Things You Can do With Rice Aside Food

Nov 26, 2019 Kayode Oseh

Rice is greatly consumed by virtually everyone in the world. It has become a major staple for more than half of the world's population especially in developing countries. The only thing we know about this cereal is that it is a food and a major source of carbohydrate. However, there are tons of ways this grain can serve you aside being just a food for the stomach. Rice can become a saving grace in certain situations that doesn't even involve eating.

It can help Reduce Moisture In Your Home


It can be very hard to cope with dampness in our homes. This is one of the major problems we often face during rainy and winter seasons, however, rice can help in this situation. Rice are grains that absorb moisture a lot, it can very much help to cope with dampness in your home. All you need do is expose it to air and let it do it magic. You can also keep an open bowl of rice in your wardrobe too so to avoid your cloths going damp.

Save Your Phone from water damage


Sometimes we mishandle our phones and our carelessness results into something else. However, If by any chance your phone get doused in a pool of water which is enough to cause a significant disaster, don't panic just immediately disassemble the phone if you can and submerge it in a bag of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. Since rice is a good absorber of moisture, the dry rice will draw out every bit of water from it and save you some expenses.

Decluster salt


Sometimes moisture can cause your salt to clump together making it difficult for salt shakers to do their job. Whenever you notice that your salt shaker couldn't shake out any salt because the salt has clumped, add some few grains of rice to the shaker right along the salt to absorb moisture. This will help loosen the clustered salt and ease their passage through the salt shaker. 

Make an Ice Pack or Heating Pad


I guess most of you are just knowing this for the fist time. Of course you can soothe your sore muscles with an ice pack made from rice. Just fill a sock with rice and keep in the freezer until when you need it. Conversely you can also put it in a micro wave for it to heat up depending on the whichever way you want to soothe your injury.  

Clean Your grinders and blenders


Blenders can be very trickish to clean however, some grains of uncooked rice can help. Dump in some few uncooked rice and whir the blender for some few seconds. The rice particle will clean out debris from every nooks and crannies of the blender or grinder. 

Scrub Out a Vase


Vases can be very difficult to wash because of their small opening. However, rice can do some magic. Pour a handful of uncooked rice along with soap and water into the vase and swish vigorously. The rice will scour out every grits and grime leaving your inner vase sparkling clean. 

Prevent Rust on Your Tools


Knowledge is very wonderful! who would have really guessed that rice can prevent metals from rusting.

If you actually understand the mechanism behind rusting, then you will begin to see how rice comes in handy in preventing it. Rusting occur when metals come in contact with water and oxygen which forms moisture in the air. And from what we've been learning so far, rice is a good absorber of moisture. So in order to combat rust, place a small amount of uncooked rice in your toolbox, where it will act as a desiccant (Drying agent or moisture absorber), absorbing moisture and preventing your tools from rusting.

This method can also help prevent your silver cookwares and spoons from tarnishing easily. 

Ripen Fruit


If you need fruit to ripen fast, bury it in a bowl of uncooked rice. The grain will trap the ethylene gas (responsible for ripping) in the fruit and prevent it from diffusing out in the air. This will make the fruit to hurry up in the ripen process.

Knife Storage


If you don't have a knife block don't worry, a jar filled with rice will do the work for you.  Pour dry rice into a wide-mouth jar until it's about three-fourths full. Then, stick your knives with the blade down, into the jar as if you are inserting it into a grove. This will make your knife stay safe until when you will be needing them. This is also wonderful because the rice will prevent your knife from rusting.  

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