When I first planned out this WWII frugal living series I had enough topics for it last about 16 weeks. As the series has progressed, more and more family and friends have jumped on board offering suggestions for future posts. We are now at week 33 and we are still coming up with unusual uses for common household items. The thing that amazes me most about this series is how many items I have in my cupboard that do so much more than what I originally purchased them to do.
This week we’re exploring the variety of uses for sugar. We came up with 26 uses, but I’m sure that their are more. This is one of those items that everyone has in their cupboard but who knew that it could do more than just satisfying a sweet tooth. I knew a couple of the uses, like making a face scrub, which by the way works great, and curing hiccups, but soothing a burned tongue or killing bugs I never would have guessed.
Always consult a doctor before using sugar as a treatment.
- Bee Stings – to soothe, mix
equal parts sugar and water and apply to the sting.
- Bug Bites – to soothe, mix
equal parts sugar and water and apply to the bite.
- Cuts – to kill bacteria, sprinkle
the wound with sugar before bandaging.
- Hiccups – to treat, suck on
- Immunizations – to ease
pain, give infants sugar water before receiving shots.
- Tongue – to soothe burns,
suck on some sugar.
- Bad Breath – to treat, suck
on a teaspoon of sugar.
- Hands – to clean, add a
little sugar to your soap to make an abrasive hand cleaner.
- Hands – to clean and
moisturize, mix sugar and olive oil together to make a paste. Scrub hands and
- Lips – to exfoliate, mix
some sugar with olive oil and a little vanilla to make a paste. Gently scrub
lips and wipe off of (or lick off).
- Lipstick – to set, sprinkle
freshly applied lipstick with a little sugar. Let it stay on lips for a couple
of minutes and lick the sugar away.
- Skin – to exfoliate, mix
some sugar with olive oil to make a paste. Gently rub mixture on skin and
- Cakes – to keep them fresh,
store them in an airtight container with a few sugar cubes.
- Cheese – to keep it from
molding, store in an airtight container with a few sugar cubes.
- Cookies – to keep them
fresh, store them in an airtight container with a few sugar cubes.
- Cooking Odors – to eliminate,
boil sugar in water.
- Grinders – to clean and
eliminate odors, run sugar through it.
- Grass Stains – to treat, mix together sugar and
water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit overnight,
- Bugs – to exterminate,
dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar and borax in a cup of water and soak cotton
balls in the mixture. Place the soaked cotton balls around the area where you
discovered the bugs.
- Cut Flowers – to nourish, in
a quart of warm water add 3 teaspoons sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Replace the water every other day.
- Flies – to make a fly strip,
bring equal parts sugar, honey and water to a boil, until thick. Let it cool
and dip strips of paper bags into the mixture.
- Fireplace – to ignite, throw
a handful of sugar on it.
- Garden – to kill parasites,
apply sugar to the soil.
- Roaches – to exterminate,
mix equal parts of sugar and baking soda and sprinkle around the areas that the
- Spicy Food – to ease the
heat in your mouth, suck on some sugar.
- Wasps – to kill, boil water
and sugar to make a simple syrup. Pour the
syrup in a jar and set outside. The syrup will attract the wasps and trap them.