Useful Kitchen and Household Tips
These are some of the household tips I learned over the years, some with my own experiments, some through my own research and some through my friends and associates. These were written and kept long back and now I decided to share them with my hub page readers, hoping that you may find at least some of them useful to you.
How to Get Rid of Ants
- To stop ants entering the sugar tin- Place some cloves in the sugar container.
- To keep ants away from kitchen shelves and cabinets- Add 5 drops of neem oil to half cup water. Mop them once a month with a cloth dipped in 'neem' oil and water mixture. Neem (Azadirachta indica).
- To get rid of cockroaches and ants - Sprinkle common salt in every nook and corner of the kitchen and kitchen cupboards.
- To get rid of ants- Another method is to sprinkle a little turmeric powder over the area infested with ants.
- If you are faced with problem of ants entering the sugar tin or any such eatable things, keep the tin in a plate where little water is kept.
- To rid your home of ants- Sprinkle powdered coffee seeds, dried peppermint or chilli powder whenever and wherever the insects enter your home.
- Draw a line with chalk, especially Laxman Rekha, (if available) to prevent ants entering.
- Spread some ground cinnamon on the way where ants come in to the house.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
- To get rid of cockroaches, mix wheat flour with water, one egg, 3 1/2 tsp. sugar, 2 tea spoons boric acid in a bowl and keep the bowl overnight in the kitchen. They can also be used as small balls and keep them in the kitchen where the cockroaches visit.
- Placing a few cucumber slices in spots frequented by cockroaches will make them beat a hasty retreat.
- To get rid of cockroaches, leave stale beer in an open narrow necked bottle in the kitchen overnight. The morning after, the bottles will be full of drowned pests.
- Do not throw away Good Knight mats after use. Burn them together with coal/coconut shells. Cockroaches will come out of their hide outs.
How to Remove Stains
- To remove oil stains from the ground, sprinkle powdered wheat or husk on the ground. Sweep well after 15 minutes and mop with warm water.
- To remove stubborn stains from plastic buckets and mugs, scrub them with soap powder and a little commercial hydrochloric acid.
- To remove oil stains from the carpet, sprinkle some baking powder over it and clean it the next day.
- To remove dirt from coir carpet, spread baking soda on its surface and brush the surface after15 minutes. The dirt comes off on brushing and the soda leaves a glistening shine behind.
- Black stains on bulbs or mirrors caused by flies can be removed by scrubbing them with lemon juice.
Cleaning Vessels in the Kitchen
- When washing delicate chinaware or precious glassware, place a folded towel at the bottom of the sink to prevent any possible breakage of delicate glassware while washing them.
- While cleaning copper and brass utensils, add two to three tsp. of citric acid powder to the cleaning powder. The utensils will shine like new.
- Polish your glassware by scrubbing with common salt and water and then rinsing with water.
- To remove stubborn labels, stickers or any gummed paper from new glassware, rub them with kerosene.
- To remove ugly tea stains from melmoware cups, curdle milk in the cups.
- Before washing the milk utensil, kneed the dough in it, to get a softer dough and cleaner utensil.
- To keep the aluminum utensils sparkling, rub with salt sprinkled sliced lemon, then wash it in hot water and polish with a cloth.
- After cleaning the crockery, rinse it in salt water to get extra shine.
- After cleaning fish, apply coconut oil to your hands to remove the fishy smell.
- Use aluminum foil in which the tablets are packed to scrub tavas, kadais and milk and curd vessels. The vessels can be cleaned easily.
- For cleaning brassware, rub it with turmeric powder in which a few drops of mustard oil is added. This is not only clean the brassware but also give it a shine.
- To give a shine to your silver utensils, scrub them with rangoli powder and wash them with cold water.
- Brass curios should be washed with tamarind before being polished with brasso.
- To clean a greasy tava rub all over with a small ball of tamarind while it is still hot. Then wash off the tava.
- To get crockery to sparkle and shine, leave them in the water to which a few drops of liquid bleach have been added.
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