5 Unexpected Uses for Sugar

Written by:Aimee Tinkler

We all know sugar is ideal for sweetening your coffee or baking your favourite delicious goodies, but here are 5 unexpected uses you may not have heard of before.

1. Bee Food

Bees are so important for maintaining our environment and that’s why it's important for us to be aware of how to take care of them if they need it. We are all familiar with the sight of bees busily buzzing around the garden beds, but a simple solution of sugar and water could be all you need if you stumble across a tired, struggling or dying bee.

To create this bee energy drink simply mix two tablespoons of white granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water and place on a small plate or spoon, then place the bee onto the plate or spoon with the droplet and allow it to drink. It will soon be back to buzzing around, pollenating all the garden flowers. 

 

2. Flower Food

It’s not just bees that benefit form a sugar rich meal, flowers also love to have an injection of sugar into their diet. Simply mix 3 teaspoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of vinegar for each ¼ cup of water and feed to the soil. This mixture will help to keep flowers fresh and also restricts bacteria growth.

 

3. Removes Grass Stains

Grass stains can be stubborn to get rid of, and if you have children you know how common they can be in summer when little ones spend more time playing outside skidding about on the grass.

For an easy, natural and cost cutting grass stain remover simply mix warm water with sugar until it forms a paste like solution and apply to the stain. Soak for at least an hour and then wash clothes normally. The sugar solution helps gently break down the stain without damaging the fabric fibres.

 

4. Skin Exfoliator

Microbeads found in many skin exfoliating products are known to be damaging to the environment, but luckily natural sugar can provide the same benefits.

Simply mix granulated sugar with your shower gel for a simple body exfoliator - or if it’s your face that requires a natural revive, mix sugar and olive oil together and gently scrub. 

Please note: As with all beauty products we recommend doing a patch test 24 hours before use.

 

5. Heals Wounds

Studies have shown that pouring granulated sugar on open sores or wounds can kill bacteria and aid healing. Why? Because bacteria needs water to survive and the sugar will draw the water out of the wound and into the dressing,  

With all these handy unexpected uses, it shows sugar is sweet for more than just baking!

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