1. Extend lipstick life
Sprinkle a bit of sugar atop freshly applied lipstick, let it sit, and then lick it off. This will help set the lipstick and will extend the life of your lipstick so you won’t have to re-apply as often.
2. Homemade body scrub
Sugar makes for a splendid exfoliating agent for body scrubs. You can make a simple one by mixing sugar with oil (canola, almond, jojoba, or olive will work) to create a loose paste. Add some essential oil if you like fragrance, gently rubbing on your skin and then rinsing off in the shower.
3. Nourish your flowers
Add three teaspoons of sugar and two tablespoons of white vinegar per quarter of warm water for fresh-cut flowers. The sugar feeds the stems and the vinegar restricts the growth of bacteria.
4. Battling worms in your garden
If plants in your garden have unsightly knots at the roots, they may have fallen prey to the microscopic parasites. To combat them naturally, apply 2.25 kilograms of sugar for every 250 square feet of garden. The sugar will feed the microorganisms which will increase the organic matter in the soil, making it a hostile environment for the nematodes.
5. Wasp trap
Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water, fill a jar with it and set it outside to attract wasps. They will fly in and become trapped. What you do with them next is up to you.
6. Make a cockroach deterrent
Mix equal parts sugar and baking powder and sprinkle over areas of infestation. Sugar attracts the buggers, the baking powder exterminates them. Replace frequently.
7. Clean your grinders
Coffee bean and spice grinders can collect oils that are strong in flavour, but sugar can clean them by absorbing the offending elements. Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into the grinder and run it for 2 -3 minutes. Dump and clean with a sponge.
8. Keep cakes and biscuits fresh
If you store cake in an airtight container with a few sugar cubes, it will stay fresh longer.
9. Goodbye grass stains
Make a paste of warm water and sugar and apply to grass-stained clothing. Let them sit in the solution for an hour (or longer for tougher stains) and then wash as usual.
10. Prevent cheese from aging
We all know how cheese is made and what it is, but some swear by storing cheese with sugar cubes to prevent it from molding even further.