Potatoes are delicious. But did you know that potatoes have many other uses besides cooking and eating? In fact, potatoes can be used for a wide variety of things such as household cleaning products, beauty products, and they can even be used as a source of power. Check out this list of 35 different uses for potatoes and be sure to try some of them out for yourself!
1. Remove Rust From Gardening Tools
Even the best-kept gardening tools will accrue a little rust over time. But as long as you are growing potatoes in your garden, then there’s no need to fret. You can use these tasty treats to clean the rust off of your tools after using them to harvest.
2. Grow More Potatoes
This one may seem obvious. But to those who have never grown potatoes before, they may be surprised to hear that it’s not a seed that you plant, but the potato itself. All you have to do is cut your taters into small chunks and bury them in the soil to grow a potato plant for next season.
3. Fertilize Plants
Potatoes have been known to help plants such as geraniums and roses get off to a good start. All you have to do is cut a small hole in the tater and then stick one end of your plant into it. You can then bury the entire thing in the soil and watch it grow.
4. Keep Greenhouse Glass From Fogging
Tired of your greenhouse windows fogging up? Use a potato. Just cut it in half and rub the cut edge on the window to prevent fog from accumulating.
5. Keep Ice From Forming On Windshield
Similar to the greenhouse window trick, you can use your potatoes to keep ice from forming on your windshield as well. Just cut open that potato and rub it around. No more shaving ice off your car on those cold winter mornings.
6. Potato Stamp
Feel like getting creative? Carve a potato into your favorite shape and add some paint. Then just stamp that shape onto any surface you desire.
7. Generate Power
Who knew that you could get power from a potato? You should consider this energy-saving alternative to light your house. And if the potatoes don’t quite give you enough power, then you could always just eat them. It’s a win-win.
8. Better Sleep
Tired of not sleeping well? Potatoes have been known to increase the quality of your sleep. Be sure to serve yourself a healthy dose of mashed potatoes at dinner.
9. Cure Headaches
Yep, potatoes work for headaches, too. But eating them won’t do the trick. Try rubbing raw potatoes on your temples to relieve your symptoms.
10. Sooth Itchy Skin
Got an itch you just can’t scratch? Try potato juice instead. It’s been known to work on sunburns and mosquito bites as well.
11. Facial Mask
Want to get your skin looking great? Try using a potato face mask. Just blend the potato with some yogurt or an egg white and apply generously to your face.
12. Reduce Dark Circles From Under Eyes
Get rid of those puffy bags under your eyes. All it takes is a couple of potato slices. Place the slices over your eyes and allow them to rest there for a while.
13. Make Deoderant
Use potato starch to help soak up excess moisture under your arms. You can make your own DIY deoderant or just add some of the starch to the deodorant that you already use. Either way, you’ll be feeling fresh and stench free.
14. Make Soap
Looking to get clean and leave your skin feeling silky and smooth at the same time? Try making your own soap from potato spuds. It’s all natural and easy to make.
15. Shine Your Shoes
Do you have some old boots that could use a shine? Don’t waste your money on expensive shiners, just use a potato. Cut it in half and rub it over the outside of your boots before wiping them clean with a damp rag.
16. Shine Silverware
When you have people over for dinner, don’t forget to shine your silverware. And instead of buying unnecessary cleaners, just use the left over water from your potato boil. Soak them in the hot water for about an hour and then wipe them clean.
17. Clean Your Windows
Tired of dirty windows? Don’t spray them with nasty chemical cleaners, just use a potato. Cut it in half and rub it over your windows. Then take a clean rag and wipe them clean.
18. Remove Stains
Potatoes have also been used to remove stains. Just rub a potato on the stained area and then rinse it clean. If that doesn’t work, you can also try rubbing the stain with a raw grated potato.
19. Make Biodegradable Plastic
Do your part in reducing pollution and trash in the environment. Try making your very own biodegradable plastic from potatoes. It’s all natural and will keep plastic out of the oceans.
20. Remove Sticky Substances From Hands
Use a potato to get rid of sticky substances on your hands. It’s easy. All you have to do is rub a raw potato onto the sticky mess and it should absorb it quickly, leaving your hands gunk-free.
21. Reduce Excess Salt
Accidently added too much salt to your stew? Don’t worry, just grab a potato and chop it up. Drop the pieces into the stew, let them soak for 15 minutes, and then remove them again. They will have soaked up much of the excess salt in your stew.
22. Make Potato Flour
Do you like to bake? If so, then try baking with potato flour instead of milled grain flour. It can add new tastes and moisture to your baked goods.
23. Thicken Your Stews and Gravies
Did your gravy turn out to be too runny? Don’t fret, just add some mashed potatoes. The potatoes will absorb some of the moisture and thicken your gravy right up.
24. Relieve Pain From A Burn
Did you spend too much time out in the sun? Well you can treat that sun burn with some potato juice. Not only will it relieve some of the pain, but it will also help to reduce skin coloration.
25. Remove Broken Light Bulb From Socket
If one of your light bulbs break while it’s still in the socket, don’t risk cutting your fingers trying to unscrew it. Just cut a potato in half and stick it into the broken glass shards. They should sink in, allowing you to rotate the potato and unscrew the broken light bulb.
26. Remove Warts
This home remedy has been around for years. Warts are hard to remove, however, so don’t be surprised if this doesn’t work right away. But hey, it won’t hurt to try.
27. Cure Ailments With Potato Juice
Potato juice contains all kinds of good vitamins and is known to help against ulcers and heartburn. Sure it may not taste the best, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Bottoms up!
28. Make A Hot Compress
To make a hot compress with a potato, start by scouring the potato with a knife. Then place it in a paper towel and wrap it up before putting it in the microwave. Once hot, just press the paper-wrapped potato against your skin for instant relief.
29. Make Acne Busting Cleanser
Do you have greasy skin? Then break out the potatoes. Their natural acidity and astringent properties make them great for drying out your acne-prone skin.
30. Absorb Moisture
Potatoes are very absorbant. Use them to soak up any excess moisture while cooking and even try them on small spills in the kitchen. Just remember not to eat them afterwards.
31. Potato Print Fabrics
Would you like to decorate some of your plain fabrics? Then try your hand at potato carving. Just like when making stamps, carve out your favorite design and then add some fabric paint to it. Then go ahead and stamp those designs on any fabric you’d like.
32. Reduce Fogging On Glasses and Goggles
In the same way that potatoes keep your greenhouse windows from fogging up, they can also keep your goggles from fogging up as well. There’s nothing worse than being under water with foggy goggles. Keep a potato handy to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
33. Reduce Toothache
If you find yourself with a toothache, try biting down into a raw potato for a few minutes. Potatoes have been known to reduce the pain of a toothache. But if the pain continues, you may want to consider seeing a dentist.
34. Reduce Wrinkles
The next time that you boil potatoes, don’t just pour the water down the drain. You can use it help reduce your wrinkles. Just wash your face with the potato water and watch your youth return.
35. Heal Sprains
If you recently sprained your ankle, try pouring some potato juice on it and the wrapping it up. This may help sooth the ankle as well as help it heal. Remember not to put any weight on it for a while and ice it if needed.