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13 Surprising Uses for Rice


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10. Make a Heating Pad. Sew a little pouch with a natural fabric like cotton or wool. Fill the pouch up with some rice, sew it shut, and you’ve got yourself a heating pad. If you’re not feeling that ambitious, you can just fill an old sock with rice and tie the end close. When you’re ready to use the heating pad, heat it up in the microwave. It’ll stay warm for up to an hour.

11. Get Glowing Skin. If you’re like me, you just never get the amount of water right when you’re cooking rice. It always seems like there’s not enough water, and then you overcompensate and the rice is drowning. Don’t stress — save that leftover rice water and put it to use! Let it cool, refrigerate, and use to it wash your skin. For best results use brown rice water and use within 3 days. Apply it with a washcloth and rinse. Brown rice is high in vitamin E, and will give your skin that radiant glow it deserves.

12. Make Toasty Slippers for Cold Winter Nights. I once lived in a home with tile floors throughout. Nice in the summer, miserably cold in the winter. If only I knew about this great craft project then! Check out detailed instructions here.

13. Mittens, Too. Ooh! Best idea ever!

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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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