Everybody loves tomato sauce. Well, everyone except perhaps Jamie Oliver and people from Chicago (they hate it on Hot Dogs, apparently). The rest of us slather ketchup over our comfort foods like its going out of style.
Tomato ketchup is without all reasonable doubt the best condiment, although mayonnaise holds the number one sales spot, apparently. Lord knows why, ketchup is obviously the better choice.
Ketchup started out as a fish sauce, before transforming into a staple we slap on junk food. Along the way we’ve forgotten just how versatile a foodstuff tomato ketchup is; tomato ketchup is a great sauce to have in the kitchen with a range of weird and wonderful uses.
Here are some of the things you never knew tomato ketchup could do:
Shine copper and silverware with ketchup
Tomato ketchup is a surprisingly effective cleaning agent. Ketchup has acetic acid content of around 4 percent (from the vinegar used in the recipe). And thanks to its high viscosity (the gloopiness) it’s great for shining brass, copper and silverware. Ketchup is cheap, effective and above all it’s eco-friendly. If you only do one thing on this list (and even for a laugh) try using ketchup to clean your metal.
2. Use ketchup to correct green highlights in bleached hair
Blonds who have dived in chlorinated swimming pools may get a slight green hue in their hair. The red sheen and acid nature of tomato ketchup help neutralise this effect. The hairdresser Charles Worthington says, “For blonde hair that has gone green from chlorine or salt water, shampoo your hair as normal, then rinse Tomato ketchup through your hair and leave it on for about 5 minutes.” Ketchup is a great conditioner too, putting natural oils back into the hair.
Create homemade kid’s paint with ketchup bottles
Repurposed ketchup bottles (the squeezy kind) make perfect paint dispensers for kids. And many people don’t realise how incredibly easy it is to make kid’s paint at home. You only need to mix water, salt and flour with food colouring. Tinkerlab offers this recipe:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Food colouring
The size of the cup doesn’t matter incidentally, what matters is that you use the same cup, so the measurements are equal. (Officially a cup is 236.5 mL). Blend all three together and mix until smooth, and then add food colouring to the mixture and transfer it to the tomato ketchup bottle.
Attach a ketchup top to vacuum and clean your keyboard
The website Lil Luna suggests using a ketchup bottle to make a cleaner for your keyboard. You can remove the narrow top from a ketchup bottle and attach it to your hoover. A ketchup bottle top makes an ideal micro vacuum to clean up your keyboard.
Freeze ketchup packets to sooth kid’s grazes
Jeanné McCartin from Seacoast online recommends freezing the small packets of tomato ketchup and using them on kid’s bumps and grazes. It’s cheaper and smaller than a gel ice pack and has the same effect of numbing ache and pains.
Use ketchup to shine your car and alloys
You can use ketchup to clean the tarnish from car parts. In a similar vein to cleaning silver and copper, ketchup is great for shining up your alloys, and adding sheen to car metal in general. Good Housekeeping notes that ketchup isn’t great for removing dirt, so you’d be best to clean the car first and use ketchup to add shine.
Get rid of the smell of foxes with ketchup
Lots of people claim that ketchup is great for getting rid of the smell of skunks in clothes and pets. We don’t get that many skunks in the UK, but ketchup can be used to get rid of the smell of foxes too. Lots of people claim this is effective but you need to really soak the garment in the tomato ketchup. Timothy Sexton on Yahoo recommends coating a garment with ketchup and leaving it to stand for at least half an hour then washing it out. If your pet has been rolling in fox poo you can wash them and soak ketchup into the fur for half an hour to get rid of the smell.