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Try Out These Life Hacks With Rice; You’ll Be Surprised What It Can Be Used For

Rice is a staple food in most countries around the world, but I bet you didn’t know rice could be used in so many other ways. Try out these great uses for rice.

Clean a coffee grinder

To freshen up your coffee grinder, blend half a cup of rice in your machine. This will absorb the residual smell of the coffee beans, as well as sharpen up the grinder blades.

Blending rice with your coffee machine to freshen it up! (Image: Secret China)
Blend rice in your coffee grinder to freshen it up. (Image: Secret China)

Make a warm/cold pack

Fill up a clean sock with rice and tie with some string. Put in the microwave oven and heat for a minute. To increase to desired temperature, increase timing by an addition of 30 seconds. For a cold pack, simply put it in the freezer.

Put rice to a clean sock to absorb odor in your microwave or refrigerator. (Image: Secret China)
Put rice in a clean sock to absorb odor in your microwave or refrigerator. (Image: Secret China)

Dry soaked electrical devices

If your mobile phone is drenched in water, stay calm. Take out the battery, put the phone in a bag or bowl of rice. Wait overnight for the rice to absorb the moisture. Do not blow-dry as it may damage the parts.

Don't use hair dryer to dry your wet phone. Use rice! (Image: Secret China)
Don’t use a hair dryer to dry your wet phone, use rice. (Image: Secret China)

Prevent rusting

Metal tools will get rusty when exposed to air. Putting a small pack of rice in your tool box can help keep it dry, and thus prevent your tools from easily rusting.

Use a small bag of rice to keep your tools from rusting. (Image: Secret China)
Use a small bag of rice to keep your tools from rusting. (Image: Secret China)

Clean glass and vases

A narrow necked glass or vase is difficult to clean. Pour rice and soap water inside and shake. The dirt should come off instantly.

Pour rice and soap water into the narrow-necked glassware to clean it thoroughly. (Image: Secret China)
Pour rice and soap water into the narrow-necked glassware to clean it thoroughly. (Image: Secret China)

Delay silver from tarnishing

Silverware needs regular polishing to prevent it from discoloring. Putting a small cupful of rice in your cabinet can absorb air moisture and slow down the oxidization process, and thus enable a longer duration between polishes.

Put a bag of rice into your cabinet to slow down the silverware's oxidation process. (Image: Secret China)
Put a bag of rice into your cabinet to slow down the silverware’s oxidation process. (Image: Secret China)

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Translated research by Cecilia Kwan and Alan Cheung

Monica Song
Born and bred in China, Mona keeps an ever watchful  eye the Chinese news headlines that are worth translating into English for Vision Times readers.

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