Home Remedy

Home Remedy: Life Hacks / Tips of CNY Cleaning

One of the biggest Lunar New Year traditions in China — besides the red envelopes and parades — is the house-cleaning ritual, known as da sao chu. Days before the new year, families undertake a total home purge, scrubbing down every nook and cranny in hopes of sweeping out bad luck and welcoming the future with open arms. Everything has to be spotless.

In my own childhood, I dreaded this practice due to all the obligatory housework involved. (Duh, what kid wants to reorganize a bookshelf?) But, as I grew older and moved out, I found myself gravitating toward the tricks my parents learned through word-of-mouth. So many things we just have laying around can be repurposed as cleaning tools. No wonder they were always reminding me how wasteful it is to toss things out.


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Home Remedy: DIY Bath Bombs

DIY Homemade Immune-Loving Bath Fizzies
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour, organic corn starch can be subbed if desired
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup mineral-rich bath salts or epsom salt
  • 2 TB water
  • 3 TB Plant Therapy’s fractionated coconut oil a different nourishing oil can be subbed
  • 20 drops Plant Therapy’s Immune Boom
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the arrowroot, citric acid, baking soda, and bath salts.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the water and coconut oil. Slowly, one tablespoon at a time add the liquid to the dry ingredients. The salts will begin to bubble once the liquid is added, so quickly mix the liquid, after each addition, into the dry ingredients. Once all the liquid is added, the ingredients will feel like wet sand.
  3. Stuff the wet salt mixture into a mold (I found one at IKEA that I use for making fruit and veggie gummies, like this), pressing the salts down into the individual molds. Let the salt mixture rest in the molds for 10 minutes, then carefully remove and place the fizzies on a cookie sheet or flat surface. Let the fizzies dry for 24 hours before packaging.
  4. To use, drop desired number of fizzies into a warm bath or foot soak. I like to use 5-6 bath fizzies in a bath.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Makes 48-54, depending on the mold size

*Cream of Tartar can be used in place of citric acid. To use Cream of Tartar, simply use 1/2 the amount called for, so 1/2 cup cream of tartar versus 1 whole cup. Adjust the liquid as needed.

Different oils may be subbed based on your needs, such as: lavender for a sleepy-time bath.

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