14 unusual but handy uses for pickle juice
Don't toss pickle juice down the drain – there are so many ways to use it.
Ashley Fike

After you’ve finished your jar of pickles, don’t toss the juice down the drain! There are so many ways to use it – some more unusual than others.

Here are 14 unique ways to use leftover pickle juice.

1. Make more pickles!

To make easy refrigerator pickles, put sliced cucumbers or other vegetables into your pickle juice and place the jar back in the fridge for a few days.

pickle juice
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Faros Group

2. Relieve an upset stomach

Vinegar, a fermented food, is a well-known home remedy for an upset stomach, and it’s also one of the primary ingredients in pickle juice. The Washington Post notes that probiotics produced in fermented foods may improve digestion. Try a little bit the next time you have an upset stomach.

3. Treat a hangover

Pickle juice may help to replace electrolytes and fluids lost from a night of drinking. Don’t forget to drink water as well!

hangover cure

4. Add it to a drink recipe

Try TastingTable’s Pickleback or FoodieCrush’s pickle-infused vodka if you are looking for new drink combinations to liven up the taste buds.

5. Replenish electrolytes

According to Business Insider, pickle juice may be the new Gatorade. It contains electrolytes and is a fast way to replenish potassium and sodium levels. Consider bringing some along the next time you work out.

6. Reduce heartburn

It’s also really good at reducing heartburn according to a lot of people. Take a spoonful of pickle juice the next time you experience heartburn and see if it helps.

7. Treat a sunburn

They swear by this one over at The Kitchn. The writer who tried it claimed that there was instant relief and a cooling sensation once it was applied to sunburnt skin.

8. Perk up recipes

You can improve so many recipes with pickle juice! Add it to a bread recipe to give it some zing. Use it to marinate tofu or meat. Bring fries to life with extra flavor. You can even add it to butter to make it anything but plain.

seasoned fries

9. Keep your sidewalk free of ice!

It can be used outside of the house as well! The salt content is high enough to melt ice and may help to keep your walkways clear. According to CNN, there are municipalities that have been trying it as an alternative to traditional road salting.

10. Eliminate bad breath

The healthy bacteria in pickle juice may help to eliminate bad odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.

11. Kill weeds in your garden

The vinegar in pickle juice can also help in gardening. The acidity is high enough to kill most weeds, and it may actually help with certain types of flowers, such as azaleas and rhododendrons, that require highly acidic soil.

garden weeds

12. Reduce muscle cramps

The salt from pickle juice is easily and quickly absorbed by our bodies, resulting in a faster reduction in muscle cramps than if you just had a glass of water.

13. Sooth a sore throat

Either gargle or drink a spoonful or two of pickle juice several times a day and you may notice an improvement in your sore throat thanks to the potent salt and vinegar combination.

14. Make copper pipes and pans shine

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On the HGTV show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines used pickle juice to clean up the copper around a house that they were renovating. It seemed to work really well!

copper pans
Chris Hall
Chris Hall