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Need Something in a Pinch? 10 Surprising Household Uses for Sugar

Jul. 8 2024, Published 4:55 p.m. ET

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Keep that sugar bowl full! It turns out the sweet stuff is pretty handy around the house.

Take a peek at these uses for everyday sugar other than adding it to your coffee or tea.

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1. Stop Hiccups

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A pinch of sugar on the very back of your tongue will stimulate nerves in your throat to end the annoying spasms pronto.

2. Litter Box

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Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar into your cat’s litter box, then add the plastic liner … if kitty makes a hole in the plastic, the sugar will absorb the urine.

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3. Flower Power

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Add a tablespoon of sugar and one of vinegar to extend the life of flowers in a vase.

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4. Picnic Time

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To trap flies, mix ¾ cup of sugar, 2 cups of milk and a few shakes of ground pepper in a saucepan and simmer for ten minutes. Pour into shallow bowls and place around your patio area. Flies will be attracted to it and get trapped in the sticky stuff.

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5. Sunspot Fader

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A half teaspoon of sugar and the juice of half a lemon will help fade sunspots on the skin.

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6. Infection Fighter

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Sprinkle sugar on small cuts and cover with a bandage to soak up moisture that allows bacteria to thrive.

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7. Lip Service

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After applying lipstick, dab a bit of sugar on top, let sit for two minutes then lick off. The sugar will help the lipstick last longer.

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8. Grass Stains

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Mix enough water with ½ cup sugar to make a paste, apply to stains, let sit for 30 minutes then wash it as usual.

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9. Tongue Burns

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Hot coffee or anything else burned your tongue? Put sugar on the spot for instant relief.

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10. Paint Stains

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To remove paint from hands, pour sugar in each palm and scrub with soap and water.

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