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8 Ketchup Hacks Your Mom Never Taught You

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This delicious food condiment isn't just for burgers and fries.  

There are many other useful ways to use that sweet, tangy sauce that will save you time and money.

1. Shine copper

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My family loves copper pots and pans because cooking food in them is great for your health! You can scrub these with kitchen soap all you like, but you'll never get them sparkling clean. Squeeze ketchup into a cleaning cloth, add coarse salt, and scrub your copper pan. Let it sit for a few minutes before you wash it off. And viola!

2. Clean jewelry or silverware

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Ketchup works wonders on silver as well! In a bowl of ketchup, place your silverware or silver jewelry and let it sit for a few minutes (not more than 10). Using an old toothbrush, scrub the ketchup on the silver item and rinse off with warm water.

3. Hair color correction

If you ever dye your hair and it turns green, or it discolors over time, correct the color using ketchup. It's a simply and easy solution! The acid in the ketchup will neutralize the chemical reaction that caused the mishap. Apply ketchup all over your hair and let it sit for half an hour, then rinse.

4. Ease Pain

I highly recommend freezing ketchup packets and turning them into mini ice packs to ease pain. When ice melts, it turns to water, and warms up fast. When your frozen ketchup melts, it will remain cold and becomes malleable.  

5. Remove rust

We all have a few pieces of rusted furniture that we think about throwing away, but never do. Don't throw them out just yet, use ketchup to magically shine that rusted iron. The acetic acid in ketchup will break apart the iron oxide, which causes rust, so that you can wash it off easily and have your furniture looking almost as good as new.

6. Insect Bites


We all love spending time outdoors during summer, but there's nothing much we can do about the bugs. While you're enjoying a nice barbecue meal with your friends and family, dab some ketchup on those insect bites that are ruining your evening. The salty mixture will soothe the itch.

7. Remove Odor

Ketchup is well-known to neutralize the smell of clothes, items, or pets that get sprayed by a skunk or smell like poop. The vinegar and salt in ketchup will help remove other foul odors as well. Soak your dark clothes in some ketchup before you put it in the laundry, but be careful they don't get stained!

8. Reuse the bottle

Wash them thoroughly before you store whatever your heart desires in them! I use my clean ketchup bottles to store craft items.

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