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How to Remove Annoying Stains & Small Repairs

Bismillaah

 

Air Freshner
When stick-on air fresheners lose their odor, remove the plastic top. Soak the felt in boiling hot water for several seconds. Place it on a paper towel to absorb most of the water. Replace the felt and lid. Or just run them under hot water briefly. They last and last and last if you do this every couple days.

Attach a stick-on air freshener in your favorite scent to the top of one of the blades on your ceiling fan. Turn on the fan (use the low setting so as not to dislodge the freshener) to circulate the fragrance throughout the room.

Place a drop of scented oil on a cotton ball, and add it to your vacuum-cleaner bag.

Ants
For a nontoxic ant repellent, drip lemon juice into floor boards, window sills, cracks in the walls, or any other place where ants appear.

 

Ashtrays
This works for all except crystal or glass ashtrays. Coat the surface with your favorite furniture polish. The protective coating will allow buildup to rinse out.

Bathmats
Instead of throwing away old towels, cut out the best parts and stitch them together to make a bath mat.

Blankets
When space is tight, store blankets by laying them out smoothly between the mattress and springs of a bed.

Before storing blankets for the summer, wash them and add 2 cups of mothballs to the rinse water.

Brass
Coat freshly-polished brass with wood finishing oil, such as tung oil. It makes the shine last three times as long. When you are ready to clean the brass again, remove the oil by wiping the surface with a little paint thinner on a soft, cotton cloth. You are now ready to polish and re-oil the brass.

Brooms
A new straw broom will last longer if you soak it in hot, heavily salted water before you use it for the first time.

Candles
To remove candle wax from upholstery or carpet: After wax hardens, scrape up excess with a dull knife. Place a white paper towel over the remaining wax. Place a warm iron over the paper towel and press gently. Repeat until all the wax is transferred to the paper towel. If the wax was colored and leaves a stain, pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag; gently dab the stain. Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water. Blot.

To mend a candle that has broken, hold the two pieces under very hot water to melt the wax, then press the two parts together.

Save the stubs of candles in a coffee can. Melt all the scraps together. Insert a wick to make a new candle.

Use a piece of raw spaghetti to light candles. This prevents burned fingers.

To keep candles looking new, rub a soft cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol over the stems.

Store candles in the freezer. They will burn longer and drip less.

Carpets
To repair damage from cigarette burns, cut undamaged threads from the corner of the carpet or an inconspicuous place. Glue them into the burn hole. Cover with paper towels and a book to dry for 24 hours.

To remove indentations caused by furniture rearrangement, apply moisture from a steam iron and brush the nap of the carpet.

Cassette Tapes
A speck of clear nail polish will splice cassette tapes.

Cement Floors
To prevent painted cement floors from peeling, before you paint them again, pour a bottle of white vinegar in a bucket and “paint” your floors with it first. After the vinegar dries, apply a coat of paint. This will work on most metal surfaces, also.

Chrome
To polish chrome, take a small sheet of aluminum foil and turn the shiniest side out. Dampen the chrome with water and polish with the foil. The foil will turn black, but your chrome will shine.

Cockroaches/Silverfish
An effective pesticide is to use a 50-50 mixture of boric acid and sugar every night for about 10 days. Sprinkle on wiped-dry sinks, drain boards, tubs, showers, around pipes, and behind baseboards. CAUTION: Keep children and pets away.

A one-pound can of boric acid compound can effectively keep a house cockroach-free for one year. It will not kill roaches as rapidly as some pesticides, but it has by far the longest lasting effect. Sprinkle it in cracks, crevices, under sinks and in other dark places.

Copper

To clean copper-bottom saucepans, smother the surface with tomato sauce, leave for a little while, rub stubborn areas and rinse.

Curtins
Restore the body to limp Dacron curtains by soaking them in one gallon of water mixed with one cup Epsom salts, then rinse.

Make good looking curtains from bed sheets, either plain or fancy.

Dishwasher
Try a tablespoon of vinegar in the dishwasher rinse – it’s a lot cheaper than the commercial rinse aids.

Run 1/8 cup citric acid crystals through a dishwasher cycle to get rid of any brown spot build up.

Save energy by turning off the heat dry, and poppinh open the dishwasher to let the dishes air dry at the end of the wash and final rinse cycle.

Drains
For clogged drains, pour in equal amounts of baking soda and salt. Follow that with a pot of boiling water, and flush with cold water to keep them open.

Drawers
If drawers stick, rub a bar of ordinary hand soap across the runners to make them glide smoothly.

