13 uses for cucumbers that will amaze you

by Michele Ochoa

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Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.

Cucumbers are very easy to grow and make for a delicious treat. But did you know they can prevent hangovers, or clean the kitchen sink? Below is a list of tips and tricks you can do with cucumbers that you do not want to miss!

1. Cucumber Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.2. Cucumbers for energy

Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffenated sdoa and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of Bvitamins and carborhydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Un-Fog Mirrors with Cucumber for a Spa-like Fragrance 

Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.4. Get Rid of Grubs With an Aluminum Pie Tin

Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.5. Smoother, Younger Looking Skin

Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!6. Cucumbers to curb hunger.

looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by european trappers, traders and explorers to thwart off starvation.

7. The Secret Super Cleaning Powers of the Mighty Cucumber

Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.8. Hangover cure.

Want to cure a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few slices of cucumber slices before going tpo bed and wake up refreshed and  headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrum, avoiding both hangover and headache.

9. Freshen Your Breath (When There Is No Mint In Sight)

Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.10. Emergency Shoe Polish

Have an important meeting or job interveiw and you realize that you don’t have enought time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over your shoes, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but repels water

11. Sqeaky Hinge

Out of WD 40 and need to fix a sqeaky hinge. Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila the squeak is gone.

12. Steam away stress

Stressed out and don’t have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up a whole cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react woth the boiling water and be released in the steam creating  a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been known to reduce stress in new mothers and students during college exams.

13. Magic Eraser

Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of a cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that kids have usedd to decorate the walls.

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