Ordinary white sugar has many uses around the house. Use for burns,flies, cockroaches and many other things.
Make Cut Flowers Last Longer
Add a tablespoon of sugar to a litre of water in the flower vase. The dissolved sugar nourishes the stems and keeps the flowers fresh for longer. If you add a tablespoon of vinegar as well, you won’t get the mould and bacterial growth that causes that bad smell from the water after a few days.
Improve Outdoor Plant Health
If outdoor plants start to look unhealthy and you notice small lumps on the roots, your garden may have a nematode infection. These are tiny worms that invade the root especially in tuberous plants like carrots and potatoes. Mix handfuls of sugar into the soil around infected plants. This increases the numbers of bacteria that can fight the invasion.
Sugar is an abrasive and if you have very dirty, greasy, or oily hands, rubbing them with sugar with clean them.
Boil 2 ounces of sugar and a little water in a pan to make a sticky liquid. Pour this into empty jars, or a dish and leave in the open where wasps will be attracted to sweetness. They go into the liquid to feed and cant get out.
Soothe a Burned Tongue
If you have ever burned your tongue on a hot drink, or hot food, you will know how much it hurts. Sprinkle sugar on it and the pain will subside.
Mix equal parts of sugar and baking powder. Sugar attracts these horrible creatures and baking powder kills them.
Boil half a litre of water, sugar, pepper (about a teaspoonful) and two tablespoons of water together and place in a bowl. This will attract flies and they will fall into the liquid.
Start a Fire
If you have trouble getting a coal, or wood fire to burn throw a handful of sugar onto it. The sugar will ignite and help get the fire going.
Keep Biscuits Fresh
Put a few sugar lumps in the bottom of your biscuit tin. The lumps will absorb the moisture and keep the biscuits fresh.
Keep Cake Fresh
Sprinkle home-made cakes with sugar while they are still hot. This keeps them fresh longer.
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