Dusting
Wear old cotton gloves to dust with instead of carrying a rag around.

If you can’t shake your dust mop outside, shake it inside a large paper bag.

Dustpans
Wax them and the dirt will slide right out.

Faucets
To polish, place a dab or two of toothpaste on a wet sponge and rub the faucets and handles briskly, then rinse them with clear water.

Fireplace
Before cleaning ashes out, mist the ashes with a spray bottle filled with water. This prevents the ashes from flying all over.

To clean a glass fireplace screen, wait until the morning after the fire. Dampen a paper towel with water, dip it in the cold ashes, and rub the glass with it. Wipe the glass with a clean paper towel or old newspaper. Toss used towels or newspaper into the fireplace to kindle the next fire.

Throw a few lemon peels into the winter fire to give your house a fresh, citrus fragrance.

Throw old candle stubs into your fire kindling and use them as starters.

Flashlights
Store your flashlight in the refrigerator to make batteries last longer.

Furniture
To remove water stains from wood furniture, blot and rub with a soft cloth if it is a fresh stain. Otherwise, rub in well a mixture of mayonnaise and cigarette ashes. Let it stand a little while before removing.

Hand Wipes
Make your own by putting three capsful of baby shampoo into a spray bottle full of water. It works well and costs a lot less.

Hangers
To make sturdy hangers for heavy items, tape two or three wire hangers together.

Humidifier
To prevent lime deposits from building up, drop an old copper scouring pad into the water container.

Add a couple tablespoons of common bleach to your humidifier twice a week. The bleach will clean off slime and scale, kill bacteria, and make parts last longer. You can add a couple drops of fragrance to scent the bleach, if desired.

Eliminate musty odor by pouring three or four capsful of bottled lemon juice into the water.

Iron
To clean the bottom of the iron, sprinkle salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.

Jewelry
Use a plastic ice cube tray to hold earrings.

Knick-Knacks
Collect them in a dishpan and wash them in a little liquid detergent and water. Rinse, then blow dry with a hair dryer.

Leather
To remove stains, clean the leather with saddle soap. Then apply a scuff-type liquid shoe polish, trying to match the color. Test a small spot first.

Lights
To locate light switches in the dark, put a dot of luminous paint on tape and stick to the switches.

Linoleum
If you have kept some of the scraps, it is easy to repair the small holes. Just throw a small piece into your blender. Mix the dust with a little clear shellac or white glue. Fill the hole with the mixture.

Lint
To remove from upholstery, use an old, clean nylon stocking.

 

Moths
For a natural substitute for moth balls, use dried lemon peels as a deterrent.

Painting
To keep a paint tray like new, insert it inside a plastic bag. Pour the paint into the try. When you’re finished painting, pour the remaining paint back into the bucket (or an old jar if there’s just a little bit left.

Glue a paper plate to the bottom of the paint can. The plate should be an inch or two wider all around than the can so it can catch drips. This saves you the trouble of moving newspapers around under the can.

When using an oil-based paint, keep a bottle of nail polish remover handy. Clean up spatters by dabbing with remover on a cotton ball.

Pewter
Clean old pewter by using a mild kitchen scouring powder moistened with olive oil. For a very stubborn stain, dip very fine steel wool (.0000) in water or kerosene and rub gently. Rinse with soap and water.

Plastic Bags
Before discarding plastic bags, tie them up in knots to ensure that animals or children cannot entangle themselves.

Potpourri
Stuff old socks with potpourri, tie them and hang them in closets for a wonderful smell.

Save glass jars with the lids. Punch holes in the lids. Fill the jars with potpourriand screw the lids on.

Rust Stains
Cover the rust stain with lemon juice followed by salt. Let it dry for an hour, preferably in the sun. Rinse and wash.

Saw Blades
To make sawing easier, rub a little kerosene on the blade of your hand saw. It will act as a lubricant.

Scratches
To cover scratches on dark wood furniture, make a thick paste of instant coffee and a little water. Rub it into the nicks and scratches.

Screws
To help screws screw in more easily, push them into a bar of hand soap before inserting.

If screws become loose and is no longer holding firm, saturate a cotton ball with Elmer’s glue. Push the entire cotton ball into the hole. Allow dry at least 24 hours and reinsert the screw gently with a screw driver.

To prevent screws from coming loose, put a drop or two of clear nail polish into the hole before you finish tightening the screw.

Security
Find an old standard or oversized hardcover book. Cut out about a 6-inch x 4″ hole in the pages, leaving facing pages front and back. Hide whatever you want in the book, and put it back on the bookshelf.

