Home & Pets.
1. Clean Dirty Vases and Other Unusually-Shaped Bottles. What’s that, you don’t have the world’s smallest hands? Cleaning vases and bottles with slender and unusually shaped necks is a total pain — until now. Drop in a couple tablespoons of rice, pour in some warm water, and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Then shake, shake, shake, pour it out, rinse, and marvel at your newly-cleaned vase.
2. Rescue Wet Electronics. As the ultimate klutz, I’ve had to use this trick more than once. When you drop your electronics in water, remove the battery if you can, and bury the phone in rice. Trust me, it works!
3. Make a Pet Toy. Make a small satchel, fill it with a combination of rice and catnip, sew it up, and watch your cat go nuts!
4. Clean Coffee and Spice Grinders. As much as we love them, keeping coffee and spice grinders clean can be a pain. Remedy that with rice: remove as much debris as you can, cover the area with rice, and run it through the grinder. The rice will magically absorb a lot of the buildup. Some of the country’s most prestigious roasters use this trick. It works especially well with instant rice!
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