For a sparkling clean gas stove, clean it
with a sponge soaked in vinegar.
* Save the liquids from canned fruits and thicken them with
Heat and serve as sweet sauce over cakes and puddings.
* A piece of sandal wood placed on a bookshelf will keep away the termites.
* During festivals add 2 or 3 camphor balls in the oil in big brass
lamps. The wicks will light well for a longer time.
Take C and see. Vitamin C works in the body as a scavenger, picks up all
sorts of trash. It can shorten the length of a cold from seven days to
may be two to three days. Grape juice and orange juice are sources
of vitamin C. Drink six to eight glasses of water, juice, tea and
other mostly clear liquids daily, this will replace important fluids
lost during a cold and help flush out impurities that may be preying on
* Extract 1 oz of ginger
juice and keep aside for 2
minutes. When the sediment settles down add the juice of half a lime,
of sugar and drink. This is very good for indigestion.
1 tsp. clove (lavang) mixed with a
pinch of salt and a bit of camphor applied to an aching tooth gives
* Add the juice of half a lime with 2 oz
2 gms. cumin seeds and 1 gm. cardamom powder. Mix well and
drink. Relieves nausea.
* Nutmeg paste (jaiphal) mixed with a
spoonful of honey immediately controls diarrhoea, especially for
* Salt and pepper mixed in honey and taken before a cup
of hot milk is a safe and sure remedy for a dry cough.
* Pour a little Eau de Cologne into a small dish and set
fire to it. This will fill a sick room with a delicate fragrance.
For giving tired feet relief - Mix a teaspoon each of
salt and vinegar into a bowl of hot water and a bowl of cold
water. Dip feet alternately in the hot and cold water a few times.
* 1 gm Thymol seeds (ajwain), 1 gm pepper power, 1 gm cumin
power (jeera), a pinch of salt and the juice of 1/2 a lime with soda is an
effective remedy for relieving stomach ache.
* To keep lizards away,
put naphthalene balls in crevices and corners where they normally breed.
* Put dried neem or pudhina leaves in the
container, to prevent pests from breeding in the rice.
* Make a small bundle out of dried neem
flowers or dried pudhina leaves. Use this bundle like a naphthalene ball wherever
cockroaches breed. This will keep cockroaches away.
* Milk cream mixed with a little rose water
makes an excellent face pack.
* To remove coffee or tea stains from clothes, sprinkle some talcum powder on the stained
area before washing.
* Transform your ordinary pan into a non-stick pan
by sprinkling a little salt in the pan and heating it for two minutes,and then rubbing it
* Massaging gums with a pinch of salt will relieve pain immediately.
* Add a teaspoon of eucalyptus oil to henna for darker colour.
* Make a tasty milk shake
for your child by pouring some cold milk in a jam jar that is almost empty and shaking it
* Dough kneeded in milk makes nutrious and
* To test freshness of an egg dissolve
1tbsp salt in 2 cups of water and put in an egg. If the egg is fresh, it will lie flat at
the bottom. If it is slightly old, it will lie with the broad end raised a little. If it is
bad, it will float.
* A few pieces of charcoal kept in a dish
in the refrigerator will draw all the odours to itself.
* A little powdered pepper added to a hot
cup of milk and sweetened with sugar, gives relief from sore throat and cold.
* A tooth brush hung by
the kitchen sink will prove useful while cleaning crockery and dishes.
* To get relief from heat boils, grind a
little turmeric or sandalwood on a clean stone, form into a paste, apply in the boil and
* Apply a little salt on lemons, cut into
halves. Rub these along the scalp well. Leave it on for about an hour and then wash hair.
This is a remedy for FALLING HAIR.
* For fissures in your
soles, wash your feet well with soap and hot water at night. Apply a mixure of lime juice
and glycerine. Put on an old pair of socks and wash your feet the next morning.
* To give your teeth a sparkle, clean
with salt or bay leaf.
* For smooth hands, apply a lotion of
equal parts of glycerine and rose water, after doing your heavy washing.
|* To prevent ash sticking to an ashtray, after cleaning it, rub it with a
little wax polish.
* Tamarind juice
applied to brass vessels before cleaning, removes the stains and gives them a shine.
* Vinegar is
excellent for cleaning brass articles.
* When you visit a place of worship where you have to leave your chappals
outside, keep one chappal at one spot and the other a few meters away. No chance of losing
them --- thieves do not walk away with one chappal.
* To clean baby's
milk bottles, put some rice grains along with a little water and shake the bottle
* Place camphor
cubes in room corners to get rid of ants.
|* Beetlenuts kept in the corner of a
cupboard will keep off cockroaches.
few drops of eucalyptus oil to hardened nail polish and it will be usable once again.
* To preserve green peas, put the shelled
green peas in boiling water for a minute, drain out the water completely and store peas in
a plastic pouch in the deep freeze. A pinch of sugar added to the boiling water will help
retain the green color.
|* Before washing sweaters, sew buttonholes
together first, so they won't stretch during laundering.
Keep woolens under water while washing them. Lifting the woolens
in and out of water strains the elasticity of the wool.
* Woolen and coloured garments should be put in the shade
to dry and white in the sun to bleach.
|* Flowers with woody stems last longer if
the last 2cms of the stems are crushed and placed in water.
Seal the ends of flowers with hollow stems
by burning their ends as soon as cut to prevent sap from escaping.
* Flowers can be revived or made to last
longer by crushing an asprin tablet or charcoal powder in the water.
|* The best jam is made by using not more
than 350 gms sugar to each 500 gms of fruit.
After the sugar is added to the fruit, cook jam quickly, to get a real good jelly - like
texture and better flavour and color.
* To give the jam a shine and make most of the scum
disappear, add a little butter to the jam as soon as it is taken off the fire.
|* Remove the heads of the cloves before
adding to the food to make the seasoning milder.
When a recipe calls for 25 gms chocolate substitute it with 1 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp
* Rub a little butter over your fingers and on the knife
blade before stoning them.
|* Pour a small quantity of water mixed well
with tobacco in places where you find ant-holes.
For white ants, camphor powder and liquid paraffin mixed together may
be poured to get rid of them.
* Salt and turpentine will help restore the color of
white enamel bathtubs and wash basins.
|* To discourage fogging on a bathroom
mirror, apply very little soap with your fingertips and rub it acrosss, then wipe and
shine with a cloth.
* To prevent your books
from becoming mildewed, burn a small electric light in the bookcase for a few hours a day.
* After cleaning the brass taps, rub them over with a rag
and a little sweet oil. They retain their polish much better.
|* For removing the odour of perspiration,
soak the fabric in a solution of borax and water(1 tbsp borax to 2 cups water.) Wash and
* Turn sweaters inside out
before washing them.
* Always wash woollens by squeezing and rubbing gently
first on the right side and then on the wrong side.
|* A pinch of salt will take away the
scorching taste of burnt milk.
in a big shallow pan will remain fresh longer than if put in a mug.
* If you put a pinch of salt in a bottle of fresh milk,
it will keep for a longer time.
* Hardened and dry shoe
polish can be made usable by adding a little petrol to it.
* Sharpen a blunt pair of scissors by
cutting sand paper several times.
* Dried neem leaves, if left at the
bottom of a rice tin, will ward off insects from the rice.
* To remove celophene
tape from walls after a party, press a warm iron against the tape, otherwise bits of wall
paint come off and makes the walls patchy.
* When the ends of a celephone tape
sticks to the roll, put it inside your refrigerator for 10 minutes. It will soon pry up.
* For washing combs, use warm water and
soap flakes and an old tooth brush to get the dirt out from between the teeth. Dry them
with a turky towel.