10 Other Uses for Rice {Not Just in the Kitchen}

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Other Uses for Rice

You may enjoy eating rice as a side dish or in a casserole, but did you know that rice has other practical uses as well? It turns out there are all sorts of creative uses for rice that you can try, and since rice is so inexpensive to buy, this is excellent news!

Take a look below at 10 other uses for rice that you can try.  You may never look at rice the same way again.

1. Save your cell phone. This is one of the best uses for rice there is. If your phone gets wet, place it in a bag of rice and let it sit overnight. The rice will help absorb the moisture and in many cases, can save your phone. This method works best when done immediately after the phone gets wet.

2. Soothe soreness. Fill a tube sock with dry rice and tie the sock closed with a knot. Place the sock in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it is warm. Use the heat pack to soothe sore muscles or a sore stomach.

3. Clean out slender bottles. If you are trying to wash out a slender bottle or glass, add some dry rice to the inside and shake it around. It will get into those tight spaces and help loosen dirt and debris.

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11 Other Uses for Cascade

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Other Uses for Cascade

Did you know Cascade can be used as more than a dishwasher detergent?  I’ve listed 11 other uses for Cascade to help you clean everything from your clothes to your bathroom.

Other Uses for Cascade:

1. Clean bathtub rings or soap scum from showers: Use a bit of cascade on a sponge and scrub stubborn rings off your tub. It also works well to remove soap scum from your shower.  Rinse clean after treatment.

2. Clean toilet bowl stains: Help get rid of water stains in your toilet bowl by cleaning with Cascade. Let the Cascade sit for several minutes then scrub with a toilet brush.

3. Remove coffee or tea stains from glass cookware: Use 2 Tbsp of Cascade to 2 Qt of water and let soak. Then wash glassware as usual before storing.

4. Remove stubborn food from pots and pans: Food that is stuck or burnt to your pans can be removed by soaking in Cascade and hot water. The hard to remove food should become loosened enough for easy cleaning.

You can also try making a paste out of Cascade and a little bit of hot water. Let sit and the burnt food should come right off leaving your pot as good as new.

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8 Fun Uses for Spider Rings

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Uses for Spider Rings

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An inexpensive bag of spider rings can be used in many more ways than just their intended function. Try one or more of these 8 uses for spider rings to add a little fun to the Halloween season.

8 Fun Uses for Spider Rings:


1. Ice cube trays– Pop one in each cube, fill with water and freeze- the perfect touch for your Halloween party drinks.

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2. Necklace– String them on a cord or ribbon, just a few or all the way around they make a fun piece of jewelry besides a ring. Some rings go on all the way and will stay on just fine, if you have the ones that are split you may want to add a dab of hot glue to close the gap.

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10 Other Uses for Coconut Oil

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Personally, I LOVE to cook with coconut oil.  It’s tastes so much better than butter or makes a great substitute for Crisco when greasing pans.  Since I tend to purchase coconut oil in large quantities when I find a great price, it became essential to find other uses for coconut oil.  I mean, there is only so much cooking one person can do!  If you want to learn new tricks to put an healthy product to work, keep reading….

Other Uses for Coconut Oil:

1 – Oil For Wood Bowls and Boards: If you don’t maintain woodware properly, the consequences can be rather irritating. Some pretty serious stains can settle in, and smells can linger.  Coconut oil can serve as a great way to get these tough stains and smells out of your favorite wood bowl and off your cutting board. Just use it as you would any other wood treating oil; a fine, thorough rub into the wood and your woodware is fresh again.

2- Lubricant: Forget the WD-40,  coconut oil serves an extremely effective lubricant.

3 –Neosporin: Accidents happen a lot around my house with 2 kids and an accident prone hubby.  Thankfully, coconut oil can keep those minor scrapes from developing into worse things, like infections.  Just dab a little of it over any cut, scrape, or scratch and put a Band-Aid on top of that injury. An added bonus is that it smells a lot better than anything you could pick up at the drugstore on the corner.

4 – Shaving Cream:  Coconut oil can serve as a pretty fine substitute for shaving cream when you’re getting ready to go to work in the morning.  Also, if you rubbed the electric razor a little too hard on your skin, coconut oil can also serve as an after shave lotion.

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10 Surprising Toothpaste Uses

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Other Uses for Toothpaste

I had the pleasure of guest posting over at the Savoo.uk blog this week.  I love finding other uses for everyday products that I can find on sale and even better – have a coupon to pair with that sale!

As coupon users, we can get cheap and usually FREE toothpaste.  So, what do you do with all those extra tubes of toothpaste sitting in your stockpile?  Head on over to Savoo.uk to read my article on 10 other uses for toothpaste to learn how to use toothpaste to clean leather, ease bug bites and more!

Leave a comment with your favorite toothpaste uses to keep the list going.

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10 Other Uses for Lotion

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I’ll admit that I don’t usually think of lotion as having other uses than preventing and treating dry skin.   However, there are many other uses for lotion from reducing static cling to polishing your shoes!