Shelf liner
Leave a 1-inch square of backing on each corner of Con-tact® paper. The paper will lie flat, and it will be easier to remove when you want to change it.

Shoes
If you’re at the office and discover that your shoes need a shine. Rub in a bit of hand cream and buff with a tissue.

Shower Doors
To clean glass shower doors, wipe them clean with any furniture polish that has lemon oil. If the film is extremely heavy, use a steel wool pad soaked in dishwashing liquid to make the glass sparkle.

Shower Heads
To clean mineral deposits, boil the shower head once a month in a mild solution of white vinegar and water.

Shower Stalls
To remove heavy shower stall film rub lightly with a plain piece of dry fine steel wool (not the soap-filled variety). Try a patch first to be sure it isn’t scratching the tile. If it is, you should use a finer piece of steel wool. As you scour the tile, you will see the scum coming right off. Wash down after the job is completed.

Silver Polish
Use the inside skin of a banana.

When using silver polish, add a few drops of ammonia.

If silver polish dries out, add some warm water and stir until creamy. It will work like new.

Use a pipe cleaner dipped in silver polish to remove tarnish from between silver fork tines.

Sinks
To clean a stainless steel sink, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Leave it on the stains for about 3 hours. Buff the entire sink in the paste with a damp cloth, then rinse.

Use a sponge soaked with vinegar to give stainless steel sinks a shine.

Remove water spots from stainless steel sinks by wiping the sink with a couple of drops of cooking oil on a paper towel.

 

Snow Shovels
Spray nonstick vegetable spray on the snow shovel and the snow will slide off it easily.

Soap Dish
Use a sponge (and it’s washable).

Stains
To remove stains from polyester clothing, rub in a little white toothpaste, then rinse the garment.

To remove stains from wooden furniture, rub toothpaste into the stain, then wipe it off.

Sterling Silver
After cleaning and drying thoroughly, wrap sterling silver in foil, then in a tea towel. Store in a cardboard box. This will keep it sparkling.

Storage
Use a strong glue to glue small jars to the insides of cabinet doors. Then use the jars to store whatever small items you like. Screw the lid on after filling.

To store magazines, cut down a detergent box.

Studs
To find studs in the wall, start from the corner and tap lightly with a hammer. The wall will sound hollow between studs. Most studs are placed 16 to 24 inches apart. When one is located, the rest are easy to find.

Swimming Pools
To avoid slips on the ladder, apply adhesive-backed rubber flowers made for bathtubs.

Throw Rugs
To prevent them from bunching up, put double-edged masking tape on the corners of the under-surface of the rugs.

Toilet Bowl
To remove stains, use regular laundry bleach. If stains are above the water level, soak paper towels in the bleach and plaster them over the stain.

Tool Boxes
To keep rust out, slip a piece of charcoal or chalk or a moth ball into the toolbox.

Tools
Clean tools with a little steel wool to remove any rust that may be on them. Then coat them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. They will never rust again.

Utensils
Drop used fabric-softener paper into the sink with utensils caked with baked-on food. Fill with water and let sit for one hour.

Vases
Clean vases with narrow necks by dampening the inside of the base with water and adding toilet bowl cleaner. Let stand for 10 minutes and stains will disappear.

Vinyl Tiles
For loose vinyl tiles, place a slightly damp cloth over the loose tile. Set iron on “hot” and “iron” the loose tile. The tile adhesive will soon soften. Remove the cloth, lay a dry rag over the tile, and set a pile of heavy books on the tile for about 3 hours.

Wallpaper
If a small area is coming loose, apply a think coating of rubber cement to both the back of the paper and to the wall surface.

Wicker Furniture
Clean wicker furniture by spraying dusting or furniture polish onto an inexpensive paintbrush. It gets to all the hard-to-reach dust specks, and it takes a lot less time.

Windows
Small holes can be repaired by using a little clear nail polish to seal the hole. It will be almost invisible.

