Herbal Housekeeping

Plant Catnip around the foundation of houses - ants do not like to
pass through it. - a sprinkling of it along an ant path will
encourage them to turn around and leave.
Houseflies don't like basil, clover flowers and sweet bays. A bouquet
of green and purple basil, sweet bay and red clover not only looks
and smells good in the kitchen, but keeps away the flies as well.

Mint repels mice - Long stems of it placed along the eaves in the
attic will encourage mice to leave. Anise will attract mice, so a
little anise oil or a few anise seeds mixed with peanut butter is far
more effective than cheese as bait for a mousetrap. Valerian is also
good bait for mice, as well as for rats.

Bay leaves will keep weevils out of stored flour, cornmeal, and other
grains. Just place a whole bay leaf in the container and don't worry -
it will not flavor the food at all.

The fungus that infects dried beans and grains can be prevented by
placing a small, cheesecloth "sachet" filled with broken cinnamon
stick, black peppercorns, coarsely ground black mustard seed, and
green garlic into each gallon can or jar.

Essential oils can be used to create many effective non-toxic (and
wonderfully fragrant) cleansers and disinfectants.
The oils that are excellent for cleaning include:
Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Spruce, Lemon, Lemongrass,

~Household Odors~

To freshen room air, dampen cotton balls with oil of wintergreen and
place out of sight but where air will touch them.

~~Carpet Freshener~

Combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbsp. corn starch, and 1/4 cup
perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on dry carpet, let stand 5 to 15
minutes, then vacuum.


For hard to reach spots, slip a sock over the end of a yardstick and
secure with a rubber band, then sweep the area. This method works
well for cleaning under radiators and refrigerators also.

~Lavender Antibacterial Spray~

1 cup water
20 drops pure essential oil of lavender
Pour the water into a spray bottle. Add the lavender essential oil
and shake to blend. Spray on the surface and let set for at least 15
minutes. Makes: 1 cup spray
Shelf Life: Indefinite

~Basic household disinfectant~

Fill a spray bottle with water and a squirt of dishwashing soap. Add
3-5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and pine essential oils. Shake

~Musty Smells~

Combine 1 tsp of tea tree oil and 1 cup of water in a spritzer
bottle. Spray the area, but don't wipe it off. In a couple of days
the smell should be gone and the tea tree oil will have dissipated.
If not . . . repeat for a couple of more days.

~Moisture Problems~

Mold and mildew thrive in moist, warm areas. To keep these areas
under control place out bowls of unscented kitty litter to absorb the
moisture. Replace these once a week.

~Mildew in books~

Place some cornstarch in a sprinkle container and sprinkle the
cornstarch onto the pages lightly. Let it sit for a few hours and
then wipe and shake clean.

~Cutting Boards~Countertops~

To get rid of strong odors on cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar
or baking soda or lemon slices or celery.
For countertops, mix a few drops of essential oil of lemon thyme to
one cup water. Spray on the surface and then wipe.


To kill mold use full-strength vinegar. To keep mold under control
spray with diluted vinegar on a regular basis.


To keep drains running clear - Once a week pour 1/2 cup of baking
soda and 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain, then follow with hot

~To freshen a vacuum cleaner~

Sprinkle several drops of lemon oil onto half a tissue or cotton ball
and let the vacuum cleaner suck it up. If your vacuum cleaner has a
water reservoir, add a few drops of oil into it before cleaning.

~Fighting dust mites~

Eucalyptus oil kills dust mites. 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
added to each load of laundry or 1/2 ounce to a jug of laundry
detergent is all you need.

~Cleaning Concotions~

~ Window Cleaner~

Place the following in a spritzer bottle and shake well.
1/3 tsp liquid Castile or other liquid vegetable based soap
3 tbsp cider vinegar or white vinegar
2 cups water.

~Another Window cleaner ~

Mix in a 1 quart spray bottle:
1 cup White Vinegar
10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Mix vinegar and water in spray bottle, Add essential oil, Shake and

~Kitchens and bathrooms~

The following recipes clean, deodorize, and disinfect, and are great
for cleaning cupboards, bathroom fixtures, sinks, tiles, woodwork,
carpets, etc...
Mix into 1 quart water:
2 drops rosemary
4 drops lemon
3 drops eucalyptus
4 drops lavender
Shake well and put into a spray bottle. Shake again before using.

~Another all-purpose cleaner~

Mix into 1 quart water:
3 - 4 drops lavender
5 - 6 drops Purification
Shake well and put into a spray bottle. Shake again before using.

~Another all-purpose cleaner~

2 Tablespoons Borax
1 Teaspoon Castile Soap
15-20 drops Essential Oils such as Pine, Lemon, Melaleuca,
Citronella, or Lemongrass (or any combination of the above)
Add Borax to a 1 quart spray bottle. Fill with warm water.
Add Castile soap and Essential Oils. Shake and use.

~Floor cleaner~

Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water.
Add 5-10 drops lemon, pine, spruce, melaleuca or Purification.


~Stain Remover

Use one or two drops of Lemon oil on stain. Let it sit a few minutes
then rub off with a clean cloth or throw into the washing machine.

~In the Dryer~

Instead of using toxic and irritating softening sheets in the dryer,
add 10 drops of lavender, lemon, melaleuca, bergamot, to a dampened
washcloth. The oils will not reduce static cling but they will add a
lovely fragrance to the clothes.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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