What Can You Do with Sugar | Sugar as Facial Scrub
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.
What Say You on Sugar as Face Scrub
Would You Try Sugar as a Face Scrub?
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.
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!
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.