10 Unusual Uses for Garlic

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For thousands of years, people have grown garlic for food to cure wounds, ear infections and leprosy, restore virility, ward off vampires, and keep scorpions at bay. In fact, ancient Egyptians found garlic so special they even worshiped it. The following are eight unusual uses for garlic you may not have heard of before:

  1. As Treatment for Acne: Tired of your tea-tree oil solution that seems to cause more acne? Try garlic. It has blood cleansing and antibiotic properties that can be effective against acne and other skin ailments. Some people say that you can get rid of persistent pimples by rubbing raw garlic cloves on your face. You may also crush garlic cloves and extract their juices. Dip a piece of gauze into the garlic juice and apply it on your acne.
  2. As Mosquito Repellent: The notion that vampires are afraid of garlic may have come from the fact that mosquitoes are repelled by garlic. It’s not clear why they can’t stand it but it is said that the plant’s compounds are harmful to mosquitoes, so they have evolved to avoid them. You’ll be warding off more than mosquitoes however, if you use garlic as a mosquito repellent at daytime. You can use it to repel nighttime mosquitoes by placing cloves where there are mosquitoes, or by applying extracts on exposed parts of your skin.
  3. As Protection for Your Pets: Garlic not only repels mosquitoes, but it also repels ticks, fleas and other parasites. Some brands of pet food contain dehydrated garlic to repel parasites that feed on pets. Horse owners even rub their horses with a garlic mixture to keep harmful insects away. While you can’t do the same for your pooch, always make sure that it has a constant amount of garlic in its diet to keep it protected from insects.
  4. As Garden Pesticide: Many commercial pesticides are harmful to the environment. Garlic though is all-natural but it can be as effective as any of these commercial variants. Simply mix garlic cloves and extracts with pepper and a bit of soap to make your own garlic pesticide. Some gardeners even use garlic mixtures to keep animals such as rabbits, deers, and groundhogs away from their vegetables.
  5. As Antibiotic: It’s not advisable to substitute garlic for commercial antibiotics, but there are times when it may come in handy. When accidents happen, medical professionals are usually not around to administer first aid to patients. If you or someone else gets wounded and there are no antibiotics around, try looking for garlic cloves. Crushed raw garlic is a powerful antibiotic that can kill strains of staph bacteria. Gently apply the garlic on the wound to prevent it from getting infected.
  6. As Fish Bait: Put a bunch of small marshmallows in a bowl of garlic powder or crushed garlic, and make sure that they are well covered. Use the marshmallows as bait, and toss them into the water. You can catch bass, trout, and other kinds of fish this way.
  7. As Glue: If you don’t have a bottle of adhesive or glue in your house, don’t fret. As long as you have a bunch of garlic cloves in the fridge, then you can make instant glue. Take the cloves out and crush them. Garlic glue can be made by rubbing garlic juices on paper or glass. Adhesives made of garlic have been used to repair glass in China.
  8. As Cosmetics: You can also create homemade cosmetics from garlic. For example, you can concoct a face cleanser by mixing garlic and lemon extracts with water, cider vinegar, and lavender flowers. You can even make a scalp and hair lotion by combining garlic juices with water, vodka, and rosemary. Before applying garlic-based cosmetics on your body, try applying a diluted solution first on the inside of your arm to check if you have any irritation or sensitivity to garlic.
  9. As Cough Syrup: Garlic’s antibacterial properties are so potent, it can even help treat your sore throat if you have the flu. It can also ease your cough and help you recover faster. To make garlic cough syrup, boil a quarter pound of garlic cloves in a cup of water. Add honey and sugar to the formula to improve the taste. You can also make garlic tea by soaking a clove of garlic in a cup of water.
  10. As Aphrodisiac: Finally, the potency of garlic as an aphrodisiac has been confirmed by Aristotle and ancient Indian writings. The Talmud, a collection of Jewish laws, ethics, and customs, even instructs husbands to eat garlic before Sabbath and before making love to their wives. Many Hindus avoid garlic because they believe that it distracts them from reaching a high spiritual plane. If you’re going to have a romantic date, consider putting a little garlic on the menu, just enough to keep the passion flowing without the odor getting in the way.

We may see more surprises from garlic as science delves deeper into its secret properties. Get some garlic cloves and spice up your life!

 

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25 Uses for Vinegar


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Vinegar is one of the most prominent kitchen condiments available. It shares some sourness to bland dishes and is used as a means for processing food products. The acidic liquid, being present in every household, is strictly used for cooking by most people. Little do they know, vinegar actually has more uses outside the kitchen. As a practical individual, you can cut down on your expenses by taking advantage of vinegar’s tons of alternative uses.

Vinegar, being highly acidic, can be used as a cleaning solution, a cosmetic agent and even a means for treating conditions like hiccups, dandruff and warts. Given its uses, the condiment can replace a number household items, which promotes much convenience. Go and explore its benefits.

