Monday, November 10, 2008

Sugar, Mineral Oil and Hydrogen Peroxide uses

More helpful tips that I read about and wanted to pass on:
If you can't get the coals burning for your BBQ, toss a few spoonfuls of white table sugar onto the coals and try lighting them again! When exposed to high temperatures, sugar decomposes quickly and forms hydroxymethylfurfural, a chemical that ignites easily.

When you plant tomatoes, protect your plants from parasitic damage by putting 1 tablespoon full of white table sugar into the hole and plant your plant on top of it! The sugar kills the root-eating microorganisms by absorbing the moisture that the organisms need to multiply.

To keep your cookies moist and chewy, sprinkle the bottom of the cookie jar with a thin layer of sugar and then put the cookies in. The sugar will lock in moisture, preserving your cookies. (I've done this and it does work!)

To make corn on the cob sweet, add a pinch of sugar to the boiling water and cook the corn as you normally would. . The sucrose (sugar) keeps the natural sugars in the kernels by stopping them from escaping during the boiling process. (I do this and it does taste sweeter).

When your teenager gets the dreaded pimple, mix up 1 teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of water to make a paste. Use a cotton swab and put the paste on the pimple over night. The sucrose inhibits the growth of bacteria to help reduce the swelling by morning!

If you burn your tongue on some hot coffee (for instance), sprinkle some sugar on your tongue and hold your tongue against the roof of your mouth. The melting crystals stimulate the brain to release endorphins that can alleviate the pain and induce a sense of well being.

Combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 cups of milk, and 2 oz of ground pepper in a small saucepan and heat. Let is simmer for 10 minute then pour the mixture into several small shallow bowls. Place the bowls throughout your yard, far away from you. The heating of the ingredients causes the sugar to melt, making it very sticky. Milk and pepper enhance the aroma of the caramelized sweetener, attracting flies and trapping them instantly in the glue like mixture.

Make your cut roses bloom faster and stay longer with sugar. For each quart of warm water, add 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. When the sugar has dissolved and the water is cold, put your roses in. The sugar provides the nutrients the buds need to bloom and the vinegar kills bacteria to keep the flowers fresh longer!

To lighten age spots naturally, add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to a bowl filled with the juice of half a lemon. Using a cottonball, apply to the age spots, leave on a couple minutes, then rinse off. The spots will gently start fading.

To restore gloss to the leaves of houseplants, combine one part mineral oil to two parts water in a spray bottle. Once a month, use to mist the plants, then wipe the leaves with a soft cloth.

Make your own furniture polish by combining 1 cup of mineral oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray it on a clean dry cloth to polish up your furniture. The lemon juice cuts through grime and the oil lubricates wood and brings out its natural shine. (I've done this and it looks very nice!)

To preserve a wooden cutting board, wash and dry the board. Pour a small amount of mineral oil onto a clean cloth and use it to rub the wood's surface. Let sit for 2 hours and wipe off any excess oil. Do this every couple of months. The oil barrier will keep odors from getting absorbed into the wood and also prevent premature drying and cracks where bacteria can thrive.

Fill a large bowl with cold water and add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Soak your fruits and vegetables for about 1 minute, then rinse with running water. The hydrogen peroxide kills E. coli and other bacteria by creating an oxygen rich environment that the organisms can't survive in.

If your plants are getting root rot and turning the once lush greenery yellow, fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water and 1 oz of hydrogen peroxide. Use the solution to water plants as usual. The excess can be stored, but be sure it is in an opaque bottle. The antimicrobial agents acts as an oxygen supplement, releasing extra oxygen to aerate the soil and strengthen the plants.

Whiten stains between teeth by pouring a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a shallow bowl and dip regular dental gloss in it. Floss as usual. The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen to break down the stain and whiten discoloration without damage to the enamel.

If your pet gets sprayed by a skunk and you don't have any tomato juice handy to wash him down, try using 1 qt hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap with a gallon of water. Wearing rubber gloves, apply the mixture to your pets fur using a wash cloth. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinise with water. Keep the mixture out of your pets' eyes. Do not store leftover liquid in a covered container.

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