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10 Surprising Uses For Potatoes

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10 Surprising Uses For Potatoes

We all know that potatoes are a delicious, budget-friendly food, but did you know they can also perform a multitude of tasks around the home?

  1. Gravy thickener – Instant mashed potatoes are a good thickener for stews and gravies.
  2. Silverware cleaner –  Use the water from boiling potatoes to clean tarnished silverware. Let the water cool, soak the silverware in it for 30 minutes, then wash and dry.
  3. Dry skin remedy – Grate 1 or 2 small potatoes and soak them in olive oil for twenty minutes. Place the potato/oil mixture on your dry hands, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Then rinse your hands to clean them of the potatoes.
  4. Sunburn soother – For instant relief, mix instant mashed potato mix with crushed ice.
  5. Splinter remover – Cut a potato into thin slices. Place one slice on the splinter (use the side without the skin). Varying sources suggest leaving it on the spot for 10-20 minutes to the whole night. If you decide to leave it overnight, secure the potato slice with two bandages to keep it in place. When you remove the potato, it should pull out the splinter.
  6. Poison ivy treatment – Whip a raw potato into a paste in your blender. Spread it onto the affected area and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  7. Kitchen burn remedy – Rub a potato slice onto the area. The starch neutralizes the burn and helps prevent scarring.
  8. Soup rescuer – If you accidentally over-salt the soup or a dish, just drop in a peeled potato to absorb the excess salt.
  9. Eye de-puffer – Slices of raw potatoes will help reduce swelling and puffiness of the eyes. Lay slices over your eyes and relax for 10 minutes.
  10. Rust remover –  You can use a slice of potato to scrub rusted surfaces — this works especially well for knife blades, pots, and pans. Sprinkle a little salt or baking soda onto the potato and then rub it over the rust spot, or just insert the knife into a potato and let it sit. The oxalic acid in the potato helps to dissolve the rust.

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1 Samantha { 03.29.17 at 5:10 pm }

Rainy day fun for kids (or those who have the heart of a kid): cut a potato in half and carve a design in it. Use stamping ink pads to make patterns on paper or on plain white sheet scraps. These can become bandanas, place mats, a small laundry bag, etc.

2 pappap { 03.29.17 at 10:31 am }

bake on grill butter sour cream and other toppings you like salt pepper and eat that sucker. now, that’s what I’ d do to a potato.

3 FarmerGreen { 03.29.17 at 9:56 am }

You can also use a potato to remove a broken light bulb from the socket. Just cut the potato in half.. Make sure the power is OFF to the socket.. Press the potato onto the socket and twist out the base of the broken light bulb. Easy Peasy

4 sherry { 03.29.17 at 9:07 am }

Kitchen burn remedy – Rub a potato slice onto the area. The starch neutralizes the burn and helps prevent scarring.

I suggest that you puree the potato (juicer or blender) then place that on the burn. Rubbing a burn would make the affected area worse and it would hurt more than the burn itself.

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