17 Surprising Uses For Sugar That You Must Know Now

17 Surprising Uses For Sugar That You Must Know Now

Sugar - you put it in your tea, you put it in your coffee, but did you know you can use it in 17 other ways? Read on to find out what other amazing things you can do with it.

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1. Keep cookies fresh

Cookie  - uses for sugar
Keep them tasty!

There's nothing worse than a stale cookie is there? Help save your precious treats from this terrible plight by putting them in a ziplock bag and adding some sugar cubes. Now you can sleep soundly at night.

2. Keep cut flowers fresh

Cut flowers at a slant under running tap water, then add sugar to a vase of water and stir until it's dissolved. Now you can enjoy fresh flowers for longer. Visit 10 uses for an old bouquet of flowers for further inspiration.

3. Cure hiccups with a teaspoon of sugar

My nan taught me this brilliant use for sugar. If you have been enduring annoying hiccups for a while, then grab a teaspoon, dip it in your sugar bag and swallow a spoonful. Your hiccups will come to an end - try it and let me know how it went!

4. Help keep cheese mould-free

If you love cheese you'll want to make sure it's free of mould for as long as possible. Keep your cheese in an airtight container and add a couple of lumps of sugar to it.

5. Make your sugar sparkle

Make your sugar sparkle  - uses for sugar
Beautiful colours!

There are so many uses for coloured sugar - fun with the kids, stick it on your popcorn, top cupcakes and cookies. Follow the instructions at Twosisterscrafting.com and make your own. It looks incredibly easy to do and best of all, you'll never have to buy pre-made coloured sugar ever again!

6. Clean greasy hands

If you've worked on your car and have managed to get grease all over you, grab a teaspoon of sugar and some water then rub your hands together. Easy!

7. Help a burnt tongue

I regularly burn my tongue (the curse of being a 'greedy guts') - to soothe the pain, sprinkle a pinch of sugar over the affected area.

8. Make rock candy

This is a fun project to do with the kids - it's like a science experiment and it's super colourful! Follow the instructions for everything you need to make your own rock candy.

9. Prolong your lipstick cover

Lipstick Make your sugar sparkle  - uses for sugar
Don't eat it! Photo credit: _Frankenstein_

You've got a long night out ahead of you and your lip colour must remain bright and bold. Apply lipstick, then sprinkle some sugar onto your lips. Wait for a minute and then lick off all the sugar. This will extend the colour by drawing moisture from the lipstick. Amazing!

10. Get rid of grass stains

Enjoying grass sports? Make a paste of sugar and water then apply to your grass stain. Allow it to sit for an hour then chuck it in the wash. Easy!

11. Caramelised onions

With brown sugar and patience, you can make delicious caramelised onions which can be put on your hot dogs, use as a base for tarts or add to cold meats. Follow this recipe from Taste.com and enjoy. There are so many things you can do with caramelised onions - delicious.

12. Bug bites

Have you been bitten by a bug? Grab a damp cloth, mash a sugar cube with it and apply to the area. This will help you with the pain and remove the swelling.

13. Cotton candy lip scrub

Cotton candy lip scrub - uses for sugar
Hurrah for sugar!

Bitzniggles.com have a wonderful recipe for a Cotton Candy Lip Scrub. It's everything you need to keep your lips free of dead skin and will prepare them for any lipstick you want to wear. The scrub is super-beautiful too, so why not try making your own?

14. Foot spa treatment

Using sugar, milk, water and your favourite moisturiser you can have a wonderful foot spa in your own home! Wikihow.com have a step-by-step guide to help you on your way to relaxing those tootsies and they'll be soothed and smooth in no time.

15. Put it on avocado

Anushka F swears by this tasty treat - sprinkle some sugar onto your sliced avocado and eat! Give it a go and let us know what you thought of this snack in the comments below.

16. Clean your coffee grinder

Eliminate odours and clean your precious coffee grinder by pouring a quarter cup of sugar into it. Let is run for a few minutes and enjoy a cleaner grinder, free of a buildup of oils and dirt.

17. Gingerbread sugar scrub

Gingerbread sugar scrub Cotton candy lip scrub - uses for sugar
Seasonal sugary delights

Firstly YUM. