Create an ecological and effective cleaner with potato skins

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If you want to do without chemical-laden dishwashers, you can make a dishwashing liquid out of freshly cut potato skins. The solanines contained in potato peel are degreasers and they can also used elsewhere as biological cleaners. However, it must be considered that household detergent does not have a long shelf life.

Potato skins can dissolve fat

Components of potato skins can dissolve fat. Therefore, you can also produce an effective detergent to clean dishes or clothes. If you have suddenly discovered a grease stain on your clothes, this new grease stain can be removed with a piece of fresh potato or the peel.

However, for high-quality fabrics and expensive designer clothes, you shouldn’t take any chances, and clothes with the grease stain should be professionally cleaned.

The peels can also be used to clean utensils, you can clean forks, knives, spoons and other silver utensils that have turned black and rub the potato skin, with this you will be able to leave them shiny and like new. They can also be used to ecologically clean the stainless steel sink and make it shine again.

Make your fireplace look like new again

In general, in houses, fireplaces, in addition to fulfilling a specific function, also serve to decorate the environment and make us feel more welcoming, giving a romantic air to the home.

However, the action of the fire, together with the crackling of the wood and the fuels produced by the fire and the smoke, can accumulate soot and black oily residue on the surface, which will turn it an opaque and dirty color, making the house instead of looking cozy now looks neglected.

But thanks to the compounds in potato skins, soot stains can be removed and grease can also be removed from chimneys.

How do we do it?

Preferably moist potato skins should be placed on a baking sheet or flat surface. The idea is to dry the shells but not directly with fire, heat or direct sunlight. Ideally, they can be air dried.

Once we have the dry potato skins, we can introduce them in our wood-burning fireplace, in this way the soot and creosote are pushed out of the chimney. Although a complete cleaning will not be achieved, doing it regularly can make our fireplace cleaner.

Wash your dishes in an ecological way

Potato skins can also be used to clean saucepans, pots, and pans. Who cooks boiled potatoes, can immediately use the cooking water as rinse water and does not need to buy additional biological detergent.

Use them as an ecological dish rinse

Simply pour the cooking water into the sink as usual after cooking, but don’t forget the stopper in the sink. In the still hot potato water, the dirty dishes of the day can be biologically rinsed. Otherwise, just keep the fresh potato skins that are produced by peeling. Put them in a jar and pour the potato skins with boiling water.

After a waiting period of 30 to 45 minutes, the mixture can be stirred for the first time. As soon as a good amount of foam forms, the detergent is almost ready. Now put it one more night in the fridge and you can use it the next day.

Natural potato skin remover should always be stored in the refrigerator and should not be used for more than 8 days, otherwise rotten bacteria may form. Potato skins can also be used uncooked as a household cleaner. Simply rub the stainless steel or stainless steel sink with fresh potato peel and the sink or pot will shine like new again.

Cleans and cures cast iron skillets

learn how to clean or season a pan with a potato

To get our cast iron pans clean or to cure them, with the use of only three ingredients you will achieve it.

You will need to:

  • oil
  • half potato
  • coarse salt

to clean it

The oven should be preheated to 190 degrees. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt in the pan. Cut the potato in half to fit in the palm of your hand. Place the potato, flat side down, in the pan and rub, quite vigorously, in a circular motion. Once the pan is clean, rinse with water and then dry.

to cure her

To season the pan you will need to pour a small amount of oil into the pan and spread it evenly with a paper towel so that everything is covered in a thin layer. Place the pan in the preheated oven for an hour. Then remove from the oven, wipe off any excess oil, and you’re ready to go.

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