Each and every thing we do to create something for our households and our families is magical in nature. When you think about it, creating a home is a magical endeavor. And that's true whether we live with others or not.
I was just watching videos on how to make lye from ashes and then use it, along with animal or vegetable fat, to make soap. How amazing is it that waste, that which is dirty, slimy, and smelly, is transformed into that which makes us clean through the efforts of the person who makes the home? You can even use vile, icky cooking grease to make delicious smelling soaps! There is a process called "washing" fat that can make even the nastiest oil smell clean again and renders it perfect for creating beautiful soaps for yourself and your family. And some industrious woman, probably the great, great granddaughter of the woman who figured out that pouring rain water over used fireplace ashes makes the perfect cleaning solution, came up with it!
Domestic witchery, though not technically "related" to the religion of Wicca, is a big part of many Wiccans' lives. We bless the food we cook, we make "black salt" from cleaning the cauldron and use it to keep away negative influences from our homes, we strew sweet herbs on our wooden floors and magically sweep away all illness, we make healing teas from the garden, and much more.
When you think of it, this is related to the Wheel of the Year that Wiccans hold dear. We create from the Earth and use Her bounty in magical ways that celebrate the continuity of the seasons. Sure, you don't have to be Wiccan to do this, but Wiccans have an extra measure of spiritual investment in partaking of the body of our Mother. So the next time you are grumbling about sweeping the floor, think of the old ways that teach us to sweep the house from back to front after strewing sweet herbs about, to keep all nastiness and contention out. Save your candles stubs and recombine them with intention at Imbolc. Use old cooking fats to seal jars of healing ointments and render tallow to combine with ash lye from your outside barrel to make soaps. Grandmother was a witch, dearies, whether she called herself that or not!
Black Salt for Protection
Take sea salt and place a handful in your used small cauldron or 2-3 handfuls in a large cauldron. With a pestle or a broom handle, work the salt all around inside the dirty cauldron. Scrape the sides by bringing the salt up with your tool and work it into the sides of the dry cauldron. Do this for several minutes. Soon, the salt will turn black as the soot clings to it and the inside of the cauldron will become clean. When the salt is very black, bless it while still in the cauldron.
Hold hand over the cauldron and bless it with your intention, stating:
"Body of Earth, make dirty clean
And bring from darkness light again
As you have restored a clean reflection
Now you hold power of protection."
Bottle the black salt and use it to protect your home by strewing a small amount in corners before sweeping it up with the dust. For intense protection, leave a small bit in the corners of your house.