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sun and e-mail them.
|Octisalate is an organic compound
used as an ingredient in sunscreens
and cosmetics to absorb UVB
(ultraviolet) rays from the sun. It is an
ester formed by the condensation of
a salicylic acid with 2-ethylhexanol. It
is a colorless oily liquid with a slight
floral odor. This ingredient found in
sunscreens is considered Stage
Two on the Feingold Program.
|The chlorine-based products used in most
swimming pools can cause reactions in some
Feingold members. Although the indoor pools
are generally the worst offenders since the
chlorine gasses are trapped inside the
building, some people have trouble with
outdoor pools as well. There are chlorine-free
options; check with your pool supply dealer for
the various devices and products available.
Some people avoid chlorine by having salt
water pools. One member suggests you first
wet your skin in a shower so less chlorinated
water is absorbed. Another member, who used
to be a lifeguard, suggests making sure that
the pH of the pool is properly adjusted. When
the pH is correct, much less chlorine comes
out of the water to be inhaled.
|FIRST DAY OF
|NEED PROOF THAT VINEGAR IS A
Just look at the weeds (left picture) growing along a pea-
stone path in my herb garden, moments before I sprayed
them with cheap, undiluted, store-brand white vinegar.
I’d say those weeds(right picture) are deader than dead. And
that’s why I use vinegar on the gravel paths, brick walk-
ways, and blue-stone patio here at A Garden for the House.
For me it has proven an effective, eco-friendly answer to
And speaking of Roundup, this year Monsanto, the product’s
manufacturer, agreed with the New York Attorney General’s
office to discontinue their use of the terms “biodegradable”
and “environmentally friendly” in ads promoting Roundup.
Why? Because these terms were bald-faced lies. Roundup
is neither biodegradable nor environmentally friendly.
The next time you want to murder your weeds, why douse
them with something that will remain in the soil for who
knows how long? Maybe you should reach for vinegar
instead. Vinegar is cheap. It’s easy to use. I keep gallons of it
in my garden shed.
How to apply: You can use a watering can, a spray bottle or a
pump-sprayer to apply vinegar. I use a pump-sprayer,
because it is more efficient. Be sure to rinse your sprayer
after use, or metal parts (if any) can corrode.
Make your application on a warm, sunny, calm (not windy)
day. Vinegar is not selective; it can potentially harm plants
you wish to keep, should you accidentally spray them. As I
said earlier, I use vinegar on walkways, where grass and
ornamental plants are not an issue.
Will vinegar kill every weed in every garden? That I can not
say. I only know that it has kept my pathways free of
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By: Kevin Lee Jacobs