Kool-Aid is a drink from my childhood that I will never forget. It was a real treat when my mom would whip up a pitcher of Kool-Aid. We didn’t get it a lot, but when we did it was great! Now that I am a mom, I have to admit that I actually never buy the stuff. It is not because I care either way if my kids have it, I just don’t ever think about it. I may have to consider picking up a few packs, though. There are actually so many other ways you can use Kool-Aid. Around the home, arts and crafts — even for baking (make sure you check out #10 — your sweet tooth will thank you).
Take a look at this list of alternative ways to use Kool-Aid and let me know in the comments if you have any of your own Kool-Aid hacks.
1. Clean your toilet
Pour a packet or lemon or orange flavored Kool-Aid into your toilet bowl and scrub away the stains with a toilet brush. Let it sit overnight. The acid in the drink mix will clean away tough stains and buildup. This is good if you don’t have the best water conditions. Plus, citrus Kool-Aid smells a whole lot better than chemical cleaning solutions!
2. Use it as a dye
How pretty is this white yarn with a little bit of dip dye?
via Lolly Jane
3. You can dye wood, too.
This will save you from having to buy those expensive colored clothespins from the craft store.
4. Remove buildup inside your washing machine
Run 1/4 cup lemon or orange Kool-Aid in a regular wash cycle (without clothes) and repeat as needed. The citric acid in the Kool-Aid will help to break down the buildup in your washing machine.
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There is another appliance that could benefit from a cycle of Kool-Aid…
5. Sanitize your dishwasher
Just like your washing machine, lemonade Koo-Aid will do the same thing for your dishwasher. Fill your empty dishwasher’s detergent compartment with lemon Kool-Aid and run a normal cycle. The citric acid will help remove buildup. Make sure the dishwasher is empty, though.
6. Remove rust stains from concrete
You can make an abrasive paste using Lemonade Kool-Aid and water to remove rust stains from concrete. Mix together a few drops of water with a packet of lemon-flavored Kool-Aid. Use a brush to scrub the stains away.
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7. Remove chlorine from your hair
Remember this one for the summertime! The chlorine in pool water can turn your hair a different color. To change your hair back to its original color, use a pack of lemonade Kool-Aid. Pour some Kool-Aid in your hand, if you have longer or more damaged hair you may need two packs, and then add a dab of shampoo. Lather your hair and scrub well. Let the Kool-Aid set on your hair for fifteen minutes before you rinse it and then re-shampoo.
8. Make your own colored glue
Get your kids and have some fun craft time with Kool-Aid and white glue. You can make all kinds of art with your colored glue.
via Kraft Recipes
Since you have the Kool-Aid out and you are crafting, you might want to consider this next one, too.
9. Kool-Aid play dough.
I bet this smells phenomenal.
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10. Vamp up your icing
Mix a pack of Kool-Aid with a can of vanilla frosting or cool whip until the cream has an even, solid color. If your frosting tastes a bit dull at first, add sugar until it’s sweet enough for your liking. Not only will Kool-Aid add color to your frosting, but you can pick your flavor.
11. Check your toilet for leaks
You might not think of this, but it can’t hurt to check your toilet for leaks and an easy way to do this is to use Kool-Aid. You will want to use a darker color powder for this so you can see it. Empty a pack of Kool-aid into the tank of your toilet. Depending on the size of the leak, the test may take 10 to 30 minutes. Don’t flush the toilet! Just watch the bowl. If you see the colored powder float through from the tank, there’s a leak present. Now call your plumber.
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