Nuts are often limited to edible uses, but as you’ll see in this post, there are many non-edible uses of nuts.
Nuts, are fruits composed of an inedible hard shell and a (usually edible) seed. Based on this definition, some “nuts” such as cashews, peanuts, and almonds are not actually nuts but are botanically seeds. Find below the non-edible uses of nuts:
Non Edible Uses of Peanuts
Peanut shells can be processed and used in the manufacture of soap, cosmetics, wallboard, plastics, linoleum, abrasives, plastic, and many other items but that is not all. After being processed into peanut butter, there are many interesting DIY non-edible ways peanut butter can be used and here are some of them:
Shaving cream substitute:
That’s right. If you’ve run out of shaving cream, according to Life Hacks, peanut butter works just fine as a substitute. The oil from the mixture serves as a good lubricant and gives the same shaving effect as shaving cream.
Shocking right? But it’s true. You can use peanut butter to remove gum if it’s stuck somewhere e.g a child’s hair. All you have to do is rub some peanut butter on the area, let it sit for a while, and the natural oil will make the sticky object less sticky and easier to pull off.
Non Edible Uses of Walnuts
Walnuts have many health benefits. They’re good sources of fibers and vitamins but that’s not all. Their non edible uses are just as important as its edible uses and below is one of them:
Cleaning and polishing:
Walnut shells can be grounded and used as cleaning, polishing, and paint thickening agents. They’re versatile abrasives and their size ranges from coarse grits to fine powders used for scouring. They don’t scratch surfaces like other scouring agents and because of this, can be used to clean metal, glass, and even wood without ruining their appearance. They’re also used to clean jewelry to give them that sparkling shine. The crushed shells are usually mixed with baking soda and water to make a scoring mixture for cleaning pots or substances like furniture polish, depending on the surface to be cleaned.
Non Edible Uses of Hazelnuts
Hazel nuts can do more than appear in your jar of nutella. Their shells can be ground and used as garden mulch to keep weeds down. The shells can also be used as decorative surfaces for garden pathways.
Like most nuts, hazel nuts can be extracted for oil. Hazelnut oil can be applied to hair as a diary hair care regimen for dry and damaged hair.
Non Edible Uses of Almonds
Almonds are delicious; it can be eaten raw, boiled or roasted. It can also be used to make almond flour and almond milk. The latter is a popular substitute for dairy milk because of its health benefits. However, there are some other things you can do with almonds such as:
Almond body scrub:
You can prepare your own homemade almond body scrub with these simple steps; mix almond pulp with coconut oil and add a few drops of essential oil. Almond body scrubs are used for exfoliating and getting rid of dry or flaky skin cells. They smell really good but when using homemade almond body scrub, you should be sure you’re not allergic to them.
Another homemade skin care product you can make with almonds are almond oil. The steps are equally as easy; blend almonds at low speed and add some olive oil to the mixture. After blending, you sieve the oil from the shaft and you’ll have your golden colored oil. Almond oil can be applied to hair and skin to add glow.
Almond shell and hull can be ground and processed into livestock feed because they’re organic sources of fiber. They can also be used as a bedding material for garden planters.
Non Edible Uses of Cashews
You’ve probably eaten your cashew raw, roasted, or seen it in a chocolate bar. It has a lot of benefits so it’s a widely consumed nut. However, cashew can also be used for industrial purposes to make what is known as Cashew nut shell liquid.
Cashew nut shell liquid:
This by-product is gotten by processing cashew. It is a natural resin with yellowish sheen found in the structure of the cashew nut shell. The product serves as raw material and can be used in the preparation of drugs, insecticides, paints, and anti-termite treatment for timber.
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