Well, another Monday is upon us and we hope you’re not feeling too down about that. Hopefully you had fun this past weekend and made lots of good memories to carry you through the week.
For some of us it was a weekend spent outdoors in the garden, tending to our crops and flowers, making sure everything is coming in nicely. The thing about gardening, though, is that while it can be very therapeutic and help take your mind off your troubles, it can also be extremely messy. Your clothes and hair get dirty from digging in the dirt, and your hands? Lordy, don’t even get us started on the hands. Dirt, mud, caked on grime. After a day spent in the garden they look like something from The Walking Dead, am I right?
Luckily we always have some DIY hand scrub available to take care of those nasty messes. It’s made with just two simple ingredients: sugar, and dish soap. Of course after rinsing our hands clean we got to thinking about some of the other ways we use sugar, which leads us to today, where we’re going to tell you 5 uses for sugar, other than eating.
1. Hand Scrub
As mentioned, this is our go-to recipe for creating a great sugar hand scrub that will take care of some of the nastiest messes. All you have to do is fill a jar 3/4 of the way full with sugar, and then add dish soap until the jar is full just below the mouth. Mix it all together, and add more sugar a little at a time until it turns into a paste consistency…and you’re done! You can even decorate the jars any way you wish and pass them out as gifts.
2. Body Scrub
This one takes the same principals as the hand scrub, only it can be applied to your entire body for exfoliating purposes. Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing those expensive sugar scrubs you find on the market.
To make it, just combine sugar with coconut, almond, or olive oil until it forms a loose paste. For added effect, put in some drops of your favorite essential oil for a refreshing fragrance.
To use this wonderful scrub, just step into the shower and wet your skin and allow those pores to open up. Turn off the water or step out of the stream, and apply the scrub to your body just like you would your ordinary soap. Then, turn on the water or step back under the stream and rinse it all away.
3. Clean Your Grinder
We love freshly ground coffee in the morning, but the only drawback is that coffee beans contain natural oils that can build up over time in your grinder.
To clean your coffee grinder with sugar, just pour 1/4 cup of the white stuff into the machine, then let it run for a few minutes. The sugar will do all the work breaking down and cleaning out the excess oil that has built up, as well as scour it clean at the same time.
4. Cool Your Tongue
You know how you burn your mouth when you sip a drink that’s too hot, or eat something that hasn’t quite cooled yet because you’re so hungry you just can’t wait for it to simmer? Hey, we’ve all been there.
To relieve the sting caused by hot food or drink, try sucking on a little bit of sugar to bring you some comfort, or alternately suck on a sugar cube until it has completely dissolved.
5. Fresher Flowers
Whether they’re flowers cut from your own garden, or flowers your significant other has brought you just because they love you (or they’re trying desperately to apologize for something), using sugar can help prolong the life of those beauties.
Just add 3 teaspoons of sugar to one quart of water, and drop your flowers in the vase. The sugar will feed the stems, helping those roses, carnations, and peonies to thrive long after they’ve been separated from their natural habitat.
For an extra kick, pour in 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to help combat the growth of bacteria.
Pretty neat, right? Most of the time we think of sugar as something we use to take care of those sweet tooth cravings. Who knew it could be used for so much more than eating?
We hope you got some use out of those DIY tips, because there will be some more coming your way on Wednesday when we pass along some great combinations of essential oils that will help make your home smell amazing!
Until then…have a great start to your week, everyone.