We all know that potatoes can be cooked in dozens of delicious ways — and maybe that’s all. Yet it turns out this veggie can be used in for cleaning silverware, lightening underarms, and even creating some works of art.
We have made a list of 13 unexpected situations where potatoes can become your best friend. Enjoy!
1. Get rid of rust easily.
Well, this one happens to all of us. Metal rusts, and it’s totally normal, but the question is how to remove this thing from a tap or one of your frying pans. Surprisingly, a potato can help you out.
- First, you need to cut it in half.
- Then take some baking soda, table salt, or dish detergent.
- Dip the cut part of the potato in what you’ve chosen and rub it over the rusty item until it’s clean. If your potato has lost its magic properties, cut off a small slice, and repeat the process described above.
- Rinse your item with water and let it dry. Done!
2. Treat your burns.
Hey, this one is pretty serious. Note that the method described below is more suitable for sunburns, but don’t worry: we’ll tell you how you can change it to treat other minor burns.
- Take a couple of potatoes, wash them thoroughly, and cut them into thin slices.
- If you’re not into cutting, you can grate it, or even blend it to get a juicy paste. These ways are messier but give your skin more of the nice cooling juice it needs. Use gauze and cotton pads to secure the compresses to your skin.
- Apply the slices (or whatever you’ve chosen) to the affected area, leave them for 10 to 15 minutes, remove, and wash your skin with cool water.
If you’re dealing with boiling water or similar burns, potato slices won’t do. Here the potatoes’ juice works like magic (and slices can hurt badly), so go for a raw potato mash — it’s the most delicate and “wet” way.
Gently apply the mash to the burn and leave it on until the pain disappears. It may take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours, so keep calm, and change the mash when it turns brown.
Remember: the faster you react, the better the result will be.