Onion Peeler

12 Surprising Non-Eating Uses for Onions

Onions are loved in almost every cuisine across the globe. They also have wonderful health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, rich in antioxidants and supposed links to cancer prevention.

In this blog, we are going to tell you about 12 surprising benefits of onions that you may not have known.


In the Home

  1. Clean your BBQ

Cut an onion in half and stick a fork on the top of the round outer edge, light your BBQ and run the onion across the grills and scrub it clean.

  1. Polish Metal

Slice and crush an onion and immerse in water. Take a cloth into the solution and rub the metal surface until clean. Onions will even remove rust.

  1. Get Rid of Paint Smell

Making a bowl of crushed onions in water will help eliminate nasty paint and varnish odours in a room.

  1. DIY Dye

Boil onion skins in a tied-up pair of tights for about 20 mins, and you have an easy homemade dye.

  1. A Natural Pesticide

Blend together onion, garlic, cayenne pepper and add water. This clever solution can be sprayed onto your flowers and plants and will keep the flies off.


In your Food

  1. Preserve Avocados

By adding a red onion in a plastic airtight container with your avocados will stop them ripening too quickly. This also works great with cut avocado, add some red onion slices on top to keep the avocados from browning.

  1. Reviving Burnt Rice

It is annoying when you forget about your rice and burn the bottom. But with the help of the humble onion, your rice could still be edible. Simply place a half onion on top and it will absorb the burnt taste.


Health and Body

  1. Insect Repellent

Rubbing an onion across your skin is a simple and easy way to keep mosquitos and bugs away.

  1. Insect Bites & Stings

Onions help ease the pain of insect bites.

  1. Soothe a Burn

Rubbing an onion on a burn helps soothe the pain

  1. Remove Splinters

Tape a small slice of onion on top of the splinter for an hour. After this time the splinter, can be removed very easily.

  1. An Alternative Smelling Salt

When you’re feeling overworked or light-headed, onions are a great smelling salt alternative.

M&P has sold over 400 onion peeling machines worldwide.  The easy to maintain onion peeling machine is popular as it produces peeled onions comparable to hand peeled onions.  There is very little waste, with waste figures similar to hand peeling and often better in some cases.

Another key benefit of the M&P onion peeling machine is its ease of use.  The machine is very versatile, works well on various size onions and does not require change parts. No specialist knowledge is required to service and maintain the machine and easy access for cleaning ensures downtime is a minimum.   Perhaps the most appealing feature of the onion peeling machine is the low labour requirement.  The number of operators required is a minimum of two if the onions are fed automatically, one person to orientate the onions and one person to inspect and trim the onions – this results in great ‘cost of labour’ savings for the manufacturer.

The Food Processing machines come with a full warranty. M&P also supplies refurbished and used food processing machinery. For more information about M&P’s products or services, visit www.mp-engineering.co.uk.

For more information about the Small Onion, or Large Onion Peeling Machine click on the links.