Rice is one of my all time favorite foods. I eat it with everything. If I can find an excuse to add rice to something I will. :D

But did you know that you can also use rice for all sorts of things around the house, too? Keep on reading to find out a few of my favorite unusual uses for rice.

Most of these unusual uses work best with plain white rice, but some can work with other varieties too. Though I suggest white rice since it's so cheap!

Step 1: Save Wet Electronics

Probably one of the most classic uses for rice! If you've ever dropped your phone in water you're probably tried this trick. :D

If you can turn the item off, do so. Dry the exterior of the item as best you can. If you can open it up and dry out the inside, that's a great idea too! For phones it's best to remove the battery and SIM card, too.

Place it in a ziploc bag or a container of rice and leave it for 24+ hours.

Check out this instructable for more thorough instructions! I have saved several items this way. (Yes, I am ridiculously clumsy.)

Step 2: DIY Heating Pads

Another one of my favorite uses! Perfect for sprains and cramps and or even just a really chilly day. I always mess my neck up with too much computer work and embroidery, so I've made a long skinny one to go around the back of my neck. :)

You can either sew up your own heating pad or make one by filling a sock with rice. Then just pop in it the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and enjoy!

To find out how to sew your own check out this microwave heating pad by Danger is my middle name.

For a no-sew sock version, check out carleyy's homemade heating pad.

Step 3: Keep Hand Tools From Rusting

This is really useful in humid areas! Back home in Kentucky this is done all the time - I've seen it in almost every workshop I've been in. If you have older hand tools that are susceptible to rusting, place them in a can of rice. (Sawdust can work too!)

This works especially well for pliers, screwdrivers and hammers. :D

It also keeps your tools within easy reach. Fancy.

Step 4: Check to See If Your Oil Is Hot Enough Before Frying

If you've ever been unsure about the temperature of your oil but you don't have a thermometer handy, rice is a good indicator. If you drop a couple grains of rice into your oil and they sink, it's not hot enough.

If the grains of rice pop back up immediately and begins to bubble, the oil is hot enough - normally around 350-360 F.

I say a couple because not all grains of rice will pop and float!

When I was doing this I just threw a ton of rice in there - puffed rice is delicious. DELICIOUS. So maybe just do that instead of frying something else. :D

Step 5: Clean Your Coffee or Spice Grinder

One of my favorite uses! I think rice works much better than bread.

Check out this instructable for a full tutorial and other helpful coffee grinder cleaning tips!

Step 6: Clean Containers With Small Openings

If you don't have a bottle brush around, rice is a great substitute.

Add a small amount of rice (perhaps a tablespoon?) into the container with a couple drops of soap. Add in some hot water and swish the rice around.

I clean my teapot like this all the time! I just put my thumb over the spout and hold the lid on while swishing the rice around. :)

Step 7: Weight for Blind Baking

Blind baking is probably the way I use rice the most often. (Well, besides stuffing my face. I love rice.)

Both rice and beans and great blind baking weights.

To blind bake pastry, form the pastry in the tart or pie pan and then place a piece of parchment over the pastry. Pour in enough rice so that the pastry is completely filled.

Bake the pastry for half the required time and then take it out to check. If the pastry has gone lightly golden brown around the edges (like the photo above), you'll know it has set and won't go sliding down the side of the pan.

Use the parchment to transfer the rice from the crust into a container for later use. Once you've "baked" the rice, you can't use it to cook later, so I keep mine in a gallon mason jar separate from my eating rice. :)

Place the crust back in the oven to finish baking, and viola - perfectly blind baked pastry!

Step 8: Makeshift Knife Rack

I can't say how well this works as a permanent knife rack - but it's fantastic if you're just setting up your kitchen or if you just moved and find yourself without one.

Find a tall wide mouth container and pour in enough rice so the blades will be mostly covered.

The one caveat here is to be careful when putting the knives into the rice - there's not much to stop them colliding with the bottom of the container - so you can dull the tips if you're not careful.

Looks pretty awesome, too.

Step 9: Slow Release Air Freshener

This is perfect for closets or bathrooms - any small space where you want a little fragrance! This air freshener isn't strong enough for any large rooms, though. Tried it in the bedroom and it wasn't noticeable, but in a small bathroom it is.

