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1Non-stick ware and sour stuff

Cooking sour food (tamarind/lemon based) food in non-stick ware reduces its durability and the coating is likely to peel off sooner.

2Deodorize cutting board and knife

Rub them with a sliced lemon or lime. This tip is especially helpful for removing strong smells like that of onion or garlic

3Deodorize cutting board (another way)

Rub it with a paste of baking soda and water.

4Free flowing salt

Add a few rice grains in the salt shaker to prevent it from becoming lumpy in humid climate.

5Pamper your new utensils

Cut an onion into half. Rub it on the insides of your new utensil. Heat a little and add some oil. The utensils will not burn easily.

6Ants away from sugar

Put two to three cloves in the container or jar of sugar to keep the ants at bay.

7Remove lime deposits from tea kettle

Fill it with equal parts of vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and allow to stand overnight.

8Clean your grater

Cleaning your grater after shredding cheese? Try grating a raw potato after the cheese. The potato clears the gummy cheese out of the holes.

9Brighten aluminium utensils

Mix 1 quarts water and 4 tablespoons cream of tartar, vinegar, or acid foods and boil for 10 minutes. Rinse & scour lightly with a steel-wool soap pad. Rinse again.

10Clean copper pots

Sprinkle them with lemon juice, then with salt, and rub with the cut side of a halved lemon.

11Clean greasy pans

Rub used lemon halves dipped in salt over greasy pans.

12Clean oven

Sprinkle a combination of salt and cinnamon on any spillovers that occur while baking. Not only does it prevent the burnt smokey smell from filling the house, but you should also be able to use a spatula to lift the whole piece after the oven cools.

13Deodorize microwave

Chop half a lemon into 4 pieces. Put them in a small bowl with 1 cup of water and a few whole cloves. Boil for 5 minutes.

14Shine pots and pans

While pots are still warm, add a little vinegar, sprinkle salt, rub with a sponge, and rinse.

15Deodorize pots and pans

Wash them in salt water or in hot soapy water plus a dash of ammonia.

16Shine coffee pots

Coffee pots come out sparkling clean when washed with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of salt, a pinch of baking soda & a little water. All you have to do is to rub mixture on with a wet dish cloth and rinse.

17"De-grease" pots and pans

Hot soaking in soda water as with other greasy dishes will "de-grease" the pots and pans.

18Better way to wash dishes

Add a tablespoon of baking soda to your soapy water. It softens your hands while cutting through grease.

19Better way to wash vessels

Add a handful of common salt to the washing powder to clean them.

20Stuck glassware

Put cold water in the inner glassware and dip the whole set in hot water. They should come apart.

21Clean "sticky" omelette pan

Pour a small mound of salt in it and scrub it with a paper towel moistened with cooking oil. Wipe it out with a clean paper towel. (This is the best way to clean a wok as well.)

22Solution for burnt pots and pans

Soak burnt pans in a solution of ammonia and water, for an hour. Clean with used lemon & then with soap & water.

23Remove coffee stains

Make tea in the utensil, the tannic acid in the tea should remove the coffee stands (but don't let it stand too long).

24Remove stains from plasticware

Soak for 20 minutes in a gallon of warm water plus 1 cup of bleach. Wipe dry and then wash normally.

25Solution for burnt (aluminium) pots and pans

Boil an onion in the pan, the burned stuff will detach itself and float to the top.

26Deodorize bottles

Fill bottle half-full of water and add 1 tablespoon of mustard or baking soda. Shake well and allow to stand for about 1 hour.

27Clean black cooker

Boil a piece of tamarind or lemon peel in the cooker.

28Saffaron and wooden utensils

Wooden utensils should not be used while mixing saffron to any dish since wood absorbs saffaron.

29Prevent vessel discoloration

Vessels in which potatoes are boiled tend to get discolored. To prevent this, remove potatoes after they have boiled. Add a lemon, an onion, and some water to the vessel. Boil for a few minutes. Drain and wash.