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ttoommyy Aug 30, 2012 07:53 AM

A recent video on this site which shows how to use peanut butter to fix scratches on a DVD got me thinking about other foods we use in nonfood ways:

People on TV sitcoms and in cartoons always use raw steak to put on a black eye. Personally, I've never seen anyone do this in real life but I'm sure it's been done.

Kids use pasta/macaroni for art projects in grammar school.

Mr. Potato head and all of his relatives and friends (the original sets also suggested using onions, peppers, oranges, etc.)

Oatmeal is used to exfoliate the skin.

Butter and Crisco are used as sexual lubricants.

What can you add to the list?

  1. fmed Aug 30, 2012 07:58 AM

    Vinegar as a cleaner.
    Baking soda as a cleaner, toothpaste, air deodorizer.
    Olive oil in DIY cosmetics.
    Sugar and salt in DIY exfoliants.
    Avocado, cucumber and various fruits and vegetables in face masks, etc.

    1. sbp Aug 30, 2012 08:00 AM

      Per Lady Gaga, meat as a dress.

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        ttoommyy Aug 30, 2012 08:08 AM

        Love that one! But credit must be given to Argentine designer Franc Fernandez and stylist Nicola Formichetti.

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          soupkitten Aug 30, 2012 09:54 AM

          how about also giving cred to jana sterbak... since all of the above totally bit her original 1987 artwork.

          1. re: soupkitten
            ttoommyy Aug 30, 2012 10:36 AM

            Agree soupkitten!

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              Weetje Oct 19, 2012 05:28 PM

              Upvote for soupkitten!

        2. Veggo Aug 30, 2012 08:17 AM

          For a junior high school project, I made a replica of the Coliseum with sugar cubes and Elmers Glue. Lots of sugar cubes.

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          1. re: Veggo
            DGresh Dec 5, 2012 06:10 AM

            I did the Pyramid of Giza. I think mine was easier!

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            rudysmom Aug 30, 2012 08:30 AM

            soy sauce on a burn

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              MGZ Aug 30, 2012 08:36 AM

              Vinegar on a jellyfish sting.

            2. MGZ Aug 30, 2012 08:30 AM

              Well, chicken wings, backs, and necks make fine crab bait. And, in college, the team doctor used to suggest putting any frozen stuff we had in the dorm on our contusions - peas, pizza, margarita mix. Then again, he used to hand out codeine and benzedrine quite often too.

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              1. re: MGZ
                kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 08:40 AM

                And don't forget a rice sock in the microwave to provide moist heat!

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                  scubadoo97 Aug 30, 2012 09:00 AM

                  A microwaved potato works real well too and hold the heat longer than rice

                  1. re: scubadoo97
                    kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 09:00 AM

                    You apply that to, say, a sore shoulder or back? Don't you make mashed badadas?! How does that go?

                    1. re: kattyeyes
                      scubadoo97 Aug 30, 2012 09:18 AM

                      Great for applying heat to a facial abscess, sty....

                  2. re: kattyeyes
                    MGZ Aug 30, 2012 09:21 AM

                    Hell, this was the 80s. No one used moist heat. Ice was the rage. Painkillers were to shut you up and the speed was so you'd go to class, and beer, oh yeah, beer. Plus, if you were lucky, and won that week, a guy on your floor would stop by with some weed. Not sure how I graduated, actually . . . .

                    1. re: MGZ
                      kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 09:29 AM

                      HA HA HA! Those were the days, my friend!

                2. kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 08:37 AM

                  Baking soda & water OR meat tenderizer & water to treat bee or wasp stings...though I think hydrocortisone cream is easier and less messy if you have it!

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                  1. re: kattyeyes
                    Veggo Aug 30, 2012 08:48 AM

                    How this bee- allergic victim stared at the baking soda/water paste my mother would smear on my stings. It would dry out within an hour, and the new swelling would pop off the chunks. Ouch.

                    1. re: Veggo
                      kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 08:49 AM

                      Oh, god, I forgot! Sorry!

                      1. re: kattyeyes
                        Veggo Aug 30, 2012 08:54 AM

                        Part of growing up. Makes me watch my bees and queues.

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                    calumin Aug 30, 2012 08:41 AM

                    pie as political statement

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                    1. re: calumin
                      kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 08:43 AM

                      Hmm? Meaning American as apple pie?

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                        DeppityDawg Aug 30, 2012 08:46 AM

                        Meaning "here's a cream pie in your face".

                      2. re: calumin
                        BiscuitBoy Aug 30, 2012 08:51 AM

                        and a statement all it's own...American Pie

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                          Veggo Aug 30, 2012 09:05 AM

                          and fortunately on Tuesday, most of the levies WERE dry.

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                            BiscuitBoy Aug 30, 2012 09:28 AM

                            ! ! ! No, not whiskey and wine! Levenstein and Stiffler

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                              DeppityDawg Aug 30, 2012 09:32 AM

                              Pie Harder.

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                                hill food Dec 5, 2012 01:57 AM

                                Ry Cooder.

                              2. re: BiscuitBoy
                                melpy Nov 13, 2012 03:02 AM

                                I thought the lyrics were whiskey and RYE? Guess I've been singing it wrong.

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                                  sunshine842 Nov 13, 2012 04:38 AM

                                  No, Melpy, you have it right.

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                                    BiscuitBoy Nov 14, 2012 07:03 AM

                                    I was referencing the movie...but in the song, whiskey and rye doesn't make sense to me

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                                      sunshine842 Nov 14, 2012 08:21 AM


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                                        BiscuitBoy Nov 14, 2012 09:20 AM

                                        wow. all sortsa undertones...I'm still wondering about Paul being barefoot

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                                        hill food Dec 5, 2012 02:03 AM

                                        ehh it's just redundant. (as if we expect pop music to be factually accurate)

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                              rohirette Aug 30, 2012 09:17 AM

                              Egg whites as a sperm friendly lube.

                              Along the same lines, baking soda to change pH in those regions.

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                              1. re: rohirette
                                Veggo Aug 30, 2012 09:21 AM

                                Never thought of that one. "Yo, darlin', where's the hen fruit?"

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                                  kubasd Aug 30, 2012 09:34 AM

                                  Yikes to both....

                                  Oh and the butter and crisco as lube too? You guys are scaring me....

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                                    kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 09:40 AM

                                    No kidding on ALL of the above. File under NOT DELICIOUS! :)

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                                      Veggo Aug 30, 2012 09:45 AM

                                      So, what IS delicious in the southern hemisphere? Raspberry syrup, for one.

                                      1. re: Veggo
                                        kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 09:45 AM

                                        So not touching that with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole! But thanks for the laugh.

                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                          Veggo Aug 30, 2012 09:57 AM

                                          That's a big pole.

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                                            kubasd Aug 30, 2012 09:58 AM

                                            That's what she said.... lol

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                                              kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 10:02 AM

                                              Talk about this discussion goin' even further south! LOLOL!

                                        2. re: Veggo
                                          rohirette Aug 30, 2012 10:03 AM

                                          You took it to another level. My post was about utility.

                                          I sometimes forget that not everyone on the internet hangs out on TTC forums.

                                          1. re: rohirette
                                            kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 10:06 AM

                                            Nor do we (OK, I) know what TTC forums even are! Oh, sorry...just looked that up. It's "trying to conceive." Have fun practicing! ;)

                                            1. re: rohirette
                                              Veggo Aug 30, 2012 10:10 AM

                                              It just kinda wandered there, but it all knits together. Enjoy the tapestry you created!

                                            2. re: Veggo
                                              BiscuitBoy Aug 30, 2012 11:03 AM

                                              some hemispheres are pretty rugged and fanky and require some sort of , uh , treatment...Some are well maintained by the land owner and are best plain

                                          2. re: kubasd
                                            ttoommyy Aug 30, 2012 09:47 AM

                                            "Oh and the butter and crisco as lube too? You guys are scaring me...."

                                            Search for the word "butter" on the page.


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                                              kubasd Aug 30, 2012 09:57 AM

                                              yeahhhhh and then I'll have sex with a pig....

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                                                kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                Exactly! It didn't up the deliciousness factor for me, either, sista! OINK, OINK! I mean, I love pig, but NOT LIKE THAT!

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                                                  Querencia Oct 20, 2012 08:28 PM

                                                  Nobody's mentioned Redi-Whip......

                                                  1. re: Querencia
                                                    kattyeyes Oct 21, 2012 05:22 AM

                                                    My favorite Reddi-Wip scene at 1:15 (no worries, it's rated G):

                                                    Not sure it's an "alternate use" if you're still eating it. ;)

                                        3. pinehurst Aug 30, 2012 09:24 AM

                                          I use mint and cayenne pepper as natural pesticides.
                                          Cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange peel for simmering potpourri.
                                          Coffee grounds in my garden.
                                          Occasionally eggs, beer, or mayo as hair conditioner.
                                          Kosher salt on small patches of icy walkways.
                                          Coca cola to remove insect splatters from my windshield
                                          Lemons need a page unto themselves....I use them to remove ring-around-the-collar, to repel insects in woodpiles (lemon peels only here), as a remover for minor stains on carpets and in tea cups, on copper cookware....and dozens more things.

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                                          1. re: pinehurst
                                            kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 09:31 AM

                                            I wonder if lemon peels keep other "undesirables" out of wood piles. Do you know?
                                            And remember (from the 70s) Body on Tap? "But don't drink it!"

                                            1. re: kattyeyes
                                              pinehurst Aug 30, 2012 10:45 AM

                                              Katty, totally remembered...also some shampoo with wheat germ and honey that looked drinkable via the commercial!

                                              I know lemon peels repel moths, beetles, etc, but for the things of the furry persuasion, I've found that mint and cayenne work best. I actually planted spearmint (which is quick growing, perennial, lovely, useful, and impossible to kill) around the foundation of the house to solve a problem with fieldmice wanting to come in when the weather turned cold--solved it. So perhaps sow some mint where you plan to put the woodpile.

                                              My aunts would also use citronella oil (not a food, I know) to repel everything away from everything....they'd dab it on me to repel mosquitos, spritz it on trash bags to repel skunks. I imagine you could concoct something out of lemon/mint extract in a base of Listerine (with the thymol, eucalyptus, etc in that) and spritz away.

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                                                kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                Friends of mine have issues with field mice in the wood pile, then snakes that go to look for them there (ACKKKKKKK!)...so I wonder if the mint/cayenne would be a good preemptive strike against things that slither. I hate them so! And it's bunk that they're more scared of me than I am of them...that is just not possible.

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                                                  pinehurst Aug 30, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                  BLEAH! I am too northerly to have a prob w/snakes, but a cousin uses clove oil, cinnamon oil, and garlic. She also plants marigolds EVERYWHERE...she swears it deters all garden pests that creep/crawl/fly....thanks for the youtube link, too :-)

                                                  1. re: pinehurst
                                                    kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                    I knew I liked marigolds for a reason. Thank you! I will share!

                                                2. re: pinehurst
                                                  kattyeyes Aug 30, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                  BTW, I think the wheat germ and honey was Faberge. It was orange, dirt cheap and what we used at my uncle's house. :) "And so on, and so on, and so on!"

                                            2. goodhealthgourmet Aug 30, 2012 11:18 AM

                                              - coconut oil for skincare
                                              - peanut butter for removing gum
                                              - clove oil as an antiseptic
                                              - a slice of bread as a "sponge" to pick up broken glass shards
                                              - use a raw potato to unscrew a broken light bulb from the socket
                                              - lemons & beer to lighten hair
                                              - the inside of banana peels for polishing silver (have read about this in numerous places but never tried it myself)
                                              - salt to break up grease stains

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                                                MGZ Aug 30, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                Yeah, girls I went to HS with used to cut school to go to the beach with lemon in their hair as the prom approached. They were all successfully yellow-blonde by the big day.

