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Household and Beauty Tips - 3
July 15, 2013 by:
ushakiran Points: 12
Some useful tips that come in handy in our day today activities..
I am sharing some time tested and useful household and beauty tips that help us in our daily lives.
1, Make an excellent cleaner with orange peels and vinegar - Add orange peels (or any citrus peel) to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Combine citrus/vinegar solution with water and use for cleaning. This works well on floors, tile, fixtures, etc. It smells good and is tough on scum and dirt that has collected over a period of time! Best of all there are no chemicals.
2, Make a shelf above your washing machine or a door to enclose it and make smaller individual shelves where you can put up most of the detergents and liquids that is needed for your daily wash.
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3, When you buy new clothes, it's best to wash them with a little bit of vinegar and salt to help set the color. Many cotton and hand loom clothes tend to run color and if you keep them soaked in a solution of water, salt and vinegar and dry them without rinsing, the colors set into the fabric and do not run during your next wash.
4, It is advisable not to clean your windows on a sunny day or when the sun is falling directly on your windows. The sun rays cause the glass cleaner (most of which are alcohol-based) to dry very quickly causing smudges and streaks. The more you wipe, the more streaks and smudges you get.
5, Adding a chopped apple and a spoonful of honey while baking cakes to keep it moist . The taste too improves when you add it to plain sponge cake or vanilla cake.
6, You can clean your silverware with toothpaste that has fluoride in it. All silver cleaning products generally contain chemicals that can end up in our mouth and system. After wetting the silverware and applying fluoride toothpaste on it, slowly rub it until it turns black, wait a few minutes, and then wash or wipe away the paste and you will be treated to a shiny and sparkling collection in which you can see my reflection.
7, Cleaning toilets is a job not many of us look forward to - Sometimes old toilet bowl has a ring around the inside that does not come out even with hard scrubbing . It is because of hard water that is there in some places. When this happens pouring apple cider vinegar into the toilet bowl and leaving it overnight helps. In the morning, one quick swipe with the toilet bowl brush and the line completely vanishes.
8, Bananas will last longer if they are wrapped in damp cloth and then put in a plastic bag and refrigerated.
9, Most of worry about packing food into tiffin boxes during summer since it tends to get spoilt. To prevent this and keep food fresher for a longer period of time doing the following will help - Heat the tiffin carrier and its lid after thoroughly cleaning it. Cool it and then pack the food in it.
Some more tips
10, While storing nuts like Cashews and Almonds in large quantities add a handful of sugar and salt and mix thoroughly and store in air tight containers.
11, While washing and cleaning dogs add a capful of white vinegar to the final rinse and pour it all over the dogs coat to keep it clean, shining and free from lice.
12, To keep ants and flies away from kitchen surfaces, sprinkle all surfaces with some vinegar and wipe with a wet cloth. The effect will last for a few days at least...
13, for an excellent hair tonic mix almond oil, olive oil and castor oil in equal proportions and heat it to smoking point. Cool and store in bottles and rub into hair roots and surface at least an hour before shampooing.
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14, Dark circles and bags under the eyes tend to age our appearance more than wrinkles or grey hair does. For treating dark circles, wrinkles and bags under the eyes try the following - massage the eye area with any moisturising cream in gentle circular movements for 2 or 3 minutes. Mix cucumber juice with a drop or two of lime juice and olive oil and apply it with cotton wool around the eyes before sleeping.
15, To lighten the skin tone and to add a healthy natural glow to it try the following - Mix one large spoonful of gram flour with a spoonful of yogurt and a spoonful potato juice. Blend well and apply evenly on your face , neck and hands ( wherever the skin gets exposed to the sun) leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. You can feel your skin tingling and looking fresh. Do this once every week .
16, When you are planning to go on a diet , instead of starving try to make some practical alterations to your dietary habits. Have a glass of water before lunch and dinner and eat a bowl of salad made with vegetables and seasonal fruits and then eat dinner. You will automatically eat less and the added bonus will be a healthy glow to your skin and hair!
17, Our kitchen as well know is the heartbeat of the entire house where the family and friends share their moments of joy, laughter and happiness. Five important words that we need to remember are Cleanliness, Care, Reuse, recycle and replenish with regard to our kitchen...
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