If you're like me, you probably have a jar of pickles in the fridge. But did you know that the liquid that's left after you've eaten all the pickles can be used for a lot of other things.
You probably just pour pickle juice down the drain. But after you read this list of tricks you can do with leftover pickle juice, you'll never dump the amazing liquid again.
You want to use the juice from salty pickles, not sweet ones, since these tricks all take advantage of the salt and vinegar in pickle juice.
1. Helps settle an upset stomach
It may be hard to believe, but the acid from the vinegar in pickle juice can help balance the PH level in your stomach and make you feel better again.
2. Helps soothe mosquito bites
Can't stop scratching your mosquito bites? Dab the affected area with a little pickle juice. The vinegar in the brine will soothe your skin and stop the itching. Just remember to put on some moisturizing skin cream afterward so that the salt in the pickle juice doesn't dry out your skin.
3. Brings wilting plants back to life
Do you have a house plant that has seen better days? Pour some pickle juice on the soil when you're watering it.
Pickle juice contains a lot of potassium, which all plants need. And the acid in pickle juice helps balance the pH level of soil, which makes sad plants happy again.
4. Relaxes muscle cramps
Pickle juice is surprisingly helpful if you suffer from muscle cramps.
Pickle juice contains high levels of sodium and potassium. Researchers aren't entirely sure why people get cramps, but dehydration and a lack of electrolytes are contributors. So, drink a shot or two of pickle juice before working out to help ward off cramps.
5. Cures hangovers
Having a hangover is never fun. Try drinking a small glass of pickle juice when you wake up in the morning. It's said to do wonders.
6. Cleans copper
Most of us have some copper at home, but without regular care, it often starts looking a bit green. Rub your copper with a cloth dipped in pickle juice and you'll soon see some sparkling results.
7. Increases the longevity of food
Do you have any vegetables at home you don't have time to eat before they go bad. Put them in pickle juice and they'll last a week longer than if you did nothing. And they'll also taste great!
8. Spruces up cocktails
It won't be easy to convince your guests to try a pickle juice cocktail, but this simple concoction has seduced more than one person... Just pour a shot of vodka and two shots of pickle juice over ice, shake well, and pour into martini glasses. Remember to drink in moderation!
9. Helps against heartburn
Mix a little pickle juice with a spoonful of honey to relieve heartburn.
10. Kills weeds
Pickle juice is a natural weed killer and will do wonders in your garden or between stone tiles. Pour over a little pickle juice on your weeds and they'll disappear.
11. Enhances flavors in cooking
Use pickle juice in salad dressing as a substitute for vinegar, or mix pickle juice with yoghurt to make a creamy salad dressing for salad greens. Some people also use pickle juice to marinate meat and are quite pleased with the results.
12. Soothes sunburns
Dip a cotton ball in pickle juice and dab it on your sunburn. The vinegar in the pickle juice will help relieve that burning sensation, and just like that, you'll have your very own after-sunburn treatment.
13. Eases sore throats
When you feel yourself getting a sore throat, drink a spoonful of pickle juice. Vinegar appears in a lot of home remedies, and is just as effective as cough syrup, but without all of the chemicals.
I had no idea that leftover pickle juice had so many uses. And I can't believe I've been pouring it down the drain all these years!
Please share this info with your friends so they can also take advantage of all these clever tricks!