Surprising Uses for Everyday Foods

From cleaning your kitchen to soothing your sunburn, surprising uses for kitchen staples.

A lemon half can be a pretty great cleaning tool. Rubbing it on a cutting board scrubs away stubborn stains and odors (though it doesn’t disinfect, so be sure to wash stuff when necessary as well). Dip one in salt and you can use it to polish copper or brass. Best of all, it smells a lot better than most acrid metal cleaners or bleach!

What other tricks do foods have up their sleeves (or…um…rinds)? It turns out, a bunch! Here are a few of our favorites.

—Matt Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell

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