DIY : Alternative Uses For Onions Around The Home

By Holly Royce

Did you know?

Using biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products over toxic petroleum-based chemicals is better for your budget and for the environment. Many green cleaning remedies derive from common products like vinegar, lemons and baking soda.

Benefits of Using Onion:

• no harsh, unnatural fumes
• inexpensive
• environmentally-friendly

Onions don’t normally spring to mind as a go-to natural cleaner and/or food preserve, but after reading these tips you may start seeing onions a little different.

Were your onions purchased in a prepackaged mesh bag?  Don’t throw it away – there’s a way to reuse it around the house. Use it to keep your household sponges clean, they’re prefect for removing build up and giving your sponges longer life.

Polish Metal.  Honestly, there are so many environmentally friendly ways to polish metal we really don’t need to buy prepacked polish ever again! Slice up your onion and then crush it. Combine crushed onion with water. With a cloth, dab it on the metal surface. Rub until clean.Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 12.22.38 PM

Clean Your Grill.  Turn on your grill on high. Cut an onion in half. Using a fork, glide the onion on the grill to scrub it clean.

Make a DIY Dye. Onion skins make great dyes! Place the skins in nylon panty hose, tie top shut, and boil in a pot for about 20 minutes. Click here for a tutorial.

Make Burned Rice Edible Again. Neglected your rice, and now some of it has burned? No need to toss it! Simply place half of an onion on top of the rice. It will absorb the burned taste.

Preserve Avocados. Prevent your avocados from browning by storing them in a plastic airtight container with red onions. Place half of an onion in the container first, skin side up, and then place the avocado. You can use red onion to store guacamole, too: Place some slices on top of the guac’ in a plastic container.

Clean Rusty Knives. Have rusty knives laying around that you are afraid to use? Take your knife and stab it into a large onion; this action will immediately remove rust. If any rust remains, repeat this process a few more times.

Use as a natural pesticide: Whip up an effective insect and animal repellent for the flowers and vegetables in your garden. In a blender, puree 4 onions, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, and 1 quart water (1 liter). Set the mixture aside. Now dilute 2 tablespoons soap flakes in 2 gallons (7.5 liters) water. Pour in the contents of your blender, shake or stir well, and you have a potent, environment-friendly solution to spray on your plants.

Want more tips? Head to Green Living !

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