Just because you have decided to cut back on your sugar consumption, it doesn’t mean you have to throw it in the garbage. There so many things you can do with white sugar other than eating it. From using it as a body exfoliator to removing stubborn stains and odor, below are nine other ways you can use white sugar at home.
1. Coffee Grinder Cleaner
Coffee grinders are often times filled with stale odors from old coffee grounds and they are notoriously hard to clean. White sugar is a good coffee grinder cleaner; it absorbs odors and flavors lurking in your coffee grinder. Sugar can also be used to clean spice grinders. To use your sugar as a cleaner simply pour about ¼ cup of sugar into your grinder, blend as if you are grinding your coffee beans for a few minutes. Pour out the grind sugar and rinse with warm water, use a damp cloth to remove excess sugar. Your pot of coffee will be very clean and you can look forward to a fresher and tastier next pot of coffee.
2. Eliminate Odors from Plastic Containers and Thermoses
White sugar can also be used to remove odors in plastic containers and thermoses. Add a few teaspoon of sugar into your container and close tightly. Ensure you rinse before use, the unpleasant odor will be eliminated.
3. Exfoliate your Body
Do you want a soft, bright skin? Sugar is your ideal exfoliator. To create a homemade scrub, you will need the following;
White Sugar (1/2 cup)
Oil of choice (1/2 cup oil of coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil or almond oil)
2 drops of your favorite essential oil or vanilla extract
All materials listed above should be mixed together and store in an airtight jar
Scoop 1 to 2 teaspoons as needed in the shower. Scrub your skin in a circular gentle motion and rinse. Your skin will become soft and smooth after repeated usage.
4. Smooth Dry, Chapped Lips
You can create a sugar scrub to slough away dead skin on dry chapped lips. Mix an equal amount of coconut oil and sugar to form a paste. Apply the mixture on your lips and allow it stay for 40 seconds. Wipe afterward with a damp cloth.
5. Remove Grass Stains from Clothes
If you are a tumble and rough kind of a guy or girl, or if you have kids that regularly come home with grass stains on shoes and clothes, sugar is your go-to stain remover for these unsightly stains. To maximize sugar as a stain remover, mix warm water and sugar in equal parts to form a paste. Gladly rub the paste on the grass stain and allow it stay for an hour. This should be followed by washing your clothes normally with regular detergents. This works wonders on multicolored clothes that you wouldn’t dream of bleaching.
6. Stop Mold on Cheese
White sugar is very effective in absorbing nasty odors and moistures that favour mold growth on cheese. Simply add some sugar cubes into an airtight container with your cheese. This can also be used to prevent mold from forming on bread.
7. Wound treatment
Yeah, you read that right, white sugar can be used to treat wounds and cure painful infections. This has been a wives tale for years, but it has been medically proven that it works. Salt, on the other hand, is painful on a wound, sugar is not. Sugar reduces pain and has been shown to be just as effective as conventional medicine according to the studies conducted by researchers from Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, and reported by the Daily Mail.
Medical personnel use granulated sugar on leg ulcers, bed sores and amputations before dressing the wound. It was discovered that it eliminates the bacteria that cause chronic pain and prevents wound healing. Generally, bacteria need water to survive, but sugar makes the medium inhabitable by drying out the water from the wound into the dressing.
A study conducted in Beit Cure International Hospital showed that 72% of wounded patients treated with sugar experienced no pain. Honey was discovered to be more effective as 86% of patients was recorded not to experience pain.
8. Dissolves grease from hands
If you are a mechanic or a DIY kind of a guy who works regularly on cars or engines, degreasing your hand might be a challenge, worry not sugar provides a solution to having your hand degreased. Rather than making use of chemical fortified grease removal, mix sugar and liquid soap into your hands and rub together. Sugar as an exfoliator will remove grease and make your hand soft.
9. Removes food odors from hands
Do you have fish, onion or garlic odor on your hands? Eliminate the odor by pouring one tablespoon of sugar and liquid soap into your palm. Rub your hands together and rinse with warm water. Your hands will be clean and free in no time.
That’s it, folks, these are easy ways to use sugar on your body and at home. Just don’t eat it!!