February 18, 2010

Vinegar Hair Rinse and New Use for Coffee

Well this has been one of those weeks I haven't really had any time to try out any recipes, beauty or cleaning, but I did find some great sales on organic apples and oranges at Tom Thumb this week!  I was also able to try an apple cider vinegar rinse in my hair a few days ago, and wow!  It made my hair feel so smooth and clean afterwards, I could really feel it removing all the build up of products, shampoos, and conditioners.  I had heard about using vinegar as a natural hair rinse, you can keep it real simple, just mix a little vinegar (white or apple cider) and water and rinse through your hair after shampooing... or you can get a bit more luxurious, adding herbs or essential oils and one recipe even calls for "steeping"  up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

I also got a neat tip from my sister in law today.  She found a recipe for (inedible) dough that we used to make coasters.  The cool thing about it was it called for coffee and she had some expired coffee that was just going to get thrown out- great way to recycle/reuse.  We used hazelnut which left the dough with a delicious scent.  Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try:

3 cups flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup coffee
3 Tbsp oil
1 cup water (may need to add more for desired texture)
Mix together, shape, air dry or bake for 15 minutes at 325 then let air dry over night.

We added some cute gems and hearts for decorations, they didn't turn out completely flat and even, so we'll have to see how well they work as coasters, but my 3 year old had a blast!  We ended up with six coasters and two large heart shaped "trivets" (we put their hand prints in them and I'll probably use them as decorations) and a little left over dough still.  Thanks Janet, it was great fun!

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