Being a witch isn’t just about having an Instagram worthy altar setup or casting spells for your broken-hearted friends. It also boils down to the simplest of things like witchy housekeeping. For the record, you will be forever casting spells for your friends and when my altar is looking awesome, you can bet there will be a pic of it.
There are three different ways you can cleanse your space. The first step and the one you will do the most often is to actually cleanse your space. To cleanse in the witchy realm means to physically remove dirt and grime. While purifying your space means to remove negative energy and unwanted spirits. Lastly, to bless your home or space means to bring in positive or Divine energy. You will want to do all of these things at different times.
The following is a list of helpful tips for magickal housekeeping, whether it be cleansing, purifying, or blessing your home. You can change the timing to suit your own needs, but getting these witchy housekeeping tasks scheduled and doing them regularly will help keep the energy in your home feeling great. And it all comes down to energy after all.
Wipe It Down
No matter what cleaning product you choose to use, we all have to wipe our surfaces down, so why not put a magickal twist to your housekeeping?
When cleaning after someone has been ill or there has been a fight or a particularly yucky mess, I tend to wipe the surfaces in widdershins or a counterclockwise motion. If you have any reason to believe negative magick has come into your life or if you are cleansing before purifying your home, then wipe in widdershins. This acts as an undoing or cleaning up that bad juju.
After wiping surfaces in widdershins, you always want to go over it in a deosil, or clockwise motion. This instills a positive and prosperous force upon your surfaces. I don’t know about you, but I want all the prosperity and positivity my home can stand. So wipe everything down in a clockwise manner—every last bit of it.
Make Your Own Cleanser
Making your own all-natural cleanser is a very witchy housekeeping thing to do for cleansing your space, but I also get that not all witches are that “earthy.” If this is so far out of your wheelhouse, you can’t even fathom it, then finding an excellent natural cleanser and using the cleaning method above will do just fine. We can’t all be green earth mothers; there are other callings in the world.
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In a large mason jar mix:
- 2 Cups of warm Distilled Water
- 1/4 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/4 Cup of Lavender or 10 Drop of Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
Let sit in a sunny window for 1 day, strain, then pour into a spray bottle and use as needed
In a larger spray bottle mix:
- 2 Cups of Distilled Water
- 1/2 Cup of White Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 2 Drops of Lemon essential oil
All-Purpose Magickal Cleanser
In a large mason jar combine:
- 1 part white vinegar
- 1 part Distilled or Filtered Water
- 1/2 Capful of Castille Soap
- 1/4 Cup lemon Peel or peel from ½ lemon
- 1/8 Cup Rosemary or 4 Sprigs of Rosemary
Let it sit in the sun for one day, strain and pour into a spray bottle and use it as needed.
Magickal Cleaning for Your Floors
Your floors are an essential part of your household. For some of us, we spend a lot of time on our feet. We go in and out of the house, from here to there. Tracking all sorts of things on the bottoms of our shoes and into our homes.
And this isn’t just dirt, allergens, and grime. This is the energy of everyone who has stepped in the same places you frequent. Multiply that times however many people that live in your home and your floors will need some serious love and witchy housekeeping.
For both your carpet and your hard surface floors, I suggest making a mixture of salt and herbs like lavender or rosemary. I keep a shaker jar I bought at a local grocery store that sells bulk herbs and use that to sprinkle the mix onto my floors. If you have hardwood, however, I would suggest you use something less abrasive than salt and do not do this when others are around and might walk on it. You might use cornstarch or baking soda instead.
I LOVE washing my floors this way, it’s AHMAZING.. Take two lemons and slice them up. Put the slices and any juice into your mop bucket. Add the hottest water you can and ¼ c of white vinegar. This is witchy housekeeping at its finest; you will love the smell and feel of your space after you complete this chore.
When I’m cleansing my space, I’m also setting the intention that I am removing any negativity. While mopping with the lemon wash, I am infusing the floors with happiness and joy to be shared with everyone who walks upon my floors.
