Equipment and Basic Ingredients in Homemade Wine Making

Equipment and Basic Ingredients in Homemade Wine Making

When making wine homemade, you will discover how simple and easy it is. You don’t really have to buy nifty and brand new equipment just to be able to make some wine homemade. For all you know, the things you need are already right in your own kitchen. So go check them out first and see if you already have them.

–       ½ Gallon Winchester Bottles

–       Wine Bottles with Corks.

–       Boiler (make sure it’s made of aluminum or enamel).

–       Glass Tubing

–       Hydrometer

–       One Gallon Glass Jars with Corks

–       Plastic Dustbin or any large plastic vessel.

–       Polyvinyl Tube.

–       Small Press.

Other Equipment and Tools:

–       Bottle-Cleaning Brush

–       Casks

–       Colander

–       Cork Borer

–       Corking device

–       Jelly Bags for straining

–       Large Polythene Funnel

–       Measuring Jugs

–       Scales

–       Small Funnels

–       Stone Jars

–       Thermometer

–       Tie-on labels for jars and stick-on labels for bottles

–       Wooden Spoon

Those that you couldn’t find at home, you may go check your local supermarket and buy them there.

Now that you have completed the list of equipment you need for your wine homemade, it is now time to gather your ingredients. As you go on with this whole activity of creating wine homemade, you will eventually come up with your own wine recipe, experimenting with other exotic ingredients if you wish. That’s when your creativity will come in. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s first gather the basic ingredients so you can start making your own wine homemade. Here they are:

Wine Yeast

One of the most important ingredients in making wine homemade is yeast.  Without yeast, then there can be no wine so to speak. There are numerous kinds of yeasts that are available in the market which you can use. Just ask for the best brand used in wine making and the store manager will be happy to help you. Once you have this ingredient, it is also important that you follow the ideal condition for the yeast to grow and do its job. But not to fret, the conditions are very easy to follow which you will soon learn about as you go through the process of fermentation. For now, let’s just stick with completing the ingredients first.

Sugar

Sugar is the “food” that the yeast feeds on. This is why sugar is very important in wine making, without which alcohol will not be produced therefore, no wine. There is also an amount that you need to follow so you can reach that level of fermentation that is good for your wine homemade. There are still other critical information that as a winemaker, you must know, when purchasing your sugar. This is to ensure that the wine you are making has the best quality and/or is at par with those sold in the markets and wine stores. You will know these things eventually as you go through the whole process of wine homemade.

Acid

Acid levels in your wine are determining factors in the proper level of fermentation for your yeast and sugar. Thus, it is best to follow the wine making instructions in your recipe or wine eBook if you have one. Correct acid levels will make sure that you get the best quality later on. After having done this for quite a while, you will be comfortable enough to do more advanced wine making recipes which you can sell and profit from in the near future.

Tannin

With the right amount of tannin in your mixture, it will greatly improve the taste and texture of your wine homemade. If you’ve had a dry tasting wine before, that’s all because of the tannin in the mixture which makes the texture dry to the mouth. Like the other ingredients, you must follow the correct amount given in the wine making recipes. If not, you could have some uncharacteristic taste to your wine.

Simon Thomas is a homemade winemaker, enthusiast and author. He lives in California and spends his time teaching others how to setup an amazing boutique winery. You can find more information about how to make professional quality wine at your own home, at Simon’s popular site: http://www.homemadewinesecrets.com/

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Basics of Wine Making Recipe

Basics of Wine Making Recipe

So before we delve into wine making recipe, let me give you the list of equipment you will use first.

Polyvinyl Tube ½ Gallon Winchester Bottles Boiler (make sure it’s made of aluminum or enamel). Wine Bottles with Corks Glass Tubing One Gallon Glass Jars with Corks Hydrometer Small Press Plastic Dustbin or any large plastic vessel.

Other Materials you will need:

Bottle-Cleaning Brush Colander Casks Cork Borer Jelly Bags for straining Corking device Large Polythene Funnel Scales Measuring Jugs Small Funnels Thermometer Stone Jars Wooden Spoon Tie-on labels for jars and stick-on labels for bottles

In case you don’t have some of these materials with you, you can then buy new ones at your local wine store or grocery shop.

Having a complete list of equipment, you can now proceed to checking if you also have the complete list of ingredients for your wine making recipe. Please note that below are just the basic ingredients. As you go along with your wine making adventure, you will eventually find out other stuff that you can add to your wine making recipe and from there, make wines that are more special and exquisite.

Wine Yeast

This is one of the most crucial elements in your wine making recipe from which fermentation will take place. Without the yeast, no fermentation can take place therefore no wine can be produced. There are many brands of wine yeasts. It’s up to you which kind you would want to buy. It is best to ask your local wine shop or supermarket and from there compare their suggestions.

The moment you have this ingredient with you, you must do as the wine making recipe tells you. There is always an ideal condition which you must follow when it comes to fermentation. Not to worry about it because these things are just very easy to accomplish as long as you stick to the wine instructions to the letter.

Sugar

Sugar is the partner in crime of the yeast because this is the food of the yeast. When the yeast feeds on the sugar, it produces two things: carbon dioxide and ethanol. This is where the wine actually comes from.  Without the sugar, the feast won’t have anything to feed on and consequently, alcohol won’t be produced.

Please note that like yeast, a favorable fermentation condition with the sugar must also be reached by following the correct amount of sugar levels for your mixture. As a wine maker, albeit your first time, it is crucial that you follow these amounts in your wine making recipe. This will assist you in reaching the kind of fermentation that you need for your wine.

Acid

Just like with your yeast and sugar, proper acid levels must also be followed for your wine mixture. Correct acidity will help produce great tasting wine while wrong ones might just produce very bitter tasting wines or ultra sweet tasting wines.

Tannin

The tannic levels in your wine come from the tannins. It is that ingredient which contributes to the dry taste of your wine. If there are too much tannins, your wine can be very uncharacteristic in its flavor. But with the right amount, the quality of your wine can be at part with those sold in the markets.

Once you have all these things for your wine making recipe, then you are set to make your own homemade wine.

Simon Thomas is a homemade winemaker, enthusiast and author. He lives in California and spends his time teaching others how to setup an amazing boutique winery. You can find more information about how to make professional quality wine at your own home, at Simon’s popular site: www.homemadewinesecrets.com

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Home-Made Herbal Beauty Products

Home-Made Herbal Beauty Products

Basic Ingredients

The most important consideration to bear in mind when making herbal preparations is to only use the best quality products you can find. Good quality oils and natural essential oils will combine to make a far superior product than that produced by cheap oil and chemical, synthetic oils. Natural products are far less likely to cause skin allergies, but it is always wise to test your finished product on a small patch of your own skin if not on that of the recipient.

Essential oils are produced from many different scented plants, using both the leaf and stalk, or flower, depending on the plant concerned. Although it is possible to extract these essential oils yourself, it is a long process and the fun of making some herbal beauty products as gifts is to have fairly instant results. If you find concocting potions really appealing, there are plenty of opportunities for further experimentation to be found in the many specialist books available.

Packaging

As with every product, it is the packaging that gives the finishing touch and makes all the difference between something that looks home-made and slightly dubious or exciting and luxurious. If you keep your eyes open in antique shops and yard sales, you will discover that there are plenty of old and interesting bottles around. Thick glass bottles in a green or blue tone can look wonderful when decorated with a pretty satin ribbon and a few flowers. Sealing is probably best done with a cork, which can be trimmed to fit any size of bottle. Screw-top bottles are another possibility but they don’t have the same old-fashioned appeal.

Another lovely idea is to buy a glass scent bottle with a ground stopper to prevent evaporation. The container could then be treasured and reused many times. Atomizers can give a marvelous feeling of luxury to some home-made scented waters. There are many unusual perfume bottles available and they make a stunning display on a pretty dressing table. As a complete contrast, there are also some promisingly shaped containers to be found in grocery stores and supermarkets; if you look carefully next time you are shopping, you’ll be amazed at how many suitable shapes and sizes there are amongst the mustard pots, vinegar jars, mayonnaise jars or even bottles of squashes and cordials. You may have to cover the lid, or substitute a cork for the screw top depending on how attractive it is once opened, but nevertheless there is plenty of scope.