  1. Weed Killer – Vinegar’s strong acidic content can dry or burn the leaves of plants, which proves to be fatal when applied in high doses. Naturally, vinegar can be used to kill the weeds in your garden. Just be careful not to splash it onto your garden plants.
  2. Dandruff–Removing Solution – After applying shampoo on your hair, mix vinegar with two cups of warm water. The acidic solution will removes most, if not all, of the unwanted flakes on your scalp. People with sensitive skin should consult their dermatologist first before using the solution, though.
  3. Spectacle Cleaner – Sticky oil-based stains on your glasses are not easy to remove. Good thing vinegar can cut through them with ease. Place a drop of vinegar each to the lenses of your glasses. Wipe the stains away with an eyeglass cleaner.
  4. Deodorant Stain Remover – A problem with roll-ons and deodorant creams is they produce embarrassing cloth stains, which aren’t easy to remove. Take care of those annoying blotches by hand washing them with water, a strong detergent and some distilled vinegar.
  5. Wart-Removing Lotion – Mix apple cider vinegar with glycerin to form the lotion. Apply it daily on a wart and the unsightly spot will eventually disappear.
  6. Skin Moisturizer – Vinegar can actually be used as a skin moisturizer. Bathe with two tablespoons of vinegar and you will soon see the difference.
  7. Sore Throat Reliever – Gargle sore throat away by using a simple vinegar–based solution. Add a small amount of vinegar to a glass of water. Gargle the solution for a minute then swallow. If the sore throat persists, just repeat the procedure until you feel relieved.
  8. Alternative Treatment for Sunburn – If you have run out of topical creams, you can use vinegar as an alternative treatment for sunburn. Apply and rub a small amount of vinegar on the affected areas. The redness will slightly fade, and so will the itching. Ointments are still the more effective treatments, though, so just use this solution in case of emergency.
  9. Car Polish – Vinegar may not be as thick as car polish but its acidity and consistency can cut through dirt and dust formations. Just apply a generous amount of vinegar on your car and scrub with your chamois. Your car will look proud with its shimmering paint job.
  10. Hiccup Neutralizer – Some people are relieved off hiccups by drinking a glass of water while others rely on being surprised. A third solution comes in the form of a popular cooking condiment. Swallow a spoonful of vinegar then say goodbye to your hiccups.
  11. Vegetable Freshener – The wilted portions of vegetables don’t look inviting but cutting all of them off may be a big waste. You can cleanse those odd-looking portions by washing your vegetables with a mixture of water and vinegar.
  12. Perspiration Stain Remover – Perspiration stains are unflattering, especially if they mar the seams of your favorite shirt. Take care of this problem by washing your clothes with vinegar solution. The ideal contents of the solution is three parts water and one part vinegar.
  13. Ant Repellent – Ants are particularly annoying, especially when they manage to slip onto your bath towel. Stop ants from appearing in your home by putting vinegar on your walls and corridors. Ants, for some reason, do not like the scent nor the consistency of vinegar.
  14. Soil Conditioner – Some flower plants prefer acidic soil, which reinforce their production of beautiful blooms. Apply a tiny amount of vinegar to the soil surrounding these plants and you will soon see the results. Though, not all plants love acidic soil, so you have to do some research before applying this method.
  15. Fingernail Cleaner – For smokers and caffeine addicts, you can use vinegar to remove cigarette and coffee stains from your fingernails. Place a few drops on your nails then rub them with a piece of cloth. The stains will gradually fade.
  16. Denture Cleaner – Dentures, being placed inside the mouth, should always be clean and free from germs. The acidic content of vinegar can kill most germs upon contact. Soak your dentures in a vinegar–water mixture to keep it clean when not in use.
  17. Utensil Cleaner – Utensils, used as eating equipment, should always be kept clean. You should have no problems wiping away food particles, dirt and germs if you clean your utensils with a highly acidic solution like vinegar. Simply apply some vinegar to your spoons, forks, and knives before washing. The vinegar’s acidity and slippery base will ensure the cleanliness of your eating tools.
  18. Deodorize Used Jars – Newly-emptied jars are sometimes marred by the scents of their former occupants. To resolve this, rub some vinegar inside the jar, as if your were putting on soap. Let the vinegar stand for a few moments then wash the container with soap and water.
  19. Furniture Cleaner – The beauty of furniture, especially the metal ones, fades through age and wear and tear. Restore the youthful look of your furniture by cleaning them with a vinegar solution or a mixture of vinegar and olive oil.
  20. Rug and Carpet Stain Remover – Stains on rugs and carpets are headaches for the owners of the ornamental mats. Vinegar comes as the aspirin for carpet owners, since the liquid’s acidic base can displace hard-to-remove spots and blotches. Apply a generous amount of vinegar onto the stains then scrub until they are all gone.
  21. Grease Cutter – Grease, when it accumulates in a frying pan, can be a complex cleaning chore. Loosen the grease’s hold on your pan by scrubbing it away with vinegar. The condiment’s acidity will cut through the hardened stuff with relative ease.
  22. Shining Solution for Leather – Apply a mixture of vinegar and linseed oil onto a leather item then scrub. The leather object will soon glisten like it was a brand new item.
  23. Cure for Heartburn – Drink a mixture of vinegar and water to relieve yourself of the severe chest pain caused by heartburn.
  24. Deodorizing Air–Freshener – Vinegar’s ability to eliminate unwanted scents is without question. The problem is, the substance is usually just as foul-smelling as the aromas that it eliminates. If you add a combination of fragrant spices to distilled vinegar, you can create a natural air-freshener that removes unwanted scents from your home or room.
  25. Aide for Scaling Fish – Scaling fish is not simple when you’re using an old knife. Make the ordeal easier by rubbing some vinegar on the fish a few minutes before scaling. The vinegar, acting as a lubricant, will loosen the scales for easy removal.

