8 Unconventional Uses for Milk

8 Unconventional Uses of MilkThere’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!

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29 thoughts on “8 Unconventional Uses for Milk”

  • Jeff Nieland

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

  • RamboMoe

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

  • Lisa W.

    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.

  • Maria Stahl

    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.

  • jr

    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.

  • Derrek M

    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.

  • Steve

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

  • Elaine

    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.

  • Mr. Prepper

    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.

  • Jerry

    I am glad to see free speach is alive and well

  • Virginia

    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.

  • ruth

    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.

  • desertrat

    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?

    • Dan

      I've seen the staff give milk to over zealous teens that thought they could handle the Mexican restaurant's ghost peppers before. Seems to ease the burn lol.

  • em

    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.

  • emt

    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.

  • Elizabeth

    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.

  • Ashley

    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.

  • Dave

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

  • CTY

    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.

  • Linda

    NEVER! put milk down a septic system!!! My husband designed waste systems for dairy farms. Maik can not be broken down in a standard septic system. Idea for using dry milk. When I want mashed potatoes. I leave some of the potato water in the pan and add dry milk, butter, salt and pepper. Gives your potatoes a nice flavor.

  • Anita

    Thanks, Linda, for the mashed potatoes tip...I will try it with my powdered milk and powdered butter!

  • Wendy

    I always soak liver in a bowl of milk for several hours to remove any bad flavor. I then flour the liver and fry as usual with sliced onions. The kids love it!

  • karl

    When making your own black powder you can add an amount of powdered milk to your mix and it will give your powder that boost it needs. Helps add air pocket to your mix so that you can get a bigger compressive boom. Caution: do not use on Oreo cookies.

  • karl

    When I was on the Atkins diet I mixed powdered milk, bakers cocoa and sugar substitute to make a yummy snack.

  • Monica

    MILK POULTICE: Place a small pot of milk on the stove to heat. Put a small piece of bread (1/4 slice) in a bowl. When milk is hot, but not boiling, remove pan from the heat and pour milk over bread to soften the bread to a consistency of thick paste. The mixture should warm when placed on the skin, but not hot enough to scald the skin.
    For a BOIL: Apply the warm pasty mixture directly to the boil and let it dry. Make more, then remove the dry mixture and replace it with more paste. Repeat two to three times daily until boil ruptures. If needed a light wrap of gauze to hold it in place. To removes a SPLINTER: Apply the hot mixture directly to the splinter, cover with a light gauze and leave there for as a few hours, then repeat again, then repeat one more time and leave there as long as possible, until the splinter is out. Treat an INFECTION: Cover the infected area with a piece of very thin/ light gauze. Then apply the warm mixture and wrap area with another layer of light gauze to keep the mixture in place. Keep poultice on until the bread has cooled, and repeat as necessary. If using on your foot, a sock keeps the poultice in place, as would a mitten work for the hand.

  • Stephanie Reynolds
    Stephanie Reynolds February 6, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Powdered (instant) milk makes a good paint. It does not smell bad and is more durable than you would think. It may not be cheaper than regular paint, but it's a good substitute when you're allergic to latex as I am. We also use it in the holes where we dig to set out our tomato plants to give them a calcium boost.

  • Barbara Terry

    We are out of Oreos. Do you think milk would work with home made cookies? Appreciate your help.
    Barb in MO.

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