6 Alternative Uses for Foods in Your Pantry
(16 May 2016)

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6 Alternative Uses for Foods in Your Pantry

1. Use uncooked spaghetti to light candles
If you don’t have matches or extra candles lying around your house, light the end of a stick of uncooked spaghetti from your gas stove’s burner. The spaghetti acts as an extra-long match, and it’s long enough that you’ll have plenty of time to use it before it burns down. The strand of spaghetti is also convenient to use if you want to light candles that are hard to reach.

2. Use baking soda to polish silver
Baking soda can do a lot more than make your baked goods rise. You can also use baking soda as a cheap, non-toxic silver cleaner. Put your silver utensils, coins, or jewellery on a pan lined with a sheet of foil. Then pour boiling water, plus a quarter cup of baking soda, on your silver. Let it soak until the grime flakes off, and everything will be as shiny as new!

3. Spray vinegar on carpet stains
Instead of buying a commercial carpet cleaner solution, just spray a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar on stubborn carpet stains. This method works best if use it immediately after the spill has happened. Blot with paper towels or a sponge first, then spray your vinegar mixture on the spot. White vinegar works best for this carpet cleaning solution.

4. Rescue a wet cell phone with rice
Some people swear that uncooked rice can help save your phone if you accidentally drown it! As soon as you spill water on your device or drop it in water, take the battery out and put your phone and the battery in a big bowl of uncooked rice. Leave it alone for a day or two so the rice can soak up the moisture in your phone, put the battery back in, then cross your fingers and try turning your phone on.

5. Rolled oats to fight smelly refrigerators
To combat odours, sprinkle rolled oats on a plate and put it in the fridge. The oats will absorb and neutralize unappealing scents, and can work even quicker than baking soda, which is the typical recommendation for smelly fridges.

6. Tea bags to reduce puffy eyes
Waking up with puffy eyes is not a good look! To combat some of the swelling, lie down, cover your closed eyes with two wet tea bags, and rest for 10 to 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea minimize puffiness and redness.



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