo, but if you have no problems washing it out….go for it.

Doesn’t your hair stink?

NO. I wouldn’t do something that made me stinky. My husband would tell me if my hair was rank and he hasn’t yet! You can spray a mix of baking soda and water into your hair to freshen it up! Add some essential oils to make it scented!

If you don’t wash your hair everyday…do you not shower?

I love and adore you all and appreciate all your questions….but this is one I can’t believe ya ask me! haha. I shower everyday!!! I just stuff my hair into a shower cap or bun it up and avoid getting it wet! : ) 

How do you deep condition with coconut oil and wash it out?

I am able to use oil to deep condition because I wash them out with shampoo bars. If you use the baking soda mix you will not be able to rinse this out!  Use raw honey, egg yolks, yogurt, or aloe vera to deep condition your hair while using baking soda as your shampoo!

I hope that this helps you out! I hope that this answers some of your questions too! If not you can ask me anytime on here or on Twitter (@NoPooGal)

Good Luck!!!

Hello there! We received several questions about how to create sigils, how to charge them, how to cleanse them, and how to destroy them last night. We also received an ask about how we personally create sigils, and I will be conquering that in another post.

For starters, I’ll advise you to check out the lovely resource page Richtor worked so hard to put together. It has an extensive list of how to’s for sigil magic. Here is our last ask about destruction vs protection sigil charging.

Cleansing: No matter how you charge sigils, you have to cleanse the object they are going on first. Salt, special water, moonlight, and sunlight are popular options. Energy cleansing is a favorite of mine, as well as sunlight since I have a lovely windowsill where I can leave things. Kai spoke the other day about cleansing stones with an herb ‘bath’, which consequentially smelled delicious. The point is, there are plenty of options. I would research cleansing methods in general for spellwork (not just for sigils) and find one that suits you the most. If you are using paper to write a sigil on, I would suggest energy cleansing - concentrating on the aura of the paper and envisioning all the bad/black energy going away and all the good/white energy enveloping it - so that the paper does not get damaged in the process of cleansing.

Creating: Like everything else on this list, creating sigils is a very personal affair. A lot of people write out the sentence of their intent (i.e. I will be happy) and then remove the vowels and repetitive letters (wl b hpy). They then use the shapes of those letters to form a sigil, breaking down each letter into gestures if necessary. I have my own symbol alphabet that I use for reference and often incorporate pieces of my symbols into the sigil I am creating. Some people do not use letters or symbols at all, and merely focus on the intent while creating. A general consensus around the sigil community is that sigils look good when contained in some kind of shape, and often have more meaning that way. I’ve recently been drawing all our protection requests in triangles because they are the sturdiest shape and the most pointy, making them good for defense. Water symbolizes healing for me, so I incorporated a water droplet shape into another design. Find what symbols resonate most with you for a specific intention and see what you can make using them. And, finally, I cannot stress it enough - draft, draft, draft. Often times we draw eight or nine versions of a symbol before it’s even close to being done. Very rarely do we draw one in one go. 

Charging: Our last ask had a lot of information about charging in it. Please go read it before continuing. Again, this process is extremely subjective. What works for me may not work for you. Charge your sigil in a manner that suits the intention. For example, a sigil with the intent to bring rain may not work well if you burn it rather than using water. What is important is not how you charge it, but whether or not you feel that is a successful method. If you charge it by taping it to your forehead and dancing around to Uptown Funk, that is your business. (And, personally, I hope someone tries that and lets me know how it goes.)

Destroying: [For the Protection Method of sigil charging] Do what you want, HOWEVER, it is my personal experience that these things work better if you destroy the sigil in the same or opposite way that you charged them. If they were charged with smoke and fire, destroy them by burning them or drowning them in special water. If you used essential oils to anoint them, use vinegar or special water to clean them off. Again, this is all very subjective. Destroying the sigil and therefore the magic within is almost identical to cleansing it. You are removing the magic. 

I hope this helps! 

– Rook

Teeth Hygiene Throughout History 

The first toothbrush was not patented until 1857. Obviously from accounts in history of even the wealthiest and most royal of people having brown teeth, that most people didn’t get them all too clean. That was probably because of the methods that were used. 

