You spray it on your burger. You soak the French fries in it. If you often eat fast food, you may have many small bags full of this popular condiment.
Ketchup is a common and cheap staple food, but it turns out that it has many uses beyond your dinner plate.
13 creative uses for ketchup
1. Loosen the burnt food on the cookware
We have all been there. You wash the dishes after dinner and find that you have stubborn food that doesn’t seem to fall off your pots and pans. Try adding some tomato sauce to the burnt area. Let it sit overnight. The acid in the ketchup should help break down the problem areas so you can easily wash the dishes in the morning.
2. Bright copper
If your copper cookware starts to look tarnish, you don’t have to go out and buy a special metal polish for it. Simply cover the copper in the tomato sauce and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it off and it should return to its original luster.
3. Remove the rust on the cast iron frying pan
Cast iron frying pans are not the easiest to clean. If you accidentally put them in the dishwasher or soak them in soapy water and let them air dry, they can easily rust. Fortunately, you can easily reverse the buildup of rust by covering the cookware with tomato sauce, letting it sit for about 15 minutes, and then scrubbing with a Brillo pad or wire brush. You may need to re-season the cast iron skillet, but the rust should be gone.
4. Clear the error stuck on the car headlight
Bugs often collide with cars driving on highways. If you find bugs on the headlights or front grille, grab the ketchup. Apply some condiments to the headlights for about 15 minutes, then scrub them with a brush and rinse them off.
5. Shine car rims
The appearance of the car can be modified without paying, so that the rim of the car becomes dull. Spread some tomato sauce on your rim and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Wipe it with a rag and rinse to reveal the bright and shiny edges.
6. Repair tarnished jewelry
Are there any tarnished old jewelry? Rub a little ketchup on it, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off. This should help the jewelry restore its former glory.
7. Light brass or silver
If you have brass or silver fixtures or accessories at home, you can use a good gloss, but you don’t have a polish-try ketchup! Apply a layer, let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then wipe it off.
8. Repair rusty outdoor furniture
If you find rust spots on your outdoor furniture after being exposed to the rain, a little ketchup will help. Spray some tomato sauce on the affected area and leave it for about half an hour before wiping it off.
9. Use as a mini ice pack
Do you know all the ketchup packages you get from takeaway orders? Put them in the refrigerator to make miniature ice packs. If you have children at home, these are especially useful for small children who don’t need full-size ice packs. In addition, because the ketchup packs do not freeze like ice cubes, they are ideal for areas where more flexible ice packs can be used.
10.Remove the green from blond hair
Applying ketchup to your hair may be something your parents warned you not to do when you were young-but it can bring a big benefit. If you have blonde hair and notice that your hair turns green after swimming in a chlorine pool, ketchup can actually help neutralize the color change. Spray some on your hair, let it sit for half an hour (wrapped in a shower cap is best), then rinse and shampoo as usual.
11. Make fake blood
Instead of buying fake blood from a clothing store, you can use fake blood made from food pantry staples to upgrade Halloween killer costumes. Simply mix equal parts of tomato ketchup and corn syrup (or another light-colored syrup) with a little cocoa powder to get the appearance of deep red, clotted blood. If you want your fake blood to flow more, please add water. Now that you have a bloody costume, you can put it on your face without worrying about accidentally putting something in your mouth.
12. Soothes insect bites
If you get itchy from a mosquito bite, apply a ball of ketchup to the affected area. Ketchup is said to help relieve some irritation caused by mosquito bites or bee bites.
13. Use in facial scrub
You can make a simple DIY facial scrub using the extra tomato sauce and sugar packets provided by the restaurant. The acidity in tomato sauce helps to exfoliate, and the antioxidants in tomato help to relieve inflammation. It is recommended to use artificial sweeteners instead of pure white sugar because the finer particles are less abrasive. If you have a reaction, please test your DIY scrub on a small part of the skin before applying it to the entire face.
Bonus: reuse the bottle
This hack does not actually involve ketchup. However, an empty squeezable ketchup bottle can come in handy in different ways. After thoroughly cleaning the bottle, fill it with pancake mixture to make a perfect, mess-free pancake. Or fill the kids’ handicraft projects with paint.
Nicole Dow is the senior writer of The Penny Hoarder.