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What Can You Do with Sugar | Sugar as Facial Scrub

Updated on May 20, 2016
Sugar is used mainly in drinks and cakes. It however, has other uses as well
Sugar is used mainly in drinks and cakes. It however, has other uses as well | Source

Sugar Uses

Whether it is in its purest form that is derived from sugar cane or sugar beet, sugar is an ingredient in all the sumptuous cakes and cookies. Sugar also nurtures a sense of happiness and general well-being. You can say that it is a definitive representation of comfort food! We all love sugar and sugar has been blamed for all the ailments that we have in our body.

However, there is more to sugar than just its sweetness. Read on to discover these nine remote uses of sugar.

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1 Use Sugar as Facial Scrubber

This may sounds odd, but sugar is a good facial scrubber.

Use about a palm-full of sugar and in a circular motion, scrub it on your wet face. Then, rinse and pat dry.

You must use the regular granulated white sugar and scrub only once a week to remove the dead and dry skin.

No need to buy face scrubber anymore and you can save money!

Another version is to mix it with an over-ripe banana and turn it into a body scrub. Mix an overripe banana, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil and gently scrub it onto your body. Then, rinse. Try not to overmix the paste otherwise it will be too soggy.

2 Use Sugar to Keep Ants Away?

You will be wondering how sugar can keep ants away. It should attract ants!

However, if you combine 1/4 cup of powdered detergent with the same amount of sugar and mixing them thoroughly will actually help repel ants as well as cockroaches!

This concoction using sugar is an effective interim measure to keep both ants and cockroaches away, but its potency is short-lived.

3 Tongue Burn Remedy by Using Sugar

If you were impatient or accidentally sipped a hot beverage or ate hot and spicy food and experienced a burning sensation on your tongue, what do you do? You will be screaming like crazy or probably be muttering that four-letter word.

Try sucking a small cube of sugar or any type of sugar to help relieved that burning sensation on your tongue. Using sugar is an excellent way to soothe a burning tongue and it taste good too.

Freshly baked cake if kept in airtight container and cubes of sugar, will keep the cake stay fresh longer
Freshly baked cake if kept in airtight container and cubes of sugar, will keep the cake stay fresh longer | Source

4 How to Keep Cake Fresh; Use Sugar

Adding a few sugar cubes in the same airtight container as your cake will keep the cake stay fresh longer.

You can do the same to cookies. Some even try it on cheese to prevent it from molding.

5 Using Sugar will Get Rid of Strong Cooking Odors

If you fried garlic, experimented on Indian curry recipe or cooked something that left strong cooking odors in the kitchen, what do you do to rid of this odor?

Try boiling some sugar in water. This will eliminate those strong cooking odors not just from the kitchen, but from the rest of the house as well.

6 Cleaning Grinder with Sugar

Sugar will also remove strong smell or flavor that had been collected over times in your coffee bean grinders or the spice grinders

Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar and run it for a few minutes. Sugar will absorb these offending elements and your grinder will smell fresh again!

Adding sugar will prolong the freshness of cut flowers
Adding sugar will prolong the freshness of cut flowers | Source

7 Use of Sugar to Keep Flowers Fresh

To prolong the longevity of freshly cut flowers, simply add a tablespoon of sugar to the water in the vase.

This is an effective method to prolong both the dewy appearance of flowers, and to accelerate the blooming of buds.

Flower requires carbohydrates that are present in the plant to blossoms well. When you cut this flower, it will have less nutrients to give that spectacular bloom. The flower may be pale and will wilt prematurely.

Adding sugar, a form of carbohydrate, will provide this missing nutrient. To prevent any mold build-up, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the mixture as this will kill the germs.

How to Soften Brown Sugar

If you prefer to use brown sugar and find it turning lumpy and harden easily, then try this. Place a saltine cracker or a slice of bread into the sugar container. It will help absorb the moister in the container and prevent the brown sugar from clumping. If you use bread, make sure the storage cupboard is properly ventilated and placed away from heat, as bread cultivates fungi easily.

8 Use Sugar to Clean Greasy Hand

How to clean your greasy hand? Using sugar will solve this problem.

Pour an equal amount of sugar and cooking oil onto your hand and gently rub them together. This will easily clean your greasy and filthy hands.

How does this work? The grit of the sugar will act as an abrasive agent to remove all these grease and grime.

Sugar Bad for Brain?

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles found that diet high in sugar will zapped away your brainpower, as reported in Journal of Physiology.

If you love sweets, then try adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. It was reported that this would minimize the damage!