Clean your Bedroom

Bismillaah

Author: By Michelle Gaut

Keeping your bedroom clean should be one of the most important cleaning priorities in your house, since you spend at least eight hours a day in the room sleeping, getting dressed and relaxing. If your bedroom has a dusty ceiling fan, dirty carpets and unchanged linens, you are inviting droves of dust mites to make themselves at home and create all kinds of health problems for you, including allergies and bronchitis. Even if you do not have allergies, a grungy environment is not fun at all! Let’s start from the top down and clean your bedroom until it glows.
When cleaning any room, you always want to start from the top. For example, if you clean the ceiling fan, and dust falls on a table, then you can clean the table, and the dust will fall on the floor. When you vacuum the floor, the dust is gone. Don’t make the mistake of vacuuming a room and saving the ceiling fan for last! So, for your bedroom, the ceiling fan and light fixtures will be where you will begin your cleaning expedition. This is the time to put away any clean clothes that are sitting around in baskets and to move any objects that cannot get dusty, such as a dry-clean only duvet, out of the room. Get a stepladder, a feather duster, some surface cleaner and a cloth and get ready to clean. You may want to wear a dust mask if you have a tendency to be allergic. First of all, dust the fan and the light fixtures with the feather duster. Then, wipe the fan blades and fixtures with a surface cleaner and dust cloth. If the light fixtures are particularly dirty, unscrew them and send them on a gentle trip through the dishwasher. This is a good time to also replace any burnt out light bulbs.
Next, take the dust cloth and wipe down the tops of all door and window frames. With your feather duster, clean any lampshades. Now, you should clean the window blinds, if you have them. If the blinds are Venetian, you can use the vacuum cleaner or feather duster to get the majority of the dust off, and then don a pair of cotton gloves and run your fingers along the slats. Be sure to get both sides of the blinds. If you have curtains, shake and vacuum them, or if necessary, take them down and wash them or take them to the dry cleaners.
Now take a look at the surfaces in your bedroom. Get a trash bag and throw out or donate anything that doesn’t seem to have a home. Ditch old magazines. If you must keep homeless items, find a home for them. Don’t simply move them from one spot to another, or you’ll be constantly dealing with clutter. Put all items in their proper place, and put all of the dirty clothes in the laundry room. Make sure that your drawers are organized and are not so full that they will not close. Strip down the bed and put the linens in the laundry room as well. With a clean dust cloth, wipe down all of the surfaces in the room. If there are stubborn stains, you may want to dampen the cloth a bit. To give wood furniture a glow, spray with furniture polish and rub until it shines.
Don’t forget to clean the dusty windowsills. Additionally, you may want to open the windows and vacuum out any dirt that has gotten into the track between the window and the screen. At this time, take some glass cleaner and clean all of the mirrors and windows in the room, in addition to any other glass objects that could use freshening up, such as television screens or knick-knacks.
The baseboards are next. Baseboards are an often-neglected part of a home. They can collect dust, cat hair and generally become very grimy. If neglected too long, they will become sticky with dust. If you are lucky, you will be able to dust the baseboards with your feather duster or a vacuum attachment. If the dust has decided to stay, you will need to do some light scrubbing with a damp cloth and a surface cleaner.
Now that the dust has made its way downward, you are ready to vacuum the carpet. Take any small area rugs outside and shake them out. Try sprinkling some baking soda on the carpet to get rid of any unpleasant smells. Make sure that you have a clean bag in your vacuum cleaner so that the vacuum will be at its most efficient. You may even want to put some scented beads in the bag to give your room a pleasant smell from the vacuuming. Be careful not to vacuum floors too quickly. Run the vacuum slowly over the carpet so that it has a chance to pick up the dirt and dust. Be sure to use your crevice nozzle to get into the corners and clean the dirt that has a tendency to collect there. If you have any upholstered furniture, make sure to vacuum it as well, using your upholstery attachment. Vacuuming your furniture will prolong the life of the upholstery, as dust and grime have a sandpaper-like effect on fibers, wearing them down.
If you have wood, tile or Pergo floors, try damp mopping them with hot water with a touch of dish soap and a splash of lavender oil. You will want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your floor, but this usually gets floors clean and makes your room smell very nice.
You are almost finished. If you have washed any light fixtures, thoroughly dry them and replace them. Put fresh linens on your bed, and be sure to fluff the pillows. Replace any area rugs that you have cleaned outside. If you have a trash basket in your room, be sure to empty it, and clean and disinfect the inside. Now, take a look around you and enjoy your sparkling clean surroundings! Your clean bedroom should provide you with sweet dreams.

 

Do you have a success story of a time you cleaned a miserable mess? Any tips?

