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10 Weird Ways to Use Potatoes (Besides Eating Them)

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I mean…I don’t know why, exactly, you would have potatoes and not eat them, but these 10 things are pretty cool, too!

How many of them did you know? They were new to me!

#10. Alleviate your headache

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Wash and slice a raw potato, then put them on your temples and forehead (you can secure them with a raw bandage). Lie down in a dark room and close your eyes until the pain disappears.

#9. Get rid of rust

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Cut a potato in half, then dip it in baking soda, table salt, or dish detergent (your choice), then rub it over the rusty item until it’s clean. Then just rinse your formerly rusty item and let it dry!

#8. Drink the juice

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Yep, really. Potato juice is packed with vitamins and minerals – calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C, to name a few. Drinking the juice can strengthen your immune system, among other health benefits like helping with ulcers, heartburn, and prevent bacteria from breeding.

Recent studies also think they can lower your cholesterol and make you less prone to cancer, constipation, and weight gain.

All you have to do is blend it up an then strain the paste to extract the juice.

#7. Treat burns on your skin

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Wash and slice a couple of potatoes then apply them to the burned area of your skin for 10-15 minutes. If you’re dealing with something more serious than a sunburn, like a hot water burn, mash or grate the potatoes into a paste – it’s the juice you’re after – and leave it on your burn until the pain disappears.

#6. De-fog your glasses

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Cut potato halves rubbed over your glasses (then wiped clean) will de-fog your spectacles in the blink of an eye.

#5. Clean up stains – even bad ones

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They can remove stains from fabrics (and your hands!) by grating raw potatoes into a bowl full of 0.1 gallon of water. Remove the potato and add the same amount of water in its place, wait for 10-15 minutes, and then dip a sponge into the potato water to wash fabrics clean.

#4. Clean your windows

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Wipe a half of a cut potato over your windows, then wipe them clean with a rag. Done!

#3. Easily clean tarnished silverware

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Without scrubbing, y’all. Just boil some potatoes and then take them out of the water (you can eat them – you’ll just need what’s left behind), then put your tarnished silverware into the potato water and leave them for an hour. Afterward, you should be able to lightly scrub it with a soft brush, then rinse it clean.

#2. Make hot and cold compresses

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Potatoes are great for either – make mash out of them and secure them to your cuts, bruises, and pains with some gauze.

#1. Lighten your underarms

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If your underarms are too dark for your liking this summer, you might be able to fix them – in time – with potatoes. Wash and slice it, massage your armpits with the slices for 3 minutes or so, then wait a half hour before rinsing the water off.

Don’t expect it to work right away, though – it might take several applications.