Oats are a cheap pantry staple, often associated with warm granola, biscuits with raisins, and crunchy granola.
But oats are more versatile than you might think. This cereal is great beyond breakfast and baked goods.
10 creative uses of oats
Did you know you can use oats as a Play Doh substitute to remove odors or soothe irritated skin? Here are 10 not-so-typical uses for oats.
1. Soothe itchy skin
An oatmeal bath is great when you’re dealing with itching. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve skin irritation. They can also help keep your skin hydrated. Wrap a bunch of oatmeal in cheesecloth or old tights to keep them out of the drain and soak them in the water while bathing. You can even rub the bunch of oats on the itchy areas of your skin.
2. Relieve sunburn
The anti-inflammatory properties of oats are also known to help relieve the pain of sunburn. Grind the oat flakes and stir into a paste with a little milk. Apply the paste to your skin for about 15 minutes before gently wiping it off. Alternatively, you can soak in an oatmeal bath for a little relief.
3. Make your own dry shampoo
If you need to freshen up your hair in between washes, a little DIY dry shampoo may do the trick. Mix equal parts of oatmeal and baking soda, work the mixture into your curls, then brush them out. The oats, along with the baking soda, will help absorb the oil in your hair.
4. Get rid of smelly smells
If your refrigerator smells a little unconventional, you can use oatmeal to neutralize the unpleasant odor. Just leave an open container or bowl of oatmeal in your refrigerator and it will help banish the bad smells.
5. Make your own modeling clay
Instead of going to the store to buy play-doh or modeling clay for the little ones, mix equal parts of oatmeal and flour and add some water until it has a clay-like consistency. To make colored clay, just add a few drops of food coloring.
6. Make oat milk
You may have bought oat milk at the grocery store, but you can easily make it at home. Mix one cup of oatmeal with three to four cups of water for about 30 seconds, then pour the mixture into a jug. For some flavor, you may want to add some vanilla extract, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt before mixing. Store covered in the refrigerator.
7. Use as a binding agent for ground beef
If you’re making meatballs or meatloaf and discover you’ve run out of breadcrumbs, just swap out oatmeal. Oats make a great binder in these meat dishes. You can also use oatmeal to extend the amount of ground beef you have when making burgers.
8. Use as a thickener in recipes
Thicken your soups and stews with oats to the perfect consistency. You should first grind your oats and add about a quarter or a half cup to your simmering saucepan. Oatmeal is also a great way to thicken sauces or sauces. If you’re looking for a way to add something hearty to a fruit smoothie, you can add oatmeal there too.
9. Make a face mask
Treat yourself to a DIY spa treatment with a mask made from ingredients you have at home. Mix the oatmeal and water into a paste. Add mix-ins like mashed avocado, mashed banana, or plain yogurt as you like. Apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it off.
10. Do a moisturizing foot bath
Treat your aching feet to a nice oatmeal bath at the end of a long day. Put oatmeal in a tub of warm water and let your feet soak for about 20 minutes. You can even add a few drops of essential oil to enhance the spa treatment.
Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com