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Cucumber !

Facts about cucumbers !

This information was in The  New York Times as part of their  “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted  creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every   day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2,  Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C,   Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a   cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins   and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up   that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? 

  Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog  and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? 

  Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all   season long.  The chemicals in the cucumber react with   the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but  drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the  pool? 

  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along   your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in  the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten,   firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of   cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? 

 Eat a few cucumber slices before   going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.    Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes   to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping   everything in equilibrium, avoid ing both a hangover and   headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? 

  Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers,   traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have   enough time to polish your shoes? 

  Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick   and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? 

Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? 

  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a   boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the  cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released   in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has  been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college   students during final exams.

11. Just finish a busines lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints?


Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your   mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad  breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your  mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or   stainless steel? 

  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it   on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove   years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t   leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? 

  Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly   use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons  and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

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