The Amazing Potato Uses

Potatoes contain many natural vitamins and minerals that are essential for your food storage. But did you know that you there is actually a wide variety of amazing potato uses for cleaning, repairs, powering electronics, and more?

The simple potato is one of the most versatile vegetables out there and rarely gets the attention it deserves. Besides being delicious boiled, baked, diced or fried, potatoes have many other uses.

Below, we’ve listed 8 things you probably didn’t know you could do with a potato. Comment below to add your two cents and tell us what you’ve used potatoes for.

The Amazing Potato UsesRemove stains on your hands
This month, when you’re carving pumpkins, your hands might end up with a lot of orange stains. Simply rub your hands with a potato and it should remove the hard-to-remove colors from your hands.

Taking salt out
Did you add a bit too much salt after you tasted your soup? Just cut a few potatoes into large chunks. Toss them into the soup that’s still on the stove. When the potatoes begin to soften - after about 10 minutes - just remove them. You can then save the potatoes for a potato salad or another dish!

Remove a broken light bulb
Have you been working out too much and every time that you try to change a lightbulb it just crumbles in your hand? Ya, me too. Many times lightbulbs can break while you’re changing them. Simply take a half of a potato and place it on the broken piece of the light bulb still in the socket. Make sure the lamp or power is off first. Use the potato to twist the end of the broken light off the socket.

Remove tarnish on silverware
Have high class visitors coming over tonight? You can remove the tarnish from your silverware with potatoes to be sure to impress your guests. Boil a few potatoes in a pot and once they are boiling, remove the potatoes. Place the silverware in the remaining water and let them sit for an hour or so. Wash the silverware and tarnish should be removed.

Saratoga Farms Potato ChunksPower a clock
The starches in potatoes provide you with energy, but they can also provide your clock with energy too. You’ll need a LED clock and two galvanized nails. Check out how to make one here.

Keep your ski goggles clear
Before you go down the slopes this winter, rub the outside of your ski goggles with a raw potato. The potato should keep water and ice from disrupting your view on the way down.

Reduce your puffy eye problem
Need to spruce up for the day and you can’t seem to get rid of those tired eyes? Cut slices of raw potatoes and place them on your eyes. The cold potatoes will reduce the swelling of your eyes and reduce the puffiness.

Restore old shoes
Are your favorite pair of dress shoes too scuffed up that you can’t wear them anymore? Cut a potato in half and rub those shoes with a raw potato. After that, polish them like normal and they should come out nice and shiny.

Your recommendations
So, what have you used potatoes for? Comment below to tell us what you've used Idaho’s favorite vegetable for.

40 thoughts on “The Amazing Potato Uses”

  • Gracie

    Did you know that eating a raw potato can help with a stomach ache? Try it sometime. I'm not
    a medically certified person but it works for me.

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  • WENDY

    WHEN I WAS A CHILD IN THE 1940'S LIVING IN NYC, I RECALL PEOPLE USING RAW SLICES OF POTATO SPREAD WITH BORIC ACID SET OUT AS BAIT TO KILL OFF ROACHES... ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE - SLICED RAW POTATO APPLIED TO A BURN CAN BE AN EXCELLENT FIRST AID TREATMENT.

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  • rick wood

    put chunks of raw potatoes inside of smelly shoes to eliminate stinky shoe odor.

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  • Phillip Edge

    Bake them, load 'em up with butter, eat and enjoy.

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  • Robert

    Use them as ammo in a spud gun.. mucho fun and who knows, they may sprout where they land and one day you might find taters in the wild!.

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  • Masry Ann Moon

    Use a cut potato to carve out a stamp and use the stamp with food coloring or ink to decorate your xmas cards or invitations..

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  • Kathy

    Use a potato and coarse salt to clean a rusty cast iron skillet!

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  • Maxine

    When I was a child my mother used sliced potatoes soaked in vinegar, then placed them on our foreheads to bring down our high temperatures. Although a slight temperature is really good for the body since it kills bacteria, and viruses in the body, a high temperature is not good.

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  • Edzo

    Put baked potatoes in socks and give them to the truly poor. While still hot it provides heat. When warm it is something to eat to eat. Then use the socks on feet or hands.

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  • Sandy

    Have you ever cut hot peppers and experienced stinging hands, nails, or eyes after touching the peppers?
    Cut a white potato, rub into the distressed area and watch the potato turn orange as it takes the pepper oil out of your skin. It'll reduce the pain immediately.

