Monday February 28th – Vinegar Baths

Your Daily Tasks

1. Launder all white linen from wash to put away.

2. Remove any surplus blankets, quilts or too cosy flannel sheets from all beds and prepare for laundering before storing for the season.

3. Open a window in every room and pop on a cardigan if it is uncomfortably cool.

4. Fill a bucket with hot soapy water, pine and lemon oil and grab a scrubbing brush and cloths before setting out on a mission to thoroughly scrub away the last vestiges of the season just gone. Wherever you discover grime.

5. Award your efforts with a pot of tea taken by a sunny window.

6. Replace kitchen cloths, sponges, and brushes at the sink.

7. Attend to household administration with a happy playlist in the background.

8. Update your Life Book for a new month and a new season.

9. Take a bath in lavender bubbles and retire to bed content,

Routine Tasks

1. Change tea-towels in the kitchen.

2. Make beds.

3. Empty and refill dishwasher.

4. Scrub and spritz the loo.

5. Light candles.

Your Daily Treat…

The aftermath of a Winter spent in the dry atmosphere of a centrally heated house can leave us with the kind of dry, itchy skin no body lotion seems capable of curing, and so might I suggest embarking on a few nights spent taking the shortest and most medicinally improving of Vinegar baths?

Keeping a bottle of vinegar in the bathroom is useful for everything from fighting dandruff to dissolving warts and cleaning the loo , but it has made such a difference to my skin that it is here that I really must sing it’s praises!

There are two ways of taking a Vinegar bath, one can either simply add three tablespoons of vinegar (any kind, but please note that apple cider vinegar will stain porous surfaces and obviously malt vinegar really rather stinks!) to one’s usual bath water, or you can get a little fancy by preparing a herbal bath by boiling a spoonful of lavender buds, a handful of rosemary, and a teaspoon of fresh mint in a solution of half vinegar and half water, bringing to a boil in a saucepan then allowing the mixture to seep for a day before sieving, draining and decanting into something pretty ready to add to your early evening bath….

Soft skin will once again be yours, I promise!


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