1. Polishing your shoes:
- Take a soft cloth microfiber towel, which can be purchased at the Dollar Tree, dip it in some cool milk, and run the cloth across your shoes. Buff and dry for a high shine; considering that a shoe shine kit costs $16.98 at my local Walmart, this is an awesome deal!
2. Repair cracked china/porcelain:
- Place the cracked item in a pan of milk, enough to cover the crack, and heat to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and let steep for one hour; the milk acts as a fibrous filler and your plates will be as good as new!
3. Remove ink stains from hands, leather, and cotton and linen clothing:
- For fabric, soak the stained area in milk up to 24 hours, for best results, then scrub area with toothbrush to remove, for leather spot treat, and for hands, dip a lemon half into milk and then use the half to scrub hands; be sure to avoid any open cuts or scrapes on hands while doing so!
4. Shaving cream:
- Mix one cup cold milk with 1/8 cup powered milk, whisked well, makes a great shaving cream alternative!
5. Soften calluses:
- Soaking hands in a cold milk bath before bed, then cover in petroleum jelly and white gloves will help ease calluses on palms and hands.
6. You can use milk in the garden:
- Milk is an intricate part of my DIY Miracle Grow Concentrate Solution, in that is is rich in nutrient-dense nitrogen; one of the three essential ingredients for garden growth!
So there are a few other ways I use milk around my home, and I hope these suggestions will help you think outside of the box for your next Housewife Hack project!