Discover the secret uses of common ketchup -

Cleaning with condiments

Zorianna Kit, our America Now 'tipster,' has made a discovery we can all appreciate.  Did you know common table ketchup, America's number one condiment, contains enough corrosive elements to clean metal? Kit says the cleaning agents in ketchup are vinegar and natural acids.

Copper can be a pain to keep clean, but common ketchup is an economical way to replace those toxic metal cleaning agents.

Here is a step-by-step way to clean your copper or metal with ketchup:

  • Squirt a spoonful of ketchup onto the desired item to be cleaned. 
    Work the ketchup into the gold or brass surface.
  • Leave behind a thick coat of the ketchup. Let it sit for a minute or so.

  • Wipe the brass or gold to remove the excess ketchup. Continue until
    you have removed all the ketchup.

  • Buff the gold or brass dry with a clean, dry rag to achieve a clean,
    polished shine.

Zorianna's favorite use of ketchup is using it to get the "green" out of hair that's been exposed to chlorine.

"I'm a blonde and my two little girls inherited their mother's fair hair - especially my youngest, who is almost white-blonde," she shares. "One dip in the pool and the chlorine has gone to work doing it's color transformation. [. . .] I have tried many things purported to work. Even specialized shampoos, which are super-expensive. After some research, I found that ketchup did the trick just fine."

Zorianna says:

  • In the shower or bath, pour ketchup onto you hair as if you were putting shampoo on. (My girls think it's fun putting a food-item in their hair and sometimes help themselves to extra just to eat in the tub. It's the only time they're actually "allowed" to play with their food!)
  • Let it sit there for about 10 minutes. I find it easiest to put a shower cap on to prevent dripping and to just trap it all in there, but it's not necessary.
  • Then rinse out with water. Shampoo and condition as normal. You'll see that the green is gone. For me, the 10-minute mark works best, but it might be less or more with others depending on how blonde the hair is or how much mineral deposits are in the hair

"Obviously, the best method is a preventative one - so if your hair is prone to getting green, the best thing to do is coat the hair with conditioner BEFORE getting in the pool," she adds. "But with two girls who can't wait to jump in, that is not always possible. Luckily, ketchup is quick, easy and actually fun to work with. And because it's a kitchen staple, it's pretty easy to find in just about any household. You don't have to spend money on buying something separate."

Zorianna Kit

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