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                                                  kubasd Aug 30, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                  lemon and chamomile tea! I'd make a big pot and pour it over my head in the summer, lol

                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                  CanadaGirl Aug 30, 2012 06:55 PM

                                                  I never thought of the bread sponge. This will, unfortunately, be handy to know. I seem to be forever cleaning up broken dishes :(

                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                    Caroline1 Oct 20, 2012 09:57 PM

                                                    Ummm... Unplug the lamp with the broken light bulb before using a potato to unscrew it. There's enough moisture in a potato to conduct electricity.... zzzzZZZZZZZAP...!!! Not healthy! If it's a light fixture, trip the circuit breaker before proceeding. A bar of soap works too, but it's not food.

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                                                      sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 04:46 AM

                                                      that sounds suspiciously like the voice of experience...

                                                      1. re: sunshine842
                                                        Caroline1 Oct 21, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                        More like common sense, thank goodness. I can't remember how long since I last broke a light bulb, but I do remember I had to use needle nose pliers to get the damn stem out off the socket! Thought I was going to have to rebuild the lamp!

                                                  2. KaimukiMan Aug 30, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                    getting back to the OP, bags of frozen vegetables are better than steak, and you can re-freeze them.

                                                    mom used to make 'play clay' out of salt, flour and water. sometimes even food coloring.

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                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                      ttoommyy Aug 31, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                      "mom used to make 'play clay' out of salt, flour and water. sometimes even food coloring."

                                                      Which reminds me of bread-dough Christmas ornaments. Another one to add to the list.

                                                    2. pinehurst Aug 31, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                      Brewers yeast as a natural anti-flea supplement for dogs.

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                                                        kattyeyes Aug 31, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                        Ah, we used to put a small amount of vinegar in the dog's water and keep it in the fridge for the same reason. Not sure how effective it was, but I DO remember my cousin being REALLY THIRSTY one day and grabbing THAT water out of the fridge, chugging quite a bit before he realized and spit it out all over the back porch.

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                                          pinehurst Aug 31, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                          Know what though, it wouldn't have hurt him to drink. Lots of folks swear by a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water as a cure all....especially apple cider vinegar. But yeah, taste shock for sure.

                                                        2. re: pinehurst
                                                          pdxgastro Dec 5, 2012 12:20 AM

                                                          Plumber told friends of mine to pour regular yeast down the drain and it would 'eat up' any clogs. Like an all natural Drain-o.

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                                                          Spice_zing Aug 31, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                          Honey. Heals cuts, burns, and scratches. Soothes as it heals. I once had terrible scratches on my legs and the honey healed them and removed any traces of scarring.

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                                                            Veggo Aug 31, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                            I'm guessing you don't live in fire ant or bear territory? But yes, honey is magical mysterious stuff.

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                                                              lcool Aug 31, 2012 08:19 AM

                                                              one of my favorite reads
                                                              HONEY,MUD,MAGGOTS AND OTHER MEDICAL MARVELS
                                                              the science behind folk remedies and old wives' tales

                                                              Robert & Michele Root-Bernstein

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                                                                KaimukiMan Aug 31, 2012 03:29 PM

                                                                if we are gonna get medical.... still haven't found a replacement for a salt water gargle when you have a sore throat.

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                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Aug 31, 2012 03:52 PM

                                                                  it also works wonder for anyone with gum troubles - great at reducing inflammation cause by bacteria & viruses.

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                                                                    lcool Sep 1, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                                    All through the allergy and mowing season here (Md) my best help,relief is a salt gargle and or netty pot.All my throat and sinuses need 90% of the time.

                                                                    1. re: lcool
                                                                      kattyeyes Sep 1, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                      It IS a magic lantern, the neti pot...even if one of my friends referred to it as "the nasal douche." ;P

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                                                                        MGZ Sep 1, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                        I guess that's better than "the nasal enema"?

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                                                                          kattyeyes Sep 1, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                                          LOL, yes, marginally!

                                                                      2. re: lcool
                                                                        sunshine842 Sep 1, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                        +1 on the neti pot. I truly don't know how I ever lived without one.

                                                                        (yes I do...I lived on a constant diet of antibiotics, allergy meds, and decongestants)

                                                                  2. re: Veggo
                                                                    eclecticsynergy Oct 21, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                    re: Spice_zing, Veggo & Icool

                                                                    Honey's the only known food which will not spoil, due to its near-miraculous natural antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. Its use as a wound treatment dates all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. And recent studies confirm that for minor cuts it's as effective as triple antibiotic ointment. There have been documented cases where it's been successful on extremely serious infections and sepsis (ie:gangrene) which had resisted treatment by even the strongest modern medications. Amazing stuff indeed.

                                                                    Far less effective when used as a bear repellent though. :-)

                                                                  3. re: Spice_zing
                                                                    mudcat Oct 20, 2012 08:43 PM

                                                                    Pickle juice for an upset stomach.

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                                                                      sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 04:48 AM

                                                                      erg. That sort of upsets my stomach just to think about it! (love pickles, but drinking the juice? yeccch)

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                                                                        boyzoma Oct 21, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                        Pickle juice for leg cramps. My son swears by it.

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                                                                          sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                                          THAT is the potassium -- athletes are told to consume dill pickles to load up on potassium to hopefully avoid muscle cramps. (as well as the sodium to help with hydration - the salt causes your body to store water)

                                                                        2. re: mudcat
                                                                          eclecticsynergy Oct 21, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                                          Pickle juice is a popular hangover remedy in Russia.

                                                                        3. re: Spice_zing
                                                                          eclecticsynergy Oct 21, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                                          Cider vinegar and honey to ease arthritis, an old Vermont folk remedy. Mixed with hot water to make a drink not unlike hot lemonade and drunk several times daily. It worked for my grandmother, who resumed playing violin after more then a decade of being unable to.

                                                                        4. sunshine842 Sep 1, 2012 10:55 AM

                                                                          Lavender oil -- cannot STAND it in my food, but it's a kickass treatment for bug bites (it has mild antiseptic properties)...

                                                                          ...and for tension headaches...just a few drops lightly massaged on your temples, and the headache is GONE.

                                                                          (and it smells nice) :)

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                                                                          1. re: sunshine842
                                                                            kattyeyes Sep 1, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                            Similarly for headaches, acupressure, stress relief and general calming: Aveda's blue oil. It's a blend of peppermint and blue camomile and it smells nice, too:

                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                              Caitlin McGrath Sep 2, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                                              Also not food, but I like Origins Peace of Mind (with basil, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils) for the same purposes: http://www.origins.com/product/3821/1...

                                                                              Surprised not to see mentioned yet cucumber slices or cooled tea bags for relieving tired, puffy eyes.

                                                                          2. Vetter Sep 2, 2012 10:29 PM

                                                                            Diluted vinegar as a conditioner/hair rinse.
                                                                            Raw honey as a face wash/mask.
                                                                            Yogurt to soothe an itchy scalp.

                                                                            1. Kat Oct 19, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                              I rub olive oil into my hair as a conditioner. It works quite well.

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                                                                                Querencia Oct 20, 2012 08:35 PM

                                                                                Emergency Play-Dough: equal parts of flour and salt with enough water to get the consistency you want; add a spoonful of cream of tartar if you have it.

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                                                                                  tastesgoodwhatisit Oct 21, 2012 05:39 AM

                                                                                  Lemon peels down the garbage disposal to keep it from smelling funny.

                                                                                  White vinegar and water to get odors out of clothing.

                                                                                  White vinegar or salt in water to set dyes in clothing.

                                                                                  Cider vinegar or beer as hair rinses and clarifiers, to clean off old styling products. Honey as a hair rinse, for very soft hair. Rosemary steeped in hot water for a rinse for dark hair, chamomile for light.