Vinegar, given its numerous alternative uses, can be called the wonder solution. Whether you mix it with water or use it alone, vinegar stands as a useful product. Experiment using the liquid on other endeavors and you will surely find more functions for the kitchen condiment.

10 Unique Uses for Used Tea Bags

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Everyone is familiar with the health benefits of tea: it fights cancer, reduces risk of stroke and other diseases, and revitalizes body cells. Yet, after you’ve drained your delicious cup of tea, you find yourself discarding the used tea bags. Well, don’t. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways you can reuse these materials. Here are a number of unique and surprising uses for those old tea bags.

Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes

Crying all night over a breakup can result in puffy and red eyes. While regular ice bags would work, a couple of tea bags can do the trick. Soak them in ice cold water then apply over your eyelids, as compresses. The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while. This method also works for healing pink eye.

Flavor Your Meat

Meat tastes great when cooked the right way, but when not prepared properly, it can turn out bland, tough and unappetizing. Here’s one way of solving that problem: use tea bags (or even leftover tea) to marinade your meat. The sweetness of the drink will add a savory taste to your barbecue.

Make “Less Sinful” Drinks

If you’re a health junkie, you’re definitely very much aware of the unpleasant effects of soft drink and alcoholic beverages on your body. To lessen the guilt of consuming these sinful drinks, you can substitute half of it with tea. Soak the used tea bag in hot or cold water again for a few minutes, then get the same amount of soft drink or alcoholic beverage and mix them together. There’s less calories and sugar, but the flavor will be improved.

Around-The-House Cleaner

Tea can effectively remove grease and grime on mirrors, floors and even linoleum, so why not use your old bags to make a cold brew, then use it as a cleaning solution? Mop your linoleum or wooden flooring with these. Clean your kitchen countertops with it as well. You can use this for unpainted wooden furniture. Just make sure you wipe it thoroughly, so it won’t stain.

Remove Warts

Warts are icky and unsightly. There are numerous around the house items you can use to remove them. Old tea bags are one example. Soak them in hot water, then put over your wart for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Make sure you dispose of the tea bag after using it on the wart. You can’t say it works as great (or as quick) as vinegar, but it’s worth a try!

Deodorize Your Place

Tea bags soak in water, but they can also soak in the stuffy and stinky smell of shoes or closets. Place a few unwrapped and unused tea bags on a small platter, then put this inside the closet. If it’s shoes, place one bag in every shoe.

Give Oral Relief

Got a painful canker sore? It can go away on its own, but if you want to quicken the healing process, soak a used tea bag, then bite down on it. The tea’s healing properties will soothe the pain and make the sore go away faster. This method also helps stop a pulled tooth from bleeding.

Sunburn And Acne Solution

Old tea bags can also be added to your bath, too! If you’ve got a bad case of acne, or if your skin is raw and red from tanning at the beach, use the old tea bags to provide relief. Wash off the affected areas with cold tea made from used bags. After several applications, you’ll feel the cooling and calming effects.

Fertilize Your Plants

Here’s a great way to reuse all the old tea bags you have around the house: use them for your plants. Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for potted house plants, with many stimulant benefits from the nutrients in the ingredients. You can even remove the bags and mix the tea leaves inside with your soil, helping absorb water and retaining moisture. If your problem is leaking bottom holes in the plant containers, you can use teabags to prevent the leakage. This also works well for hanging planters.

Show Your Artistic Side

Why do we throw away old tea bags immediately, in the first place? Because they stain! Leave it on a surface for too long, and expect a nasty unpleasant surprise. Well, why not use this to your advantage? Use old tea bags as alternative to commercial dyes. You can paint on paper with, or use it to dye fabric and embroidery.

Used tea bags may belong in the trash, but if you don’t want them to go to waste, then these effective methods might be your cup of tea! Soon, you’ll be saving up all those used ones you’ve got around the house.

12 of the Most Surprising Uses for Mustard

 

Mustard, known for enhancing the flavor of many meat products, is quite a popular condiment. It blends well with snacks like hamburgers and hotdogs, and formal entrees like steaks and salads. Given its ability to turn simple dishes into tasty delights, mustard is one of the most common items found in the cupboard. What most people don’t know is mustard doesn’t only enhance flavors, it can also make your domestic life a bit more convenient.

Mustard has a myriad of alternative uses, most of them health related. Surprisingly, the condiment can be used to prevent or relieve ailments and some diseases. Its medicinal value may not be as potent as a prescription drug, but it sure comes in handy during emergency situations. Mustard, aside from its therapeutic uses, can also function as a makeshift cosmetic product and an odor remover. With its overall usefulness, you’d be glad to have a bottle around. Here are 12 of the most surprising uses for mustard.

