Get rid of ants, put unwanted newspapers to good use and more with these resourceful hacks.
Ouch! Oil splattered on your arm while cooking? Run your burn under cold water immediately, then dab this Asian ingredient on to relieve the pain and eliminate redness. It’s no folklore – apparently, soy proteins are a great source for making burn dressings.
NEXT: Use chopsticks to eat chips →
How do you reach for the chips at the bottom of the bag without getting your entire hand greasy? We thought you couldn’t, either. Use chopsticks when snacking on your chips instead. Bonus: Chips are easy to pick up, and are a beginner-friendly way to master the art of using chopsticks.
NEXT: Or to perfect your deep-frying →
Deep-frying something? Stick a disposable chopstick perpendicularly to the bottom of your pan of oil to test its temperature. If the oil is ready, it’ll bubble around the base of the chopstick.
NEXT: Use rice as glue →
Ran out of paper glue? Take a tip from the Japanese, who use rice glue in their traditional paper crafts. Boil sticky rice and water in a 1:3 ratio until it reaches the consistency of porridge, leave to cool, and run it through a sieve to remove the larger chunks. Then, stick with it!
NEXT: Use newspapers to clean glass →
Wiping glass surfaces with towels typically means having to live with a permanent streaky cast. Not very pleasant. Introducing your new best dust cloth: the newspaper. Its gritty texture cuts through dust and dirt effectively without scratching your glass. It’s your time to shine, windows!
NEXT: Use dried Sichuan chilis to get rid of ants →
Good things come in small packages, but sometimes, bad things come in large colonies. Prevent ant attacks in your home – which are particularly common in Singapore – by warding them off with dried chilis. Ants hate the spicy scent, which can even be strong enough to kill them.
NEXT: Use tofu in, well, everything →
Let’s just say you can have more than a few tricks up your sleeves with tofu. Their versitility goes beyond just salads and stir-fries – blended silken tofu is a less sinful substitute for heavy whipping cream in dessert mousses, or cream cheese in your cakes. Need your meat? Tofu, when frozen, gets denser, and tastes “meatier”.
NEXT: Skip the towel →
It’s no secret that the Koreans have flawless skin. The secret, however, is how they achieved it. A tip from the K-beauty gurus: Skip the towel, and simply air-dry your face after cleansing to avoid tugging at your skin.
NEXT: Use soy sauce to soothe burns →
By Pinky Chng, October 2017
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