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19 New Uses for
Gatorade®

  • Clean a toilet. Pour two cups of Gatorade into the toilet bowl, let sit for one hour, then brush and flush clean. The citric acid in Gatorade removes stains from vitreous china.
  • Relieve morning sickness. Drinking Gatorade helps maintain the body’s balance of electrolytes, which regulate the body’s electrochemical balance.
  • Help cure diarrhea. Drinking Gatorade replenishes the electrolytes and glucose being drained from your body during a bout with diarrhea.
  • Relieve the pangs of food poisoning. Drinking Gatorade replaces the electrolytes (particularly potassium and sodium) and fluids flushed out of your system by vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Stave off heat exhaustion. Dehydration or profuse sweating causes a rise in body temperature, resulting in loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Drinking Gatorade replaces electrolytes (the potassium and salt lost through perspiration) and fluid.
  • Settle your stomach after a bout of vomiting and prevent dehydration. To refortify your body with liquid and electrolytes flushed out by vomiting, drink Gatorade to quickly replace essential nutrients and minerals, preventing muscle spasms in your stomach.
  • Prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated from a fever. Drink plenty of Gatorade. The sports drink quickly replaces fluids, electrolytes, and important minerals.
  • Fertilize plants. Water the plants with Gatorade, which contains one percent potassium and the sugar feeds microorganisms, adding nitrogen.
  • Cure a hangover. Since dehydration is the basic cause of a hangover, drinking Gatorade, which is absorbed into the body faster than water or fruit juice, quickly rehydrates the body, remedying the hangover. Gatorade also replaces the electrolytes, minerals, and nutrients drained from your body by the alcohol.
  • Relieve muscle cramps. Drink two cups of Gatorade. Muscle cramps are often caused by dehydration, and the sports drink quickly replaces lost sodium and electrolytes.
  • Relieve nausea. Drink Gatorade to quickly replace essential nutrients and electrolytes, preventing muscle spasms in your stomach.
  • Store sugar. A clean, empty, one-gallon Gatorade bottle makes an excellent container for storing sugar.
  • Store bird seed or pet food. Pour an open box or bag of bird seed or pet food into a clean, empty Gatorade bottle and secure the lid to keep the pet food fresh and free from insects and mice.
  • Protect a small plant from rabbits. Cut off the bottom of an empty, clean Gatorade bottle, and place the uncapped bottle over the plant, pushing it into the soil. Remove the bottle when the weather gets too warm.
  • Make a flower vase. Remove the label from a clean, empty Gatorade bottle, fill half-way with water, and fill with flowers.
  • Make a megaphone. Remove the cap and cut off the bottom of an empty, clean Gatorade bottle.
  • Make a drill holster. Cut a clean, empty Gatorade bottle about halfway on the diagonal. With screws, attach the back of the bottle to the wall above your workbench.
  • Make a hot cap. To make a hot cap, remove the label from an empty, clean bottle of Gatorade, the thirst quencher invented in 1965 by University of Florida nephrologist Dr. Robert Cade and named after the school’s football team, the Florida Gators. Cut off the bottom and place the plastic bottle over seedlings, pushing into the soil firmly. Take the cap off during the day, and replace the cap at night.
  • Make bowling pins. Collect ten clean, empty Gatorade bottles, decorate, if you wish, with Con-Tact Paper, and use a rubber ball to bowl in the backyard.


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