Rice is a dietary staple all over the world. It isn’t just useful for cooking however, it has a number of other fantastic uses. Read on for some extraordinary and unusual ways to use rice.
1. KEEPING SALT FROM CLUMPING IN THE SHAKER
When the salt in your salt shaker gets hit with even the tiniest amount of moisture, it tends to clump up, and that makes it annoying to shake out. Putting a few grains of uncooked rice in your saltshaker will prevent salt from clumping up over time. The rice will absorb any moisture inside the shaker.
2. SAVE WET ELECTRONICS
Rice is great at absorbing moisture. If you happen to drop your phone or other electronic device in water or just get it wet you might want to give this a try. Remove the battery if possible, and then place all wet pieces of the device in a bowl of uncooked white rice and leave it overnight to absorb all the moisture.
3. SOOTHE YOUR MUSCLES
Soothe aches and muscle strain with a homemade hot compress. Fill the clean sock with the uncooked rice, leaving enough room for the grains to move around and be able to conform to your body. Tie the end of the sock tightly with string and microwave it for one minute. Now your hot compress is ready for use. This works so well because rice is great at maintaining temperature.
4. RICE WATER FOR RADIANT SKIN
Rice water contains the vitamins and minerals that leach out of the rice into the water after you boil the rice. You can use it as a skin toner, face wash, face mask or acne treatment. It’s a cheap and most importantly effective solution for many skin care issues.
5. PREVENT TOOLS FROM RUSTING
Rust happens when metals are exposed to the moisture in air. Simply add some uncooked rice to your tool box and it will absorb moisture and keep those tools from accumulating rust.
6. GIVE TARNISHED SILVER A SHINE
Moisture can also cause tarnish, as well as corrosion, on silver cutlery and jewelry. Protect them from tarnish-causing moisture by placing a small bowl of rice in the cabinet where you keep your silver. The rice will absorb any moisture in the air.
7. CLEAN COFFEE/SPICE GRINDER
Spice and coffee grinders can pick up plenty of dirt, grease and dust over time. To clean the grinder, fill it up halfway with uncooked rice and grind until fine. Not only does it lift the residue, it absorbs the odors.
8. CLEAN GLASS BOTTLES
Narrow openings bottles are often extremely difficult to clean. Pour a handful of uncooked rice into the bottle and swirl the grains around in slightly soapy water for a few minutes. The grains will scrub away dirt and grime that gets trapped in the bottom of the bottle.
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