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13 Surprising Uses for Rice

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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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:54PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

thanks! cool info

3:01AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

I hope you don't mind, but I copies the instructions for making the toasted slippers. I have neuropathy in my feet and they are always cold - even in the summer!
Thanks for the tips!

8:51PM PDT on Jul 5, 2013


8:51AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

good to know Thanks

3:34AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

It's for weddings! LOL!

3:31AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

i almost eat rice everyday. i love it!!!

8:40PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Very interesting and good ideas!
Thank you

3:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Love eating rice, now I can put it to use elsewhere in so many ways I never knew about. Thank You.

6:27PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Great article!

2:37PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013


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