If you have a bunch of extra lotion bottles cluttering up your cabinets, try these alternative lotion uses so you don’t end up throwing those bottles away!  This is especially great if you purchased a product and didn’t like it on your skin – now it has a new purpose!

10 Other Uses for Lotion:

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15 Other Uses for Cat Litter

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Ever wonder if there are other uses for cat litter than just a place for your furry friend to potty?  The bentonite clay in cat litter makes it a fantastic absorbent.  I’ve put together a list of some of the more practical other uses for cat litter.

15 Other Uses for Cat Litter:

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15 Other Uses for Shaving Cream

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Do you have a nice stockpile of shaving cream that’s just screaming to be used? Take a look at these great other uses for shaving cream that have nothing to do with a razor!

Other Uses for Shaving Cream:

  1. Let kids have some fun and make a table sparkle by wiping it down with shaving. Have kids use their hands to play in the shaving cream then you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth. This is great for classrooms or to clean your glass patio table.  If playing outside, simply rinse off with a hose when finished.  You could use food coloring for added fun, but I prefer to keep it simple by just using the shaving cream.
  2. Tired of getting out of the shower to find your mirror fogged up?  Rub some shaving cream over your mirror’s surface then wipe with a dry cloth- problem solved!
  3. The same principle as keeping your bathroom mirror from getting fogged works on eyeglasses.  Ever go from the cold AC outside into the heat of summer?  Your glasses (and sunglasses) completely fog up.  Just make sure to use a good cloth to wipe off the shaving cream.  You don’t want to risk scratching your lenses!
  4. Again, use this same defogging principle on your car windshield to keep your view of the road clear.
  5. Got paint?  Use shaving cream to help remove paint from your hands.  You can rinse off with water just like you would with soap.
  6. Use shaving cream to wash grease off your hands.  Scrub vigorously then wash with soap and water.
  7. Use shaving cream as a stain remover for carpet.  Simply dab with a wet cloth, apply a dollop of shaving cream then wipe clean with a dry cloth.  If it’s a heavy stain, you may want to scrub with an old toothbrush.
  8. Just like getting getting stains out of your carpet, use the same method for stains on clothes.  Once you’ve let the shaving cream work it’s magic, run through the wash as usual.
  9. Shine chrome fixtures in the bathroom with shaving cream.  Simply wipe off with a damp cloth to finish.
  10. Clean your shower door with shaving cream and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
  11. Do you have old jewelry that needs a good shining?  Use shaving cream and an old toothbrush to clean them right up!
  12. Fix a squeaky door by rubbing shaving cream directly on the hinge.
  13. Don’t have water but need to clean your hands?  Rub shaving cream over your hands and wipe clean with a towel.  This is great as a waterless soap for camping.
  14. Got a new baseball mitt?  Rub shaving cream into the palm of the mitt, add a baseball, squeeze it shut and secure with a rubber band.  Let sit for several hours.
  15. Clean your oven with shaving cream and a scouring pad.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth after all the junk has been removed.

Please note that these uses are for shaving CREAM not shaving GEL.  Using the gel will likely cause a huge mess and won’t work for the tips listed.

What other uses for shaving cream can you share?

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35 Other Uses for Coffee Filters

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Other Uses for Coffee Filters

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There are countless other uses for coffee filters other than just making your cup of Joe in the morning.  You can get crafty, clean-up around the house, hold food and more!  Their durability and versatility make it wise for any money-saver to find other uses for coffee filters!

Coffee filters are super cheap, so finding other uses for coffee filters can really help stretch your budget.  Find them at the Dollar Tree, Walmart or just about anywhere.  A 200 ct package will cost you $2 or less! I found several Coffee Filters on Amazon that are only $0.011 per filter!

Other Uses for Coffee Filters:

1.  Let kids draw on a coffee filter with markers then get the filter damp.  The colors will run slightly making a nice look for paper flowers.  Finish the ends with a pipe cleaner.  Kids can make single flowers or put them together in a bouquet.

2.  Make a parachute for your child’s action figure with a coffee filter and string.

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16 Other Uses for Listerine

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Listerine isn’t just for freshening your breath and reducing plaque.  Originally in 1879, Listerine was found to be an effective antiseptic for use in surgical procedures! It wasn’t until 1914 that Listerine became the first prescription product in the US to be sold over the counter as a product to kill oral germs.

As you can see, Listerine has a long history.  Some of the other uses for Listerine are possible because of the essential oils; menthol, eucalyptol, thymol and methyl salicylate.  These work together to create a great antiseptic, bug repellant, anti-fungal treatment and more!

Other Uses for Listerine:

1.  Clean mold and mildew in your bathroom –  Listerine is great for cleaning mold and mildew.  Simply soak your cleaning tool in Listerine and scrub away.  Another one of the other uses for Listerine in the bathroom is to remove hard-water stains and for shining bathroom fixtures.

Bonus – Instead of discarding that old toothbrush, you can use it to get into hard to reach places!  Don’t forget to label it for cleaning only.

2.  Clean your toilet bowl – Clean your toilet bowl and make it shine by pouring in 1/2 cup of Listerine instead of toilet bowl cleaner.  Scrub with the toilet brush as usual.

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