The Ordinary Onion: Helpful Household Uses

As a food item, onions are usually served cooked, either as a vegetable course or as part of a prepared savory dish.  Onions are pungent when chopped and contain certain chemical substances (including a gas called, syn-propanethial-S-oxide), which stimulates nerves in the eye and often creates a stinging sensation.

However, in addition to culinary uses, onions can also be used for household purposes.  Read on to learn more about non-culinary uses of the raw onions, as well as a few of my favorite onion recipes.

  • Eliminate New Paint SmellPlace several freshly cut slices of onion in a dish with a bit of water. It will absorb the smell within a few hours.
  • Basement Deodorizer –  Cut an onion in half, place it on a plate, and leave it out overnight.
  • Correct pet “accidents” – Leave several onion slices in the area of the accident. Pets are not fond of the smell of onion, so they’ll avoid returning to the same area.
  • Clean Your Grill – Rub a cut onion over the grates to scrub clean.
  • Remove Rust from Knives – Cut into a raw onion several times.
  • Polish Metal – Crush an onion and mix it with a little water. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and rub it on the surface, until clean.
  • Remove Scorch Marks – Rub the area with a freshly cut onion, soak in cold water overnight and wash as directed.
  • Repel Ants – Place a bowl of onion slices in the area where ants are a problem.
  • Color Easter Eggs – Wrap eggs in onion skins, then secure them in a towel. Place the tied-up towel in a pot of boiling water and boil the egg as usual. The result? A beautiful, orange tint.

But wait…there’s more! Were your onions purchased in a prepackaged mesh bag? Don’t throw it away. Use it to keep your household sponges clean; it’s prefect for removing build up and giving your sponges longer life.

If you would rather cook with your onions, then check out these recipes:





3 thoughts on “The Ordinary Onion: Helpful Household Uses

  1. Snapshotsincursive December 6, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Have you ever heard that NOT eating onions prevents migraines? Someone shared that little nugget with me recently. 👁👁


      • Snapshotsincursive December 6, 2016 / 4:12 pm

        I don’t have migraines and tend to use onions in many of my dishes, so I am sensitive to those who cannot tolerate them. 🍓


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