Find a small glass container to put the rice in - I normally use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup. Add 10-20 drops of essential oils and mix well.

Place it where you want for a subtle and long lasting air freshener - just shake the container whenever you feel the smell is dying down - that will refresh it. :D

Just be careful to put these air fresheners high - out of small hands and away from pets!

<p>While I do like many of the ideas described above, I had an initial reaction similar to others, who see rice as food, and are a bit uneasy with using it for other purposes. Therefore, I tried to come up with a list of alternatives that don't use food for each use described above:<br><br>1. Save the electronics can also work with sawdust. Probably even better, since softwood sawdust is more porous and finer grained than rice. True, sawdust can be very fine, and get into places where you wouldn't want it, but you can sieve it, and only use the coarse part.<br><br>2. Heating pads work great with salt. You just have to get the coarse grained variety so it doesn't trickle through the socket/pad - or put it into a plastic bag first, and only then into a sock. Salt has also a higher caloric capacity than rice, so the pad will probably stay hot for longer.<br><br>3. Keeping hand tools from rusting: again, sawdust - and make sure you change it from time to time, or else it will eventually become so damp it will actually promote rust instead of preventing it.<br><br>4. In order to check whether the oil in the pan is hot enough, use a wooden spoon - a dry one, mind you. Put it into the pan. If small bubbles start to develop around the spoon, the oil is hot enough for cooking.<br><br>5. I don't know about others, but I clean my coffee grinder (which I use mainly for spices) using paper. I tear a paper towel into pieces, put a few of them into the grinder, let it run for a couple of seconds, and repeat the process a few times - usually 2-3 cycles are ebough. Then I wipe the inside of the grinder (after having plugged it out of the power socket) with one or two more paper towels, to make all the tiny paper shreds go away.<br><br>6. Cleaning the insides of small containers works better with ashes. Ash mixed with water is also caustic, chemically aiding in the removal of stain.<br><br>7. I have a bowl of small stones I keep in the kitchen for blind baking. I'd clean and microwave some cherry kernels, rather than use rice for this, if I didn't have my stones.<br><br>8. I do prefer a magnetic strip, but I also like the makeshift knife rack. However, I'm not entirely sure that repeatedly sticking the knives into the rice won't significantly contribute to faster dulling, and I think spent and dried coffee grounds could work equally well - and they're softer, so dulling would probably be less of a concern.<br><br>9. Sawdust works great for the slow release air freshener - so much so that there are commercial products using it precisely for this purpose.</p>
<p>These are *great*, and you write perfectly with great grammar. You should think of one more, and then make an Instructable called &quot;10 (or Ten) Fantastic Household Hacks&quot;. Take some pictures of each of them as well. It would be so useful, and I know a lot of people would appreciate them. But if not, thank you for posting them here. I've copied all of the great ones from this page, and the comments, into a text file I save with things like this. But if you do make one, would you send me the link, please? :)</p>
<p>I'm a programmer. One of he greatest virtues of a programmer is laziness ... you draw the conclusion. (Why laziness: a lazy but smart person does things so he does not need to do them twice.)</p><p>I'm completely ceding any intellectual property rights on these ideas to anybody willing to transform them into an ible.</p>
<p>If you use the makeshift knife rack, make sure you either use a container that isn't glass or put something at the bottom(and maybe even sides) such as cardboard so that the blade doesn't become dull from being pressed into glass. It's probably not that much of a problem though.</p>
<p>Beautiful ideas for rice thank you.</p>
Who would have thought?. Dynamite ideas
<p>I would also like to know what those copper/PVC squares are.</p><p>Finally found a good use for the leftover sock when the laundry machines &quot;eat&quot; one: use it as a heating/cooling pad!</p>
They look like common copper pipe elbows, connecting pvc pipe. Probably glued on and could be used as a trivet or something
<p>It's a wooden and copper trivet. They're fantastic and really easy to make. :)<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/id/copper-and-wood-trivets/</p>