9 Suffering From Bad Breath? Use Sugar

What do you do if you have bad breath?

Sucking on sugar cube or a teaspoon of sugar is claimed to decrease your bad breath or halitosis. (This tip however, may not be suitable if you have diabetes).

However, in some articles that I had read, bacteria in the back of your throat is said to feed off the sugary stuff. If this is the case, then sucking sugar will encourage the growth of these bacteria!

If you have any experience in this, appreciate your feedback in the comment section, below.

Hiccups and Insect Bites

If you Google, you will also read that sugar can treat insect bites and cure hiccups.

Unfortunately, I was not so successful with these remedies. It does not produce instant relief from insect stings, but it did serve to ease the itchiness of the bites.

Curing hiccup is probably just an old wives' tale, as I did not get any relief from this at all. Maybe I should just go back to my usual remedy of sipping from a freshly opened can of carbonated drink and then gargle for a few seconds. It worked before and should work again. Try it.


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    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from Malaysia

      Lisa, thanks for sharing this. I am sure some readers will find this useful. Have a great weekend.

    • Lisabean2202 profile image

      Lisa Bean 

      10 months ago from Nevada

      I love to use sugar with coconut oil for an easy body scrub. Super easy to make and totally works well.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Malaysia

      Wow, that is an interesting piece of information, Mamamyecin. Thanks for sharing this and I am sure some readers will save lots of money with this tip!

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      3 years ago

      Another good use for sugar is removal of body hair. I learned this from Arab friends who place sugar, about one cupful, on a counter top (stone, but any non-porous surface should do) and then simply add enough water to make a paste. This paste they then spread on their arms and waited for several minutes; washed away sugar paste along with the hair. This was standard procedure for smooth harmless arms. I never tried it but only because I don't have hairy arms; I know it worked for them ... AND I know it used in some beauty salons with a fancy name and high price!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @krsharp05, I usually place the mixture along the ant trails and if I find the source, at the source area as well. If you have small kids or pets, make sure they have no access to this, until you are done. Thanks for the printout. I am so proud of it! Thanks for the votes and your visit.

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      Kristi Sharp 

      7 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      I printed this and put it on the fridge! There are so many great ways to use sugar! As far as ants are concerned, do you just sprinkle the mixture in areas that are prone to ants? I love this hub. Thanks for sharing - voted awesome and up. -K

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @teaches12345: Good to see you again and I am pleased that you find this article useful. Let us know how you fare on those tasks.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Sugar has a lot more uses than I would have thought. I am going to try a few: the ant trap, cake softener and the cleaning the grinder. Good read and very useful.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @leahlefler : Thanks for sharing your experience on facial scrubs. I will add this to my article

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @ennzie: We are alike; I love all the sweet stuffs and chocolates but have to be careful, as there is diabetes in my family. So far, I am fine. Thanks for the compliment and all the votes.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @naimishika : Thank you and I am pleased you found this hub on other uses of sugar, interesting. Have a great day!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Om, Sugar will attract the ants and the detergent will kill them! Sounds like a horror movie!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @howlermunkey. I am glad you found the tips useful. Thanks for the visit, vote and share.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @CassyLu1981 : Thanks for the visit, votes and share.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @editsvcs: Thanks for sharing on the effectiveness of sugar/cocoa for strong breath odor.

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      Leah Lefler 

      7 years ago from Western New York

      I had no idea that sugar could be used in so many ways! I'm off to clean my coffee grinder! I have made sugar facial scrubs before - they work really well and are extremely inexpensive!

    • jennzie profile image


      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have a huge sweet tooth but I didn't realize that sugar has so many other benefits as well. Great hub- voted up and more!

    • naimishika profile image


      7 years ago from India

      Interesting hub.... nicely added some good tips

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      I never heard that a combination of sugar and powdered can keep ants away. How interesting! We have ants in our apartment sometimes. I'll try this strategy!

    • howlermunkey profile image

      Jeff Boettner 

      7 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Wow, Fantastic tips! I only knew one or two of these. Great how you explained each use as well. My favorite is for keeping a cake or cookies fresh, very clever. Voted up and sharing, Thanks!

    • CassyLu1981 profile image


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Very interesting! I knew some of these but it's good to know more :) Voted up and shared!

    • editsvcs profile image


      7 years ago

      The tip on keeping ants away with sugar is interesting. I eat chocolate after eating garlic to cure strong breath with good success, not sure if it's the sugar or the cocoa that does the trick.


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