If you want to do without chemical-filled dishwashers, you can make a liquid detergent out of fresh, freshly cut potato skins. The solanines contained in the potato peel are degreasers and can also be used elsewhere as biological cleaners . However, it should be considered that household detergent does not have a long shelf life.

Potato peels can dissolve fat

Components in potato skins can dissolve fat. Therefore, you can also produce an effective detergent to clean dishes or clothes. If you have suddenly discovered a grease stain on your clothes, this new grease stain can be removed with a piece of fresh potato or the peel.

However, for high-quality fabrics and expensive designer clothes, you shouldn’t take any chances, and the clothes with the grease stain should be professionally cleaned.

The peels can also be used to clean utensils, you can clean forks, knives, spoons and other silver utensils that have turned black and rub the potato peel, with this you will be able to leave them shiny and like new. They can also be used to ecologically clean the stainless steel sink and make it shiny again.

Leave the fireplace as new again

In general, fireplaces in houses, in addition to fulfilling a specific function, also serve to decorate the environment and make us feel more welcoming, giving a romantic air to the home.

However, the action of fire, together with the crackle of firewood and fuels produced by fire and smoke, can accumulate soot and black oily residues on the surface, which will turn it a dull and dirty color, making it house instead of looking cozy now looks neglected.

But thanks to the compounds in potato peels, soot stains can be removed and grease also removed from chimneys.

How do we do it?

Potato skins should be placed preferably wet on a baking tray or flat surface. The idea is to put the shells to dry but not directly with fire, heat or direct sunlight. Ideally, they can be air dried.

Once we have the dry potato peels, we can introduce them into our wood burning fireplace, in this way it is possible to push the soot and creosote out of the fireplace. Although a complete cleaning will not be achieved, doing it regularly can make our fireplace cleaner.

Wash your dishes in an ecological way

Potato peels can also be used to clean pots, pots, and pans. Whoever cooks boiled potatoes, can immediately use the cooking water as rinsing water and does not need to buy additional biological detergent.

Use them as an ecological dish rinse

You just have to pour the cooking water into the sink as usual after cooking, but don’t forget the stopper in the sink. In the still hot water of the potato, the dirty dishes of the day can be biologically rinsed. Otherwise, just keep the fresh potato skins that are produced by peeling. Put them in a jar and pour the potato skins with boiling water.

After a waiting period of 30 to 45 minutes, the mixture can be shaken for the first time. As soon as a good amount of suds has formed, the detergent is almost ready. Now put it one more night in the fridge and you can use it the next day.

Natural potato peel remover should always be stored in the refrigerator and should not be used for more than 8 days, otherwise rotten bacteria could form. Potato peels can also be used uncooked as a household cleaner. Just rub the stainless steel or stainless steel sink with fresh potato peel and the sink or pot will shine like new again.

Clean and cure cast iron pans

To get our cast iron pans clean or to cure them, with the use of only three ingredients you will achieve it.

You will need to:

  • oil
  • half potato
  • coarse salt

To clean it

The oven should be preheated to 190 degrees. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt in the skillet. Cut the potato in half to fit in the palm of your hand. Place the potato, flat side down, in the skillet and rub, quite vigorously, in a circular motion. Once the pan is clean, rinse with water and then pat dry.

Para cure it

To cure the pan you will need to pour a small amount of oil into the pan and spread it evenly with a paper towel so that everything is covered with a thin layer. Place the skillet in the preheated oven for an hour. Then remove from the oven, wipe off the excess oil, and you’re ready to go.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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