Smart ways to tidy up, heal and set your life in order
Rub petroleum jelly on the insides of your new shoes and let it absorb overnight. This softens the material and reduces the chances of a shoe bite.
Apple cider vinegar is a wonder cure for upset tummies. Mix half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one glass of water. Its antibiotic properties effectively tackle the bacteria that causes diarrhea.
Boil a handful of peppermint leaves in two cups of water and let it cool. Use the solution as a natural insect repellent and spray it in spaces where ants attack.
Gently scrub dirty areas on leather with egg whites and wipe off with a damp cloth. This also helps give leather that extra shine.
Cumin seeds can treat mild insomnia. They contain melatonin, which when consumed with mashed bananas, increases the production of sleep-inducing chemicals in the body. Mix half teaspoon of cumin powder with one tablespoon of mashed banana and gulp that down before bed.
Don’t you just hate that musty smell that fills up your cupboard and clothes during monsoon? Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water to create a potent clearing solution and apply it over your clothes before they go into the wash.
Bacterial skin infections tend to strike during summer and monsoon. A few cloves of garlic can take care of the problem. Boil with one cup of water and let the solution sit for 10 minutes. Sip on this garlic tea through the day to improve immunity.
The sponge or cloth that you use to wipe your floor or other household items with can get dirty with time. Give them a new life by soaking overnight in a bucket with four cups of salt dissolved in one litre of hot water.
If your refrigerator is beginning to look unloved after a few years of use, give it a quick rub-down with a muslin cloth that’s soaked up a few drops of olive or baby oil. Let the oil stay on for about five minutes before wiping off.
You’ll be surprised at how effective lemon juice can be at budging the stubborn stains left behind by ketchup, coffee or even spicy turmeric-laced curry. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon to get rid of stains from your light fabrics. Later add a pinch of salt and leave it on for a few hours. Wash off with soap or detergent.
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