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15 Problems You Can Solve with Oatmeal

11. Thicken soups, stews and dips: Runny dips are not exactly a health crisis, but they can be a party foul. Solve the problem with some ground oats or oat flour.

12. Fix crumbling meatloaf or veggie burgers: Similarly, oats are a healthier and heartier alternative to bread crumbs for binding burgers, meatloaf, meatballs and more.

13. Stinky fridge: Just as it absorbs skin oils and hair odors, oatmeal can absorb odors in fridges or bathrooms. Just leave an open container of oats in the fridge or other smelly spot.

14. Smelly ashtrays: Another odor-neutralizing trick is to line ashtrays with oats and absorb some cigarette smells.

15. Bored children: Finally, anyone who has left oatmeal in a bowl overnight can attest that it becomes hard and crusty, not unlike clay. Users on CafeMom, a parenting clearinghouse, recommend mixing two parts oatmeal with one part flour and one part water, and a few drops of food coloring, if desired. The resulting substitute for Play-Doh can be molded into virtually any shape, and painted once dry.

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3:46AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Excellent!

5:01PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Just had some for breakfast!

11:24AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I love oatmeal

and it really is great as a skin therapy for flared up skin conditions- I used it successfully on myself and others for years- it really is amazing.

3:53PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Thanks for posting.

3:43AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

good to know. I didn't even know any of these things about oatmeal before reading this.

3:42AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Don't overlook simple things

5:01AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

excellent

7:28PM PDT on May 29, 2014

Thank you

3:45PM PDT on May 29, 2014

Thank you :)

8:47AM PDT on May 23, 2014

nice ideas, though i don't see how a facial mask helps with physical exhaustion.

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