5 Alternate Uses for Sugar
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5 Alternate Uses for Sugar

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Instead of cooking with sugar we came up with these alternate uses that put a simple household ingredient to work! Sugar seems to be one of those household ingredients that never runs out. Anyone else agree? Instead of letting it sit in your cupboards or pantry why not put your sugar to use! Instead of cooking with sugar we came up with these alternate uses that put a simple household ingredient to work!

Alternative Uses for Sugar

1. Ease the Burn of Spicy Food

We’ve all been there. You’ve just inhaled 5 tacos that were a little spicier than usual and you have no drink in sight! As it turns out sugar can help. Instead of turning to dairy or acidic foods to counteract your aversion to spice, try using sugar instead. Eating a sugar cube our about a teaspoon of sugar does wonders to sooth you mouth. Sugar will absorb the oil coating your mouth, which is the cause of the burning sensation you’re feeling, and gets rid of it by providing a an alternative taste  too.

2. Creating a Delicious Sugar Body Scrub

Okay, so we don’t recommend you eat it, but a sugar body scrub will do wonders for your skin and your wallet. No longer will you have to run to Sephora or the drug store to turn your dull dry skin into something shiny and new. Find an empty jar or container in your home and mix two parts sugar and one part oil (baby oil, extra virgin coconut oil, almond oil, safflower oil, etc.). Be sure your mixture is blended evenly before you start using it in your bathing routine! And if you want to add some extra scent try incorporating a few drops of essential oil.

3. Feeding Your Flowers

Are your favorite flowers looking droopy? Don’t worry, that is definitely something a little sugar can fix! Mix  3 teaspoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar  in a quart of warm water. You’ll want to pour this concoction onto your flowers near the root so the sugar will feed them while the white vinegar stops the growth of bacteria.

4. Cleaning Grinders

Do you love brewing a fresh pot of coffee at home? If you’re grinding your own beans you’ll want to take note of this tip. Grinders, especially those used for beans, can store oil from previous contents which can give your ingredients a funky taste. One way to put a stop to this is with sugar!  Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into your grinder and turn it on for 3-5 minutes. Next you’ll want to dump out the contents and wipe off your grinder well. The sugar will absorb the oil left from previous grinding sessions and remove any unwanted flavors.

5. Trap Wasps

No one likes wasps in their home. Not only are they a nuisance, but they’re a danger too! Get rid of them by creating your own wasp trap! Make your own simple syrup by boiling water and sugar together. Fill an empty jar, leaving the lid off,  with your simple syrup and place it where your wasps are congregating. The sugar will attract wasps to the simple syrup and they’ll drown or get stuck.

 

Thanks to Mother Nature Network some of these tips!

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