A forwarded email that I received recently with regards to using everyday items to solve little things in life.
1. Hot and spicy to tears, what to do?
If you accidentally eat the hot food that makes you shed tears, your first thought will be probably a glass of water.
However, hot water is not a solution, it will make it more spicy.
In fact, the best solution is to drink hot milk.? OR EAT A SWEET
2. Keeping tofu firm
Soft tofu in the cooking process is very easy to break into pieces.
If you want to maintain the integrity of tofu, you can soak it in salt water for about 30 minutes before cooking.
3. Soup is too salty
Making soup with too much salt, the subtle taste of the soup will be destroyed. If this happens, the remedy is to add cooked potato pieces for few minutes. The potato will absorb the salt. When soup id served, then remove the potato.
4. Soak a little vinegar before cutting taros
Cutting taro can make your hands itching.
Soaking your hands in vinegar before cutting taros will prevent your hands from itching.
5. How to remove the wax from an apple?
If you often eat apples with their skin, then you would need to remove the wax first before eating ….
(a) place the apple into hot water, the apple’s wax will vanish.
(b) Apply toothpaste on the appple to clean out the wax.
6. How to slow down potato germination?
Potato buds contain toxic alkaloids which can cause abdominal pain and dizziness.
Placing an apple in potatoes can significantly delay thier germination time.
Ethylene gas produced by apple has hampered the effectiveness of potato development.
Putting apples together with papayas or kiwi will make them ripe faster.
Further, apples can make persimmon astringency disappear but sweeten after a week.
7. How to make good rice?
After washing rice in water, add a few drops of lemon juice, (or a few drops of oil),?cooked rice will turn out good and fragrant.
8. How to keep biscuits crispy?
When storing biscuits in a container, put a sugar cube in it at the same time.
As the sugar absorbs the moisture in the container, biscuits or cookies can remain crispy and delicious.
9. What can be done if clothing stains with ink?
If ink gets on your clothing or fabric, you can use cooked rice or paste with a little detergent to remove the stain.
Use your fingers to smear repeatly on the spot, stain can be removed quickly.
Then soak it into fresh water with ordinary cleaning agent for a period of time before washing.
10. How to treat smelly shoes?
Put a small amount of baking soda directly into the boots, sneakers or shoes, that are obviously smelly due to dampness. Baking soda powder has the effect of absorbing moisture and odor.
11. Ring around the collar, or spotty under the armpit area of the clothing?
First brush some shampoo, shaving cream or lotion on the dirty area for five minutes. Then wash off the stain.
13. How to sharpen scissors?
Stacked three aluminum foil together, then cut them with the scissors to be sharpen. You will see surprising result.
14. How to remove annoying gummed labels?
It is quite annoying when comes to remove the price tags on merchandise. To remove the gummed lables neatly, all you need is to use a hair dryer to apply heat on the label before taking them off.
15. What to do with unwanted perfumes?
Before throwing them away, unwanted perfumes could be useful.
You can use unwanted perfume to clean indoor light bulbs with cotton balls. When the bulbs light up and warm up, the whole room would be filled with the aroma.
17. Remove crayon graffiti from wooden furniture.
If you you kids at home, wooden furniture are subject to crayon graffiti.
Crayon stains can not be removed with water.
Although the use of paint solvents can do the job, the paint on the surface could be damaged.
The most suitable method is to use toothpaste. Not only it cleans, it does no harm to the furniture.
18. Use vinegar to help mopping the kitchen floor.
The kitchen floor is often easy to get greasy. Before mopping the kitchen floor, pour some vinegar on the mop. This will enable easy remove of grease.
19. How to remove stains from tea cups?
Stained tea cups can affect their appearance.
To clean up the stain with a man made loofah cloth the cups would have scraches in the long run.
Just spread a little toothpaste and hand-wash the cups, stain can be removed easily.
If the stain is too thick, wait a few minutes after applying toothpaste before washing.
20. Improved floor sweeping
The unused stockings can be attached to a broom to clean the floor.
Stockings can help sweeping up cotton, hair and other particles that are difficult to sweep with an ordinary broom.