                                                                                  Baking soda for deodorizing tasks in general.

                                                                                  Teabags for sore eyes (got this one out of a wilderness first aid book).

                                                                                  A bag full of dried barley to microwave for a heat pack.

                                                                                  Oatmeal or baking soda in the bath for irritated, itch skin. A bit of olive oil for very dry skin.

                                                                                  Salt or sugar mixed with oil as an exfoliating/moisturizing skin scrub.

                                                                                  Flour and water paste for papier mache.

                                                                                  Oil of cloves for sore gums or toothache.

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                                                                                  1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit
                                                                                    kattyeyes Dec 12, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                                    Adding to your olive oil suggestion, I read in the newspaper olive oil mixed with plain lotion is helpful for eczema (a tip from someone's 101-year-old great-grandmother). As is drinking oolong tea!

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                                                                                    HillJ Oct 21, 2012 07:48 AM

                                                                                    cider vinegar hair rinse-especially hair product build up
                                                                                    any honey for a burn, lip conditioner
                                                                                    brown sugar and honey for rough heels
                                                                                    tea bags for sunburn
                                                                                    baking soda and yogurt for winter skin scrub
                                                                                    club soda to take out stains
                                                                                    baking soda powder removes wine stains from carpets
                                                                                    lemon juice as window cleaner
                                                                                    plain yogurt as moisturizer
                                                                                    milk to calm skin
                                                                                    red wine, tea and beets as food dye (Easter eggs)

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                                                                                      kattyeyes Oct 21, 2012 07:59 AM

                                                                                      You reminded me of a lip treatment recipe Savannah Bee Company posted earlier this year. I found a whole page of "beauty recipes" when I went to their page to share. The lip treatment is great. Now gotta try some of the others!

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                                                                                        HillJ Oct 21, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                                                        Love Savannah Bee! I know I've mentioned this company on CH somewhere in the archives...some of the best honeycomb around!

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                                                                                          kattyeyes Oct 21, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                                                          I started following them on FB after buying and enjoying their cheese honey earlier this year. As a lifelong honey hater, I was happy to find I liked honey after all. :)

                                                                                    2. eclecticsynergy Oct 21, 2012 10:18 AM

                                                                                      Warm teabag as overnight treatment for a boil or a gum abcess. Might require a second night but usually works the first time.

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                                                                                        HillJ Oct 21, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                        I'm saving this thread, lots of useful home remedies. Thanks for starting the post ttoo.

                                                                                        1. chowser Oct 24, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                                                          Got this from the Wicked backstage tour--half vodka, half water spray takes the odor out of their costumes. Works great on ski clothes, gloves, lockers. Just don't use your husband's Absolut vodka to keep peace in the house.

                                                                                          1. Caroline1 Oct 27, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                            Round Blue Box salt and half a lemon work great to polish copper pots and pans. I pile some salt on the bottom of a copper pan, then press half a freshly cut lemon into it and scrub my way around the pot. Rinse and dry. It glows! Pinehurst mentioned lemon on copper, but without salt, I've found it dodgy at best. The combination works best for me.

                                                                                            And in case no one has mentioned it, round blue box salt is also my method for cleaning my cast iron ware, not water. Yeah, yeah, to each his own. I do things MY way! '-)

                                                                                            1. boyzoma Oct 29, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                              I just saw this on Huffington Post:

                                                                                              Use a salad spinner to get water out of a delicate sweater or other dainty things.
                                                                                              Use A Grapefruit To clean your bathtub.
                                                                                              Potato Skins Can Help You remove mineral stains from glasses.
                                                                                              Boiled Water And Lemon Can turn discolored socks white again.
                                                                                              Use Bread Crusts To dust Venetian blinds.
                                                                                              Use A Spatula To clean burnt food out of your oven.
                                                                                              Try Using Peanut Butter To remove gum from the soles of your shoes.
                                                                                              Salt Can Help You clean up an egg spill.

