5 Surprising Uses For Potatoes


Potatoes are a popular ingredient in many
dishes throughout the world. They are excellent sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin
B6, Manganese, Phosphorus, Niacin, and Pantothenic Acid. But as it turns out, potatoes have many other
uses outside the kitchen. Here are 5 surprisingly weird but practical
uses for potatoes. 1. Reduce Puffy Eyes Let’s be real, we all have puffy eyes from
time to time in the morning. There are several causes of puffy eyes: crying,
staying up too late, an allergic reaction, excessive sleep, or tired eyes from watching
television or reading a book. But, have no fear. Whatever the reason may be, potatoes can help. The starch within the potato can reduce puffiness. This is called an anti-inflammatory because
it reduces swelling. Here is how to use potatoes to reduce those
puffy eyes: – Peel 1 large potato and cut it into slices
– Chill the slices in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
– Lie down and place the cold potato slices on your eyes
– Wait 10 minutes and re-apply again – If needed, repeat until puffiness goes away 2. Fade Dark Spots Just as with the puffy eyes, potatoes can
help fade dark spots under your eyes, or on your skin. The nutrients and vitamins found within potatoes
help keep your skin pores clear of any dirt, dust, debris, and germs. The potato starch helps to remove age spots
and dark spots on your face. Interestingly, it is also can fade a suntan. It is easy to apply: – Slice a raw potato
– Rub it over your face and let the juice sit for 10 minutes
– Rinse your face gently – Pat dry with a towel
– Do this once daily to get rid of any dark spots on your face
– Use this face mask once a week. 3. Make a Hot or Cold Compress Potatoes can hold hot and cold temperatures
for an extended length of time. Thus, they can be used as a hot or cold compress. To make a hot compress: – Bake or boil a potato
– Wrap it up in a clean cloth – Use it as a hot compress on those aching
muscles or other painful areas. For a cold compress: – Refrigerate a boiled potato for at least
1 hour – Wrap the chilled potato in a clean cloth
or sock – Use as needed 4. Absorb Excess Salt from Food When cooking, it is easy to make mistakes. Sometimes, you can add too much salt to your
dish, which could ruin the taste of your meal that you worked hard on. Don’t worry! Potatoes can come to the rescue and save your
dish. Do not throw away your dish, simply use some
raw potatoes and save your creation. Grab some raw potatoes and follow these directions
to remove excess salt from your dish: – Remove the peel and cut some potatoes into
thick pieces – Add the raw potatoes to the prepared soup
or stew – Allow the pot to simmer for about 10 minutes
– Remove the potatoes – Your dish will have the perfect salt amount 5. Remove Food Stains from Hands How often do you peel carrots or beetroots,
chop berries, carve a pumpkin or use turmeric powder? After you use them, you will likely have stained
hands. But, you do not need to scrub your hands excessively
or just live with stains on your hands. Unbelievably, potatoes can help. Here’s how: – Simply rub your hands with the open side
of a cut potato for a couple of minutes – Wait another 10 minutes to allow the potato
juice to do its work – Finally, rinse your hands well with water If you like the video, give it a thumbs up
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