Muslim Women’s Hygiene

Bismillaah

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Muslims SHOULD enjoy the highest standard of personal hygiene of all the people in the world. In Islam, cleanliness and purification are not only usual requirements for the  performance of worship, or when embracing Islam, (a new Muslim takes a full body shower when embracing Islam) but are part of a Muslim’s very faith. Allah (the Most High) says in the Quran (what is translated to mean):

“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers etc.).; (Al Baqarah 2:222)

Narrated AbuMalik al-Ash’ari:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Cleanliness is half of faith and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) and endurance is a brightness and the Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves. (Sahih Muslim Book 2, Number 0432)

Cleanliness In Islam Is Of Three Kinds

1.     Purification from impurity (i.e. to attain purity or cleanliness, by taking a bath (ghusl) or performing ablution (wudoo) in states in which a bath or ablution is necessary or desirable according to Islamic Law).

2.     To cleanse one’s body, dress or place from an impurity of filth.

3.     To remove the dirt or grime that collects in various parts of the body, such as cleaning the teeth and nostrils, the trimming of nails and the removing of armpit and pubic hair.

Types of Purification

Allah (the Most High) says in the Quran (what is translated to mean):

O you who believe! When you intend to offer prayer, wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows, rub (by passing wet hands over) your heads, and (wash) your feet up to ankles. If you are in a state of Janaba (i.e. post sexual relations), purify yourself (bathe your whole body).; (Al-Ma’idah 5:6)

GHUSL (A COMPLETE BATH)

This is when all parts of the body are washed with water, including the mouth and the nose.

WUDOO (A SIMPLE ABLUTION)

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This is when certain parts of the body are washed with water. For more information on this subject, please visit the following site The Prophet’s Wudoo (Ablution): The superiority of ablution. And Al-Ghurr-ul-Muhajjalun (the parts of the body of the Muslims washed in ablution will shine on the Day of Resurrection and the angels will call them by that name) from the traces of ablution. Narrated Nu’aim Al-Mujmir:

“Once I went up the roof of the mosque along with Abu Huraira (RA): He performed ablution and said, “I heard the Prophet (S) saying, ‘On the Day of Resurrection, my followers will be called Al-Ghurr-ul-Muhajjalun from the traces of ablution and whoever can increase the area of his radiance should do so (by performing ablution in the most perfect manner.’” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, Hadith No. 138)

Narrated Uthman ibn Affan:

“The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘He who performed ablution well, his sins would come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails.’” (Sahih Muslim, Book 2, Number 0476)

TAYAMMUM (PURIFICATION WITHOUT WATER

This method of purifcation, which does not require water, is used instead of ablution (Wudoo) and Ghusl in certain circumstances (i.e. such as no water is available, etc.). Allah (the Most High) says in the Quran (what is translated to mean):

But if you are ill or on a journey or any of you comes from answering the call of nature, or you have been in contact with women (i.e. sexual intercourse) and you find no water, then perform Tayammum with clean earth and rub therewith your faces and hands. Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His Favor on you that you may be thankful.; (Al-Ma’idah 5:6)

Keeping the Fitrah

Prophet (peace be upon him). He said, “From the acts of nature are five: circumcision (obligation for men, but not for women), removing pubic hairs, trimming the mustache, cutting the nails and plucking the hair from under the armpits.”1 [Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim].

It is not allowed to leave them for more than forty nights. This is based on the Hadith of Anas who said, “The Messenger of Allah set a time limit for us for trimming the mustache, trimming nails, removing armpit hairs and removing pubic hairs. They cannot be left for more than forty nights.”2 [Recorded by Muslim]. Letting them grow long resembles animals and some of the disbelievers. Allah Knows Best.

May Allah keep you well.

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Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

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Bismillaah

Dear Reader,

So, in light of all the recent findings in this blog e.g (deodorant, soaps, mercury poisoning, fluoride and etc) I have decided to make my own toothpaste.  I found some recipes online and read up on what are typically used as ingredients. I decided to use what I already have in my own home.

Proctor and Gamble and Lever Brothers-and any number of other manufacturers-would like us to believe that the only proper way to care for our teeth is with expensive, highly flavored toothpastes that come in non-biodegradable, throwaway, zinc-and-lead (Now plastic -ed.) tubes.

Unlike the picture above which shows what most people elect to use in their own personal recipes I chose much different ingredients after reading this. I chose to not use salt as we ingest enough of that with food and I do not want to add it into my toothpaste as well when I can use better cleaning agents. Just a thought!

My Homemade Whitening Toothpaste ;)

7t Baking Soda

3 capfulls of Peroxide

2 capfulls of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 drop of Tea Tree Oil

3t Cinnamon

1 drop of clove oil

2T Water

I placed my ingredients in a small bottle that has its own cap. I just dip my brush in or pour a little out to coat my brush. When I am finished brushing I then add more water into my mouth and proceed to rinse and gargle the remnants.

