Farming Advice and Folklore: All-Purpose Cleaner, Phone Insulator Candles and Basil Cubes

Farming advice and folklore from MOTHER and her readers, including vinegar, the all-purpose cleaner, creating candles from old phone insulators candles and freezing garden basil into ice cubes for use in winter.

| December 1995/January 1996

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner for the home, candle holders made from old phone insulators and freezing your leftover basil in ice cubes for winter use. 

MOTHER's Country Farming Advice and Folklore

Vinegar: All-Purpose Cleaner 

Vinegar is a handy item to have in your kitchen, as most of us do already. Everyone knows it makes the best (and the cheapest) glass cleaner, and mixed with a little water can clean many items in your home. The commercial coffee maker cleaners are not only costly, in most cases, but contain things that may be harmful if any is left behind. One thing I clean with vinegar is my coffee maker.

Put about three cups of white vinegar and a cup of water into your coffee maker. Run this through as though you were making a pot of coffee. You will be surprised by what will come out if you have a lot of iron or other minerals in your water. Rinse the coffee maker by running through a pot of fresh water.

—Beverly Kleikamp
Powers, MI

Crafty Uses for Old Insulators 

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