Before washing dirty curtains, soak in plenty of plain
water overnight before washing. Major part of the dirt will
come off and an ordinary wash next morning is sufficient.
To prevent moulding of papads during
monsoons, slip in a piece of blotting paper under the papads
in the container.
To keep coriander and other leafy
greens fresh longer, wrap in newspaper and place in a perforated
container in the fridge.
After washing infant clothing, soak
in salt water for 15-20 minutes before drying. Baby odours
Oil stain may be removed by rubbing
the area with a piece of lime dipped in salt. Later wash off
Should you by accident put extra
salt into any food, add one teaspoonful of brown sugar, and
the salty taste will disappear.
Use a steel knife instead of iron
to cut brinjals, plantains, ladies-fingers and mangoes to
Used tea leaves and residue of coffee
decoction can be put in plants instead of throwing out. They
make excellent natural manure.
Place two - three tablets of camphor
in a hot iron vessel to keep the flies away.
Dry used lime peels in the sun grind
with chana-dal to form bathing scrub. Store the powdered mixture,
mix with curd and use daily.
To remove scotch tape from walls
(of posters etc) without damaging the paint - hold a warm
iron over it for a few seconds.
A tiny pinch of alum add to the
milk for making cottage cheese (paneer) will make it whiter,
Rub used lime peels all over hands.
Rub till hands feel dry. Wash after 10-15 minutes. Kitchen
fatigue hands gain back their soft, clean, fresh feel.
Put a used lime-peel or two in the
pressure cooker when cooking. It will keep the cooker from
At parties, pour tomato sauce into
pastry moulds or cake papers and place on guests' paper plates.
It keeps the plates clean.
If garlic bread is not available,
crush a few cloves of garlic to a fine paste, cream it well
into some butter. Spread this on slices of bread and toast
it. Serve with piping hot soup.
If the milk begins to boilover,
quickly sprinkle a little cold water over it and the overflow
Vary your everyday dal dish by changing
the seasoning and tempering (Tadka) ingredients. Try boiling
the dal with salt, turmeric and tomatoes, tempering it with
curry leaves, mustard and onions fried in oil, and finishing
with green chillies, sambar masala and 'kokum' pieces.