Lots of people are allergic to their Christmas tree and I am one of them, but this does not stop most of us from putting up a live tree. After a number of Christmases spend coughing and coughing, I did some research last year and learned that washing the tree before bringing it in helps cut down on the allergy inducing molds and oils. It sounds ridiculous the idea of standing in the cold hosing down a tree, but I'm here to tell you that last year this helped tremendously. I had no problem at all.
So when we brought our fresh tree home on Saturday the first thing to do was hose it down. Now last Saturday was really cold so using a hose was problematic. The water to our outside faucets have been shut off except for one which was at the extreme other end of the house and would have meant carrying the heavy tree back and forth. Not a fun idea. In fact, finding a way to get the tree washed was so daunting I almost decided to forget it, get out of the cold and just live with the allergies.
But then while in the basement watching Dale finish up his In & Out Market building I noticed the spigot to the washer right next to the basement door. Hmmm. I asked Dale if he thought the hose would fit on the cold water spigot and he said "sure it would." This meant dragging a hose to the basement, letting it thaw a bit, and then pulling it up the outside basement steps to the driveway. But it worked.
After a good hosing down, I got the hose out of the basement, reattached the washer hose and hauled the tree into the basement so the water wouldn't freeze and break the branches. It was a bit of an ordeal, but hopefully it will be all worth it this Christmas season.
Now the tree is in its stand in the living room waiting for lights and ornaments.
As a footnote to this allergy post, I have to add that people can become allergic to artificial trees too, dust mites and pollen and whatever build up on them causing issues. Not sure they can be hosed down, however.