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Alternative Uses for 21 Common Food Products

 We live in a single-use society. It used to be different. In the past, we didn't buy one tool for each specific little thing. We used what tools we had in any creative way we could to solve our daily problems. We didn't call it DIY, we just used it. We've gotten so accustomed to thinking in terms of a single-use these days that there are lots of little problems we just ignore, and those can be solved by thinking more about how we use what we have.

An excellent example of alternative uses we don't know about are our food products. Hundreds of food products go through our home every month, and most of them have surprising uses you'd never think about. So, to give you a really extensive guide on the topic, we've selected our best posts to give you the useful tips you need to get the most out of.

1. Orange Peels
2. Mustard
3. Honey
4. Mayonnaise
5. Lemon Peels
6. Garlic
7. Cinnamon
8. Coffee
9. Vodka
10. Black Pepper
11. Yogurt
12. Apple Cider Vinegar
13. Coca-Cola
14. Banana Peels
15. Olive Oil
16. Salt
17. Potatoes
18. Rice
19. Apples
20. Cucumbers
21. Lemons

We hope this helpful information will solve a myriad of little problems, whether in your house, your body or your life. Click on any of the posts below to read the full list of tips and tricks regarding each of these food products.

 

 
1. 45 Creative Uses for your Orange Peels
Most people love to eat citrus fruits from time to time, with oranges being a particular favorite. This means that your hands will certainly smell of orange rinds every once in a while, and a lot of peels will end up being thrown in the trash. This is a big shame since there are loads of unique uses for orange rinds that you may not have thought of! Keep reading to discover 45 fantastic uses for orange peels.
 
2. 10 Greatly Helpful Uses for Mustard
Mustard has a large number of alternative uses, mostly related to health. Herbal medicine is known to stimulate and accelerate blood circulation in the body. This can prevent and alleviate a great host of diseases and symptoms. Besides therapeutic use, it also has useful cosmetic properties: softens hair, treats dry skin and removes odors. So without further a-do, here are 10 surprising uses for mustard!
 
3. 10 Surprising Uses of Honey
The health benefits of honey are bountiful. From providing us with a fantastic source of energy to supporting a strong immune system to promoting better blood sugar control - its benefits are incredible. But while it may be an essential ingredient to add to your diet, there are a number of other surprising uses for honey, too.
 
4. 10 Surprising Uses for Mayonnaise
I love spreading some mayonnaise on a sandwich and adding it to salads. I always keep a jar handy in my kitchen. I was pleasantly surprised to find it has a host of non-food-related uses. This item is so adaptable - it can be used for cleaning both indoors and outside, and can also be useful in many beauty routines. I also appreciate the money I’m going to save knowing these neat tricks. 
 
5. Great Uses for Lemon Peels
Lemons have a lot to offer: they’re delicious, refreshing and have an aroma that can upgrade many dishes. Adding a bit of fresh lemon juice to a cup of water in the morning can do wonders for our level of alertness throughout the rest of the day. But what about those lemon peels? 
 
6. 14 Unusual Uses for Garlic
Pungent and powerful garlic has dozens of health and household uses - some of which might seem pretty unusual at first glance. While garlic is an important ally for natural health (you may be familiar with the fact that garlic has the ability to increase immunity, neutralize colds and is a recognized broad-spectrum antibiotic), its functions extend beyond these common uses. Check out these 14 unusual alternative uses for garlic.
 
7. Cinnamon isn't Just Delicious, It's Also Incredibly Useful!
Cinnamon is one of the world's oldest spices, that imparts a magnificent aroma to a wide variety of foods. But, besides its great taste and smell, cinnamon is considered to have quite a variety of healing properties too. Many of its benefits derive from the spice's anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant prowess. You can smell it, ingest it, or apply it. Either way, the health benefits of cinnamon are more than skin-deep. These top 14 tips will get you going, and in the process, you may also be surprised to discover that this great spice has all kinds of ingenious uses too! 
 
8. See Coffee in a Whole Different Light After Reading This
Coffee provides us with a quick boost of energy to start the day, or to stay up late at night. Most of us, however, discard old coffee grounds, but you may want to hold on to them after reading about their many practical uses here. There is also a bonus video at the end you won't want to miss.
 
9. 16 Unconventional Uses for Vodka
Vodka is commonly known as an alcohol that does wonders for mixing cocktails and other drinks. Most people don’t think to look beyond the liquor cabinets for its magnitude of uses. This spirit can be used in many inventive ways to help with common household challenges.
 
