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10 New Uses for Your Old Bacon Grease

You can’t go wrong with bacon. It’s a staple in the kitchen because of its delicious flavor and versatility. But, as great as this food is to eat, the amazing things you can do with old bacon grease are even better.

Surprisingly, there are many ways you can use your leftover grease. If you tend to throw out your grease, here are some of the things you can do with it when you hang onto it.

1. Cooking

Flickr/peace6x
Flickr/peace6x

Naturally, cooking with bacon grease is one of the most popular uses for it. You can add it to anything from potatoes and other vegetables to sandwiches and pancakes.

2. Remove a Splinter

Flickr/Nathal
Flickr/Nathal

Removing splinters is painful. Before digging one out with tweezers, try putting some bacon grease on. After cleaning the skin around the splinter, place a small amount of the grease over it and place a Band-Aid on top. In the morning, the splinter will be easily removable without any pain.

3. Leather Polish

Flickr/ Alan Levine
Flickr/ Alan Levine

Instead of wasting money on expensive leather products, stick with bacon grease. It is perfect for shining up leather bags and boots.

4. Bug Repellant

Flickr/ Andy Eick
Flickr/ Andy Eick

Using bacon grease as a bug repellant is especially helpful for those with horses. If you put the grease in the areas the bugs like to bite the most, they will stay away. Putting grease at the base of your horse’s ears or under the jaw is the best solution.

5. DIY Bacon Candles

Flickr/ Edsel Little
Flickr/ Edsel Little

Just by pouring hot bacon fat into a small container and adding a wick, you can create a cool DIY candle. What’s even better about this simple trick is that you can even add the drippings back on top of food.

6. Bird Feeder

Flickr/ Tony Alter
Flickr/ Tony Alter

If you are looking for a simple way to feed the birds outside your home, bacon grease can help. Simply cover a pinecone in grease and cover in birdseed.

7. Squeaky Hinges

Flickr/ Romana Klee
Flickr/ Romana Klee

If you have squeaky hinges, bacon grease is the answer. Simply put a bit of the grease on the pin and the squeak will quickly disappear.

8. Cleanup After Painting

Flickr/ farrahsanjari
Flickr/ farrahsanjari

Paint and tar are difficult to get off your hands. To make it easier, cover your hands liberally in bacon grease and wipe off with a rag. The paint or tar will come off much easier than before.

9. Add it to Dog Food

Flickr/ Chris Gladis
Flickr/ Chris Gladis

Putting old bacon grease in your dog’s food will make it taste better. It will also make it easier for your dog to digest the food.

10. Get Beautiful Heels

Flickr/ Amy the Nurse
Flickr/ Amy the Nurse

Putting a little bacon grease on your feet before you go to bed will make them soft and beautiful. Just put on socks over the bacon to get the best results.

These are all some of the great things you can do with that left-over grease. So, before you throw it out, make sure you give some of these things a try.

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10 New Uses for Your Old Bacon Grease