This information was in The New York Times several weeks
ago 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, avoiding
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 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.

11. 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.

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!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for
better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday
problems.