As nothing annoys the faeries more than a dirty home!
So sweep your hearth and set upon it a dish which holds a
mess of milk and bread. This will please the fae and if you leave your
shoes by the fire they will sometimes leave a coin in one of them.
But do not speak of it or they will leave, never to return.
"Farewell, Rewards and Faeries,
Good housewives now may say,
For now foul sluts in Dairies,
Do fare as well as they,
And though they sweep their hearths no less,
Than maids are wont to do,
Yet who of late for cleanliness,
Finds six pence in her shoe?"
The Faeryes Farewell. Richard Corbet c. 1625