Kool-Aid is for More Than Just Drinking

Now that we’re trying to stay cool right here in the middle of summer, I’m sure most of you have pitchers of cold, refreshing Kool-Aid stored in your refrigerators. You don’t even have to have little ones in your house anymore. We empty nesters love it, too. But Kool-Aid is good for so many other things, too. Here are just a few uses I’ve found for it…..

*Dyeing fabric. Beside drinking Kool-Aid, I’ve found it serves as an excellent dye. If you’re a cross-stitcher you know how hard it is to find Aida and linen fabric that’s just the color you need. With its 44 assorted flavors Kool-Aid, provides a variety of brilliant shades of colors, which you can use to tint your cross-stitch fabric. If you can’t find the shade you need among all those colors, why not experiment on a scrap piece of fabric by mixing colors? I’ve done this before and have had excellent results. I especially love the blueberry flavor as I’v used it for many a sky-filled background in my cross-stitch projects of landscapes. (It sure beats stitching a blue sky.)

*Dyeing yarns and embroidery threads. You can use it to dye your light-colored yarns without having to buy a new color. You can even dye your embroidery floss to give it a richer color.

*Removing rust stains. Do you have ugly rust stains on your driveway? You don’t have to live with them as Kool-Aid is a good stain remover. If you mix unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid with just a little water and scrub, it should do the job.

*Cleaning the inside of your dishwasher. Again, you’ll need unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid. Just dump a packet into the soap dish, run the cycle and presto, your dishwasher looks new. It’s also good for cleaning out dirty drains.

*Watercolors for your kids. Kool-Aid is cheaper than watercolors and produces vibrant colors that kids love. You can stock up on both gallon containers for their favorite colors, as well as individual packets for all the other colors your kids will need to do their watercolor masterpieces.

*Dyes for Easter eggs. Rather than traditional Easter egg dyes, you can also color Easter eggs with Kool-Aid.

*Kool-Aid Stands. When the kids tire of watercoloring, help them set up their own business, right on the corner of your block. Who can bypass these enterprising pint-sized business tykes who stand out in the heat just trying to earn some extra summer spending money. What’s more, it will give you a break from the perpetual woes, “I’m bored, Mom!”

*Decorating cookies. By adding just a sprinkle of Kool-Aid mix, you make your cookies stand out, looking not only outstanding, but adding an extra sweet taste.

*Cake icing dye. No need to run to the grocery store to buy a dye for your cake icing. Just add a packet of Kool-Aid to your frosting to give it the color that fits the occasion of your party.

And, finally, don’t forget to just drink it. It’s a great way to stay cool during these hot summer days. And when summer fades into fall, you can continue to buy this product for scores of other uses.

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