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  • Joeclyde

    Put your leftover baked potatoes in a ziplock bag on Saturday night...slice um up and fry with your eggs and bacon on Sunday morning!!

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  • jeannieC

    Over 60 years ago my Grandmother taught me to use a slice of raw potato on a nail-hole (from running around barefoot LOL) - soak the foot in salt water (hot) - place slice of potato on dried foot - tape or wrap it down overnight. Draws out any and all infection. I've use this as a poultice allll my life on myself and my sons for many many wounds of various types.

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  • Rodney Butler

    Potato's make great guns. Never know when you may need protection.

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  • Jane @ EarthAppleJane

    Hi, fantastic to see all these uses for the humble spud! Here's another....I make jewellery from potato beads. You'd be amazed how beautiful they are!

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  • Auntie Em

    Cut a potato (don't know if it has to be a Maine Potato or an Idaho one) in half, soak it in vinegar flat side down. Rub it on warts and one day you'll wake up and realize they're gone. It worked for me as a kid.

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  • gandalfied

    Take potato slices, sprinkle lightly with salt and put on your forehead for headaches and high fevers. We use a bandana to hold the potatos on to our head. it works really well. My family has been using potatos since the 1800s

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  • Lady Bug

    I used to be terrified by brown recluse spiders. I believe I have been bitten between 15-20 times but I discovered the remedy that has worked for me. I live in Texas and worked in my greenhouses. The first time I was bitten I didn't know what it was. It didn't hurt but was steadily spreading despite every thing I was using to treat it (antibiotic salve, fungal, etc... It had a red ring around it with the center raw. It was hot to the touch but was not painful. The first time I noticed it was a slight itch behind my knee and the skin came off when I scratched it like a blister. Anyway the night before I decided to go to the dr I remembered potato draws out infection. I wasn't expecting too much because I had applied everything I could possibly think of to cure it. I cut a potato into and pressed it directly on the area for about 30 min before retiring for the night. The next morning I was stunned to fond the fever in it was gone and was well on the way to healing up! It healed up with only a pimple like bump remaining. I scraped the top off of it and applied another piece of potato to it. That's all it took. No scar no after affects that I have read other people have suffered I wished I had taken a picture of the sore because it was getting quite large. I am still amazed by this simple remedy that worked for me!!! Also has worked on other members of my family. This is long and I have no idea if it will work for everyone but surely shouldn't hurt to try it. It has worked for me many times. The little bluster is the tell tale sign becauseost of the time one won't see the spider because they are very fast and I have never felt the bite at the time.

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  • Wart

    You can put a raw potato in an old sock and use it as a weapon. Lol

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  • C Monty

    Boil red potatos and drink the potato water for stomach ulsers. You can use the potatoes for other meals but drink a cup of the potato water once a day for a couple of weeks…cured my dads stomach ulsers when nothing else helped...

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  • Fred King

    When using a deep fryer, slice a potato and cook it (like french fries) to remove taste and odor from the oil after cooking fish and/or other meat.
    Throw out the cooked potato-the oil will cleaned and ready for reuse.

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  • Carol R

    I have systemic lupus & fibromyalgia & rhumatoid arthritis, so my fingers have had many painful times of uncontroled pain. Quite a few years ago in the middle of pealing a 5 lb box of garlic pods, my finger tips began to sting like crazy & nothing but nothing I tried would take the painful sting out until I called my mother who told me to shred a potato into a bowl of cold water & soak my fingers for 15 minuets. My fingers were so painful from the garlic that my hubby had to shred the potato for me, but just a minuet or two of soaking my fingers in the shredded potato water & the stinging & pain stopped! Now I can't claim that this method works for my health problems, but, it sure dose work for stopping the extream pain of garlic sting!

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  • Carol R

    Another use for potatoes is for keeping eye glasses clean! Yes you read that right! If there's one thing that really bugs me, it's trying to keep my eye glasses clean! The solution to this problem is the same as the method for killing the garlic pain, but instead of a 15 minuet soak, this takes just 5 minuets but with warm water not cold! Grate a potato into a warm bowl of water. Not hot water but a low temp warm water. After the short soak clean off all the potato water & you will have sparkling clean eye glasses!

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  • cindy

    if you get welding flash in your eyes, you can put a cut potato on them to get rid of the burning.

