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Clever uses for cucumber

Cucumber is a small and mighty vegetable packed with most of the daily vitamins you need, including: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

If you only use cucumber for dips and salads, you’re missing a trick! Here’s a few of our favourite weird and wonderful uses for cucumber…

Prevent window fog

Rubbing a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror can help keep it from misting up when you get into the shower – with an added bonus of a spa-like fragrance.

Deter slugs

This clever trick can help deter slugs from your planters. Place a few slices in a small pie tin and leave nearby. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminium to give off a scent that repels garden pests – but is undetectable to humans!

Fight off a hangover

If you’re trying to avoid a hangover the morning after a party, this simple trick can help. Eat a few slices of cucumber before going to bed – the sugar, B Vitamins and electrolytes will help replenish the nutrients lost by drinking and help restore equilibrium.

Avoid snacking

If you reach for crips or sweets between meals, try this trick used for centuries by European trappers and traders, and eat cucumber instead. The quick meal thwarts starvation and helps you avoid snacking when you don’t want to.

Quickly shine your shoes

You can polish your shoes in a pinch using a slice of cucumber – the shine will last all afternoon and temporarily repel water, too.

Fix a squeaky hinge

A slice of cucumber is a brilliant natural alternative to a chemical spray like WD40. Wipe it along the hinge until it no longer squeaks.

Fix bad breath

Holding a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds can help eliminate bad breath after a meal. The phytochemicals in cucumber kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Remove crayon from walls

You can use the outside of a cucumber to gently remove unwanted crayon and marker from the walls. You can also use it to gently remove pen marks from paper!

Remove tarnish from stainless steel

Sliced cucumber can also help remove tarnish from stainless steel without strong or harmful chemicals.

Do you know any clever uses for cucumber? Share your wisdom in the comments below! 

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MollyUK
27th Apr 2020
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Thanks for voting!
My favourite use for cucumber I can't use up immediately is frozen salad. Slice cucumber and onion very thinly and layer up in a small plastic container. Mix white wine vinegar half-&-half with hot water and sugar to taste, then add some celery seed. Allow it to cool completely, then pour it over the cue & onion. Freezes well for up to 6 months. Defrost it the day before you want to use it and drain well before you serve it up. Yes, it does go soft, and so does the onion, but that's part of its charm. It's great on the side of the plate or in sandwiches).
MuttyM
8th May 2020
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Thanks for voting!
with grated cheese too in the sarnie - my grandparent's served them in their pub back in the 50'2/60's.

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