* Rinsing mouth with water to remove gunk from mouth.
* Rubbing teeth with a clean cloth to wipe tartar buildup and left over food particles from the teeth.
* Chewing herbs to freshen breath, mint, cloves, cinnamon, sage
* Using “toothpicks” to clean out the teeth.
* Mint and vinegar mixture, used to rinse out the mouth.
* Bay leaves soaked in orange flower water and mixed with musk.
* “Barbers” would also be used as dentists and would extract teeth that were rotting or bothering a person profusely. They sometimes were able to muck out the junk in teeth and create a filling of sorts.

* Rubbing teeth with the ashes of burnt rosemary.
* Powdered sage rub used to whiten teeth.
* Vinegar, wine and alum mouthwash
* After dinner comfits were eaten to freshen breath

* The same practices for cleaning were in use, but the “barbers” aka dentists had begun to learn more about dentistry.
* The first dentures, gold crowns, and porcelain teeth, were constructed in the 1700’s.
* 1790 brought about the dental foot engine, similar to the foot pedal of a spinning wheel, it rotated a drill for cleaning out cavaties.
* The first dental chair was made in the late 1700’s.

* They again used the same methods.
* A letter from Lord Chesterfield to his son urges the use of a sponge and warm water to scrub the teeth each morning.
* The recommendation of using one’s own urine in France was widely flouted by Fouchard, the French dentist.
* Gunpowder and alum were also recommended.

anonymous asked:

Ok so I'm guessing by my own frequent respiratory problems that using undiluted bleach as a cleaner is not a good idea but my dad uses undiluted chlorine bleach from the bulk container to clean, frequently. Is this bad or am I just overreacting?

You’re not overreacting. Chlorine bleach has recently been discovered to be a cause of respiratory illness in young people and is especially harmful to anyone who already has respiratory issues (asthma, allergies, etc.). The American Lung Association even lists chlorine bleach as a volatile organic compound, which could lead to respiratory issues or allergic reactions. If you’re having difficulty breathing or have some other kind of reaction to the chlorine, ask your dad to switch to a different form of cleaner. 

Here’s the American Lung Asociation’s suggestions for alternatives:

As a safer cleaning alternative, warm water and soap often will do the trick, especially at home. Baking soda is good for scrubbing. A mix of vinegar and water can clean glass.

When using cleaning or household products, keep the area well ventilated. Open windows and doors. Never use cleaning products in a small, enclosed space.

This is also a good time to mention that chlorine products should NEVER be mixed with ammonia products, as they can lead to severe respiratory issues and even death.

danceswchopstck replied to your post “So far today my laptop battery has given out and the TV remote stopped…”

it just so happens that about a week ago I cleaned out a remote that had batteries corrode in it yeeeaaarrrrssss ago. I got it working again. The process turns out to be simple. double-bag the batteries for hazardous materials disposal. brush loose material out of the remote into the trash. use cotton swabs dipped in white vinegar to clean out the remote battery compartment. rinse with swabs dipped in water. dry. insert new batteries. ta-da!

Normally that works! I did give it a try, but couldn’t get any of the various AAA batteries I tried to work. I think possibly one of the contact plates on the back end is borked – and also there’s something rattling around inside the remote so possibly something snapped off. :D

I could just buy a replacement remote, universal remotes run about $15. I don’t use the TV very often, so I might just wait it out; my folks said they want to buy me a new TV when I move (GOD KNOWS when that will be). I just have to mark out on the side of the TV where the volume and source buttons are, those are the only ones I use anyway….

lrmaurer  asked:

I've been reading in the archives a lot about using vinegar to clean. I want to start using this method to clean my apartment, but I am unsure, honestly, how to go about using vinegar to clean all my shit. If you have one of those giant bottles from Costco, should I transfer some of it to a spray bottle? Full strength or diluted? Diluted in what ratio? After that can I use it like regular cleaning products and spray it all over my surfaces and wipe down? Thanks for your time!

A spray bottle will definitely make it easier to use. I don’t dilute vinegar, since white vinegar sold commercially is already diluted to a safe ratio. And you can use it to clean pretty much anything (check the vinegar tag; vinegar is infinitely useful). I tend to chuck all of my citrus rinds in my vinegar bottle; it makes things smell more like fruit and less like pickles, plus the small amount of acid from the citrus doesn’t hurt with cleaning things.

