About 34 weeks ago I began the WWII Household Tips series with a tip my grandmother had for removing ink from fabric, which works great by the way! Looking back over the old posts from this series I realized that the ink remover post only highlighted a single use for milk. This week I wanted to expand on that list so I decided to revisit it and come up with more than just one use.
We’ve been told that “Milk does a body good”, but what we haven’t been told is all of the other wonderful uses that milk provides. I can’t keep milk in my house as it is and now with this list it’s going to be even harder.
- Bug Bites – to relieve itchy skin, apply a paste made of dry
milk and water to the bites.
- Hangover – to relieve, drink a glass of milk.
- Mouth – to soothe burning, from hot, spicy food, drink a glass of milk.
- Poison Ivy – to soothe itching, dab a paste made from powdered milk and water on the affected area.
- Sunburn – to soothe, apply a paste made of dry milk and
water to the burns.
- Appetite – to suppress, drink a glass of milk 15 minutes
- Face – to hydrate, apply a paste made from powdered milk and
water to your face. Leave on your skin for 10 minutes and rinse.
- Hair – to shine and condition, apply milk to freshly washed
hair. Allow the milk to remain on hair for several minutes before rinsing.
- Hair – for deep conditioning, comb a paste made from
powdered milk and water through hair. Allow the paste to remain on hair for
15-20 minutes before washing.
- Hands – to clean and moisturize, rub your hands with a paste
made from oatmeal and milk. Rinse well.
- Hands – to relieve dryness, rinse your hands in milk a
couple of times a day.
- Makeup – to remove, scrub your face with powdered milk and
- Shaving – to make your own shaving cream, apply a paste made
of dry milk and water to your face before shaving.
- Skin – to hydrate, add powdered milk to your bath.
- Skin Discoloration – to reduce the appearance, apply a paste
made from powdered milk and water to face. Allow the paste to dry before
- Wrinkles – to minimize the appearance, blot face with milk
and allow it to dry before washing.
- Furniture – to polish and moisturize wood, wipe furniture
with a rag dipped in a mixture of sour milk and lemon juice.
- Ink Stain – to remove from clothing, soak item in milk
overnight. Rinse well before washing.
- Ink – to remove from fabrics, dip an old toothbrush in
boiled milk and lightly scrub the area. Rinse well.
- Patent Leather – to shine, apply milk using a rag to the
item. Once milk dries buff the dry milk away.
- Silver – to remove tarnish, soak silver in sour milk for a
couple of hours. Remove, wash and dry.
- Buttermilk – to make your own, mix 1 cup of milk with 1
tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.
– to repair hairline cracks, place china in a heavy pot and cover with milk.
Bring the milk to a boil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for an hour.
- Corn – to make it taste sweeter, add a ¼ cup of powdered
milk to 4 cups of water, bring to a boil and add corn. Cook until desired tenderness.
- Garden – to fertilize, water your plants with a mixture
using 1 part milk and 4 parts water.
- House Plants – to clean leaves, wipe the leaves with skim
milk. Rinse leaves well with clean water.
- Pills – to help large pills go down easier, take them with a
glass of milk.