Ignoring the taste which was similar to spinach for me, I brushed as I regularly do. Upon finishing the brushing of my teeth I noticed a feeling of very clean teeth.  I could feel the vinegar, peroxide and baking soda continuing even after I had stopped and rinsed my mouth clean. I even felt the ingredients cleaning in between my teeth as a type of natural liquid floss. Very Cool!

My toothpaste recipe naturally settles into different levels of it’s components after a few minutes. I simply shake the bottle when I am ready to use it again. I suggest everyone use a bottle they can shake when they are ready to use it so that everything will be mixed back together again easily.

I hope you enjoy your favorite concoction of toothpaste. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it ;) I wish you the best with your teeth.

Turkish Bath (Hamam) Tradition – History and Tips for Natural Beauty

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Bismillaah (In The Name of Allaah)

Dear Reader,

By: Burcu Travis

The Turkish Bath has always been a very important part of the everyday life of Turkish men and women for many centuries. The bath ritual as we know today has its roots in the washing traditions of the Turks that they brought from Central Asia , added to the Byzantine and Roman traditions they adopted in Anatolia.

Particularly for women, rich and poor, the Turkish Bath has served as the heart of social life in a restrictive society serving as a women’s club. But it was not only an everyday hygienic and social occasion: women celebrated important occasions at the bath such as weddings and births.

Ceremonies included the bridal bath, the forty day bath on the 40 th day after baby’s birth, holiday bath on the eve of religious holidays, and the guest bath to which the hostess would invite her friends and relatives to meet a special visitor.The baths were also perfect places for a prospective mother-in law to find a suitable bride for her sons, choosing the prettiest and the healthiest looking girl as a potential daughter-in-law as this was a rare opportunity for more intimate observation.

Baths for women were also beauty salons where facial, hair and body care was available all day long together with herbal treatment for many conditions and therapy with various oils.

A woman’s body was beautified and her soul restored at the bath. The perspiring body was rubbed with hand mitts made of silk and linen to cleanse it of all the old skin, and lathered up numerous times to purify it of toxins.

For such an important social activity, preparation for the bath was very important. Every woman had typically around 15 different bathing accessories, and for women of means the list could be much longer. Examples of these accessories are today regarded as works of art and can be seen in many Eastern museums.

Here are the ‘must have’s for any Turkish Bath bundle:

Wide, round bowls in silver, copper or bronze for pouring water over the head and body. These were intricately decorated by hand with reliefs and inlays.

Thin bath towels called peshtemal were wrapped around the body and the head. These were woven from cotton or silk, either embroidered or with modern-looking plaid designs. The largest peshtemal was wrapped around the waist, the middle size around the shoulders and the smallest around the head. Bath bundles also included various other fabrics and cloths for keeping the head warm, for spreading on the floor to sit on or special ceremonial robes like a silk robe for the bride in a bridal bath, etc.

The soap dish was a lidded container with a handle on top and holes underneath like a sieve. Soaps, combs and various rubbing, exfoliating and lathering mitts like kese , a silk mitt or loofah pieces and cloths, were placed inside it.

Other items typically found in the bundles were, henna, kohl, eyeliners called surme, mirrors, metal containers for keepingjewelleryand raised sandals or clogs made of wood, ivory and silver to keep the feet out of water. Rosewater in a bottle, carried in a special wooden case was also very important as no other perfume was considered proper for the newly washed body.Depending on the wealth and social status of the bathing lady, these items could be simple or very ornate and valuable, adorned with jewels and made of valuable metals. It was also customary to take refreshments to the bath to eat together during and after the bath like fruit, lemonade, sherbet and sweets.

Despite the declining importance of the Turkish Bath in the daily life of many of Turkey’s inhabitants, the traditions of bathing – using natural oils and soaps, exfoliation, scrubbing and bathing as ritual for body and mind – has persisted. Now, the benefits are once again being appreciated by those in search of simpler, more natural and time-tested methods in their bath to complement or replace the synthetically manufactured products that are commonly found today.

About the Author: Halimah bint David authored, illustrated, published and marketed several children  books for Muslim Kindle for kids in Islam  and Sharia Ruqyah for exorcisms in adults. Halimah founded a few popular blogs at SurvivorsAreUs.WordPress.Com, HighwayToHeaven.WordPress.Com, ChristinaMacQuarrie.Wordpress.Com and is currently researching and implementing new copy writing skills.

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