Most of us think of ketchup as a condiment, but would you believe that the ubiquitous ketchup can be used to restore chlorine-damaged hair and make copper pots shiny? Read on:
- Restore chlorine-damaged hair
Chlorine from the swimming pool can turn blond hair green or give your hair a distinct smell. The household solution is quite simple: a ketchup shampoo!
Do this in the shower, as it can get quite messy: massage ketchup into our hair and leave it for about fifteen minutes, then wash thoroughly. The green color and chlorine smell are gone.
- Brighten copper pots and pans
When your copper pots and pans get tarnished and dull, don't reach for expensive chemicals. Simply rub ketchup and a pinch of salt onto the copper surface and let sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse and dry for gleaming copper pots.
- Brighten silver jewelry
If you have silver ring, earrings, necklace or bracelet that has gotten a little dull over the years, simply dab some ketchup on it for a few minutes. If it has detailed surface, you may have to use a toothbrush to make sure the ketchup gets into the little crevices. Rinse with water to reveal a shiny silver jewelry.
- Get rid of skunk odor
If you've been skunked, here's an easy way to get rid of that terrible skunk odor: soak your clothes in tomato juice or a solution of ketchup and water. Beware of stains - you don't want to trade a smelly shirt for one with a ketchup stain!
In 1981, the United States Department of Agriculture proposed to classify ketchup as vegetable to allow schools to meet nutritional standards. The idea was widely ridiculed and the proposal was quietly dropped.