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  • Pat

    One more use for the lowly potato - pierce a knitting needle through a potato until the needle cap is against the potato skin. You now have a working drop spindle with which to spin your wool into yarn.

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  • Not Really Me

    Mr. Potato Head!

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  • Jay

    You can take potato flakes or shredded and fill a bath to soak your body to help w/ sunburn, rashes, and poison ivy. You can make bread out of the top layer when you boil them. If you have ones that have you can plant them. They will grow in any soil especially where nothing grows. They will even grow in hay or wet newspaper. If you grow a lot you can make your own vodka. 100 proof vodka has lots of uses.

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  • Jay

    You can take potato flakes or shredded and fill a bath to soak your body to help w/ sunburn, rashes, and poison ivy. You can make bread out of the top layer when you boil them. If you have ones that have eyes you can plant them. They will grow in any soil especially where nothing grows. They will even grow in hay or wet newspaper. If you grow a lot you can make your own vodka. 100 proof vodka has lots of uses. Reason why they r staple for celts n Vikings n the sweet or yam for tribal people still living in south n Central America

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl July 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I often used the powdered instant potatoes as a thickening agent for cream soups that are too runny.

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  • Just me

    Wipers don't work? Before driving in heavy rain rub a raw potato all over your windshield. The water will "sheet" instead of form drops and improve visibility.

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  • Robert

    I have much more respect for the potato since learning all the uses it has. Thanks

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  • Virginia

    I know that you can put a potato in a pot of soup or stew that has too much salt and it will absorb the extra salt. But, I had no idea about all these other uses. Brown recluses are common where I live and having something that will take out fever without chemicals is wonderful. Great article! This goes into my notebook, comments and all.

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  • heather

    Potatoes can be used to draw out infection and other things.. I know it sounds crazy but it really does work I know from personal experience.. Got a boil, risen, splinter, insect bite, skin infection, etc?? Take a potato cut a slice of it scrape the flesh of the potato to get the juices coming out a little put it over the wound put gauze or rag or paper towel over it then take plastic bag or saran wrap and tape over it to secure potato, leave on over night or several hours and then take off.. It may take more than one application depending on the wound but it will definitely pull out any infection, pus, splinter, etc..

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  • Renee

    Definitely works to reduce fever. I'm 32 and my mother used to tie them around my forehead and chest overnight. The next morning the potatoes would be black. My 7 month old baby has a fever now I just did the same for him, hasn't been an hour yet and already his temp has started to go down. The POWER of THE POTATOE!!

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  • mommy nat

    Mastitis (infection of blocked milk ducts in nursing mothers) is extremely painful and can lead to abcess. I just got over a bout of mastitis accompanied with fever by spreading grated potato on the infected breast and letting it sit for an hour covered with a paper towel. Between that and nursing my baby, the fever was gone in six hours!

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  • Lalie

    at Not Really Me
    :-)

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  • Rose

    You can peel and eat a raw potato to help with digestion. The potato starch acts like a fiber when it hits your gut. It is called resistent starch. It actually feeds your gut and makes everything work good. If you don't like raw potato then you can buy potato starch and mix with water and drink it. About a teaspoon at first and work up to a tablespoon. If you have trouble with constipation this really clears things out, and helps the body burn fat as well. You will be amazed at the difference. Love all the comments by the way. I learned a lot from this article. Thanks

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  • joanne scott

    I tripped and fell on my chin, leaving a huge purple ball of swelling. Not getting very far with ice compresses, I asked my husband what his back woods granny used to use. We grated a potato and made a compress and the swelling came down so fast it left temporary wrinkles in the overstretched skin. I was shocked with the quick results.

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  • Rene El

    My husband fell off a saw horse while painting, trying not to fall on his arm and break it , he landed hard on his right back rib. That night we tried the potatoe poltice, (only grated potatoe). In the morning there was no sign of injury!!! No swelling, no redness, no mark!! There was still underlying pain, probably the rib bone.I had never used a potatoe poltice before, but i had read in was good for soft tissue injury. I'm now trying it on a leg injury of my own that i have had for about a month, and its rapidly healing. I'm amazed and hooked!

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  • Reise IRVIN

    You can bake a potato, put salt, pepper, butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon on it then eat it. It's pretty legit

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  • Hlm

    I heard that if u slice potato n put it under your foot it sucks the toxins out when someone has a cold.but can u do this on a one month old baby?will it harm them

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