Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kool-Aid is not just a drink?

I ran across this today and loved some of the ideas!! I have added Kool-Aid to playdoh and the kids love the smell, but haven't heard of alot of these. Thought you might find them interesting also. Let me know if you try them and how they work.

1. Make Easy, Flavorful Kool-Aid Frosting - I discovered this unusual use for Kool-Aid powder when I had a can of vanilla frosting one day and a cherry chip cake to frost. I stirred in a package of cherry flavored Kool-Aid and the result was a delicious, creamy topping that everyone loved! If you need to make a tasty frosting for a gelatin cake, all you need to do is fold in a pack of Kool-Aid into a container of thawed Cool Whip®. If the frosting tastes a little tart, add in sugar, a little at a time until it tastes good to you.
2. Make Kool-Aid Brand Lip Gloss - This is an unusual use the girls will love! All they need to do, to make a fruity lip gloss, is to place a small amount of petroleum jelly into a microwave-safe bowl. Stir some Kool-Aid soft drink powder into the jelly- enough to make it the color they desire. Stir in a little sugar, then, place the bowl in a microwave oven for about five or six seconds- just enough to soften the mixture up a bit.
3. Make Sand Art With Kool-Aid Brand Soft Drink MixKool-Aid is perfect for the kids to make safe Sand Art with! All you need to do is provide them with plenty of paper and pencils. After they draw pictures on the paper, give them several different colors of dry Kool-Aid and Elmer's® Glue. Then, instruct them to spread a thin layer of glue over one item in their picture. It's better to start at the top of the pictures so they don't get their arms in the wet mixture. They can then sprinkle Kool-Aid on that area and press it down gently. After the kids shake the excess soft drink powder off, they can continue onto the next section. Once their pictures are done, let them set until the Elmer's Glue dries completely.
4. Temporarily Dye Your Hair With Kool-Aid - If you're going to a party, or, you just want a new look for a short period of time, use Kool-Aid!Choose the color you want to use and pour it into a glass container. Add a teaspoon of corn starch and just enough water to turn the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste to your clean, dry hair and let it set for five minutes. Then, rinse the paste out. Your "new do" will last until you shampoo your hair once or twice.
5. Make Eerie Party Decorations - Another unusual use for Kool-Aid Brand Soft Drink Powder is to make an eerie Halloween decoration with it. Just place some dry ice- don't touch it with your hands!- into a glass, and pour a packet of any flavor Kool-Aid into it. Kids will watch with fascination as the dry ice and Kool-Aid bubbles and mists. Make up several of these glasses and set them around for an eerie effect at your next party!
6. Make Kool-Aid Clay for the Kids - You may already know how to make homemade clay for your kids to play with. But, did you know you can make clay using Kool-Aid brand soft drink powder as well? Mix together a cup of white flour, a fourth cup of salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar and a package of Kool-Aid in a pan. Stir in a cup of water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil and heat the pan over medium heat on your stovetop. After several minutes, the mixture should clump together in the pan. When it does, remove the pan from the stove and let it cool slightly until you can touch it. Knead the Kool-Aid clay with your hands until it's not lumpy anymore. Place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until use.
7. Remove Chlorine From Your Hair - If you swim alot in a chlorinated pool, you may notice that, after awhile, your hair color will change. It's especially noticeable on people who have blonde or light brown hair. To remedy this problem, there are two things you can do. First, anytime you swim in a chlorinated pool, wet your hair with non-chlorinated water first before you get into the pool. This will help keep your hair from absorbing the chlorinated water. Second, to help change your hair back to its original color, use a pack of lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid. Pour a little Kool-Aid in your hand if you have short hair; use more if your hair is long, or if it's really changed color. Then, add a dab of shampoo and lather your hair up. Let the Kool-Aid set on your hair for fifteen minutes before you rinse it and the shampoo out well. Note: Try not to get the Kool-Aid brand soft drink powder in your eyes or it will sting.
8. Kool-Aid Brand Water Colors - Are the kids bored? Why not mix them up some Kool-Aid brand water colors? It's fun for them and safe to use as well. Even if the little ones stick their paint brushes in their mouths, this homemade paint won't hurt them! Pour several packets of different colored soft drink powders into individual glass bowls. (Don't use plastic or the Kool-Aid can stain them.) Stir a tablespoon of water into each bowl; stir until the powders are completely dissolved. Then, provide the kids with plenty of paper and some thick artist's paintbrushes, and they're ready to have some fun! Seal up any leftover Kool-Aid tightly and keep the containers in the refrigerator to use again.
9. Tie Dye an Old Tee Shirt - Because Kool-Aid brand soft drink powder contains artificial colors, it makes a great tie dye for an old tee shirt, or even a pair of cotton socks. Actually, your kids can dye most anything by using Kool-Aid. Curtains, bed sheets, towels, doll clothes and more can quickly change colors if you have some Kool-Aid and these instructions:First, make sure the tee shirt you want to tie dye is clean and dry. Next, open up several packages of Kool-Aid. Pour each package into an individual glass bowl. Stir an ounce of white vinegar into each bowl; make sure the powders dissolve completely. Take the tee shirt and twist the fabric up however you want. Hold it into place with several rubber bands. Before you begin to tie dye your item, you'd better put a pair of rubber gloves on so your hands don't get tie dyed too! Now, grab the shirt at one side and dip into a bowl of Kool-Aid. Then, grab it at another place and choose another color to dip it into. Keep doing this until your creation is finished. Leave the rubber bands in place and set the tee shirt outside in the sun. Once your tie dye tee shirt seems to be dry, remove the rubber bands. Then, spread it outside in the sun so it can completely dry. Then, pop it in the clothes dryer by itself and dry it on "high heat" for fifteen to twenty minutes. This will help set the colors in. Now, your new tie dye tee shirt is ready to wear!Note: The colors can still run, so it's best if you hand wash your creation and hang it up to dry.
10. Use Kool-Aid to Check for Toilet Tank Leaks - Do you hear water running inside your toilet tank in between flushes? There's probably a leak in there that needs to be repaired. An easy way to detect a leak is to use Kool-Aid. The darker colored soft drink powder works the best because you can see it better. Carefully lift the lid off the toilet tank and set it aside. Open up a pack of Kool-Aid and pour it into the tank. The test can take as little as ten minutes or as long as thirty minutes, depending on the size of the leak. Don't flush the toilet! Just watch the toilet bowl. If you see the colored powder float through from the tank, then there's a leak present. It's quite possibly the flapper piece. But, you'll have to investigate further to determine the exact cause.
11. Clean the dishwasher - Cleaning lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and run the (empty) dishwasher. Reward: Citric acid in the mix wipes out stains; you don't have to.

Note: For all of these ideas, use unsweetened Kool-Aid only.


Grandma Carla said...

A MAY ZEEING!!! I found that quite enjoyable. Thanks.

Jen said...

That list is AWESOME!! I just bought some the other day and now I have some funner ( is that even a word?) ways to use them. You ROCK!!