Saturdays We Smudge
Saturdays are ruled by Saturn, which is excellent for banishing, cleansing, protection, and setting boundaries. Doing your smudging and purification just makes sense on Saturdays. And it is the fun part of witchy housekeeping if you ask me.
You want to cleanse your space first then purify it. I save my blessings for the full moon. This is just a quick walkthrough to kind of air things out. You can use incense, sage, palo santo, cedar, bay, or any purifying herbs burned on charcoal and walk this through your home, minding the nooks and crannies.
You want to start in the furthest corner of your home and move towards your front door (or the door most used). Do not open all your windows, you want only one entrance and exit. When you are done salt the threshold to protect it. If you usually open your windows and back door, salt those (while shut) as well.
Folk Method of Purifying Your Home
As part of witchy housekeeping, you want to keep all the negative energy away, and that includes bacteria and viruses too. If you or someone in your home falls sick, it’s a good idea to put out a slice of onion on a plate and place that in the middle of the room. Now I can’t speak to any scientific reasoning behind this, but it’s an old folk magick way that is sworn by old witchy women.
If your home has been filled with fighting or strife or visited by unwanted guests of the spiritual nature, try this folk magic trick. Cut a lemon in large slices and place on a plate. Put the plate in the center of the room (or in the corners if you’ve had spirits). See what kind of ickiness they pick up over the next few days.
Once the onions and lemons seem to have fulfilled their witchy housekeeping duties, place them in a bag and dispose of them away from your property. I usually drive to the nearest convenience store and put them in the trash cans there.
Full Moon Blessing
The Full Moon is a great time for celebration, performing rituals, practicing any kind of magick, and cleansing. So I take this time to do a little witchy housekeeping.
Because mirrors act as gateways, I take time to cleanse and ward all the mirrors in my house. You can do this with an incantation, but I use a protection sigil.
Everyone knows that the Full Moon is a great time to cleanse your crystals, but it is also perfect for cleaning your altar. You can take everything off dust it off, wash your altar cloth, empty your incense burner and clean it out, bless all your statues with full moon water if you have any leftover from last month. Gather your crystals to take to the moonlight. And of course, make more moon water.
Taking time to do a thorough purification and blessing on your home is also perfect for the Full Moon. You can gather the supplies yourself or buy them from me HERE Remember witchy housekeeping isn’t all about cleansing your space, but also purifying and blessing your space as well.
Turning with the Sun Celebration
There’s even witchy housekeeping to be done with the Sun celebrations. With each Solstice and Equinox, take time to flip or rotate your mattress. You want to get even wear to extend the life of your mattress. I have a split top Sleep Number, so that is out of the question for me, but I do take time to vacuum it.
Taking time to vacuum your bed, wash all your pillows, mattress cover, bed skirt if you use those, just helps you keep a schedule because time can get away from you with all the busyness we face these days.
Spring Clean with Ostara
There’s something about spring cleaning that I love—opening the windows, turning up the music, the smell of cleanliness. Why I don’t get excited about it during the normal course of the week, I have no idea.
Timing your spring cleaning the week or two around Ostara is the perfect witchy thing to do. You can purge your closets and junk drawers. Wipe down your baseboards, and bathroom and A/C vents. Clean the grout in your tile. Just get your witchy clean on.
We don’t all have time (or the ingredients) to whip up spells every week, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t witchy women. There isn’t some barometer testing your level of devotion if you aren’t casting spells, keeping the perfect altar, or looking the part of the basic witch.
Let’s face it, life gets busy, people have dollar store budgets. But there are ways to bring magick to your everyday life, however, and it starts with every day living. And everyday living means cleaning (unfortunately I say). So why not take regular cleaning and make it witchy housekeeping instead?
But if you can take something that seems like drudgery and turn it into something magickal, it makes it more special. And doing it with witchy timing helps keep your witchy housekeeping on track. It allows you to do things on a schedule you can remember for the sake of getting things accomplished and staying on top of other witchy stuff.
These are some of the witchy housekeeping methods I implement, but I’d love to hear yours!
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