Tuesday, March 8, 2011



"With the change in weather, the household activities of farm women also change; be it care and storage of woolens, various food items, household cleaning and looking after the children ," emphasized PAU home scientists while acquainting the farm women with the household practices.

Dr Harinder Saggu, throwing light on the care and storage of woolens, advised the participants to avoid washing and rubbing a satin weave with a harsh brush or against a rough surface. Wash rayon with mild soap / detergent, rinse in luke warm water and squeeze gently, said she, adding that prefer hand wash for knitted garments and avoid direct sun while drying. Another home scientist Dr Sukhminder Kaur suggested washing corduroy / velvet garments separately to avoid lint accumulation and silks and woolens in luke warm water with a mild neutral / synthetic detergent or use reetha nut solution. Use camphor cakes / dried red chillies tied in a muslin cloth to protect the clothes against moth, mildew and silverfish, said she.

Referring to the storage of food, Dr Kiran Grover stressed that the cereals and pulses should be stored in clean airtight containers and use dried neem leaves to avoid pest infestation. Avoid cooking sour and salty dishes in aluminum pans as the metal gets dissolved and can cause gastrointestinal disorders. Cook only required quantity of food and reduce time gap between preparation and serving, added she, while advising to avoid repeated heating of the food to maintain its taste and texture.

Brushing up the skills of farm women, Dr Surinderjit Kaur dwelt on home cleaning. She urged everybody to clean wire-mesh doors with kerosene oil as it helps to remove sticky dust from the doors and keeps away the mosquitoes and flies. Put salt / kerosene in water while cleaning floors to check flies and clean and oil the motor operated gadgets (food mixer, grinder, fans, etc.) to avoid noise pollution, added she.

Considering the anxious wait of the children for the festival of colors – Holi which falls this month, PAU experts impressed upon the participants to buy those colors which are safe to use and prepared from natural resources. A variety of attractive holi colors are available in the market but some are made from harmful chemicals which can cause damage to eyes, skin and hair. Safeguard the children while playing holi to avoid accidents and bathe them after play, stressed the scientists.
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