It’s natural to think of onions for their culinary uses. I love onions. My older son’s girlfriend hates them. But she, and you, may change your mind about onions when your read these ways to use onions you may not know.
Chase away caterpillars in the garden. Garden season has begun and cabbages get lots of evil caterpillars that eat them. It’s onions to the rescue! Just peel a couple of medium onions then grate them into a very large bowl. Add 1 gallon of water and let the mixture rest overnight. In the morning, strain the onions out and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Now you’re ready to battle the caterpillars. Just spray the leaves of the cabbage and other vegetables to make the crawly buggers speed away. To get enough of the onion smell to deter the caterpillars, you may need to spray the plants twice.
Scrub your barbeque grill clean. Garden season is also barbeque season and grills get really dirty! An easy way to clean your grill is to heat it up and scrub it with a cut onion. Use a long fork to hold the onion to avoid burns.
Take the sting out of a bee sting. While you’re barbequing you may be stung by a bee. Soothe the pain by placing a slice of onion on the sting. Of course, if you have an allergy to bee stings seek medical attention immediately!
Clean rust from your knives. After you finish cooking on your clean barbeque you may discover some of your knives are rusty. Just stick them into large onions a few times. The knives will begin to shine again after only a few pokes into the onions.
Remove a splinter without the needle. We all hate having to dig splinters out with a needle. Instead of sticking yourself try an onion! Cut a slice 1/4 inch thick and put it over the splinter. To keep the onion in place, wrap the area with a bandage and leave it on overnight. Your skin will shrink and the splinter will come right out. Of course you’ll need to get rid of that onion scent with a good wash.
Refuse to bruise (too much). If you have a minor bruise, press a cut onion on the area and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Allicin, the compound that makes you cry when you cut onions, also stimulates the lymphatic flow in your blood, pushing away the excess blood that is the bruise.
Get rid of the new paint smell. Placing a few slices of onions in a dish with a little water will get rid of paint odor in just a few hours. Once the paint smell has been absorbed, just toss the onions away.
Save scorched clothing. If you have a washable cotton garment that was scorched by the dryer or iron just cut an onion in half and rub it on the scorch mark. After rubbing the onion on the spot let the clothing soak overnight in cold water then launder again.
Save face. If you have an occasion coming up and get a pimple just crush some onion and mix it with water. Apply the mix to the affected area. It will gradually reduce the pimple.
When winter returns don’t scrape frost. You can avoid the need to scrape frost from your car windows next winter by rubbing a half an onion on the windshield the night before a freeze is predicted.
And then Easter comes again. Use onion skins to dye eggs a sienna color. Soak 4 cups of yellow onion skins in 1 quart of hot water to create this dye. If you want lavender colored eggs use blueberries. 4 cups of berries and 1 quart of hot water will make a lovely lavender dye.
Don’t cry over cut onions. The National Onion Associate recommends putting onions in the freezer for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing them. Freezing reduces the fumes that make you tear up.