How to fireproof your Christmas tree

November 21, 2008 at 11:55 pm (Uncategorized)

That time of year is rolling around… the time of year when some of us set up Christmas trees, some artificial and some not. I’ve had this recipe for the method of fireproofing ‘real’ Christmas trees for some time now and thought sharing might be a good idea.

You will need:

1 litre warm water, divided

1 cup alum

1/2 cup boric acid

2 tbsp borax

medium sized bucket

spray bottle

How to:

Combine 1/2 litre warm water with other ingredients in bucket and stir well until powders dissolve. Add remaining water and mix well. Fill spray bottle and take outside where your tree is waiting, preferably on top of a tarp or plastic sheeting. Generously spray tree, refilling spray bottle as necessary. Be sure to thoroughly coat branches and trunk. Allow to dry completely before decorating. Dispose of any leftover mixture immediately.

If you have pets or small children who are inclined to put pine needles in their mouths (yikes!) or lick the tree then this recipe is not for you, sorry. Safety first people 🙂

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