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20 Unusual Ways to Use Rice Outside the Kitchen as Prices Plummet

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Rice is a timeless and healthy staple consumed around the world because of its cheap price but it can also be used outside the kitchen for everything from cleaning to beauty treatments.

People around the world eat rice because it is healthy and affordable. Recently the market price of rice basmati fell on the list of whole grains. From main courses to side dishes to desserts, rice turns up in all kinds of recipes because it is cheap and good. Consider these 20 unusual ways to use rice outside the kitchen for everything from crafts to making glue.

Using Rice for Crafts, Cleaning and More

The Economic Times reported the market price of rice basmati went down on Thursday about 30 percent. Rice is a budget-conscious food people around the globe turn to for sustenance. It can be mixed with herbs, vegetables and meats for a tasty flavor. Besides cooking, consider these 20 unique ways to use rice around the house.

1. Summer is here and so is the humidity. This means the salt in your shakers tends to clump and get icky. Make it smooth against by tossing a pinch of rice in the shaker to soak up that unwanted moisture so you can sprinkle salt on your burgers again. Check out these 20 ways to use salt around the house.

2. The next couple of tips are excellent for those stray socks that come out of the dryer when you do laundry. What happens to its partner? You search for the other sock to no avail and wind up with a swinging single. Fill the sock with a cup or two of rice and tie up the end. Put in in the microwave for a couple of minutes and use it as a heating pad to soothe your tired neck. Ah, that feels good after a day leaning over the computer!

3. Conversely, a sock filled with rice can also be used as a cool compress. Drop it in a metal bowl filled with ice water and use it to cool off in the summer heat.

4. Use the toe and partial foot area from an old sock to make a cat toy. Fill it with rice and cat nip then sew the end and let Felix have some fun.

5. Rice is also great for scouring the bottoms of narrow items such as flower vases. Add soap, water and rice then shake it around and swirl to get the bottom clean.

6. Is your coffee grinder less than clean? Wipe it off then add rice to cover the blends and grind it. This will get rid of the coffee oils and scent. Check out these 20 ways to use coffee around your home and garden.

7. Did you kid drop his or her new cell phone in the toilet or a puddle by the school bus? Tuck it into a bowl of rice and see how much moisture it gets out. Sometimes you can even save the cost of having to replace one of these pricey devices!

8. It's a sticky situation when you need glue and run out of it. Make it by boiling rice until the starch comes out. It turns into a sticky type of glue.

9. Kids love to make noise and you can help them. Use the old plastic container from take-out food and some rice to make cool maracas. Let the kids decorate them for a summer art project.

10. There are plenty of kid-friendly projects you can make this summer using rice. Try coloring rice to use for all types of creative stuff. Put a cup rice in a metal bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water and a few drops of paste food coloring. Stir it with a metal spoon until the rice absorbs the color. Spread the colorful rice on newspaper to dry for a few hours. If you don't have food coloring, you can use Kool Aid to color rice.

11. Now that you have rainbow rice, use to to make a project for the kids' rooms. Remember the sand in a glass projects you made in camp? Use colored rice in a jar for the same cool effect.

12. Does your kid miss the beach on the days you don't have time to go? Bring the beach to your backyard. Use a large plastic container and fill it with colored rice. Put it on an old table and add a few sand shovels for your kids to dig and scoop the rice. It's a lot like sand!

13. Most people throw rice at the bride and groom after a wedding. You can use your colored rice like confetti at backyard summer parties. Your barbecues will never be the same.

14. Kids love to paint and make artwork projects in the summer. Let them use the rice glue to put colorful rice on their creations.

15. Make an aromatherapy rice pillow to help you get to sleep at night. Use a tightly woven fabric and a few cups of rice. Sew three sides of the pillow together then filled it with rice and lavender. Sew the final side together and make sure all your stitches are tight so the rice doesn't leak out. You'll sleep like a baby.

Using Rice for Beauty

While rice is clearly useful around the house, it can also be an amazing beauty tool. For generations, Asian women have realized the benefits of using rice as well as rice powder and rice water to look their best.

16. Make a natural toner by filling a metal bowl with rice and water about an inch about the rice. Stir them together and let it sit until the water gets cloudy. Strain out the water into a cup and use it as a toner to cleanse your skin. Put a cotton ball into the rice water and put it on your face in circular motions.

17. Your rice water can do double duty as a soothing face mask to infuse moisture into your skin. Soak a paper towel in rice water for about ten minutes and make holes for your eyes, nose and mouth. Put it on your face for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.

18. Rice powder is another fabulous beauty secret. Often you can find it in Asian grocery stores as it is used for cooking. Rice power can be brushed on your face as a primer before applying makeup and afterward to set your makeup.

19. Combat summer acne with a mixture of rice powder and water. When it is a creamy consistency, put it on your pimples overnight to help heal them. You can also use this mix as an oil-absorbing facial mask.

20. Rice powder is also an excellent exfoliating agent. Add a bit of water to rice powder until it is like a lotion then wash your face with it as normal. It will give your skin a radiant glow.

Can you think of other ways to use rice besides cooking it? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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