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Protecting things from dampness

APART from protecting the body from "pathogenic damp," it's important to keep food and belongings properly stored and dry.

? Rice

Insects gather and mold grows quickly on rice if it is kept in a damp and warm environment for long. Put a few pieces of hua jia (Chinese prickly ash), garlic or kelp in the rice to help prevent mold.

? Dried food

Dried produce such as mushrooms, fungus and bamboo shoots should be kept in sealed containers. If they become damp, dry them in the air, not the direct sun. Or, just throw them out.

? Candies and chocolates

Keep them in the fridge.

? Cotton/linen clothing

Add five drops of eucalyptus and two drops of limonene (citrus oil extract) in the water when washing the clothes. Eucalyptus helps sterilize and prevent mold and bacteria from growing; limonene adds a fresh fragrance.

? Electric appliances

Turn them on frequently, so that their heat dispels dampness in the equipment and especially the wiring.

? Furniture

Dispel humidity by using an air conditioner. Run a dry cloth frequently over wood furniture to discourage mold growth.

? Silk

Wash silk with warm water and neutral detergent. Dry it in airy places; do not directly expose it to sunshine. Wrap some mold-proof pills with paper, and put them among the silk clothes.


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