5 Things to Make with Sugar
Sugar is sweet, and not just when you include it in a recipe. Here are some other things to make with sugar to help you around the house.
Things to make with sugar: Gardening
Flowers are sweet on sugar and so is your garden. Learn these five things that make great use of household sugar.
Things to make with sugar: Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
One of the easiest things to make with sugar is your own preservative to keep cut flowers fresh longer. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per litre of warm water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 7-10 centimetres of the prepared water. The sugar nourishes the plants, while the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth. You’ll be surprised how long the arrangement stays fresh!
Things to do with sugar: Rid the Garden of Nematodes
If your outdoor plants look unhealthy, with ugly knots at the roots, chances are they’ve been a victims of an attack of the nematodes! The nematode worm, nemesis of many an otherwise healthy garden, is a microscopic parasite that pierces the roots of plants and causes knots. You can prevent nematode attacks by using sugar to create an inhospitable environment for the tiny worms. Apply 2 kilograms of of sugar for every 25 square metres of garden. Micro-organisms feeding on the sugar will increase the organic matter in the soil, thereby eliminating those nasty nematodes. What a great solution and an excellent way to use sugar in your garden.
Ways to use sugar: Clean Greasy, Grimy Hands
You can use sugar to make your own inexpensive hand scrub. To clean filthy hands of grease or grime easily and thorougly, pour equal amounts of olive oil and sugar into the cupped palm of one hand and then gently rub your hands together for several minutes. Rinse thorougly and dry. The grit of the sugar acts as an abrasive to help the oil remove grease, paint and grime. Your hands will look and feel clean, soft and moisturised.
New uses for sugar: Make a Non-Toxic Fly Trap
Here’s a great summertime use for sugar: Keep your kitchen free of flies with a homemade fly trap that uses no toxic chemicals. In a small saucepan, simmer 2 cups of milk, 115 grams of raw sugar and 60 grams of ground pepper for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into shallow dishes or bowls and set them around the kitchen, patio or anywhere the flies are a problem. The insects will flock to the bowls and drown!
Tips for using sugar: Exterminate Roaches
Even city dwellers can find this great way to use sugar when it comes to pests. If you hate smelly, noxious pesticides as much as you loathe cockroaches, don’t call an exterminator. Instead, when you have a roach infestation, scatter a mixture of equal parts sugar and borax powder over the infested area. The sugar will attract the roaches and the borax will kill them. Replace it frequently with a fresh mixture to prevent future infestations.
Warning: Keep this mixture away from pets and small children, as it is poisonous if ingested.
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