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Cucumber Uses

Posted by terrepruitt on July 5, 2011

Day flew by, even thought I didn’t teach a Nia class today, I am just now getting to my post.  I received this list a long time ago.  My plan was to research each fact to see if it was true. I realize that I could spend my time looking up each item and not really find out if it was true.  AND, I realized that my readers probably know better.  Some of you might have received this very same list.  Some of you might have tried some of these things.  And better yet, some of you might venture on this very post to comment on what you know.

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 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.

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. 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 with 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.

9. Just finish a business 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.

10. 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.

11. 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!!

I am adding that a cucumber is mostly water.  And while their flavor is in their seeds, I have heard that it is the seeds that might also cause gas for some people.  In case you have received this list in an e-mail you may notice a couple missing, yeah, I removed them because I didn’t feel comfortable posting them.  I didn’t check on these except for the vitamins.  I wanted to give you an idea about that.

According to About.com a cup of sliced cucumbers contain the follow amounts of what is listed above:

•Calcium: 8 mg
•Iron: 0.15 mg
•Magnesium: 7 mg
•Phosphorus: 12 mg
•Potassium: 76 mg
•Zinc: 0.10 mg
•Vitamin C: 1.5 mg
•Thiamin (B1): 0.014 mg
•Riboflavin (B2): 0.017 mg
•Niacin (B3): 0.051 mg
•Pantothenic Acid (B5): 0.135 mg
•Vitamin B6: 0.021 mg
•Vitamin B12: 0 mg

As I typed this I made me want some cucumber water.

Have you tried any of these tips?  Do they work?  Let us know.

8 Responses to “Cucumber Uses”

  1. niachick said

    I knew a few of the things you mentioned, but all of the vitamins, I had no idea. Thank you for this post! I’m printing it out. Cucumbers don’t like me, but I may have to see if we can at least become friends. I’m going to try the rubbing of cukes on the bathroom mirror. That’s awesome.


    • Since cucumbers have such a high water content I don’t think of them as having much of anything. 🙂

      I am not sure why they don’t like you, but I wonder if you tried them but without the seeds if they would like you more? 🙂

      Let me know about the bathroom mirror. I went to the store today and bought a cucumber, but as I was driving home I realized that I don’t want to waste the English kind on the mirror. I will use the other kind that need to be peeled. I am curious. I would think if it does work on the mirror it would work on windows too. I wonder if it would work on eyeglasses?



  2. Cucumber water – reminds me of the spa. Ahhh. I’d really like to try the garden one. We gave a lot of snails. I guess they are like slugs. 🙂 Cucumbers are probably my favorite.


    • Yeah, cucumber water is so refreshing so it seems spa like and it probably served in spas.

      Let me know about the garden one!

      So happy, happy, happy to see you here!


  3. Becky said

    You’ll make me a cucumber water in 19ish days?? 🙂
    I need to try the afternoon pick-me-up thing.


    • Ha! Yay. You haven’t shared any plans with me. At the end of last month a Nia Jam came up on your race day so I might not be able to make it. I wish they weren’t the same day because I wanted to be there to support you and I am not sure I can make it. AND . . . . I would have LOVED for you to come to the Jam, but I am not sure you could do both. 🙂

      I need to try a few things on that list. I am glad I found it again. I just bought a cucumber to try some of the things but I decided I don’t want to waste it rubbing it on the mirrors and fixtures. 🙂 I’ll buy the cheap ones for that!

      If you try any of the tips and they work. Let us know.


  4. Michele said

    Wow, I had not seen that list…I am constantly amazed at the simplicity with which things can be accomplished, and yet I am the so guilty of loading up my shopping cart at Target with all kinds of chemicals that make all the same claims! Cheers to keeping it simple and all things cucumber!! Mmmmm spa water!


    • Well, it could be that cucumber works, but the chemicals work “better”. And we are accustom to things being a certain way so it could be that the tendancy is to go with the chemicals. ALSO, remember, that I am not saying that this list is true, I was hoping that some of you guys would be able to tell me!

      I know of cucumbers on the eyes, cucumbers in water and martinis, but I have not tried any of these. I am waiting for some of my readers/commentors to let me know. Are you gonna try any of them? Let me know.

      I’ll police your cart the next time we are at Target. 🙂


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