Potato Cooking Water: Liquid Gold for Both Gardens and Homes

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.13 - 2024 2:58 PM CET

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Potato cooking water is a valuable resource with numerous benefits for gardening and cleaning.

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Many of us pour a valuable resource down our sinks every week — a resource that's essentially liquid gold for both gardens and homes.

Potatoes, a cooking staple in many homes due to their affordability, delicious taste, low calories, and health benefits, are rich in essential minerals and vitamins, including a high content of vitamin C.

However, the real magic lies not just in the potatoes themselves but in the water they're cooked in.

This starch-rich water, often discarded, holds incredible benefits. Rich in starch from potatoes, this water has magical powers, as the benefits of starch include its degreasing capability, which can trap and absorb fat.

But its advantages extend far beyond just cleaning. Here's how you can use this miraculous cooking water:

1. A Gardening Superhero

Potato cooking water acts as both a natural herbicide and an organic fertilizer. Watering your plants with it (once cooled) weekly can show significant improvement in just a month. For its weed-killing properties, apply the lukewarm water directly to weeds for an efficient solution.

2. The Key to Sparkling Floors

Revitalize your tiled floors by using warm potato cooking water for cleaning once a month. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water to bid farewell to dull tiles.

3. Silverware's New Best Friend

Silverware demands careful maintenance, and potato water can be the solution. Soak a cloth in the cooking water and use it to polish your silver for a natural shine.

4. A Lifesaver for Crystal Glasses

Not just beneficial for silverware, potato cooking water can also bring a sparkle to your crystal glasses. Soak them in the water and then dry with a soft cloth for a streak-free shine.

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