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Various useful domestic uses of Soda Crystals

Posted on 18th August, 2019

It is useful to keep a packetful of Soda Crystals (Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate) at home.


Soda Crystals


Uses of Soda Crystals:

  • Cleaning of the washing machine. Removes bad odours as well and the machine works better and longer. Run an empty cycle on high temperature with Soda Crystals in the detergent chamber..
  • Remove burnt on residue in pots and pans.
  • Keep drains and sinks free of blockage.
  • Remove grease in household cleaning and laundry
  • Add Soda Crystals to the detergent to soften water and remove grease from laundry with washing machine.
  • Remove moss and algae from paths & patios.
  • Cleaning toilets as an alternative to common cleaners.
  • Preparing wooden decking and garden furniture for re-treatment. etc

Make Red Pepper Hummus easily at home

Posted on 7th August, 2019

Making red pepper hummus at home is not at all difficult.



Chick peas - 200gm

Chopped red pepper - few slices

Pinch of salt

Olive oil 3 tsp

Ground cumin 1 tsp

Lemon juice 2 tsp

Tahini 6 tsp

Garlic powder 1 tsp

Water 6 tsp



Microwave chickpeas and red pepper for 2 mins on high power.

Pour them in a food processor. Add all the other ingredients and blend them to a smooth paste.

Red Pepper Hummus

The red pepper hummus is ready. It is a healthy and tasty food item!

How to repair a gap on the exterior wall

Posted on 19th July, 2019

Repair of a gap in the exterior wall is done in the way described below:


Clean the gap with a dusting brush to remove the loose sand, mortar etc.

Place masking tape above and below the gap.

Apply universal filler with gun.

Shape filler with a moist finger tip.

Let it dry.

Filler applied to the gap

After a few hours, apply matching exterior masonry paint with a paint brush.


If the gap is too wide, then use sand/cement mortar mix in 3:1 ratio.

To me, forthy coffee is cappuccino which I make easily at home without coffee machine.


How to make frothy coffee:

In a cup, I take half teaspoonful of instant coffee granules. To it, one teaspoon of sugar and half teaspoon canderel powder are added. Then, I pour about 100mls of hot water in it and stir well. Then I add cold whole milk about 150mls to it and stir again.

After this, I place the cup in a microwave oven and heat it on full power for 30 secs.


Milk, coffee, cup and coffee frother

Now I take the cup out and make a froth with a battery operated coffee frother. The frother should move anticlockwise in a circle inside the coffee while frother switch is on..

When adequate froth is formed, I heat the cup again in the microwave for another 20 seconds.


The frothy coffee is now ready to drink. I am quite happy with this cappuccino of mine!

Cook scrambled eggs the easiest way

Posted on 4th July, 2019

Cooking scrambled eggs is very easy. 

Take a microwave safe deep bowl. Break two eggs. Add 1 teaspoonful of milk. Add a pinch of salt. Beat these with a fork for a short time.

Place the bowl in a microwave oven. Cook at high temperature setting for 30 to 45 seconds. Upper half of the mixture will turn solid. 

Using the fork break the mixture into small pieces.

Microwave again for 30 to 45 seconds. Use the fork again to make it into small pieces.

You may add a little butter on top.

All done! I ate half of it before taking the picture.

Scrambled eggs

In my opinion, the two most important items for my DIY cooking are Air Fryer and Microwave oven.

1. AIR Fryer: After watching a demo on TV regarding Air Fryer, I was very interested to try it out. So, I bought a Philips Air Fryer. My wife was not very happy. So, I kept using it usually when she is away and kept it hidden inside a kitchen cabinet.

Air Frying uses less oil than deep frying.

Philips Air Fryer

It is so good that now a days my wife uses it more often than I.


2. Microwave Oven: I think everybody knows about it.

Panasonic Microwave Oven

Easy rain water collection from downpipe

Posted on 27th June, 2019

Collecting rain water from garage downpipe:


After removing the lower end of the downpipe of my garage, I cut off a portion of the downpipe from roof gutter with a hack saw, Then I attached a pipe to the lower end and the whole thing I attached to the remaining downpipe. Placed a big bucket underneath. 


Rain water collection

I use the water for the garden plants.

I do not have much scope of using a soldering iron as I am scared of dealing with electricity. However, I wanted to see if soldering can be done with a wax candle.


Candle soldering iron
I glued 2 pieces of wood as in the picure. Fixed a copper wire horizontally from the vertical piece of wood. Lit candle is used from below to heat up the wire near the tip.
The copper wire becomes hot enough to melt the soldering wire.

A gas lighter can also be used to make a soldering iron by tying a copper wire on the nozzle and used like a soldering gun.

One day my wife reported that our Bosch electric rotary lawnmower has suddenly stopped working when she was using it.

I checked the plug and cable - were ok. Then took the cover out to check the motor. The rocking swich on the handle wire was out of the point. I pushed it back in. Then put the switch on and the motor was running.

The plastic hand switch lever was broken. I removed it and cut a hole on top of the control box through which I can put my thumb to push the switch on and off.


Bosch rotary lawnmower control box

In this way I am still using my old lawnmower.

The only problem is that I can use my left hand only to push the lawnmower.