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5 Surprising Uses for Common Kitchen Items


One of the most satisfying and nourishing breakfast foods, oatmeal is also great on the outside of your body. Long considered a bit of a folk remedy, a cup of oatmeal (well broken down into a powder using a food processor) and then added to a hot bath will help greatly with rashes, poison ivy, eczema, and general skin dryness. Don’t bother spending $8 on the colloidal oatmeal bath packets sold in store – this option is far cheaper and just as good.

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Milk is an exceptionally versatile ingredient; this stands without argument. However if you have more milk than you can drink you could always use it as a fungicide or fertilizer in the garden. Many farmers and gardeners swear by the use of diluted milk solutions on their crops and gardens to fortify the soil. Some grape growers apply a diluted milk solution to stave off mildew.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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7:53AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Great! Sharing this

2:01AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you for the information

7:29AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

good to know

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Here I am again-interesting about milk. Use baking soda mixed with water for an upset stomach-tastes absolutely horrible but sometimes only that will work. It is advised to add a few drops of lemon juice since technically it could damage the stomach, but have used it without for decades and haven't imploded my stomach yet.

Have returned to this topic because the other offering for Daily Action was doable only if one could provide an American zip code in the signing of the petition. Nice, but some of us live elsewhere on this far flung planet and use postal codes instead or in the event one is a Hobbit, a toe print on the envelope suffices.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fabulous, knew most of the tips but there are always new ones to use.
Would be nice to read these articles without ads that point flashing arrows and other moving effects that are annoying.

4:35PM PDT on May 28, 2012

olive oil for shaving mmmm..interesting!

10:42PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Things my Mama taught me long ago...... except she did not know about the olive oil & that was an item we never had @ our house bc it was too expensive. Thanks for the reminders!

7:05AM PDT on May 13, 2012


12:41AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Good tips. Thanks for sharing

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