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The Pantry Quiz #11

The Pantry Quiz.

What is it?

According to Reader's Digest, one common ingredient in your pantry can clear up acne, stand in for shaving cream, remove paint from your hair, polish your furniture, and bring an old baseball mitt back to life. What is it?


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Baking soda (base), cream of tartar (acid), baking powder (base), flour (acid), maple syrup (acid).]

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Olive oil!

I seem to remember hearing about the paint in the hair thing before most people (other than those of Mediterranean descent, of course) had olive oil around, so I'd guess any cooking oil would work. I just checked and there are 7 different oils in my pantry.

Has to be an oil and I have heard to put olive on hair. So would have to agree with olive oil

vinegar? I have rice, apple cider, balsamic and white vinegar in the fridge and pantry.

Peanut butter can do all of those things, as well - but it's probably the oil content that makes it possible.


I'm pretty sure it's mayonnaise. I have read about using it as furniture polish, a leather moisturizer treatment and shaving cream.

I can't see using peanut butter to clear up acne; however, when smeared on your face, your dog will love you more.

I believe I've heard about mayo and the baseball mitt trick. This is such a fun quiz, Lydia:)

I'm guessing olive oil, and yes, I have some in my pantry.

I am totally stumped and curious and refuse to google! I don't think it is peanut butter, maaaaybe mayo, perhaps oil of some variety but I think I will ponder this awhile - hmmmm

I have no idea. I might say mayo, but as a cure for acne? Can't imagine it.

I bet linseed oil AKA flax seed oil could do these things, but I don't think that's the answer... Acne is the dubious part for all the suggestions, although I think olive oil has enough acidity to support the skin's 'acid mantle.'

...and are you going to identify that photo? (inquiring minds, etc)

I'm pretty sure it's olive oil; I've heard about treatments using it for hair, skin and furniture so the others seem to work. I would add? Getting rid of capsaicin after cutting peppers. I keep it handy after dicing jalapenos, rub my hands with a bit and then wash them...the capsaicin binds to the oil and washes away!

Interesting picture...I will go with olive oil.

Mayo, I think.

White Vinegar

Peanut butter.

Got to go with mayo

I am going with olive oil. It has been used in Mediterranean countries for centuries for hair and skin care.

Olive oil for sure!

olive oil

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