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Unusual uses for sugar

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People often use sugar to sweeten their coffee and tea, but did you know that there are many more uses for sugar? According to an article on iVillage.com, sugar can be used in so many surprising and wonderful ways such as the ones listed below.

Feed your flowers with sugar. Combine 3 teaspoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar in warm water. The sugar will feed the stems and the vinegar will stop bacteria from accumulating. Your flowers will be fresh and last much longer.

Remove grass stains with sugar. Create a thick paste by combining sugar and warm water. Apply the paste directly to the grass stain, and leave it there for about an hour. When you wash the garment, the grass stains will disappear.

Cool a burning tongue with sugar. If you burn your tongue with hot coffee, you can suck on a pinch of sugar or a hard sugar cube to relieve the sting.

Trap flies and wasps with sugar. Mix two parts sugar with one part water and bring it to a boil. Let the mixture cool. Then pour the syrup into a large jar and set it on the porch or on a windowsill. The sticky mixture will trap the flies, wasps and bugs.

Medicine goes down easily with sugar. When children are given sugar-water before immunizations, they don't seem to cry as much.

Clean your coffee grinder and spice grinder with sugar. Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into to your coffee or spice grinder and let it run for a few minutes to break down and clean out all the excess oils that have built up in the grinder over time.

Keep breads and cakes fresh with sugar. If you put a few sugar cubes in an airtight container with your bread and baked goods, they will stay fresh much longer.

Remove dirt and grease from your hands with sugar. Combine a little olive oil and sugar. Rub the mixture over your hands to remove dirt, grease and grime.

Get rid of bugs and roaches with sugar. Combine about 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of baking powder in a bowl and sprinkle the mixture over the places you think bugs and roaches will be. Bugs and roaches hate this combination.

Treat wounds with sugar. It has been proven that sugar on a bedsore or ulcer will kill bacteria.

Get rid of pests from your garden with sugar. Sprinkle plants and soil around plants with a handful of sugar. This will encourage the microorganisms to reproduce in the soil and create a hostile environment for nematodes.

Stop cheese from molding with sugar. To keep your favorite cheese from molding, place a sugar cube with the cheese in an airtight container.

After using sugar for the above, you might have some left to put in that deserved cup of coffee, tea, or lemonade. Enjoy!

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