5 Things to Do with Onions
Onions might make you cry, but they can also help housebreak your dog, keep away pests, and much more! Click through to discover more amazing things to do with onions.
Neat things to do with onions: no more tears
The worst thing about using onions is the fumes. Stop the tears by cutting only the top portion of the onion and then peeling off the outer layers. Read on for five more things to do with onions.
Things to do with onions #1: Remove Rust from Knives
Forget about using steel wool or harsh chemicals-how’s this for an easy way to get the rust off your kitchen or utility knives? Plunge your rusty knife into a large onion three or four times (if it’s very rusty, it may require a few extra stabs). The only tears you shed will be ones of joy over your rust-free blade when you first experience these cool things to do with onions.
Things to do with onions #2: Eliminate New Paint Smell
Here’s another way to use an onion for which your nose will thank you. Your bedroom’s new shade of paint looks great, but the smell is keeping you up all night. What to do? Place several freshly cut slices of onion in a dish with a bit of water. It will absorb the smell within a few hours.
Things to do with onions #3: Correct Pet Mistakes
Here’s a use for onions you may not know, but please use with caution! If Rover or Kitty is still not respecting your property-whether it be by chewing, tearing, or soiling-you may be able to get the message across by leaving several onion slices where the damage has been done. Neither cats nor dogs are particularly fond of “eau de onion,” and they’ll avoid returning to the scene of their crimes. But be sure that they don’t ingest it or it could be fatal to them.
Ways to use onions #4: Soothe a Bee Sting
If you have a nasty encounter with a bee at a barbecue, here’s an unusual tip for using onions: Grab one of the onion slices intended for your burger and place it over the area where you got stung. It will ease the soreness. (If you are severely allergic to bee or other insect stings, seek medical attention at once.)
Smart uses for onions #5: Make a Natural Pesticide
Onions can be useful in both your home and garden. Whip up an effective insect and animal repellent for the flowers and vegetables in your garden and houseplants. 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.
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