Copied the -ible for the trivets, awesome! Thanks<br>
I think I need more rice to try some of these. As far as using rice to dry your wet cell phone, I dropped my phone in the toilet , (I know lol) I quickly rinsed it off and placed it in a ziploc filled with rice, it took 2 days, but my phone was good as new. I also use the rice in salt shakers to keep it from clumping. Thank you for posting these.
In the first picture of the knife rack, what are the copper and PVC squares used for? Trivet?
<p>Yup, they're trivets! Here's my tutorial for making them: </p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/copper-and-wood-trivets/</p>
<p>Great Instructable! I have a question about #4- are you frying raw rice, or cooked? It looks &amp; sounds very tasty ? </p>
<p>It's raw! Definitely give it a go - it's like popcorn but better! :D</p>
<p>Some great ideas here. I use silica sand as a scrubby for the inside of yucky bottles and such instead of rice. the sand doesn't scratch the harder surface and is reusable. </p><p>Just soak the inside with hot soapy water for an appropriate time, add sand and shake. If the bottle is opaque, dump the mixture into a glass, run water into the glass until it is clear and dump the glass of warm water and sand back into the bottle and add a bit of detergent, repeat until the water comes out clean. </p>
<p>save wet electronics: Remove battery. Dunk in distilled water and follow with a &gt;90% Isopropyl alcohol rinse. allow to air dry. distilled water doesnt leave minerals on the traces and alcohol carries the moisture when it evaporates. Electronics go through many washes during production. Few components are not waterproof. </p>
<p>Isopropyl can have hideous affect of carbon components and many plastic parts.<br><br>A major problem is conductivity and eventual oxidation between metal tracks/leads</p>
<p>&quot;remove battery&quot; is the difficult instruction in your mini instructable, for many electronics.</p>
<p>I agree. Cameras come to mind as well as android cell phones and laptops. </p>
Rice is food... We don't use it for something else. Food is considered sacred. It's just our culture.
<p>My culture considers such restrictions as offensive (superstitions that limit the mind) although we prefer not to waste food (which is rude when others have none) and it can lead to disgusting behaviour like those american eating contests</p>
<p>You can still cook and eat the rice after most of these.</p>
<p>Not necessarily part of my culture (we have a similar attitude towards bread, though), but that was my feeling too.</p>
<p>Great tips! I did put my make-up brushes in coloured rice and it look amazing.</p>
<p>This is a great idea for fresheners in dresser drawers. Use an old sock for a super easy approach. I have also used this with cedar essential oil in my closets. Campers may also want to try using a rice-sock with citronella in their tent storage bag. It may help keep skeeters out and it sure smells better than musty tent</p><p>And if you do the neck heating pad, add lavender (or choice) essential oil to that as well. They make a frugal Christmas gift. </p>
<p>It makes a great heating pad (such as when you're having a baby), to put rice in a tube sock, and heat it up in the microwave (after you tie the tube sock up w/ the rice inside).</p>
<p>Nice hacks. i plan to use some of these!!!</p>
<p>Cool ideas!</p>
<p>rice bags can also be used as doorstops &amp; draft stoppers. Also as a desiccant for tools and such, I prefer kitty litter - (low dust variety)</p>
<p>Hi, Not sure if you know this, but the rice wash is great for your plants. </p><p>When you wash your rice before cooking, keep the rice wash water and water your plants, they will thank you for it with lush green foliage. The explanation is simple, it's not the nutrients in rice that is important to the plant, but the rice wash feeds the good bacteria in the soil and enhances them to convert organic material to the necessary elemental compounds usable by the plant. This is more prevalent if you are into organic gardening and love using compost in your soil. Happy Trying.</p>
<p>I will definitely try this, thanks :)</p>
If you are really into this, you can also google Lactobacillus Serum and hasten this process. Easy to make great for your plants. This is a great read:<br><br>http://theunconventionalfarmer.com/recipes/lactobacillus-serum/ <br>
<p>Yeah! I really want to try to lactobacillus serum. My partner's an organic gardner, so he's been researching it for a bit and it sounds like it's handy for many thing. </p><p>He hasn't used rice wash on the plants so I'm not sure if he knows that trick - I'll have to pass it along. :D But he does use rice hulls to lighten the soil and I think he's used rice for compost tea a couple times, too. :)</p>
