Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Other uses for charcoal!

Did you know there are other things you can do with charcoal then just cooking. Here are a few idea. We've even included a recipe for a face mask made from charcoal.

1. A humid closet, attic, or basement can wreak havoc on your health as well as your clothes. Get rid of all that humidity with several home-made dehumidifiers. To make one, just put some charcoal briquettes in a coffee can, punch a few holes in the lid, and place in the humid areas. Replace the charcoal every few months.

2. Put a piece of charcoal in the water when you're rooting plant cuttings. The charcoal will keep the water fresh.

3. Hide a few pieces of charcoal in the nooks and crannies of your bathroom to soak up moisture and cut down on unpleasant odors. Replace them every couple of months.

4. Professional librarians use charcoal to get rid of musty odors on old books. You can do the same. If your bookcase has glass doors, it may provide a damp environment that can cause must and mold. A piece of charcoal or two placed inside will help keep the books dry and mold-free.

5. Artists use charcoal to draw with.

6. Charcoal is used in manufacturing also. Did you know that Levis makes their zippers with Humphrey’s charcoal.

7. Add some Activated Charcoal dust to your favorite soap recipe and it will act as a natural antioxidant. Here is a recipe for our favorite face mask. It will leave your face feeling refreshed.

1 teaspoon of activated charcoal
1 teaspoon of rosewater
1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Step 1
Grind the charcoal tablets in a coffee grinder (clean the grinder well before and after) or place the tablets between two sheets of paper and smash them with a rolling pin or other implement.
Step 2
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until the salt is dissolved.
Step 3
Rinse your face and neck and pat dry. Apply the mask to your face and neck in a thin, even layer. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 4
Rinse your face well with warm water. Any leftover mask can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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