  1. Sore Throat Relief – Mustard can be used as an ingredient of a natural sore throat relieving solution. Mix mustard with some lemon juice, a spoon of salt, honey and a half cup of hot water. Let the solution settle for about 10 minutes. Once done, gargle the solution until your throat clears. The solution’s effect should last for about a couple of days. If your sore throat returns, just make another batch of the gargling solution.
  2. Bottle Deodorizer – Many products are packaged with attractive bottles. The problem is, the substances previously held by those containers may not have pleasing aromas, which can still be smelled from inside the bottles. Mustard comes as your unconventional solution for this concern. Place a little mustard inside a bottle then add hot water. Shake the bottle vigorously. Once done, rinse off the mustard solution. The bottle’s stench will be gone right after.
  3. Chest Decongestant – Mustard, for some reason, can help eliminate the buildup of phlegm inside the body. In place of a topical decongestant, you can rub mustard on your chest. Place a cloth, soaked in hot water, on top of the mustard. Within minutes, you will feel better. Do the same for your back and if you have sinusitis, your forehead.
  4. Cosmetic Mask – Aside from enhancing the flavor of food, mustard can also accentuate the beauty of your skin, particularly your face. Spread a thin layer of mustard throughout your face. Let it settle for a few minutes then rinse. After rinsing, your face will be smoother and will bear a nice healthy glow. Though, before proceeding with the facial treatment, make sure that your skin is not highly sensitive.
  5. Skunk Smell Remover – Skunks are notorious for leaving a pungent aroma on random objects that they encounter. If you accidentally run a skunk over, your car will pretty much smell like a roving trash compactor. Remove the odor by mixing dry mustard with hot water. When the odor-removing solution is ready, splash it on your car or any affected object. Let the solution settle for awhile then rinse. The skunk odor will then be gone, down to the last bit.
  6. Stink Bomb – Want to play a prank on your dorky friends? Mix mustard with vinegar and fish sauce then place the smelly concoction in a small plastic bag. Inflate the bag then seal it. With the stink bomb ready, go to where your dweeby buddies are. Pop your annoying little creation then hide. Watch their faces form constipated expressions, as they gag on the stink bomb’s stench.
  7. Muscle-Relaxing Bath – Athletes and old people often complain about their stiff and strained muscles. You can remedy this condition by tossing in mustard and Epsom salt to your bathwater. Mustard will amplify the therapeutic effects of the chemical compound, relieving you of muscle pains at a much faster rate than bathing with Epsom salt alone.
  8. Relief for Tired Feet – A busy day may take its toll on your poor feet. Give your feet some TLC by preparing a refreshing mustard-based “footwash.” Mix two spoons of mustard with hot water in a pan or basin. Soak your feet in the solution for about half an hour, which is enough time to drown your foot aches and pains. When you step out of the basin, you will have a pair of clean rejuvenated feet.
  9. Backache-Treating Bath – Having a sore back is pretty discomforting. It restricts your movements while you endure the pain. You can end the agony by making a bath that remedies aching muscles, including arthritis and sprains. Fill the bathtub with hot water then add 8 ounces of mustard. Mix the two until they blend. Bathe in the solution for about 20 minutes. When you leave the bathroom, the aches and pains will either be gone or greatly reduced.
  10. Weed Growth Prevention – According to scientists, the substances released by white mustard seed onto the soil can prevent the growth of weed and other pesky plants. Plant a handful of mustard seeds near your prized plants or scatter the seeds throughout your garden. Garden weed will still sprout but they’ll be significantly less in number. Just uproot them with your bare hands. Remember, before planting the seeds, you should do some research first. Some plants are harmed by mustard’s secretions, just like garden weed.
  11. The Unwanted Scent of Men – Research says, sweat mixed with the body’s natural scent comes as a natural aphrodisiac, which works only for humans. For large garden pests like deer and other wild animals that scent makes them flee properties. Recreate the scent of sweaty farm workers by placing mustard on several tin plates. Hang the plates around your garden or lawn. Upon smelling the mustard, Bambi and his fawn friends will instantly realize their limits, when it comes to grazing.
  12. Hair ConditionerMustard oil, in terms of treating damaged hair, works like a top quality hair conditioner. Pour a generous amount of oil on your palm. Rub both of your palm together then scrub and massage your hair. Once done, leave the mustard oil on your hair for about eight hours, or for the entire day, if you choose. Rinse the oil with shampoo and conditioner. Upon rinsing, you hair will be softer and more bouncy, as if it came right out of a shampoo commercial.

Mustard, with its number of benefits, is more useful than what its appearance suggests. For a relatively cheap price, the remarkable condiment improves your health in more ways than one, and most of them aren’t found on the label. You will find mustard’s alternative uses just as wonderful as the distinct flavor that it possesses. So during your next trip to the mini mart, be sure to purchase an extra bottle.

 

15 Unconventional Uses for Honey

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The bee, feared for its nasty sting, comes as an unwelcome visitor in our gardens. People often scamper away when they see the buzzing insect approach their direction. Scary as the bee is, it brings a product enjoyed for its sweet natural taste and its number of alternative uses – honey. As a practical soul, you can make your domestic life a bit more convenient with such a useful item. Purchase a jar of honey and discover all of its benefits.