Jessy try this link. Its they most comprehensive and clear instructions I have found online so far along with the benefits. http://theunconventionalfarmer.com/recipes/lactobacillus-serum/<br><br>I use rice husk as a soil amendment too. In Malaysia rain comes when ever it wants and when it rains it POURS!! So the rice husk helps with the drainage.
<p>Here's one that I think hasn't been mentioned yet. You can use a five gallon bucket of rice to strengthen your hands and arms. This is a pretty standard exercise for baseball pitchers. <br>See more: <a href="http://www.stack.com/2011/05/27/grip-and-rip-with-rice-bucket-hand-strengthening-exercises/" rel="nofollow">http://www.stack.com/2011/05/27/grip-and-rip-with-...</a></p>
<p>Grind rice for making soap, fill soft body dolls {weight the bottom and make stiffer in back if you want them to sit, fill a glass globe with rice {you can color it} and stick some mini lights in it, coat with a thin glue but not sloppy or thick {spray adhesive works great} and shake glitter over the glued rice for various decor options, use like sand art use food dyes for color, cook with a bit more water and blend well for rice paste add even more water add some fiber &amp; a bit of Elmer's and using a fine screen make paper, press with felt, add tea or food color for, well, color. Dry flowers- just change out the rice if it gets too moist. Grind to a powder blend your facial color with mica powders blend well for facial powder. Use rice powder blended with mica powder to create your facial color add some moisturizing lotion/cream and a bit of water for an emergency liquid make-up [repeat use as needed, not sweat proof}.</p>
<p>great tips! ...thank you!</p>
<p>You can make a strong adhesive/glue from rice. Cook the rice using more water than normal so it is a little mushy (like baby food), mash it well so there are no lumps and apply. I have a coffee cup with a handle that broke off. It was repaired with rice paste and has held up for years.</p>
<p>I use it in longer/larger flower vases to support flower arrangements. It gives tighter support than my favourite, beans.</p>
<p>I have a large jar of desiccants, those little packets you're not supposed to eat included in many packaged items. They usually contain calcium chloride and will absorb moisture very well when sealed in a ziplock bag with something.</p>
Have had rice bags for heat or cold for 10 years. No mice! Keep one at work even. Also put in salt shakers to keep salt from clumping during humid Wisconsin summers. Just don't let your mother bake with this salt.
<p>why not?</p>
You end up with bits of rice in a recipe that doesn't call for rice. :0
<p>Please don't call yourself clumsy. I went to a seminar once where the presenter made the point that your subconscious tries to help you accomplish the things you say. The example he used was saying &quot;I'm not good with names.&quot; By saying that you talk yourself into being bad at remembering names. I'm a firm believer in the power of positive thinking (and talking).</p>
<p>that's a great ethic to live by but calling clumsiness a more positive word won't help the bruises I get from bumping into things!</p>
<p>Just put your phone on the dash of your car in the sun.</p><p>In a day or so depending on where you are and time of year it will dry out just fine.</p><p>Be sure to place it screen side down...</p>
<p>This is probably OK in cooler climates, but can actually be quite dangerous if you live somewhere closer to the equator. Even without water involved, phone displays often crack when they're left on a hot dash, batteries can rupture, etc. </p><p>Rice is an OK solution, but the best one is to hang onto those little &quot;DO NOT EAT&quot; desiccant packets. You can heat them in an oven at 250F for a few hours to dry them out, let them cool and seal them in an airtight plastic bag to reuse them when needed. DO NOT HANDLE THEM WHEN THEY'RE HOT!!! DON'T PUT A HOT PACKET IN WITH YOUR ELECTRONICS!!! DON'T STICK IT DOWN YOUR PANTS!!! DON'T EAT IT!!! ETC ETC ETC...(ie: use your brain)</p><p>The little tablespoon sized packets will probably do more than a cup of rice will. </p><p>As an FYI and sign of the impending extinction of the human race, I actually had a coworker tell me about how they ruined their phone by trying to dry it out in a container of steamed rice from a take-out restaurant. Apparently, they thought that the heat and steam would draw out the liquid water (doh!)</p>
Hi,<br><br>Thanks for the tips, I find the coffee grinder most useful because my grinder needs a clean ;)

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