8 Unconventional Uses for Milk

Written by The Ready Store

There’s nothing better than a nice, fresh-tasting glass of milk to go along with those cookies. But did you know that you can get multiple uses out of that milk? You can use it for cleaning, first-aid, shaving and many other things.

Powdered milks can also play a great role in helping you around the house. Not only do they taste great and are prepared by just adding cold water, they can come in handy while treating bites or removing ink stains.

Make Frozen Fish Taste Fresh
If the fish from your freezer is tasting a little old, just allow it to thaw in a bath of cold milk. The milk will freshen up the fish and make it taste better.

Repair Cracked China
Remember that fine china you got from you grandmother that broke? Don’t throw it away, try and repair it! Place the finely-cracked dish in a pan and cover it with milk. Slowly bring the pan to a boil. As soon as it start to boil, lower the heat and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes. The protein in the milk should fix many cracks.

Soothe bites
If your skin got burned out in the sun, let milk help! Milk is a great way to sooth skin from burns or bug bites. Mix one part powdered milk with two parts water and add a pinch of salt. Rub the mixture on your burn or bite. The enzymes in milk powder will help neutralize the pain.

Clean Leather
You can care for your patent leather purses or shoes by just dabbing on a bit of milk and letting it dry. After it’s dried, buff it with a soft cloth.

Remove Ink Stains
Soak your clothes in milk bath overnight to get out pesky ink stains. All you have to do is wash it like usual the next day.

Hand Care
You can use milk to care for those callused hands of yours. Apply cold milk to hardened spots. If the spots continue, be sure to apply it more often – something like 3 times a day – for best results.

Shaving Cream
Powdered Milk works best for this. Take a generous amount of powdered milk and mix it with a bit of water. When it’s formed into a thick paste, apply it to your face and shave. It might not be as smooth as shaving cream but it gets the job done and protects your skin.

Enhance Corn Flavor
Next time you’re making corn on the cob, be sure to get out the milk! Add a bit of milk to the pot while you’re boiling your corn (along with other optional ingredients). You’ll notice that the corn has a fuller, more rich taste.

What do you use milk for?
Have you found any interesting uses for milk? Comment below and let us know!

Updated January 18, 2013

19 Comments

  1. Jeff Nieland wrote:

    It must be some type of chemical co-factor in the milk but it seems to help me choke down a bag of Oreos.

    January 21st, 2013 at 6:14 am
  2. RamboMoe wrote:

    Very cool! I’m going to post a link back to this article on my blog.

    January 21st, 2013 at 7:51 am
  3. Lisa W. wrote:

    Milk can be used to clean the ivory keys on a piano. My parents have used it for years when the keys got dirty and it cleaned them right up and brightened the white of the ivory.

    January 21st, 2013 at 9:02 am
  4. Maria Stahl wrote:

    I respectfully request that this blog undergo a little more rigorous fact-checking/proofreading. Nearly every one of these posts has something that goes kerflooey in it. In this case, the broken china part is incomprehensible. Here’s a suggested rewrite:

    Refurbish Crazed China
    Remember that fine china you got from you grandmother that has tiny cracks and stains underneath the glaze? Don’t throw it away, try and refurbish it! First, submerge the piece of china in hydrogen peroxide for as long as 2 weeks to bleach the china beneath the glaze. Then rinse thoroughly. Place the crazed dish in a pan and cover it with milk. Slowly bring the pan to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes. The protein in the milk may partially seal the tiny cracks. The dish may become stained once more, however, so treat it gently from now on, or use it for display only.

    January 21st, 2013 at 10:13 am
  5. jr wrote:

    No one else was having trouble reading the post,or understanding it. if you want to start or write a blog why don’t you do it? If you want to write a nice or helpful further suggestion, please do so. Otherwise move on to your own blog.

    January 21st, 2013 at 11:39 am
  6. Derrek M wrote:

    I just he had my septic tank pumped and asked the guy what his opinion on RidX, Biotab, and things of the sort. He said he leaves a gallom of milk on the counter for 2-3 days and flushes it down the toilet. It’s the right kind of bacteria, cheaper, and more eco friendly.

    January 21st, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  7. Steve wrote:

    Repair cracked china? That’s amazing, I’m going to have to try that.

    January 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm
  8. Elaine wrote:

    I’m using it in my bath salt recipes- (for my bath, not for inhaling!) I use 1 cup coarse sea salt, 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup epsom salts and 1 1/2 cup dry milk. add essential oils of your choice, I like 6 drops lemon, 6 drops lavender.

    January 21st, 2013 at 10:01 pm
  9. Mr. Prepper wrote:

    I had never thought of the septic tank. Ridx is way to costly. Great article by the way. I also agree if you don’t like the way this blog looks go somewhere else.

    January 22nd, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  10. Jerry wrote:

    I am glad to see free speach is alive and well

    January 24th, 2013 at 4:13 am
  11. Virginia wrote:

    OK, OK, can we play nice now??? I’m not the best speller in the world but I have more important things to do besides sit around and pick at others. The world is a bad enough place now without us making it worse.

    January 26th, 2013 at 1:07 am
  12. ruth wrote:

    When trying to swallow a large pill, drink milk with it instead of water and the pill just glides down your throat real easy. And then there is the added bonus of coating your stomach lining while the pill dissolves. Works like a charm every time.

    January 26th, 2013 at 10:00 pm
  13. desertrat wrote:

    I haven’t had the occasion to try this, but I understand that milk will slow down, if not stop, the effects of pepper spray, even direct blasts & hits from the container. Additional reading suggests that it also works on CN & CS gas (mil. grade) exposure.

    Apparently the fats in the milk act as ‘decoys’ and protect fatty facial tissues by absorbing the brunt of the chemical action that would act on traditionally targeted ares.

    Like I stated, I have not tried this, not really want to, but this is from reading about damage control from riot areas in the U.S. and abroad. Can anyone without a vested interest in the training & use industry verify this?

    January 27th, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  14. em wrote:

    To remove blood out of fabric, just simply rub milk into the stain and wash as usual, The enzymes in the milk “eat” the blood stain and it is removed.

    January 28th, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  15. emt wrote:

    The best and safest (for fabric) way to remove fresh blood from fabric is simply to run tepid (not hot) water through the stain until it rinses out. If it is dried on, but not yet washed in hot water, use hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Either lay the fabric on a layer of paper towels, old towels or other absorbent material. Drip the peroxide on. It will bubble up and the stain will start to fade out as it is diluted and rinsed away. Make sure the stain is completely gone, then rinse with cool water and wash normally. The main thing to remember is that blood is a protein and using hot water to wash it out of clothing or off your skin just ‘cooks’ it on and sets the stain. Always use cool water first to rinse the blood away, then wash with appropriate soaps or detergents.

    March 16th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
  16. Elizabeth wrote:

    Milk does, indeed, neutralize capsaicin.

    Did you eat a food too hot (peppery)? Cool it with a glass of milk.

    A friend recently roasted peppers and then handled them without gloves; she called for help, as her hands were breaking out in blisters. I told her to soak them in milk. It worked! The swelling went down and the blisters ceased to spread.

    Posted at wikipedia:
    Capsaicin (/kæpˈseɪ.ɨsɪn/; 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) is the active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. Capsaicin and several related compounds are called capsaicinoids and are produced as secondary metabolites by chili peppers, probably as deterrents against certain mammals and fungi.[2] Pure capsaicin is a volatile, hydrophobic, colorless, odorless, crystalline to waxy compound.

    October 22nd, 2013 at 5:11 am
  17. Ashley wrote:

    Ruth, I’m half way there with you. If it’s something OTC like Tylenol or Advil milk is fine, however, someone taking a prescription would want to talk to a pharmacist before taking it with milk. There are some medications out there that don’t react well with milk and sometimes specifically say to avoid dairy.

    February 1st, 2014 at 6:13 am
  18. Dave wrote:

    Milk…it does a body good…as-well-as other things.
    Good post.

    March 23rd, 2014 at 4:27 am
  19. CTY wrote:

    Powdered milk can be bury just below the surface in garden beds to boost the calcium in the soil. Burying your egg shells with it helps too.

    October 27th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

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