The Most Versatile Ingredients in Your Kitchen

When it comes to grocery shopping, a top priority is often to get as much “bang for your buck” as possible.

Whether you are cooking, cleaning or whipping up a fabulous at-home facial, there are few grocery store ingredients that can compete with these when it comes to versatility. Every time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a few of these items—you’ll be sure to find a clever way to use them!

Raw Honey

Honey is about to be your new best friend. Antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, raw honey is a real winner. Raw honey can be used on an open cut or burn as an antibiotic ointment, healing wounds faster than any drugstore ointment. It can also work wonders as a face wash, spot treatment and mask. Just use as you would any other cleanser and you’re set! Oh—and you can use it as a natural sweetener too!

Bananas

Did you know that you can use banana peels to whiten your teeth! Not kidding. Rub the inside of the peel along your top and bottom teeth for a minute or so, then let it sit while you watch a few YouTube videos. After 10 minutes, use your dry tooth brush to scrub away residue and whiten teeth. You’ll notice a difference!

Olive Oil

Many people swear by olive oil as an ideal natural oil in cooking, but it also has remarkable beauty benefits. Use as a cleanser, moisturizer, hair mask and even makeup remover. You’ll never need to buy makeup remover again—this oil will dissolve even the most resistant waterproof mascara with ease!

Apple Cider Vinegar

From counter-top cleaner to a quick clarifying mask that will reduce product buildup in your hair, that little bottle of vinegar hiding in your top cupboard might be your new go-to. Acetic acid, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar can help balance the pH levels of your hair, strengthening it and even promoting new growth! Just dilute 1/2 cup with 4 cups of water and rinse after you shampoo; no need for conditioner.

Lemons

Lighten anything with a little lemon. Remove dark spots and blemishes on the face, elbows, and knees, naturally highlight hair, and clarify your skins texture.

Tomatoes

Did you know that tomatoes can actually act as a natural sunscreen? Booyah!

Cinnamon

If you have a surprise zit or pimple, cinnamon might be your holy grail. Due to its amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, cinnamon brings antioxidants to the skin and removes the bacteria that causes blemishes. For a spot treatment and double whammy benefit, just mix a little cinnamon with a bit of honey till you have formed a paste, and apply to acne spots.



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