Most people are very familiar with oatmeal. We eat it as a cereal, add it to our trail mix, use it as an ingredient in cookies and consume it in other ways. But oats are much more versatile than you may think. There are loads of unusual uses for oatmeal. Here are just a handful things oatmeal can do.
Oatmeal can soothe dry or itchy skin. Adding ground oats to warm bath water can help ease the discomfort of dry or irritated skin.
Oatmeal can get rid of odors. Oatmeal absorbs smells. An open container of oatmeal left in a refrigerate will help eliminate any unpleasant smells dwelling there. A decorative bowl of oatmeal set out in a room can look pretty and keep the air free of unwanted scents.
Oatmeal can morph into non-toxic modeling clay. Oatmeal clay is simple to make, requires no cooking, and makes quite sturdy creations. Mix together one part water, one part flour, and two parts oatmeal and voilà… clay! You can use a little more or less water to get the consistency you want for the clay. Then sculpt away. Oatmeal clay sculptures can be painted once they are dry and hardened.
Oatmeal can replace breadcrumbs. Oats can be used instead of breadcrumbs in many recipes. It can be just as effective and tasty as breadcrumbs when used as a binding agent in foods like meatloaf, hamburgers and meatballs. Oatmeal makes a great coating or topping, too.
Oatmeal can be used between hair washings. When hair looks a little oily but there’s no time for a shower, oatmeal can save the day. Mixing together equal amounts of ground oatmeal and baking powder and then rubbing it into the hair at the roots will soak up any overabundance of oil. Just make sure to brush your hair well before heading out the door.
Oatmeal can fill a homemade heating pad. You can make your own heating pad with just some oatmeal and an old sock (no holes allowed). Fill the sock about halfway with oats and sew or tie the sock shut on the open end. Make sure no oatmeal can escape the sock. Warm the sock in the microwave. BE CAREFUL. Do not let it get too hot. It should be warmed only to a COMFORTABLE temperature. When using your homemade heating pad, do not leave it on your body for longer than 15 minutes at a time.