Green Tips: Saving Your Scraps

Green Tips: Saving Your Scraps

Ways to use vinegar, ketchup, and olive oil

Ways to use oatmeal, stale bread, and eggshells

Our kitchens are full of condiments that we use for cooking and every day eating. But did you know that most of these household regulars have uses beyond our kitchens? In fact, there are too many handy tips to put in just one green tips article. Here are some ways to save and reuse your kitchen scraps!

Vinegar

  • Produce Cleaner: Vinegar can help remove bacteria and pesticide residue from fruits and veggies. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle.
  • Sticker Remover: Vinegar can be used as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Put a small amount on a towel and use a substitute for Goo Gone.

Ketchup

  • Copper Shiner: Massage ketchup over copper pots and the acid will dissolve the tarnish away. For stubborn spots, add a pinch of table salt while you polish.
  • Mini Ice Packs: Collect all the ketchup packets you accumulate and stick them in the freezer. Use them on your kid's small bumps and bruises to make them smile!

Olive Oil

  • Earache Relief: Very carefully use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax. Some recommended heating the olive oil first, but be sure that it's not too hot!
  • Skin Renewer: Add olive oil to a warm bath for a good healthy soak. Another option is combining oil with sea salt, applying the mixture to the skin and then rinsing for softer, healthier skin.

Oatmeal

  • Odor Control: Few realize that oatmeal can help absorb odors. Place an open container of the stuff in your fridge to help clear out any unwanted odors.
  • Facial Scrub: Make your home into a spa by grinding two tablespoons of oatmeal into a grainy consistency in a blender or food processor. Add one teaspoon of baking soda and very small amounts of water until the mixture has the consistency of paste.  Spread the mixture on your cleansed and dry face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and gently remove with cool water.

Stale Bread

  • Bird Feed: Both bread crumbs and crusts will attract many feathered friends to your backyard bird feeder.
  • French Toast: Stale bread was the original inspiration for French toast. Use it the next time you're making your favorite French toast recipe.

Eggshells

  • Coffee Fix: Add an eggshell to the grounds in the filter, and your morning coffee will taste less bitter.
  • Pest Control: Make your own nontoxic pest control for the garden. Scatter crushed eggshells around your planters and flowers to help deter plant-eating insects without using chemicals and pesticides. Also, deer hate the smell of eggs, so scattering eggshells around the flower bed will help keep them away from your flowers.
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