Honey, aside from being a tasty snack, can be used for a variety of home and health-related applications. With its natural formulation, it is used as a treatment for some illnesses and a vitamin supplement. It is also known to moisturize and disinfect the skin, making it an unconventional moisturizer, antiseptic and antibacterial solution. For years, vegans have used honey to promote good health. Now it’s your turn to reap the rewards in using the bee’s healthy byproduct. Here are 15 unconventional uses for honey.

  1. Skin Moisturizer – Honey, when mixed with eggs and some flour, is an effective skin moisturizer. Best of all, it is gently formulated, so it can be used by people with sensitive skin. Mix four tablespoons of honey with a couple of egg whites and a few tablespoons of flour, depending on your desired consistency. Stir the mixture until it thickens. When the mixture is ready, you can use it as a hand and body lotion or a moisturizing face mask, eliminating the effects of dry skin.
  2. Antiseptic – Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical used for cleaning wounds and helping them heal quickly. Honey happens to contain a good amount of the chemical. It only needs to be released by diluting the substance in water or body fluids. When applied on an open wound, the glucose, contained by honey, is diluted and gradually releases hydrogen peroxide. The substance facilitates your wound’s faster healing. Due to its viscous consistency, it also prevents wounds from sticking to the dressing and the appearance of scars.
  3. Acne Remover – Honey might be a gentle skin moisturizer but it is certainly tough on acne. With constant exposure to the bee fluid, pimples eventually wither and fade. Apply a small amount of honey on the pimply regions of your face. Cover them with adhesive bandages. Soon, your zit attack will be nothing more than a distant memory.
  4. Energy Booster – Why buy palpitation-inducing energy drinks when you already have honey? Mix honey with some water then drink the solution. Honey’s glucose content will be absorbed by the brain and in the bloodstream, reducing fatigue in the process. You’ll be healthy and quite happy just by consuming the simple solution.
  5. Immune System Booster – Health buffs are known to drink a teaspoon of honey daily, along with their morning vitamins. Though still not scientifically proven, the daily consumption of honey is said to strengthen your immune system. You can give it a shot, you’ve got nothing to lose anyway.
  6. Enhances Vitamin A – Vitamin A is the nutrient that fosters better eyesight, especially when consumed in significant quantities. If you mix items that are rich in Vitamin A with honey, the effects are slightly increased.
  7. Improves Blood Flow – Honey, being rich in glucose, is known to improve the blood flow through the fortification of blood’s formation. Glucose provides energy in the bloodstream, which is distributed throughout the body. As a result, the blood produced has the proper consistency, flowing smoothly through the blood vessels. Glucose is believed to prevent capillary damage due to its ability to improve your blood flow.
  8. Treatment for Sore Throat – Some people believe that honey is an even better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicine. To create the sore throat-relieving serum, squeeze the juice from a lemon and mix it with some honey. Stir the mixture until both ingredients blend. Drink the solution. After a few moments, you will realize that your sore throat has been cured, or at least reduced. Just continue to make more rounds until you are finally free from colds.
  9. Colon Damage PreventionColitis, a disease that damages the colon, induces much discomfort for the afflicted. You can minimize the effects of the disease if you drink some honey daily. The antioxidants found in honey is said to strengthen and improve the resistance of the colon. In addition, it is used in folk medicine as a means for curing colon-related conditions.
  10. Parasite Remover – Honey, when mixed with vinegar and water, can remove worms and other parasites in your body. The combination of vinegar’s acidity and honey’s therapeutic components is more than enough to kill or expel bodily intruders. When you suspect that you have worms in your body, drink ample amounts of the solution regularly. The parasites might build a resistance if you don’t manage to get rid of them all as soon as possible.
  11. Remedy for Burns – A burn is not only painful, the marks also last for a good number of days before healing up. By applying honey on your burn, the hydrogen peroxide released cleans the wound and soothes the inflammation. As a result, the burn marks will heal in a few days with less pain. Use honey as a dressing for maximum results.
  12. Antibacterial Solution – Bacteria and germs won’t survive when covered in honey, given its acidic pH balance and viscous base. The microorganisms will be trapped in the sticky acidic base, which is too abrasive for their exteriors, killing them off eventually. Apply honey on a wound, scratches or an inflamed region, in conjunction with an antiseptic. You’ll be astounded at how fast your injury heals after.
  13. Relaxant for Anxiety and Nervousness – Anxiety and nervousness are the enemies of a healthy mind. Once both conditions swarm your thoughts, your actions are tantamount to produce negative results. Free yourself from any of the two states of mind by eating porridge mixed with honey. Honey’s nutrients produce a calming effect, especially when taken in significant amounts. No wonder some consider it a part of the breakfast of champions. Honey can also be mixed with a suitable beverage for a good night’s sleep.
  14. Cancer and Heart Disease PreventionHeart disease and cancer are diseases that have claimed the lives of millions of people. Both conditions have a multitude of causes, some of which are hard to identify. You must have some sort of protection from these diseases and that protection comes in the form of honey. Honey’s antioxidants prevent the formation of cancer cells and preserve the quality of the produced blood, preventing heart disease in the process. Though, engaging in acts that promote cancer, such as smoking and excessive drinking, will still trigger the diseases, so be watchful.
  15. Diabetic Ulcer Remedy – Curing ulcer entirely is largely done by modern medical techniques. Though, you can speed up the healing process if you use honey as a topical solution. It’s ability to heal wounds will certainly come in handy when other ointments are not advised to use.

