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General Tips
  • To keep the flowers fresh in a vase for a few days more: drop half a tablet of aspirin into the vase water.
  • To make a clear glass flower vase look attractive: add a few drops of food colour in the water.
  • To get a dry sketch pen in working condition: pour a few drops of hot water into the sponge tube and wait for a while.
  • To put away foul smell in the toilet in the absense of exhaust fan: burn a lighter or keep a candle burning in the toilet.
  • To have zippers run smooth: rub a candle over it or rub a pencil lead on metal zipper.
  • To get a stronger flame in diya: Rub a little salt over cotton wicks.
  • To avoid rusting of needles and pins: Sprinkle little talc on them and store in a box.
  • To make dried shoe polish reusable: add a few drops of turpentine.
  • To remove chewing gum stuck on clothes: rub ice over the gum for some time till it becomes hard and comes out easily.
  • To open a tight container cap: slip a rubber band on the cap for better grip.
  • To pick broken glass pieces: Use a wet cotton ball or gummed paper.
  • To re-open a sealed envelope: place it in the freezer for an hour or two. It unseals easily.
  • To remove stubborn stickers: blow hot air from hair dryer on them.
About Ants
  • Ants are said to never cross a chalk line. Chalk out a line on the floor and make the ants disappear.
  • To keep ants away: put crushed cloves in the corners and along the wall skirtings.
  • To keep ants away from the sugar container: keep a few cloves in the container.
  • To prevent ants on kitchen platform: wipe with a napkin dipped in salt solution.
  • To banish ants from the kitchen: cover the hole from where they are coming in with petroleum jelly.
To remove stains
  • To take food stains off your fingers: slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
  • To remove ballpoint ink stains: use nail-polish remover.
  • To remove tea stains from the cups: scrub with limejuice + salt.
  • To remove rust or brown stains from knife / scissors: rub a slice of onion on it and wash.
Cleaning Tips
  • Cleaning the Mattress: Dust and dust mites accumulate in our bedding very quickly and can cause allergic reactions. Pour about 1 cup of baking soda into a jar + 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Put on the lid & shake the jar. Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress & let it stand for an hour or more. Thoroughly vacuum the mattress. The dust mites and other nasty things vanish. The baking soda helps draw up the mites and any moisture. Lavender deodorizes & leaves the mattress smelling fresh & clean.
  • To clean the foggy Windshield of your car: Use chalkboard eraser instead of cloth.
  • To make the glassware sparkling: wash with a mild solution of vinegar + water.
  • To remove mildew from clothes: soak them in buttermilk overnight and wash as usual the next day.
  • To clean grimy fans: use a rag dipped in kerosene or turpentine.


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