Contributed by Joseph Green
It must have been the previous financial crisis that has pushed people to become more creative and resourceful with their everyday living. That, or the growing popularity of everything DIY. More and more people are now using items they have inside their home to treat ailments, beautify their skin, organize their lives, and so on. This is great for many reasons—less expenses, bigger savings, and a more natural lifestyle.
To jump on the bandwagon, we have listed several foods that are so versatile you can’t afford not to make them a mainstay inside your home.
According to the BBC, eggs are a cheap source of high quality protein. They’re also packed with B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium, copper, iron and zinc. Apart from being delicious and nutritious, they also can be put to numerous uses in your home such as the following:
- Put in compost – Since eggs are rich in calcium that helps plants grow, it’s a good idea to crush eggshells and put them in your compost pit.
- Turn into seedling starters – Plant your seeds in eggshells. Then plant these eggshells in your garden. Plants will get extra nutrients from the shells.
- Use as glue – Glue paper or cardboard naturally with egg whites.
- Apply on hair and skin – With their high concentration of protein, eggs can work wonders in bringing back your hair’s crowning glory. Beat one egg with a little bit of olive oil and apply on your hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. It’s also wonderful for the skin, tightening the pores and keeping skin moisturized. Apply egg white on your face evenly, and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing off with cool water.
Salt is one of the first things that will pop into your mind when it comes to flavoring food. It has been used since ancient times to make dishes more palatable. Apart from making meals tastier, here are its other practical uses:
- Keep ants away – If you’re annoyed with the pesky little ants coming into your home, you can keep them out by sprinkling salt on windowsills and doorways.
- Clean up the kitchen – Salt is also a great way to clean up the mess in the kitchen, particularly the spills in your oven and stove.
- Make candles drip-proof – Soak your candles in a salt solution (water mixed with salt) and dry first before using. You’ll see that they won’t drip as usual.
- Exfoliate the skin – Scrubbing sea salt on your skin during bath time is one of the best ways to remove dead skin cells and reveal younger looking skin.
- Treat sore throat – A popular home remedy for sore throat is a mixture of salt and water. Gargle this mixture several times during the day and you’ll find relief from this common health problem.
Called the “golden liquid,” honey has been used since ancient times to relieve common ailments and to care for hair and skin. Today, you can take advantage of its many perks, which include:
- Heal wounds and scrapes – As it is antibacterial and antiseptic, honey can disinfect wounds and prevent bacterial infection. It can also help speed up healing of the skin.
- Cure hangover – One or two tablespoons of honey can give you relief from hangover, as it is rich in fructose that can boost the body’s metabolism of alcohol.
- Remove parasites – If you suspect having parasites in your tummy, you can resolve this problem by drinking a mixture of one-part lemon, one part vinegar and one part honey. Honey’s anti-parasitic effects work like magic!
- Moisturize the skin – Being a natural humectant, honey can attract moisture from the air. And after it does, it retains it in your skin. This way, your skin feels super smooth and soft all the time. Use this wonderful recipe from EpiCraze: apply a thin layer of honey on your skin. Rub it in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For hundreds of years, apple cider vinegar has been used for different types of cooking and household purposes. It’s also used in traditional medicine to treat many kinds of health issues. In your home, you can use it for the following:
- Remove warts – Get rid of unsightly warts by soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, and attaching it on your wart. Put a band-aid over the cotton ball to secure it. Let it stay overnight. Remove the next day and you’ll see that your wart will fall off on its own.
- Clean the house – An eco-friendly and chemical-free cleaning agent, apple cider vinegar can leave your home spotless. Simply mix one part apple cider vinegar and nine parts water. Use it to clean any surface in your home including bath, kitchen, and others.
- Use on skin as toner – To keep your skin tight and firm, apply apple cider vinegar toner. Just combine one tablespoon of this vinegar with two tablespoons water. Apply evenly on your skin using a cotton ball right after you’ve cleansed your face with a mild cleanser.
These are just few of the many versatile foods that you can find countless practical uses for. Using these tricks will not only save you money in the long run but will also minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals.