We should all be aware of the nutritional benefits of milk by now, but let’s put that aside for the moment. Did you know that milk is also a powerful tool in the tiresome everyday maintenance tasks you have to do around the house? Like most people you probably didn’t, so take a glass of milk and pull up a chair, in this article you are going to see how to polish your shoes and silverware, make frozen fish taste better, give your plants a nice new glow and even how to make a DIY facemask – just by using good old milk!
1. Polish your leather clothes, furniture and shoes.
To bring back the shine in your leather products just take a cloth, dip it in milk and let it soak well. Give your leather clothes, furniture and shoes a good scrubbing with the cloth and it will gain back its quality shine. After scrubbing just wipe off any excess milk with an old pair of nylon stockings.
2. Fix the cracks in your porcelain.
Milk can also help you with those tinny surface cracks in your porcelain. Dip the porcelain in warm milk and literally cook it for about 30-45 minutes. The china clay, which is used to make porcelain, and milk bind together in a chemical reaction. Due to this, milk fills in the cracks and sticks to the porcelain. Wait for it to cool down and voila – no more cracks!
3. Polish your silverware.
Another benefit of milk is that you can polish your silverware with it. Squeeze a bit of lemon in milk, just a couple of drops. Mix it up a little bit, and then you can dip your silverware in this mixture. Leave it there for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes wipe the silverware using a mild soap and cloth, and bring back its glorious shine.
4. Make frozen fish taste better.
Frozen fish is notorious for losing its freshness and having a bad smell and taste. Luckily, milk benefits are sometimes as strange as this – leave the defrosted fish in a full plate of milk for around 15 minutes. After you prepare your meal you will notice that the fish has a rich texture and full flavor. Bon appetite!
5. Polish the leaves of your house plants.
There is no need to buy expensive sprays in order to give your plants a shine. By rubbing some milk onto the leaves you will clean off any dirt particles and stains, and at the same time give your plant the best polish it ever had. After this “procedure” wipe off any excess milk so that it doesn’t leave a stain.
6. Heal burnt skin.
Once in a while everybody is bound to get sunburned. However, this is no laughing matter as it may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. To help the skin heal better and faster, mix some powdered milk with water and a bit of salt. Apply this mixture to the burnt parts of your body and the pain and tightness of skin will go away.
7. Make a DIY facemask and shaving cream.
Mix a large amount of powdered milk in water so that you get something like a gel. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 30 minutes. After half an hour gently scrub it off – your skin will have a healthy glow and feel incredibly soft. This same mixture can be used as a shaving cream.
8. Soothe insect bites.
Milk enzymes are able to effectively stop the swellings of bug bites, and at the same time relieve you of the itchiness (which is much more annoying). Just like with sunburns, mix powdered milk and a bit of salt in water, and apply this mixture to the skin area where the insect bite is located. You will feel relief immediately.
9. Milk as a makeup remover.
Last but not list on our list of great and unexpected benefits of milk is that it can be used as a makeup remover. Just picture it, you come back home to find out that you used up your makeup remover, what do you do? Take some powdered milk and mix it with water. Use this as a makeup remover – not only will you remove your makeup but your skin will also feel soft.