                                                                                              There were a few others (but they didn't pertain to food). You can read the whole article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10...

                                                                                              1. eclecticsynergy Nov 5, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                                Rice as a dessicant if a cel phone falls into water.

                                                                                                1. eclecticsynergy Nov 5, 2012 08:18 AM

                                                                                                  To remove rust from knives, plunge knife through an
                                                                                                  onion and allow to soak temporarily in onion juice.

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                                                                                                    HappyHattiesburgr Nov 12, 2012 08:33 PM

                                                                                                    Mine is buttermilk for a hangover cure. Or at the end of the evening to prevent one if you fear it.

                                                                                                    1. maria lorraine Nov 13, 2012 02:13 AM

                                                                                                      Explosives. Backyard bombs.

                                                                                                      Mead (honey) was a common element in the first explosives. Sugar is highly explosive. A small amount of flour easily ignites.

                                                                                                      Stella Mars: "If you can bake a cake, you can make a bomb." (her copyright)

                                                                                                      INSTRUCTIONS, DISCLAIMERS.
                                                                                                      On the serious side, do not do play around with food explosives unless you know what you're doing.
                                                                                                      The explosions from these items (using small quantities) will be small but real.
                                                                                                      Do it outside, if at all.
                                                                                                      Be safe.
                                                                                                      Most of the instructions are found in science class experiment handouts.
                                                                                                      Wear protective goggles and gear. Be sure to protect your eyes.
                                                                                                      DO NOT DO ANYTHING STUPID.

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                                                                                                      1. re: maria lorraine
                                                                                                        lcool Nov 13, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                        VERY BROWN Roux,New Orleans style....AKA ,kitchen napalm,MAKE IN DEEP POT

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                                                                                                        caviar_and_chitlins Nov 13, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                                        Buttermilk and moss whizzed in a blender, painted onto things where you want moss to grow.

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                                                                                                          sunshine842 Nov 13, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                                                          Or yogurt - I've heard both.

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                                                                                                          MagicMarkR Nov 13, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                                                                          Wasn't there a mass-market shampoo that used to advertize they used beer as an ingredient? And a face cream that used ground apricot pits?

                                                                                                          Not sure if this counts, but Christmas ornaments: my mom would make pizzelle which we would hang on the tree.

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                                                                                                          1. re: MagicMarkR
                                                                                                            sunshine842 Nov 13, 2012 02:53 PM

                                                                                                            lots of face creams have ground apricot pits -- but I'm not sure they count as food! I vaguely remember a shampoo with beer, but can't remember the name.

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                                                                                                              MagicMarkR Nov 13, 2012 03:28 PM

                                                                                                              Granted. Though it is closer to food than the salad spinner someone mentioned above :-)

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                                                                                                                eepi Nov 15, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                Body On Tap was the beery shampoo.

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                                                                                                                kattyeyes Nov 13, 2012 05:40 PM


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                                                                                                                calliope_nh Nov 15, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                Tomato juice to was skunk off a dog
                                                                                                                Mayonnaise to remove water rings from furniture
                                                                                                                Fruit for a yellow jacket trap

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                                                                                                                  MagicMarkR Dec 4, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                  Oh, the fruit as a yellow jacket trap reminds me of a bad move along the same lines. I Worked as a waiter many many years ago at a place that had an outdoor dining space. Yellow jackets would come by and bother diners. Someone came up with the brilliant solution of setting out small ramekins of granadine to draw the yellow jackets away from the diners and to the grenadine. Well, I do not need to tell you what happened (though I will): three yellow jackets turned into dozens, rendering the patio unusable. Astonishingly, it was a practice tried all summer: perhaps the managers thought "this time will be different."

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                                                                                                                    sunshine842 Dec 4, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                    yes...the grenadine works brilliantly, IF you set it up as a trap and not an all-you-can-eat buffet.

                                                                                                                2. hill food Dec 5, 2012 02:04 AM

                                                                                                                  vandalism. food is good for vandalism. it's a seasonal thing in regions of plenty but is not to be ignored.

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