You must have been using sugar to sweeten your cakes, sweets and desserts, but you may have not thought that sugar can be of any use without it being eaten.
Sugar is one such interesting food ingredient that can have alternate applications, some of which you may find strange, but all of them useful.
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Keep Flowers Fresh For Long
Sugar has simple carbohydrates that give nutrition not just to humans and animals, but to plants too! You can add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the water in your flower vase. It is advisable to also add a teaspoon of vinegar to it to prevent ants and bacteria to get attracted by the sugar and act as an antibacterial.
Use As Body Scrub
Sugar can be a wonderful exfoliating agent. Mix one part of sugar with two parts of almond oil or olive oil. Rub this mixture over your skin and then wash it off with plain water. Your skin will get rid of the dry and dead cells and get rejuvenated and feel supple and smooth.
Get Rid of Grease from Hands
If you have greasy and dirty hands, you need not look out for soap that has a drying affect on the hand. Instead take a tablespoon of sugar and mix it with a tablespoon of olive oil and rub it thoroughly over your palms and then wash off with water. You will find your hands clean and non-greasy.
Moisturise Your Lips
Lips are highly prone to drying in winters and need constant moisturising. Well, you can chuck your chap stick and get some sugar instead from your kitchen to get those smooth kiss-worthy lips. Mix jojoba oil and castor sugar or some granulated sugar and apply it over your lips and wash it off after a minute.
Cockroaches create nuisance in houses. Did you think sugar could aid you in driving them out of your house? Yes, you can get rid of them by mixing sugar and baking soda and putting this mixture in the areas of the house where cockroaches would easily find them. The sugar would attract the cockroaches and when the cockroaches eat the mixture, the baking soda in it would kill them.
Sugar has been used to heal cuts and infections in some of the African countries since ages. The reason why sugar works at healing wounds is because it absorbs the moisture from the wounded area and the bacteria do not spread because of the lack of sufficient moisture, a must for bacterial growth. You just need to rub some dry sugar on your wounds for healing.
Clean up the Grinders
Grinders that are used to grind coffee beans and spices often retain their smell and flavour long after the use. To remove them, get a quarter cup of sugar and grind it in the grinder for a few minutes. Clean the grinder with a cotton cloth after grinding sugar.
Remove Grass Stains
Grass stains are difficult to remove, but with sugar to your aid, you can do it easily. Heat some water and add to it sugar such that it becomes a paste. Rub this paste over the stained cloth and let it stay for an hour and then wash it with your regular detergent. This sugar remedy is far less harsh on the clothes than chemical stain removers and bleaches.
Prevent Lipstick Smudge
The moisture absorbing property of sugar has many advantages among which protecting your lipstick from smudging is one. The sugar absorbs the moisture of the lipstick and let the colour remain on the lips. You just have to apply some sugar on your lips after putting on your lipstick and lick off the sugar after 30 seconds.
Keep Cakes & Biscuits Fresh
While sugar makes confectionaries tasty, it also can protect them. Just put in a little sugar in the vessel in which you store the cake, biscuit or cookies. Make sure that it is an air-tight container. Sugar in this case would absorb the stale air inside the container.
Soothe Burning Tongue
Whether your tongue is burning from eating something very spicy such as a chilli or having something very hot like a hot soup, you can count on sugar to relieve you from your burn. Take spoonful of sugar or get a sugar cube and suck on it. You will feel better instantly.
Flies can be very irritating and there is very little that can be done to repel them. Well, you can stop worrying about them if you use sugar as your tool to fight them. Make sugar and water syrup and put it in a vessel with the top open. It would attract the wasps and they would fly in and get trapped in it and die.