Dinner & Beyond! Foods & Their Alternative Uses

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These foods are good for way more than soothing your appetite! Check out these foods and their alternative uses below!

1.) Sugar

Once referred to as “white gold” by British colonists, sugar is now on the other end of favoritism. We now know that too much sugar can be detrimental to our blood pressure, heart and weight, but everything is fine in moderation. Especially when sugar has so many other uses than sweetening our foods and drinks!

Soapless cleaning. For items like spice grinders, oils can collect that are strong in flavor. Just pour ¼ cup of sugar into the grinder and run for 2-3 minutes. The sugar will absorb the oils and leave your grinder nice and clean once rinsed.

Exfoliate. Make an awesome body scrub by mixing sugar with your preferred oil to create a loose pate. Gently rub on your skin and then rinse off for fresh skin. This same method can also be applied to dirty hands.

Keep flowers fresh. Use 3 teaspoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a quart of warm water to extend the lives of your flowers.


2.) Coconut Oil

Derived from tropical coconuts (who have their own slough of health benefits!) coconut oil is a precious resource when it comes to its alternative resources! It can also be used in place of other oils or butter when cooking and as an added healthy fat in smoothies.

Hair conditioner & facial moisturizer. Best when hair is damp. Melt down 2-5 teaspoons (depending on how much hair you have!) of extra virgin coconut oil using a double boil method and massage onto scalp then through hair with a brush. Leave coconut oil on for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Shampoo to get the oil out of your hair then enjoy the luscious shine! For your face or skin, simply use it raw as a moisturizer!

Soothing tummies. The beneficial fats in coconut oil help our digestive functions. Coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties fight irritation and infection.

Brain food. The healthy fats in coconut oil contribute to better focus and mental performance.


3.) Vinegar

Homemade Drano!!! Anyone else have the need to clean house before going on vacay? Jet-lagged me will thank today me for a tidy home to pass out in. Which brings me to my love of inexpensive & healthy & cruelty free products! To keep drains flowing: pour baking soda down them (1/2 cup or less) and then add vinegar. Let the bubbles go to work then rinse with warm water! I like to use the paste that forms as a gentle abrasive for my sink too…you’ll see. It works like a charm and it’s cheap!!! Now I’ve read recently that #armandhammer is NOT cruelty free so I’ll be looking into a new source for my baking soda. Anyhoo, try it out and let me know how it flows #ethicalconsumerism #crueltyfree #bananimaltesting #springcleaning #bakingsoda #vinegar #cleanhome #cloggeddrain #pennysaver #lifehack #drano #savemoney #wasteless #allnatural #gogreen #cleanwater

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There are many types of vinegar out there, from delicious red wine vinegar and balsamic to more acidic white and apple cider vinegar. It is produced in a similar manner to alcohol and has similar disinfectant and solvent properties. This makes it a great household ingredient that does so much more!

All purpose cleaner. Mix 2 cups of water, ½ cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 teaspoon of baking soda together in a spray bottle for a more natural cleaning agent. For glass, just mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Carpet cleaner. When it comes to stubborn stains, that stuff you take off the shelf has who-knows how many chemicals! For a more natural approach to stubborn stains, mix 2 tablespoons of salt in ½ cup of white vinegar, let it dry, then vacuum.

Sanitize cleaning surfaces. Whether your cutting surface is a board or butcher block, wipe them down with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acid in the vinegar disinfects against harmful germs you want nowhere near your food.


4.) Peanut Butter

The odds are good that you have tried peanut butter before! If yes, than you know it well from sandwiches and baked goods. It’s a popular flavor for as many reasons as there are ways it is good for you! It’s a tasty, filling protein with healthy fat at a great price, but now you can enjoy its health benefits and household uses!

Shaving cream. Yep – a thin layer of smooth peanut butter will keep the razor from nicking your skin and it’s a great moisturizer!

Leather cleaner. Great for shoes, purses, couches, wallets, jackets etc. Just put a small amount of smooth peanut butter on a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion. The natural oils in the peanut butter clean and shine

Adhesive remover. You know that residue that remains when you try to pull the sticker off of something? Smear a little peanut butter on the sticky area, let sit for a few minutes, then rub off with a cloth! This also works with glue and gum.


5. Lemon


Lemons are delicious when added to cooked dishes, drinks, and even plain old water! It has a uniquely tart taste that somehow manages to be sweet at the same time. Apart from their delicious uses, keep a few extra lemons on hand for these great reasons!

Keep other foods fresh. Apples, artichokes and avocado are notorious for browning once their inside is exposed to the air. Just a bit of lemon juice will slow the process dramatically.

Insect repellant. Squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds, windowsills and anywhere else bugs might be getting in. Leave small lemon peel slices around these areas as well. Ants, roaches, and fleas hate the smell.

Deodorize. From your fridge to your garbage can, lemons are an effective odor eliminator. For the fridge and other sanitary spaces, dab lemon juice on a cotton ball, paper towel or sponge and leave in the space for several hours to absorb the odor. For the garbage, simply take the peel of lemons (and oranges too) and leave at the bottom under the bag. Repeat once every couple weeks.


6 . Soda

Alternative Food Uses! See What Cola Can Do!

We’ve all heard that soda is alright in moderation, these alternative uses might be a few reasons why!

Cleaning tough stains. Soda can strip corrosion from car battery terminals, strip paint from furniture, dissolve rust stains, remove oil stains from driveways and even break down crust left on burnt pans.

Loosen gum from hair. Soak in cola for a few minutes then rinse.

Slug & snail repellent. Pouring some cola into shallow dishes and leaving them around your garden/house will attract then eliminate the pests.


7. Honey

Alternative Food Uses! See What Honey Can Do!

Honey is a natural sweetener that we use for teas, sweets and to enhance our cooking. Eating your own local honey regularly can even help ease allergies during allergy season! It never hurts to enjoy some honey each day, but these other uses are definitely another great reason!

First aid. The ancient Egyptians knew it, and now we do too! Honey is a natural antibacterial for a quick, painless solution to soothe and clean a cut, scrape or burn. Just wash with water and soap and apply some honey as you would neosporin.

Exfoliate. This natural exfoliant is perfect if you are looking for smoother skin and less acne. It is also good for spot treatments when it comes to acne.

Energy boost! Mixing honey with water will reduce fatigue because of its unprocessed glucose content.

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April 7, 2017