Kool-Aid as Lipstick and Other Alternative Uses for Food

Categories: Off the Wall

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So much more than a sugary kids' drink.
"Life hacks" is the term most often used by websites like Buzzfeed and Pinterest to refer to something that makes life easier. Use a soda tab to hang paintings! Separate egg yolks with a plastic bottle! Store cleaning supplies in a hanging shoe rack!

While these are all perfectly fine ideas, we're less interested in "hacks" and much more interested in creative ways to use items you probably already have, particularly food. Did you know that rubbing walnuts on wood can help camouflage scratches? Or that you can pick up broken glass with bread? How 'bout that Coke can clean your toilet?

Granted, most of the time I see food, I want to just eat it, but if you've got some extras and are looking for fun and easy ways to put your food to work, check out these tips and tricks.

I don't often have pre-sliced Wonder Bread-type bread lying around the house, but if I do, it can be useful in more than just sandwiches. Soft sliced bread is great for keeping things fresh or re-softening items that have hardened. Place a slice of bread on the edge of a cake after you've cut it to keep it from drying out. You can also put a slice of bread in a bag of hardened marshmallows to soften them or in a bag of solidified brown sugar to make it nice and crumbly once again. And then there's the old bread-to-pick-up-shards-of-glass trick. Just place a slice over the broken glass and press down gently (or step on it with shoes to avoid cutting yourself). Pick up the bread, now with the glass embedded, and toss it.

Coconut Oil
In college, I had a friend who always smelled great -- like a Caribbean vacation -- and one day I finally asked her about it. "Oh, I rub coconut oil in my hair," she said matter of factly. Apparently it's a great conditioner. She also used it to shave her legs because it's thick and moisturizes like nothing else. Coconut oil can also be used to lubricate small motors such as the ones in blenders, juicers and mixers. And then, it can be used to lubricate...um...other things. No joke. I don't generally trust Cosmopolitan for advice, but in this case, the magazine is right. Use the thick stuff or the...ahem...extra virgin stuff for a tasty, non-chemical lubricant.

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