An apple to make tomatoes ripen
If you're tired of waiting and would like to make your tomatoes ripe in half the time, put them in a bowl with an apple or two, and cover them with plastic wrap.
Beans for wax
fill up the candle house with a layer of raw beans. It's not only a nice decoration, but the beans will also keep the candle steady and capture the wax drops.
Toothpick on scotch tape
Mark the end of the scotch tape by rolling it up with a toothpick at the end.
Orange Peel to conserve moisture
Keep the moisture and softness of brown sugar and prevent it from become rough lumps by adding a long and narrow orange peeling into the sugar vessel. .
Coffee filter to clean dust
Paper cloth to clean the shower doors
Remove insistent soap accumulation from the shower's glass doors by spraying a little water on a paper cloth, the kind used for the dryer and cleaning doors.
Eggshells to clean narrow places
Use a hard boiled eggshell to clean the hard to reach areas of bottles, jars and vases. Throw a few pieces of shell in the object, add hot water and a little bit of dish soap, and stir it well. The shells will scrape off thathard-to-reach dirt.
Pillow cover to clean the ceiling fan.
Slip an old pillow cover on the blades of the ceiling fan and then pull it backwards quickly to draw all the dust and dirt into it, without dropping them all over the floor.
Ginger to deal with pain
Calm down blisters and burns by swatting some fresh ginger juice on the aching spot.
Lemon to clean a grater
After you've grated soft cheese or other sticky foods, use half a lemon to get rid of the leftovers. Just use the soft side of the lemon on both sides of the grater and you'll see how easily it becomes clean again.
Nail polish to fix a loose button
Smear a thin layer of transparent nail polish on the center of the loose button, it will harden and keep it from falling.
Onion to get rid of the scent of mildew
Air out the smell of mildew from the basement or the tool shed with onions. Cut an onion in half, put half of it on a plate and leave it in the room for the night. The morning after, the air in the room will be cleaner and you won't even smell the onion!
Vinegar and salt against the smell of onion
However, you might be concerned of having that pesky scent of onions on your hands. A combination of vinegar and salt neutralizes the smell of onions. Mix the two materials and pour this on your hands to rub together until the scent is gone. Then wash with soap.
Pumice to clean a sweater
Take a rough pumice and gently rub it on any thick sweaters to get rid of little fibers and other junk.
Empty bottle to stabalise boots
Use empty wine bottles to keep tall leather boots stable, so they don't lose their shape in storage.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
17 Tricks to Teach Your Body
1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear.
When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you're more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it's not worth gagging over. Here's a better way to scratch your itch: "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "This spasm relieves the tickle."
2. Experience supersonic hearing!
If you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It's better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you're trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.
3. Feel no pain!
German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.
4. Clear your stuffed nose!
Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain.
5. Fight fire without water!
Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? "Sleep on your left side," says Anthony A. Star-poli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you're on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity's in your favor.
6. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!
Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.
7. Make burns disappear!
When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.
8. Stop the world from spinning!
One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. "As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises," says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.
9. Unstitch your side!
If you're like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.
10. Stanch blood with a single finger!
Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don't mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. "Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose," says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. "Pressing here helps stop them."
11. Make your heart stand still!
Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It'll get your heart rate back to normal.
12. Thaw your brain!
Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. "Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too," says Abo. "In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache." The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.
13. Prevent near-sightedness!
Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused by near-point stress." In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes—into relaxing as well.
14. Wake the dead!
If your hand falls asleep while you're driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It'll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don't let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.
15. Impress your friends!
Next time you're at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He'll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you've offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.
16. Breathe underwater!
If you're dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you're underwater, it's not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it's the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin' ain't right. "When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity," says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. "This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen." It'll buy you up to 10 seconds.
17. Read minds!
Your own! "If you're giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep," says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
TRICKS WITH CUCUMBERS
1. Fat busting:
Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on
their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical
in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten,
thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can
rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite
anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it?
Did you also know that it has the same effect on
wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty
dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can
also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a
long bout of crying to avoid that puffy
‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.
2. Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out
of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror?
Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at
any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the
mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a
fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will
boost your mood.
3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from
chasing your babies all day (or pets or your husband),
or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to
avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed.
Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and
electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing
in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat
that headache that’s been threatening to take over.
4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid
of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge?
Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart
looking for that little can with the red straw, and the
baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery
door to check on him.
5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber
and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that
your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this
technique to erase a pen mistake.
6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put
it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your
tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you
love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the
bacteria that is causing your bad breath.
7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your
stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub
it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove
years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your
hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at
risk from a dangerous chemical.
8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon,
don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab
a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and
B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier
boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health
hazard energy drinks.
9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European
trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from
starving to death? If those big burly manly men can
eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat
one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit.
Slice some up and take them in a small plastic
container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer
healthy alternatives to munching
on butter soaked popcorn.
10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a
pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber
will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat
and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin
will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel
relaxed and rejuvenated.
11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber
and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up,
but it will repel water.
12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber
in a small pie tin and place them in your garden.
The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that
pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them
from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.
13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn't always
protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have
burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some
cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber
to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.
14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used
to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add
cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing
research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.
15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber
are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber.
If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber
to your daily diet