Always label your product carefully and add instructions if it should be kept in the refrigerator or in cool conditions. Giving a use-by date might also be a good idea if something has a fairly short life. Labels can be decorated by hand or stenciled and tied with a ribbon around the neck of the bottle. You could also use a sticky label and attach it to the body of the bottle. Several products can then be packaged together in a hamper or basket, with cotton wool balls or other packaging to fill the basket and prevent the bottles from breaking. Home-made pot-pourri makes a very good filler for baskets – you can carefully arrange a selection of bottles amongst the pot-pourri, then cover the basket with swathes of cellophane before decorating it with a pretty bow.

Bath-Time Products

Nothing works more magic than a perfumed soak in a warm bath after a really tiring or stressful day. The smell of the herbal products can add a great deal to that relaxation and many bath preparations are very simple to make.

There are two main groups of herbs in these preparations – herbs to promote relaxation and those that help to revive you. The relaxing herbs include camomile, scented geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli (orange blossom) and hops. The more stimulating and reviving herbs include basil, lemon verbena, rosemary, melissa and bergamot.

Although it is a tempting thought to strew freshly picked herbs across the waters of your calming bath, I wouldn’t recommend that you try it! Speaking from bitter experience, it causes untold blockage problems in the plumbing and feels very uncomfortable when you sit on a particularly sharp stalk! The best way to use fresh herbs is to place them in a muslin bath bag.

Bath Bags

Cut out some 9-inch diameter circles of muslin and place 2 tablespoons of roughly torn fresh herbs in the middle of each one. Dried herbs are just as successful. Gather the edges of the circle together and make into a small bundle, holding it in place with an elastic band. Then attach ribbons around the bundle to cover the elastic band, making a long enough loop to hang it from the taps so it will dangle in the water. A set of bath bags, with different colored ribbons to denote different herbs or mixtures of herbs, could be put together with a collection of other bath-time treats. Do write clear instructions on a label so they don’t get mistaken for bouquet garni and put in a stew!

Oatmeal can be added to the contents of the bath bags. Use equal quantities of herbs and oatmeal, as it helps to soften the skin.

 Bath Oils

These are very simple to make and very relaxing. The oil base should be good quality – preferably almond for normal to dry skin or safflower for normal to greasy skin. The only oil that will completely disperse in bathwater is a form of castor oil called turkey red oil. However, it is not easily available in health food stores, unlike the others, and so I would recommend trying the almond or safflower oils instead.

Choose some essential oils that will relax or revive (see the suggestions above) and make sure they are good quality natural oils rather than chemical ones. Chemical fragrances are excellent for pot-pourris and products that will not come into contact with the skin, but it is safer to use natural oils for skin preparations, in case the recipient is allergic to the chemical ones.

To make the oils, add 5 drops of essential oil to every tablespoon of almond or safflower oil that you put into the bottle. Shake well before use. You can use just one essential oil, such as rosemary or lavender, or you can mix them – rose and lavender, or rosemary and orange are good blends. The possibilities are endless and the fun starts when you begin to choose your essential oils. These should be available at your local health food store or beauty shop.

Washballs and Soaps

Washballs date back to Elizabethan times and so are traditional shapes of soap. Making soap at home can be rather time-consuming, so I have included a recipe that uses a pure, fragrance-free ready-made soap to speed up the process. Traditionally, soap is made with tallow, which is rendered or melted animal fat. It should be available from your local butcher and you can melt it in a heavy saucepan over a low heat and then strain it into screw-top jam jars for storage. Take care when making soap as the caustic soda that is used can burn your skin, so do wear rubber gloves and handle it with care.

Lavender and Rose Washballs

2×5 oz bars plain Castile soap, finely grated
8 fl oz rose or lavender water
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rose essential oil

Heat 3 fl oz of the rose or lavender water and pour it over the soap. Let is stand for about ten minutes. Mix well and then incorporate the rose and lavender oils. Leave to harden for two days. Then make the mixture into small balls, each one about the size of a table tennis ball or slightly smaller, and leave to dry in a dry airy place. When the washballs have completely hardened, you can polish them with cloth moistened with the rest of the rose or lavender water, or alternatively wet your hands with the rose or lavender water and rub the balls between your hands. Allow to dry out before packaging.

