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19 Wacky Uses for Tang®

  1. Clean toilet bowls. Put Tang in the toilet bowl, and let it sit for one hour. Brush and flush. The citric acid in Tang removes stains from vitreous china.
  2. Clean your dishwasher. Fill the soap receptical dish with Tang powder and run the dishwasher through its regular cycle wihtout any dishes or detergent. The citric acid in Tang removes grunge and soap scum from the pipes and tubes inside of a dishwasher.
  3. Shampoo your hair. Pour a tablespoon of Tang drink mix into the cupped palm of your hand, add enough water to make a paste, then wash your hair with the first drink mix to go the moon. The citric acid in Tang cuts through sebum oil in hair.
  4. Fight bad breath. Put a teaspoon of Tang powdered drink mix in your mouth, swish around, and swallow. The citric acid in Tang stimulates saliva production and impedes the odor-producing enzymes in your mouth. The orange taste of the Tang also freshens your breath.
  5. Get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Drinking several glasses of Tang eases the pangs of nicotine withdrawal. The ascorbic acid in Tang raises the acid level in your urine, clearing nicotine from the body faster.
  6. Teach a cat to stop scratching or chewing certain spots in your home or chewing any item. Dissolve one-half teaspoon Tang Orange Drink Mix and two cups isopropyl alcohol in a sixteen-ounce trigger spray bottle. Spray the solution on whatever items the cat loves chewing. Cats despise the smell of oranges and will give up on that item.
  7. Soothe a sore throat. Mix two teaspoons of Tang in a glass of water and drink the orange beverage to fight a sore throat. The vitamin C in Tang may help your body fight the germs invading your throat.
  8. Spice up your baking. Add Tang to your cake and cookie mixes for an “orange zest”"For instance, to give a sponge cake a zesty flavor, mix two tablespoons Tang to the water before making the batter.
  9. Dye white fabric orange. Mix one-half cup Tang powdered mix and one cup Heinz White Vinegar in a bowl until dissolved. Dip the garment into the orange solution. Wring the excess liquid out of the garment, and hang up to dry.
  10. Clean mineral deposits from the heating element inside a coffeemaker. Fill the coffee pot with water, dissolve two tablespoons Tang in the water, and pour the orange drink into the water tank. Place a coffee filter in the basket, put the coffee pot in place, and run the machine through its cycle. The citric acid in the Tang dissolves the mineral build-up. Run fresh water through the machine twice to get rid of any Tang residue, and then wash the coffee pot with soapy water and rinse clean.
  11. Differentiate hard-boiled eggs from raw eggs in the refrigerator. Add one tablespoon Tang orange drink mix powder to the water when boiling eggs gives the shells a light orange color.
  12. Make a space-age screwdriver. Mix Tang with vodka.
  13. Relieve a hangover. Drinking a tall glass of Tang helps relieve a hangover—thanks to the vitamin C.
  14. Clean an oven. To scrub baked-on food and grease from inside an oven, mix two tablespoons Tang and one cup of water, apply the orange solution to the inside of the oven, and scrub with a nylon brush or non-abrasive scrubbing pad. The citric acid in the Tang miraculously cuts through the grease and grime.
  15. Dissolve a wart. Make a paste from Tang and water, apply to the wart, and cover with a Band-Aid bandage to hold it in place. Repeat daily until the wart disappears. The ascorbic acid can kill wart-producing virus, and together with the citric acid in the Tang will slowly dissolves it.
  16. Make tangy snow cones. Fill a bowl with newly fallen snow, sprinkle Tang (just the powder) on top of it, and dig in with a spoon.
  17. Clean rust from a sink or bathroom fixtures. Make a paste from Tang and water, apply the paste to the rust stain, let sit for one hour, brush, and rinse. The citric acid in the Tang oxidizes the rust.
  18. Give your hair orange highlights. Mix powdered Tang with enough water to make a paste, apply it to your hair, wait five minutes, and then rinse clean.
  19. Cook with Tang. The General Foods USA Consumer Center offers a free packet of recipes including Orangey Pancakes (made with one-half cup of Tang), Whipped Orange Butter (requiring two tablespoons of Tang), Oriental Barbecue Sauce (using one-third cup of Tang), and Herbed Orangey Dressing (made with three tablespoons Tang and one envelope of Good Seasons Classic Herb Salad Dressing Mix).
Copyright © 1995- Joey Green. "Tang" is a registered trademark of Kraft Foods.
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