Before you drag your Christmas tree out to the curb this year, strip off some of the pine needles and repurpose them.
Make a disinfectant by combining half a cup of pine needles in a jar of white vinegar. Allow to stand for a few weeks, then remove the needles. You can use this eco-conscious solution to clean your countertops and other surfaces.
Or maybe you’d prefer to cook with a pine needle vinegar infusion. Place half a cup of pine needles in a mason jar. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar, and let the solution stand for a month. Strain out the pine needles. Use the infusion in salad dressings, marinades, and sauces.
You can make a footbath by boiling a gallon of water with a cup of pine needles. Allow the mixture to steep and cool for twenty minutes, then give your feet a good soak.
If you’re a gardener, pine needles also make great mulch because they’re less likely to blow away.