When one thinks about India, a beautiful country with colorful landscapes, rich architecture and diverse
food comes to mind. Indian food has its own fan following thanks to the unique spices and flavors.
The list of Indian spices is not exhaustive, and they bring infinite flavors to the cuisine. But, did you
know, that these spices have other uses too?
In this blog, we shall be listing down unique uses of some prominent Indian spices.
- Keep feet smelling sweet
If you use Sage (Kadi Patta) to only add flavors to your food, you’re not making optimum use of it. Sage
is great for preventing your feet from stinking as it kills the odor-causing bacteria that grow on your feet
on warm, moist environment. All you need to do is crumble a leaf or two into your shoes before you put
them on and at the end of the day, just shake them off into the bin.
- Deodorize bottles for reuse
Some containers, like pickle jars, have a peculiar smell in them. This smell is difficult to get rid of even
after washing it with water and soap. In such cases, all you need to do is add 1 teaspoon dry mustard to
1-liter water, fill the jar and let it soak overnight. Voila! It’ll smell fresh by morning. This solution
banishes the odor of tomatoes, garlic, and other foods with strong scents.
- Scent your home
Want your house to smell good with organic products? Make a DIY homemade air freshener. Simply toss
a handful of whole cloves or a cinnamon stick in a pot of water and keep it simmering on the stove for
half an hour. You could also place a teaspoon or two of the ground spices on a cookie sheet and place it
at 200°F (93°C) oven with the door ajar for 30 minutes. That’s it, your home will be smelling so good!
- Keep ants at bay
Ants can quickly get into the jars of flour, sugar, and more. Keep these products safe and ant-free by
slipping a bay leaf inside the storage container. If you feel that the ingredients will pick the bay leaf
flavor, tape the leaf inside the lid. This trick works inside cabinets, too, where sachets of sage, bay, stick
cinnamon, or whole cloves will smell pleasant while discouraging ants.
- Control insects in the garden
Want to get rid of ants swarming your garden? Add 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, ground cloves or
dry mustard to 1 cup of sifted white flour and sprinkle the mixture on and around the pests. This mixture
is sure to get rid of them within an hour.
Spices aren’t just used to add flavor to your meals but have many unique uses too. Try them now! Do
you know of any other special uses? Comment and share with us.