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Non-food uses for food products...

To explain- what are things that you can do with items that are normally considered "food", but used in a way that is not eaten.

My all time favorite: Buttermilk. Whiz it up in a blender with moss, then paint it into rocks, concrete bench, any place you would like moss to grow.

Peanut Butter: Gets rid of water rings on wood furniture.

What are yours?

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  1. I'm curious on this peanut butter thing - how do you do that??

    My peanut butter one - bubblegum in the hair

    Eggshells while not food are great for impeding slugs in the garden

    1. Mayo rubbed on water rings removes them. Rub in and leave it for an hour or so. Wipe off.

      Cucumber slices refresh tired eyes.

      Banana peels will shine shoes.

      The white skin inside a raw egg will pull the "poison' from a sore. You wrap it on say a sore finger and as it dries the infection pulls to the top.

      Salt poured on spilled red wine dries the wine and keep it from soaking in. Then vaccum the rug or shake off cloth.

      Gargle with salt water to ease a sore throat.

      Vinegar and baking soda both have house cleaning uses.

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      1. re: Janet

        chamomile tea is also good for sore eyes

        1. re: Janet

          Janet, I have a question about the raw egg skin. Is there any concern about Salmonella? Usually Salmonella is a GI issue, but I wonder about the effect on an open sore.

          1. re: moh

            I have no idea., I just know my husband's family used this remedy, and I learned to also. I had a piece of SOS pad in my finger and it was a mess. The egg wrap pulled the metal to the top. Of course I am of the generation that never worried about raw egg. And I still eat raw cookie dough.

            1. re: Janet

              Janet, thanks for the info! I usually don't care too much about raw eggs, but am in a special situation now, and need to be a little more careful. This idea sounds very interesting though, I am quite intrigued. Amniotic membranes have very special medical properties in other contexts, and although I don't know if the egg membrane is the exact same thing, it does make me wonder!

          2. re: Janet

            If you have oily skin, you can also make a facial masque from raw egg whites as well. Helps to soak up the excess oil.

          3. boutonnières, centerpieces, bouquets made from vegetables, herbs and fruits

            Also sculpture...fruits, butter, etc.

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            1. re: charlesbois

              We joked that I should have carried a bunch of broccoli for our gluten-free, vegan wedding, instead of flowers.

              1. re: lgss

                I would totally consider one of those beautiful purplygreen ornamental cabbages as a bouquet. Or one of those lime-green pointy-topped cauliflower/broccoli hybrids. Heck, I'd carry a branch of a fig tree laden with ripe fruit... but that might get messy.

            2. Couple of tea bags in a warm bath for about half an hour (black tea) helps those of us who don't tan to not have fake orange stripes!! Just make sure your knees are submerged or you'll have shiny white knee caps :)

              1. beer can make a nice hair rinse, so do certain types of vinegar.

                cloves for a toothache

                does using popcorn to decorate the x-mas tree count? and i guess on that note...you could also add dried apple slices or cookies.