Honey is a medical resource used before modern medicine became established. It may not replace many of the technological methods currently practiced in hospitals, but it can certainly match some of the medicine prescribed by physicians. The bee fluid, as it turns out, is a miracle drug that cures quite a number of ailments and diseases. Use it and get good health for a fairly low price.

30 Uncommon Uses for Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is found in nearly every kitchen, and it’s surprisingly useful – but not only for its traditional purpose. From the cookbooks of grandmothers and the journals of contemporary internet homemakers, here are 30 new uses for that most unassuming of all shiny flexible metals: aluminum foil.

  1. Frosting a cake but you’ve run out of pastry bags? Just grab a double thickness of aluminum foil and roll it into a cone shape, leaving a small opening at the point. Fill with frosting of spreading consistency. Twist the top to close the cone and use the device to make pretty frosting designs on your cake. Admittedly, this whole process is easier with a plastic zip-close bag with a corner snipped off, but when aluminum foil is all you’ve got it can be a lifesaver!
  2. Sharpen your scissors. In between professional sharpenings (or for those 99 cent pairs of scissors that you don’t want to pay to have sharpened), use aluminum foil to keep your scissors in top form. Cutting through 6-8 layers of aluminum foil will improve the cutting surface of most scissors.
  3. Make an Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie. You know, for protection from mind control enemies.
  4. Shine up rusty chrome. With a bit of water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil, you can rub most rust spots off of chrome car parts.
  5. Keep your oven clean. Tired of scraping burned-on food out of the bottom of your oven? Line it with aluminum foil before making something particularly messy. Don’t leave it in there permanently, however, because it can lead to oven damage over time.
  6. Protect the heating element in your electric oven. For those times when you have to scrub burned-on crud out of your oven, cover the heating element with long strips of aluminum foil before spraying the inside of the oven with oven cleaner.
  7. Make your soap last longer. Put a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of your bar of soap to keep it from sitting in a puddle of water and wearing away quickly.
  8. Make interesting cakes. Novelty cake pans in odd shapes are expensive. Get the same effect by using a regular cake pan but making a shaped liner for the inside. Make sure the liner is at least as tall as the edges of the pan and several thicknesses so it will hold its shape. This makes it easy to make that snowman or heart-shaped cake without spending a lot of money on a new pan.
  9. Make a sun box for seedlings. If your plants are growing crooked or looking less than healthy, cut off the top and one side of a cardboard box, then line the bottom and remaining sides with aluminum foil. Place your plant inside and put the entire operation in the window with the open side facing the window. The sun will reflect off of the foil and cause your plant to grow up straight.
  10. Make a portrait reflector. Forget those super-expensive professional photography reflectors. Just cover a sturdy piece of cardboard with aluminum foil and you’ll have an excellent light reflector for portraits and still lifes.
  11. Keep birds out of your fruit trees. Hang twisted strips of aluminum foil all over your fruit trees using fishing line. The light reflections and the sound will keep birds away from your fruit.
  12. Protect saplings. Rodents and other animals sometimes chew on young trees in the winter. Protect your saplings by covering their bases with aluminum foil. Remember to change the covering periodically as the tree grows.
  13. Re-soften hard brown sugar. Many people put hard brown sugar in the microwave to soften it up, but this can actually backfire and make the sugar harden even more. Instead, wrap the block of hardened sugar in some aluminum foil and bake in a 300° (Fahrenheit) oven for 5 minutes.
  14. Keep the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill from becoming encrusted with soot. Line the bottom of your fireplace or grill with aluminum foil before starting a fire, then dispose of the foil after the fire is out and the coals are completely cooled.
  15. Protect your furniture. Pets can’t stand the feeling or the sound of crinkling aluminum foil. If you want them to stay off of your furniture, cover the seats with clean aluminum foil whenever you’re not using the furniture. Your pets will learn within a couple of days to avoid sitting up there. You can also prevent them from scratching or biting furniture legs by covering them in aluminum foil.
  16. Avoid moving the heavy furniture. When you want to quickly shampoo your carpets but don’t want to lug all of the furniture out of the room, simply cover the legs with aluminum foil to avoid getting shampoo on them.
  17. Although we haven’t tested this tip (and it seems a bit dubious), it’s said that you can put a wadded-up ball of aluminum foil in your dryer with a load of clothes to reduce static cling.
  18. Get creative and make fun sculptures with your aluminum foil.
  19. Remove daily buildup on silver jewelry. With some common kitchen items you can make a simple but effective way to clean your jewelry at home.
  20. If your TV and DVD player are stacked one on top of the other, you may find the picture is a bit fuzzy. This often happens when the electromagnetic fields from both devices interfere with each other. Place a sheet of aluminum foil between them to cut down on the interference.
  21. When ironing, put a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so you can essentially iron both sides at once.
  22. Steam your silk or wool garments by placing a piece of aluminum foil on top of the ironing board and under the garment. Pass the iron over the garment from a few inches above the fabric while holding down the steam button. The steam will remove wrinkles without harming the cloth with direct heat.
  23. Use it as wrapping paper in a pinch. You can glue or tape interesting cut-out pictures onto the aluminum foil to make it even more personal.
  24. Make interesting Easter eggs.
  25. Reflect heat into your house. Put a layer of aluminum foil behind your radiator when it is off and completely cool. When the radiator is turned on, more of the heat will be directed into the living area and less will be absorbed into the wall behind the radiator.
  26. Keep pie crusts from burning. This may be one of the oldest aluminum foil tricks in the book, but it’s a good one. When baking a pie, cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil at the very end of the baking time to keep it from browning too much.
  27. Make a cool noisemaker with your kids.
  28. Make a solar cooker. You’ll cut down on energy costs and experience a traditional way of cooking.
  29. Use strips of aluminum foil to wrap your hair, then coil them up to make impromptu curlers.
  30. Cover doorknobs and hinges with aluminum foil to avoid having to take them off while painting.