Floral Vinegar for the Bath

Floral vinegars can soften the skin when used in the bath and are very refreshing if kept in the fridge and dabbed onto a fevered brow in moments of stress! Cider vinegar has a delicate apple scent and so makes an excellent base.

There are several herbs and flowers that can be mixed with the vinegar. The main consideration will probably be which ingredients are easiest for you to obtain. Successful plants include jasmine flowers, rose petals, lavender flowers and stalks, scented geranium leaves, lemon balm or lemon verbena leaves and rosemary.

Place a large handful of mixed flowers and herbs or a single variety (rose and lavender with a little jasmine works well, or scented geranium and lemon verbena) in a glass bottle and fill up with cider vinegar. Replace the lid or seal with a cork and place in a sunny spot for a couple of weeks. Then strain the vinegar, making sure that you release as much moisture from the herbs as possible, and pour into a measuring jug. Half-fill a bottle with the scented vinegar and top up with spring water. One bottle of vinegar will therefore fill two bottles of the same size with the floral vinegar. To use, pour a generous quantity into the bath with the taps full on.

Orange Blossom Bath Salts

8 oz baking soda
1 lb coarse sea salt
1/2 fl oz neroli (orange blossom) essential oil

Stir together the baking soda and sea salt, then add the essential oil and store in a sealed jar. Food coloring may be added if you wish. Use three tablespoons per bath.

Lemon Verbena Bubbles

12 oz pure soap flakes
3/4 pint spring water
1/4 fl oz lemon verbena essential oil
1 fl oz vodka
2 fl oz glycerine

Heat the water and dissolve the soap flakes in it. In another container, mix the essential oil with the glycerine and vodka. Combine these two mixtures and add a drop of yellow or green food coloring if you wish. Store in a wide-mouthed jar with a sealed lid.

Orange and Cinnamon Soap

4 fl oz spring water
2 tbsp caustic soda
4 oz melted tallow
1 tsp neroli (orange blossom) essential oil
1 tsp cinnamon essential oil
4 fl oz safflower oil

Wearing rubber gloves, pour the water into a large heat-proof glass bowl. Add the caustic soda and stir well with a wooden spoon. Add the melted tallow and stir vigorously. Then add the safflower oil and the neroli and cinnamon essential oils. Beat well and pour into plastic molds. Leave to set. Once they are set, ease the soaps out of the molds and leave in a dry airy place for two weeks.

Cucumber and Mint Soap

4 fl oz spring water
large bunch of fresh mint, any variety
2 tbsp caustic soda
4 oz white vegetable fat, melted
6 drops mint essential oil
8 fl oz almond oil
1/2 cucumber

Liquidize, or place in a food processor, the mint leaves and spring water. Pour into a bowl and leave for a couple of hours. Liquidize (or process) the cucumber. Strain the spring water into a large heat-proof glass bowl, discarding the mint leaves, then add the caustic soda (making sure you are wearing rubber gloves). Stir with a wooden spoon then add the melted vegetable fat. Add 4 tbsp of cucumber puree, the almond oil and mint essential oil. Beat well and then pour the mixture into plastic molds. Small soaps can be made in shaped ice cube molds or larger ones in yogurt pots or similar containers. Leave to set for two days.

Gently ease the soaps out of the molds and then leave in an airing cupboard or other dry airy place for two weeks before using.

Note: It can help to line the molds with cling film as this may overcome any problems in removing the soap once it has set.

To find out how to grow and use herbs, visit the authors blog.

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A Way of Life: Toxicity in Our Environment and Eco-friendly Products You Can Make

A Way of Life: Toxicity in Our Environment and Eco-friendly Products You Can Make

Because toxicity has become a way of life, and we must breath and eat, we are continuously exposed to pesticides and polluntants, some stored right under our kitchen sinks, says a report from the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass., and the Harvard University School of Public Health.

The study was published last October in Environmental Science & Technology, Sedona, Ariz., naturopath doctor Teresa Dale, Ph.D. says “demonstrates that we are exposed daily to a wide array of chemicals that affect our hormone systems.”  Chemicals like phthalates and alkyphenois may heighten the risk of hormone-linked diseases like breast cancer and testicular cancer.

