Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to: 10 Surprising Uses for a Potato

French fries are great and all, but these hacks are truly life-changing.

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

All-Natural Glass Cleaner

Out of glass cleaner? Try a potato. Slice a potato in half, and rub the potato using a circular motion on the surface of the glass until it is covered in a starchy film. Next, spritz water onto the glass, and wipe the surface with a towel. The results will blow your mind.

Clean Your Cast Iron

Is your cast iron covered in rust or grim from frequent use? Clean it with a potato. Start by drizzling olive oil in the bottom of the skillet. Next, pour in a generous amount of sea salt. Cut a potato in half, and rub the potato around in the skillet and on the sides using a circular motion until the rust and grime are gone. Finally, use a cloth to wipe out the excess oil and salt.

Patina With a Potato

Yes, you can patina brass using potatoes. First, cut a potato in thin slices and let the pieces sit out uncovered until they turn reddish-brown. Fill a glass or plastic container with enough vinegar to cover the piece of brass you're wanting to patina. Next, add one tablespoon of salt for every 1/2 cup of vinegar. Add the potato slices to the container and let the brass sit in the mixture until a patina starts to form, typically about one to two days.

Starchy Stamp

Cut a potato in half and score the desired shape into the flesh. Next, cut the outside edge of the potato to expose the carved design. Cover your newly-created stamp in a layer of paint using a foam paintbrush, and stamp away.

Starchy Stamp

This stamp can be used to create greeting cards, decorate a canvas tote or embellish a simple tea towel like we did here.

Shattered Bulb Removal

Have you ever had a lightbulb break off in the socket? Never fear, potatoes are here. Slip on a pair of work gloves, cut a raw potato in half and you're ready to take back your lamp. Press the raw potato into the shattered light bulb and once secure, simply untwist the light bulb and voila!

Nutrient-Rich Compost

Next time you're peeling potatoes, don't toss the peels into the trash. Instead, add them to your compost bin. Potato peels are rich in nutrients and can also help soil maintain moisture.

Puffiness Be Gone

Cucumbers have long been used to reduce puffiness around the eyes and diminish dark circles under the eyes, but did you know the same can be said for potatoes? Simply cut a potato into thin slices, and place on the eyes for up to 20 minutes.

Shine That Silver

Need to shine your silver? Use boiled potato water. Place your pieces of silver in the bottom of the water-filled pot, ensuring they are fully submerged. Let the silver pieces sit in the water until they have regained their shine. Depending on how tarnished the pieces are, this could take anywhere from a few days to a week.

Foodie Face Mask

Believe it or not, potatoes have excellent anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to lighten dark spots and brighten the skin. Therefore, they're the perfect face mask ingredient. Blend half of an unpeeled potato in a food processor along with the juice from half a lemon and four tablespoons of baking soda. Apply to the face, and let the mixture sit on your face for up to 10 minutes for optimum results.

Potato-y Playdough

Turn potatoes into playdough in a few simple steps. Boil five to six peeled potatoes until soft. Using a mixer, mash the potatoes until smooth. Next, add 3/4 cup of flour for every one cup of mashed potatoes and mix until fully incorporated. If desired, add food coloring to the mixture until the desired color is achieved.

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