Bonus Tip: In many locations, aluminum foil can be recycled along with all of the other household recycling. When you’ve used it for cooking and all of the other interesting projects listed here, just throw it into the bin along with all of your other recyclable materials to keep it out of the waste stream.

75 Extraordinary Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy.

Health Uses

  1. Use it as an antacid.
  2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.
  3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.
  4. Use it as a face and body scrub.
  5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.
  6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.
  7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.
  8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
  9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.
  10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.
  11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.
  12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.
  13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.
  14. Use it to relieve bee stings.
  15. Use it to relieve windburns.
  16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.
  17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

In the Home

  1. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
  2. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.
  3. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.
  4. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.
  5. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.
  6. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.
  7. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.
  8. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
  9. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.
  10. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.
  11. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.
  12. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.
  13. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
  14. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.
  15. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
  16. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.
  17. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

In Cooking

  1. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.
  2. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.
  3. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.
  4. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
  5. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.
  6. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
  7. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.
  8. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.
  9. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.

Cleaning Purposes

  1. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.
  2. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs
  3. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.
  4. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.
  5. Remove grease from pots and pans.
  6. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.
  7. Boost your laundry detergents cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.
  8. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.
  9. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.
  10. Clean your shoes with it.
  11. Clean garbage cans with it.
  12. Use it to wash diapers.
  13. Clean the fridge with it.
  14. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.
  15. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.
  16. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.
  17. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.
  18. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.
  19. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.
  20. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.
  21. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.
  22. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.
  23. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.
  24. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.
  25. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.
  26. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.
  27. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.
  28. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug then use the rug to clean the toaster.
  29. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.
  30. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.
  31. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.
  32. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. You can do all these things for a very small cost. Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not.

50 Amazingly Helpful Time-Tested Tips for the Kitchen

You know all of those helpful kitchen-related suggestions that old-timers are so willing to share with the younger generations? These little tips and tricks might be called “kitchen hacks” these days, but they’re still the same good old nuggets of wisdom that they always were. As with any old wives’ tale, hack, or tip, your mileage may vary. Some of these gems have been around for several lifetimes – and according to most grandmas, they really work.

1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.

coffee beans2. Fresh coffee beans can also absorb nasty odors from your hands.

3. If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.

4. When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.

5. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor of these persnickety fruits.

6. To clean cast iron cookwear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.

7. Will milk curdle if it is allowed to boil? It turns out that this age-old piece of wisdom isn’t true, after all. Milk that has been boiled is perfectly safe to consume.

8. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.

9. When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.

10. If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, just pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking it. Add sugar a little at a time, tasting as you go to avoid over-sugaring it. The sugar will cancel out the burned taste.

11. Burned a pot of rice? Just place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.

burnt rice

12. Before you chop chili peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil.

13. If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

fresh eggs

14. To banish ants from the kitchen, find out where they are coming in and cover the hole with petroleum jelly. Ants won’t trek through the jelly. If they are coming under a door, draw a line on the floor with chalk. The little bugs also won’t cross a line of chalk.

15. Before making popcorn on the stove or in an air popper, soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water, then pop as normal. The additional moisture helps the popcorn pop up quicker and fluffier with fewer “old maids.”

popcorn16. Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

17. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them.

18. If you manage to have some leftover wine at the end of the evening, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to soups and sauces in the future.

19. To clean crevices and corners in vases and pitchers, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. The bubbles will do the scrubbing.

20. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants. The water contains nutrients that your plants will love.

21. When you clean your fish tank, the water you drain can also be used to water your house plants. The nitrogen and phosphorus in fish droppings make aquarium water a great fertilizer.

22. When defrosting meat from the freezer, pour some vinegar over it. Not only does it tenderize the meat; it will also bring down the freezing temperature of the meat and cause it to thaw quicker.

23. The substance in onions that causes your eyes to water is located in the root cluster of the onion. Cut this part out in a cone shape, with the largest part of the cone around the exterior root section.

24. Taking the top layer off of a onion can also reduce the amount of eye-watering misery.

toothpaste25. Toothpaste is a great silver cleaner.

