12 Inventive Ways to Use Apples (Besides Eat Them!)

Got a bounty of apples from your fall apple picking? Here’s how to put them to good use.

“Brush” your teeth

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Ever finish a meal and have a bitter taste in your mouth, or graze your tongue on your teeth and feel some extra gunk? When you don’t have time to brush your teeth, chew an apple for a natural teeth cleaner. The firmness of the apple helps to remove pesky particles and increase saliva production, and their clear, clean crispness will not stain your teeth. Here are more oral hygiene tips for white, healthy teeth.

Stop a headache in its tracks

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Sometimes OTC pain relievers don’t seem work fast enough—or you don’t have one handy—to relieve a pounding headache. Certain studies found that sniffing a green apple can ease the headache pain you are experiencing. If you are ever suffering from a headache you can cut the green apple in half and give it a whiff. Try these other aromatherapy tricks to boost your health.

Make an easy craft for kids

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If you are ever babysitting or with your own kiddo and find that they are bored or whining, try making stamps with apples! All you have to do is get some paint or ink (preferably washable or water-based), cut the apple in half, dip the inside and press it on construction paper or cloth. You can experiment with all sorts of colors and create patterns, making this simple art activity a fun one. Check out these steps to make a stamper from fruits and vegetables.

Ripen green tomatoes


How’s that? You just became the proud owner of a bunch of green tomatoes? No sweat. You can quickly ripen them up by placing them—along with an already-ripe apple—in a paper bag for a couple of days. For best results, maintain a ratio of about five or six tomatoes per apple.

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Give your core a workout


Put some extra punch in your crunch by placing an apple between your thighs and squeeze it while you do your crunches. Trying to hold the apple in place will make you work your hip flexors and adductors in addition to your abs. Hate crunches? Try these exercises to flatten your belly without crunches.

Fluff up hardened brown sugar

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Brown sugar has the irritating habit of hardening up when exposed to humidity. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to make this a temporary condition. Simply place an apple wedge in a self-sealing plastic bag with the chunk of hardened brown sugar. Tightly seal the bag and put it in a dry place for a day or two. Your sugar will once again be soft enough to use. Try these other food storage tricks to make food last longer.

Keep cakes fresh


Want a simple and effective way to extend the shelf life of your homemade or store-bought cakes? Store them with a half an apple. It helps the cake maintain its moisture considerably longer than merely popping it in the fridge.

Roast a juicy chicken

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If your roasted chicken tends to emerge from the oven as dry as a snow boot on a summer’s day, don’t fret. The next time you roast a chicken, stuff an apple inside the bird before placing it in the roasting pan. When it’s done cooking, toss the fruit in the trash, and get ready to sit down to a delicious—and juicy—main course.

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Absorb salt in soups and stews


Salting to taste is one thing, but it is possible to overdo it. When you find yourself getting heavy-handed with the saltshaker, simply drop a few apple (or potato) wedges in your pot. After cooking for another 10 minutes or so, remove the wedges—along with the excess salt.

Clean your oily hair


If you ever find that your hair seems to be more oily than usual, put a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a pint of water, and rinse it through your hair after shampooing and conditioning in the shower or bath to help remove soap residue that can contribute to your oily hair. It’s just one of many genius uses for apple cider vinegar.

Give yourself a mini facial


Apples are great when it comes to reducing inflammation and the appearance of fine winkles. All you have to do: Peel an apple and grate the core and then apply it to your skin. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

Make a cozy candlestick


A great way to get crafty during your next fall season gathering is to create candle holders out of apples. You’ll need to de-core the apple, carve out the center and smooth the bottom so it stands up straight. Add in a tea light candle and you have yourself an adorable rustic candle holder.

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