10. 10 Ways to Use Black Pepper You Never Knew About
Black pepper, just like table salt, has an unexpected list of alternative uses that extend beyond seasoning your meals. In fact, as you're about to find out, there's a lot more to black pepper than meets the eye. Let's take a look:
 
11. 10 Alternative Uses for Yogurt
A cup of yogurt each morning is a great way to start the day and reap its health benefits. But this versatile dairy product has a number of other uses too, some of which extend beyond eating and drinking it. In fact, yogurt can be used as an excellent skin and hair care product, primarily due to its mild astringent qualities and its high quantities of zinc and lactic acid - making it a great, natural, hydration treatment. Best of all, it's cheap!
 
12. 13 Great Ways You Can Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is often used for salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, and chutneys, but that’s not all: It’s also known to prolong the feeling of satiety after eating, it has well-documented anti-glycemic effects, and quite a few other uses that everyone should know about.
 
13. 19 Surprising Uses for Cola (Other Than Drinking It)
Coca-Cola is the most popular drink in the world and has been around for over a century. It's enjoyed by millions around the world, but some enjoy it not by drinking it, but rather for a variety of other reasons. Here are 19 things you never thought you could do with Coke.
 
14. 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Throw Away Banana Peels
Bananas are good for your health, as they are a superfood that can help fight many different diseases and ailments. Most of us, after having eaten a banana, will throw away the peel. However, the peel can be very beneficial and should be added to your beauty regime. A banana peel is full of antioxidants, antibacterial, antifungal, and enzymatic properties that can be put to great use. Furthermore, they are high in vitamins B6, B12, magnesium, and potassium. This abundance of nutrients makes them an essential item in your beauty routine.
 
15. Did you Know That Olive Oil Was This Useful?
Olive oil is one of the most popular ingredients in the kitchen, but it can also be found in the medicine cabinet and even on a nightstand. The fact that it's rich in vitamin E and essential antioxidants makes it one of the most efficient measures to balance blood pressure levels and cholesterol, to prevent heart attacks, cancer, and fight aging. And if you thought that's where its benefits end, you are sorely mistaken...
 
16. 16 Surprising Uses for Table Salt
Salt has been with us ever since we humans arrived in this life. We've used it mainly for seasoning our food - perhaps sometimes we are even guilty of overusing it because we like it so much. Yet, salt has many other uses outside of cooking. Consider the following 16 examples of how you can use simple table salt around your house. We guarantee there will be plenty here that you've never been told before.
 
17. We Bet You Didn't Know That Potatoes Are This Useful
Potatoes are a hardy staple of numerous dishes across a whole range of cultures. You can eat them mashed, roasted, fried, baked, sautéed, or as part of a salad or soup and they are the fourth most consumed crop in the world, after rice, wheat, and corn. But as it turns out, potatoes have many other uses outside of your cooking pot. Some of them are remarkably useful, others are great fun to try, but all of them are bound to surprise you! Here are some ways you can use our potatoes outside of the dinner table.
 
18. 14 Uses For Rice That You Never Imagined 
Rice is a staple, readily available food eaten the world over. In fact, there probably aren't many kitchen cupboards that don't house a couple of bags of this extremely useful basic food. Rice isn't just useful for cooking however, it has a number of fantastic properties that make it a fantastic problem solver around your home. Here are 14 ways you can use rice to solve common issues efficiently, and cheaply.
 
19. 13 Great Ways to Use Apples Around The House
Apples are one of the world’s most popular fruits. Not only are they delicious, but they're extremely healthy as well. However, did you know that apples, apart from being eaten, have a number of other incredible uses? Here are 13 ways apples can be used that you most probably didn't know about.
 
20. 15 Surprising Uses for Cucumbers
Cucumbers are a delicious and nutritious addition to any salad or sandwich, and can even make for a tasty healthy snack on their own. But the brilliance of cucumber does not end there, and we bet you didn't realize just how versatile they could be. This common vegetable really is far more useful than you could ever imagine, and can be used for a wide range of tasks to help you maintain your body, home, garden, and even clothes. Here's everything you need to know to employ cucumbers outside of a salad:
 
21. 31 Genius Uses for Lemon That Are Worth Knowing
Everyone has a lemon in the kitchen waiting to be freshly juiced, but this little yellow fruit has many different uses besides just eating, and today you’ll learn them all. Did you know, for example, that lemons can help you clean, look after skin and hair, and even give first aid? Here are 31 brilliant uses for lemons, most of which you probably didn’t know 'til now!

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