To limit your exposure, “read labels carefully, use nontoxic cleaning products and avoid using indoor pesticides,” says Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Dave Dergan.  There are nontoxic cleaning products and pesticides right in your kitchen.  If you have baking soda, white vinegar, borax, and rubbing alcohol in your pantry and bathroom, you have the basic ingredients to make your own cleaning products and pesticides that don’t cost you an arm and a leg.  I have included formulations for making your own products from these items and many more at the end of this article.

There are plenty of effective, earth-safe cleaners that you can buy or make.  Using these alternatives will reduce the toxic burden in your house and environment.  By switching to environmentally friendly cleaners protects your health and that of the community you live in while reducing air, water, and ground pollution.

I bet you are asking yourself, “So why isn’t everybody doing it?”  There are very few people who actually read the labels of the products they purchase and even fewer who know the impact these chemicals can have on our bodies.  Most people do not take the time or have the time to research the chemicals that go into these products. 

Not all “green” products are created equal, some have simply added essential oils to make it smell like the formula has changed.  “You need to read the labels carefully to check for irritating chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and artificial fragrances and dyes,” says Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., a preventive-medicine specialist in Tucson, Arizona.  “Buy cleaners from health-food stores or retailers specializing in environmentally friendly products.”

“Eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products are the next frontier of environmentalism,” says Marci Zaroff, former publisher of Macrocosm and CEO of Under the Canopy, an organic fabric clothing company.  “It’s an inexpensive, easy and effective way to protect our planet and commitment to life.”

Here are some options to get you started onto the path of “thinking green”:

* CITRUS OILl;   sold in health-food stores and home improvement stores, fills rooms with the smell of oranges and is far more  pleasing to your nose (unless you like the smell of hospitals). 

To clean or polish wood floors, dilute 1 c. of citrus oil in one gallon of hot water, and mop with a sponge.  For floors that are greasy, simply use a stronger solultion.  You can also clean kitchen counters and tabletops with this solution.  Citrus doesn’t strip the protective sealants.  On  porous surfaces like marble or granite, only use diluted oil and it should never be allowed to sit on a surface, always wipe it dry when finished.

* TEA TREE, THYME AND LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS:  these have been proven to have more antiseptic in some studies than              phenol, the most common chemical disinfectant.  Many disinfectants contain chlorine, which reacts with organix matter in                  drinking water to produce potentially carcinogenic trihalomethane. 

To make a natural disinfectant mix 20 drops of one of the above mentioned essential oils and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.  Apply and let sit for 15 min. or until dry.

* BAKING SODA:  Baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda), an alkaline substance is used in fire extinguishers, antacids, and                  sparkling water.

You can use it to clean your tubs, sinks, countertops in the kitchen and bath.  Combine 3/4 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. of borax and enough diswashing liquid to make a smooth paste or if you prefer a pleasant smell, add 1/4 t. lemon juice to the paste; pour down your sink drain to deorderize and to unclog your drains you put 1/2 cup of baking soda in drain and add a cup of vinegar, wait 30min. and pour hot water down drain.  I use this method once a month on all the drains in the house to keep them clear.

*BORAX:  Borax, like is’s close relative, boric acid, has relatively low toxicity levels, and is considered safe for general household use, but the powder can be harmful if ingested in sufficinet quantities by young children or pets.  Keep it out of their reach.
Borax is toxic to plants, so in the yard be very careful when applying borax onto or near soil.  It doesn’t take much to leach into the ground to kill off nearby plants and prevent furture growth.

 But it is great for rubbing out heavy sink stains, even rust in your stainless steel or porcelain sinks.  Make a paste of 1 cup of borax and 1/4 cup of lemon juice, put some of the paste on a cloth or sponge and rub it into the stain, then rinse with running warm water, the stain should wash away with the paste. 

You can also remove mildew from uphostery and other fabric by soaking a sponge in a solution of 1/2 cup of borax dissolved in 2 cups of water, and rubbing it into the affected areas.  Let it soak in for several hours until the stain disappears, then rinse well.  To remove mildew from clothing, soak it in a solution of 2 cups of borax in 2 quarts of water.

Want a way to clean your toliet bowl and leave it spakeling whiite without those dangerous fumes?  Use a stiff brush to scrub it using a solution of 1/2 cup of borax mixed with a gallon of water.

VINEGAR:  Vinegar is known as nature’s most practical liquid and is so versatile that you can use it in the kitchen and bath, laundry and garden, housecleaning and car cleaning, even pet care and personal care.

Damp mopping with a mild vinegar solution is widely recommended as a way to clean wood and no-wax vinyl or laminate flooring.  Be sure to check with the manufacturer of the flooring  because even when diluted vinegar’s acidity can ruin some floor finishes, and too much water will damage most wooden floors.  But if you want to try vinegar on your floors, use 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed in 1 gallon warm water.  You may want to start with a trial application in an incomspicuous area.  Before applying the solution, squeeze out the mop sthoroughly (or just use a spray bottle to moisten the mop head).

To liven up dull wood paneling, mix 2 cups warm water, 4 tablespoons white or cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a container, give it a couple of shakes and apply with a clean cloth.  Let it soak in for several minutes, then polish with a dry cloth.

To keep your computer, printer, and other home office gear clean and dust free, dampen a clean cloth in equal parts white viegar and water, sqeeze it out well and start wiping.  Before you start, make sure that your equipment is shut off, and never use a spray bottle; you don’t want to get liquid on the circuis inside.  Have a few cotton swabs on hand for getting into tight spaces (like between the keys of your keyboard).

To make a scratch on a wooden tabletop much less noticeable, mix some distilled or cider vinegar and iodine in a small jar and paint over the scratch with a small artist’s brush.  Use more iodine for darker woods; more vinegar for lighter shades.

To remove white rings left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain.  Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it.  To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.

For the great outdoors, vinegar can get rid of bugs and ants or you can use it as an insect repellent and clean you outdoor funiture and decks.

Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray it on anthills and around areas where you see ants.  Ants hate vinegar, and it won’t take long for them to move on.  Also, you can spray picnic and children’s play areas to keep ants away.  If you have lots of anthills, pour full strength vinegar over them.

Going camping or fishing?  Here’s an old army trick to keep away ticks and mosquitoes:  About three days before you leave, start taking 1 tablespoon cider vinegar three times a day.  Continue throughout your outing and you just might return home without a bite.

Before resorting to bleach to remove mildew on your deck or your patio furniture, try these milder vinegar-based solutions.

*Keep full-strength white vinegar in a spray bottle and use it wherever you see mildew.  The stain will wipe right off must surfaces, and the vinegar will keep it from coming back for a while.

*Remove mildew from wood decks and wood patio furniture by sponging them off with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon water.  Use an old tootbrush to work the solution into tight spaces.

*To deodorize and inhibit mildew growth on outdoor plastic mesh furniture and patio umbrellas, mix 2 cups white vinegar and 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid in a bucket of hot water.  Use a soft brush to work it into the grooves of the plastic and for scrubbing seat pands and umbrella fabric.  Rinse with cold water; then dry in the sun.

RUBBING ALCOHOL:  Be sure to not confuse denatured alcohol with rubbing alcohol.  Denatured alcohol to ethanol (drinking alcohol) to which poisonous and foul-tasting chemicals have been added to render it unfit for drinking.  Often, the chemicals used in denatured alcohol are not ones you should put on your skin.  Rubbing alcohol is made of chemicals that are safe for skin contact, most often it’s 70 percent isopropl alcohol and 30 percent water.

Ticks hate the taste of rubbing alcohol as much as they love the taste of your dog.  Before you pull a tick off Fido, dab the critter with rubbing alcohol to make it loosen its grip.  Then grab the tick as close to the dog’s skin as ou can and pull it straight out.  Dab again with alcohol to disinfect the wound.  This works on people too.

The problem with ice packs is they won’t conform to the shape of the injured body part.  Make a slushy conformable pack by nixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a sel-closing plastic bag.  The next time that sore knee acts up, wrap the bag of slush in a cloth and apply it to the area.

This is just the tip of iceberg of ways to use eco-friendly products that you can make yourself.  I have used most of these recipes for the past 10 years.  They cost next to nothing to make and the results are fabulous.  I use olive oil and vinegar to clean my furniture and  I don’t have to dust again for a month.  The solution seems to repel dust, just mix the olive oil and vinegar like you would for a salad dressing. 

Angela is the owner of Coastal Computerized Information Services located in Savannah, GA. http://www.ccis.web.officelive.com

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