Rube Goldberged

So I’m getting dressed to go to this party and I’m struggling to put this stupid pomade in my hair in a sad attempt to look slightly less like Guy Fieri when the light in my bathroom goes out and I still have to take a shit before I leave the house because I don’t want to go to this party with one in the chamber so I go to my kitchen and go in the cabinet above the fridge to get this one weird kind of lightbulb that my bathroom only takes because my apartment sucks and is old so I’m in the kitchen on a chair leaning over the top of my fridge digging around in the back of this dumb cabinet cursing the gods and not paying attention and I knock over a huge 5 gallon plastic jug of white vinegar that falls out of the cabinet and hits the fridge majestically spinning in the air ever so gracefully like a cartoon hippo ballerina on the way down bursting open gushing all over my kitchen floor spraying vinegar everywhere the irony being I originally bought the stupid goddamn vinegar in the fucking first place to use as a homeopathic cleaning agent when my nephew was born in case he ever came over but I’ve never actually ever used it which is fine because he’s never actually ever come over and I curse the gods again but this time I really mean it and go to get down off the chair that I was standing on but fall off of course because I’m in my bare feet and everything is wet and as I’m falling I’m flailing and reach out and happen to knock over my ironing board which I had set up in the kitchen earlier because it’s the only place in my tiny shithole apartment that I can actually fit it to iron things but more importantly because I needed to press my pants for the party tonight where I am hoping there might be some hot girls who might want to talk to me so I wanted to look like I was an adult for once in my stupid life instead of a stalled man-child in his late 30s whose pants didn’t look like they sat in the dryer for 40 extra minutes after they were done drying because he forgot they were in there and instead went to the grocery store to stock up on protein bars because he ate his last one this morning and he knows that his favorite ones always sell out by Sunday night and as I land on my side in a pool of cold wet stink the ironing board falls over onto the counter with a screech like the rusty gates of hell swinging open and I look on in horror as it knocks a bright eyed innocent platoon of empty glass iced tea bottles that I had been saving to recycle (because our apartment building finally got a recycling plan going but I haven’t had a chance to get a separate container to sort them out yet so in the meantime I’ve been stacking them all up at the end of the counter like some sort of 3rd grade art project) onto the floor where they smash like all the hopes and dreams I once had of tonight going well shooting nasty invisible shards of glass everywhere and as I’m lying on the filthy floor of my destroyed kitchen in my vinegar soaked underwear surrounded by a sparkling moat of deadly broken glass looking like Guy Fieri’s younger brother I think to myself, “next time I’ll just shit in the dark.”

Sakizuke (先附?): an appetizer similar to the French amuse-bouche.
Hassun (八寸?): the second course, which sets the seasonal theme. Typically one kind of sushi and several smaller side dishes.
Mukōzuke (向付?): a sliced dish of seasonal sashimi.
Takiawase (煮合?): vegetables served with meat, fish or tofu; the ingredients are simmered separately.
Futamono (蓋物?): a “lidded dish”; typically a soup.
Yakimono (焼物?): (1) flame-broiled food (esp. fish); (2) earthenware, pottery, china.
Su-zakana (酢肴?): a small dish used to clean the palate, such as vegetables in vinegar; vinegared appetizer.
Hiyashi-bachi (冷し鉢?): served only in summer; chilled, lightly cooked vegetables.
Naka-choko (中猪口?): another palate-cleanser; may be a light, acidic soup.
Shiizakana (強肴?): a substantial dish, such as a hot pot.
Gohan (御飯?): a rice dish made with seasonal ingredients.
Kō no mono (香の物?): seasonal pickled vegetables.
Tome-wan (止椀?): a miso-based or vegetable soup served with rice.
Mizumono (水物?): a seasonal dessert; may be fruit, confection, ice cream, or cake.

who knew that one day all of this would be incredibly unsettling.


by Patrick Booth

It’s Monday morning at 6am and I read the dreaded 30% chance of precipitation in the weather forecast. In my mathematical mind a 30% chance of precipitation is the same thing as a 70% chance of no precipitation. I am a glass half full kind of guy so I reach for my newest, shiniest oxfords to wear for the day. But hold on, right below the probability of precipitation in the forecast it says there are going to be showers in the afternoon. Come on weatherman, that statement suggests that there is going to be 100% chance of rain in the afternoon! Now, I am in a predicament. Should I risk soiling my newest shiniest oxfords on the walk home from work, or should I settle for my “beater shoes”?  These types of questions plague me every week, because bad weather can be hell on leather shoes.

In my previous post I talked briefly about how leather is made and the general “comfort zone” it likes to remain in. This post will address a few common bad things that happen to our leather shoes and what you can do to correct those issues to get your leather shoes bad into their comfort zone.

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