Wacky Uses

Joey Green: Wacky Uses

Wacky uses for household products. Pretty interesting, even though the whole site is just a place for him to hock his books.

A few examples:

Dannon® Plain Yogurt
*Soothe sunburn pain. Spread yogurt on the sunburn, let sit for twenty minutes, then rinse clean with lukewarm water.
*Reduce the occurrence of yeast infections. The March 1992 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that daily consumption of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures results in a three-fold decrease in the incidence of candida vaginitis (yeast infections).
*Enhance your immune system. According to the International Journal of Immunotherapy, yogurt with active cultures enhances the body's immune system by increasing the production of gamma interferons, which play a key role in fighting certain allergies and viral infections. Other studies indicate that yogurt can help prevent gastrointestinal infections (lactic acid helps inhibit the growth of food-borne pathogens, and yogurt cultures produce bacteriocins which restore natural intestinal cultures).
*Prevent diarrhea while taking antibiotics. Eat Dannon Yogurt with active cultures while taking antibiotics. Antibiotics may kill healthful bacteria in addition to disease-bearing ones, but the Lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt produce bacteriocins which restore natural intestinal cultures.
*Tighten pores and cleanse skin. Spread Dannon Yogurt over your face, wait twenty minutes, then wash with lukewarm water.
*Cure yeast infections. Use a turkey baster to insert yogurt into the vagina. According to The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, some women claim that yogurt in the vagina is a remedy for candida albicans.
*Soothe canker sores. Eat two servings of Dannon Yogurt a day until the sores clear.
*Make yogurt cheese. Yogurt cheese has the same consistency as cream cheese but is much lower in fat. It can be used as a spread for bagels, toast, and crackers, or as a low-calorie, low-fat, low-cholesterol substitute for cream cheese in traditional cheese cake recipes. To make yogurt cheese, empty a pint of yogurt into a large, fine-meshed strainer or colander lined with a double thickness of cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or yogurt strainer. Place a bowl under the strainer to catch the liquid (whey) that drains from the yogurt. Cover the remaining yogurt and refrigerate for eight to 24 hours (texture will vary depending on how long it drains). Save the calcium-rich whey to use in soups and gravies. Makes about one cup of yogurt cheese.

Glad® Flexible Straws
*Unclog a freshly opened ketchup bottle. Insert a Glad Flexible Straw all the way into the bottle to add air and start the ketchup flowing.
*Blow bubbles. Diagonally cut the end of a Glad Flexible Straw, dip into bubble soap, and blow.
*Prevent strings on pull toys from getting tangled. Run the string through one or more Glad Flexible Straws and knot it at the end.
*Extend the spout of an oil can. Put a Glad Flexible Straw over the end of the spout of an oil can to reach tight spots.
*Prevent tangles in fine chain jewelry. Run the chain through a length of Glad Flexible Straw and fasten the catch.
*String plastic straw necklaces. Instead of using macaroni, let the kids cut up Glad Flexible Straws and run a string of yarn through them to make necklaces.
*Elongate flower stems that are too short for a vase. Insert the flower stem into a Glad Flexible Straw cut to whatever length you need
*Make croquet wickets visible on the lawn. Run the wickets through Glad Flexible Straws before sticking them in the ground.
*Improvise an eyedropper. Insert a Glad Flexible Straw into the liquid, cover the open end of the straw with your finger, and lift. The liquid will stay in the straw until you release your finger
*Mark a stitch when knitting. Cut a one-eighth inch length from a Glad Flexible Straw and use as a ring to mark a stitch on needles up to size ten.

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Beth said...

When I lived at home, my mom made me eat yogurt all the time so that I wouldn't get yeast infections.

Believe it or not, it seemed to work.

6/18/2005 11:35 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Not that you wanted to know about my yeast infections or lack thereof ;) I'm reminded of the Princess the Dog episode (if you've never seen it, let me know and I'll post the link for you) where the couple is fooling around and the wife is all "we can't have sex because I have a yeast infection...we can't have sex because I have to take a dump." And her husband gets all pissed ;)

6/18/2005 11:36 PM  
Blogger Avitable said...

I love Princess the Dog - Trey Parker and Matt Stone at their best, in my opinion.

And thank you for the yeast infection/yogurt connection confirmation.

6/19/2005 9:12 AM  



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