Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved, Beautiful and Refined Black Sisters!
It is a well-known fact that “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness.” And, as the Aboriginal Black Woman, we should let no woman beat us in anything when it comes to intelligence and cleanliness. This includes our surroundings and ourselves. Our homes should be spotless at all times, so that we could eat off the floor, if need be.
We should bathe or the equivalent every night before we get in the bed. It is best to bathe before getting in the bed because you don’t want to put on clean night clothes and get in a clean bed with a dirty body. So, we should get in the habit of taking a bath every night before we pray and go to sleep.
Personally, I have gotten to the point where I really look forward to my nightly baths. I play soft music and put a couple of drops of Lavender Essential Oil in the water. It is also nice to bathe by candlelight. I used to use bubble bath, but ever since I’ve started trying to limit the amount of toxins I absorb into my body, I have decided to omit the store bought bubble bath. I have not found a recipe for homemade Bubble Bath as yet, however, the experience is just as relaxing without the bubble bath.
I started using bubble bath again. I just try to make sure it doesn’t have too many harmful ingredients. And steer clear of 99 cents store bubble bath with the Proposition 65 Warning. I really love Bath & Body Works Lavender Bubble Bath or whatever it’s called. I don’t remember what’s in it but something that makes you feel that good can’t be that bad for you. And if it is, I’m just going to balance it by eating properly and using other products that aren’t harmful. Sometimes I use dishwashing liquid when I don’t have any bubble bath. Avon is good too.
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Since we are such busy creatures, keeping house, raising children and taking care of our husbands, I believe Our Saviour, Allah, delights in us pampering ourselves and taking a little time to relax and reward ourselves after a hard day of housework.
When I marry my Zawji, we plan to have a big enough bathtub so that we can do our ablutions together.
But I digress. Cleanliness is an area about which we should be almost obsessive. We should not be able to sit down unless our house is immaculate. And we should be just as thorough about personal cleanliness as well.
Our clothes should always be completely clean and unsoiled, mended and properly pressed. And they should also always be put on a clean body. We should make every effort to maintain personal hygiene and keep ourselves as clean and fresh as possible throughout the day. One important way we can ensure that we are completely clean and odorless is by using Personal Cleansing Cloths after visiting the privy.
They are also good for freshening up during menstruation.
Personal Cleansing Cloths are very easy to make and do not contain harsh chemicals and toxins found in store bought wet wipes. Also, by using personal cleansing cloths you will never be ashamed by any embarrassing and unsanitary stains found in your undergarments ever again. They are extremely safe and gentle enough to use on your precious Black babies.
1 roll of heavy duty paper towels (the cheap kind won’t work for these)
Round plastic container with lid. The taller the better. I use a large pitcher.
2 Cups Hot Water
4-5 T Black Soap (grated)
(You should get your African Black Soap from TAJ MAHAL on Crenshaw and 57th. They have the best prices. Their website doesn’t offer the authentic African Black Soap (as shown in the picture) but you can get a big block (about four of the bars in the picture) for only $12.00. They also sell the size in the picture for $3.00, I think. Just call them and ask them to send you the REAL AFRICAN BLACK SOAP. Tell them you want the kind that comes wrapped in plastic wrap.)
2 T Aloe Vera
2 T Witch Hazel
3 T Olive, Almond, Jojoba or any Oil or combination of Oils
1 T Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter
*You can vary the amounts depending on the size of your wipes
1. Cut the roll just enough so it fits into your container. If you cut the roll in half, your wipes will be rather small and rectangular.
2. Place the wipes, cut side down in container.
3. Dissolve Black Soap and Cocoa Butter in hot water.
4. Add Aloe Vera, Oil and Witch Hazel. Mix well.
6. Pour mixture over paper towels and let absorb. You can flip it over to cover the entire area. This should take about five-ten minutes.
7. Pull out the cardboard and one paper towel from the inside of the roll. This will get your roll started for you.
These wipes are MUCH better quality than ANY brand I have ever bought from the store. Not to mention that they are better for your health. You can use them without worrying about harmful chemicals and relish in the fact that you are improving your and your family’s measure of cleanliness, which is one of the greatest enjoyments we can have.