26. Baking soda isn’t as effective a deodorizer for the fridge as that baking soda company would like you to believe. Activated charcoal is much better at absorbing fridge and freezer odors.

27. Baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner, though. Use it with vinegar to deodorize drains and clean stovetops and sinks.

28. A favorite tip of thousands of grandmas: when you nick your finger while cutting veggies, wait until the bleeding stops and paint on a layer of clear nail polish. It will keep juices out of the wound and won’t fall off into the spaghetti sauce like a bandage.

29. The jury is still out on what to put in the bag of brown sugar to keep it from going hard: a slice of apple, a piece of bread, and a shard of a terra cotta pot have all been used.

30. Got a nasty invisible splinter from your kitchen tools? Put a piece of adhesive tape on the area and then pull it off to remove the splinter.

31. When you burn yourself in the kitchen, just spread mustard on the affected area. Leave it for a while and it will ease the pain and prevent blistering.

32. For aluminum pans that are looking dull, just boil some apple peels in them. This will brighten up the aluminum and make your house smell yummy.

33. To keep cookies fresh, savvy grannies like to put some crumpled-up tissue paper in the bottom of the cookie jar.

cookie jar

34. If your salt is clumping up, put a few grains of rice in with it to absorb excess moisture.

35. To clean fruit stains off of your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato. White vinegar can also do the trick.

36. Keep iceberg lettuce fresh in the fridge by wrapping it in a clean, dry paper towel and storing lettuce and paper towel in a sealed baggie in the fridge.

37. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up. For some reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.

celery

38. Always keep an aloe vera plant in your kitchen. It’s invaluable when you scrape your arm or burn your finger. Just break off a leaf and rub the gel from the inside on the injury.

39. When making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube. The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.

40. To reuse cooking oil without tasting whatever was cooked in the oil previously, cook a 1/4″ piece of ginger in the oil. It will remove any remaining flavors and odors.

41. If your milk always goes bad before you can finish it, try adding a pinch of salt to the carton when you first open it. It will stay fresh days longer.

42. Water that has been boiled and allowed to cool will freeze faster than water from the tap. This comes in handy when you’re having a party and need ice pronto.

43. Remove tea or coffee stains from your fine china by mixing up a paste of baking soda, lemon juice, and cream of tartar. Rub it over the stains and they’ll come off easily.

milk44. If two drinking glasses become stuck together after stacking, it’s not impossible to unstick them. Just put ice in the inner glass and dunk the outer glass in warm water. The warm glass will expand and the cold glass will contract, making the glasses separate easily.

45. For splinters under the fingernail, soaking the affected finger in a bowl of milk with a piece of bread in it is said to draw out the splinter.

46. Did grandpa ever give you a drink of cola for an upset tummy? It turns out that this is actually a pretty effective remedy. The sugar and carbonation can soothe many tummy problems – but it can also exacerbate others.

47. Putting salty bacon on a boil is said to “draw the poison out” of boils.

48. To help old wooden drawers (without runners) open and close smoothly, rub a candle on the tracks.

49. A cotton ball soaked in white vinegar and applied to a fresh bruise will reduce the darkness of the bruise and help it disappear sooner.

50. Drinking cranberry juice and eating blueberries regularly will help stave off urinary tract infections.

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Kitchen Tips

Cooking Tips Crossword

1. New season, new ingredients. This is a great time to check the expiration dates for your baking supplies and get rid of anything that has expired.

2. Preparation is key. Read the recipe and make sure you have all the ingredients needed. And always measure carefully!

3. Understand the language. Sliced, diced, chopped, broken, beaten — each word means something slightly different, so make sure you’re familiar with all of the terms in a recipe.

4. Use room-temperature ingredients. They’re easier to work with, plus cold ingredients can result in lumpy batter.

5. Always whisk eggs first. It helps the eggs/yolks emulsify so they blend better into the batter.

6. Start with dry ingredients and then add the liquid. And don’t forget to sift your dry ingredients to avoid lumps.

7. Preheat the oven. It sounds obvious, but a standard oven takes approximately 15 minutes to preheat to 350 degrees.

8. Know your baking pans. Cakes baked in glass versus metal bake differently. If using glass, lower your oven temperature by 25 degrees.

9. Cool cakes and cupcakes differently. Let full cakes cool in pans on wire racks for 20 minutes before removing from pans. But remove cupcakes from pan immediately, placing individual cupcakes on wire rack to cool.

10. Frost cakes when completely cool. Even the slightest warmth from a cake can quickly turn your frosting or icing into a mess.

Cooking Equivalants

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Cooking Equivalents

                                               3tsp = 1Tbsp                       8oz = 1c

                                               2Tbsp = 1/3 c                     16oz = 1lb

                                               4Tbsp = 1/4 c                     1oz =2Tbsp fat or liquid

                                              12Tbsp = 3/4 c                     2c = 1pt

                                              16Tbsp = 1c                         2pt = 1qt

                                                5Tbsp + 1tsp = 1/3 c          5/8c = 1/2c + 2Tbsp

                                                4oz = 1/2c                          7/8c = 3/4c + 2Tbsp