Some people have far too much time on their hands it seems. We discover amazing paper folding creations (origami) on the internet. Other folks paint incredible animals on their hands. All sorts of ‘brain’ tests show up to see how smart, colorful, strange, etc., we are. And then there are those who seem to do a lot of experimenting (or playing) with their food. Read on to see what they have discovered:

Baking soda and water mixed into a paste is a great relief for insect bites or sunburns. And a little baking soda mixed with lemon juice will brighten up those brass items.

Wine. According to a study at Oregon State University in 2005, wine can be used to clean fruits and vegetables. The alcohol in wine dissolves impurities on the surface, and some of its components kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. Wine may also heal bruises: An old folk remedy suggests soaking a piece of bread in wine and then applying it to a bruise to help it heal quicker.

Salt is amazing. Even the refined type. When mixed in hot water, a saltwater gargle will reduce toothache and provide relief from sore throats. In other uses, add a pinch of salt to a carton of milk and it will not go sour. You can also check the freshness of an egg by dropping them in salt water. If the egg floats, it’s too old to use.

Lemon juice is an effective stain remover and shower cleaner. It can brighten your dull fingernails too: Just pour lemon juice in warm water and dip your fingertips for a few minutes to see the results.

Coffee. If your fridge is smelling of foul odors, place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside it and leave it for a day. The coffee will absorb the odor. You can also get rid of the smell of onion, garlic or cilantro from hands after cooking by rubbing coffee powder on hands and then washing off with warm water! Used coffee grounds sprinkled on flower beds give the soil a nutrient boost.

Vinegar is also a product with multiple uses. Some interesting properties of vinegar include dissolving rust, cleaning stiff paint brushes and glass surfaces, and prolonging the life of cut flowers. Vinegar can also cure sore muscles: Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar into a cup of water, dip a cloth in the mixture and apply it to the affected areas for 20 minutes for relief.

Mayonnaise. In addition to removing tree sap from hair (camping misadventure), if you have a problem removing price tags and stickers on household items or clothes, just dab that sticker with mayo and let it sit. Gently wipe off after a few minutes and it’ll peel out smoothly. Peanut butter can be used in the same manner.

Turmeric has great therapeutic properties. It can be used to treat cuts, wounds, burns, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. When mixed with gram flour in a face scrub, it can help you get rid of facial hair over a period of time.

Bananas. Is your DVD skipping or freezing while playing? You can rub a banana over its surface to seal the cracks. The inside of banana peel can also be used to polish silver.

Eggshells. Crushed eggshells can be scattered around vegetables and flowers in your garden to fend off hungry herbivores, such as slugs, snails, and cutworms, without using toxic pesticides. An added benefit: eggshells are rich in calcium and will also enrich your soil.

Cold pressed coconut oil. Applying coconut oil inside nostrils can help you with runny nose, allergies and sore nostrils. If men apply it to their face prior to shaving, it will reduce the skin damage caused by shaving, an excellent facial moisturizer, a bit rubbed on your hands and then through your hair for a pleasant scent and soft shine. Apart from this, coconut oil can also be used to lubricate guitar strings. Of course, it makes a great substitute for cooking oil. Much healthier.

Citrus peels. Citrus peel can be used as a deodorizer. If your garbage can stinks, just throw some citrus peels in it and the odor will fade off. If you still use a garbage disposal, running peels through once a week keeps the plumbing smelling pleasant. Dried orange peels can also be used in fireplace flames. The peel's oil fuels the flames, and can even keep your chimney cleaner.

This is amazing - This is part of the Park Family Insurance ongoing education series for Roseville Home Insurance and Rocklin Home Insurance, and we hope you are enjoying these posts!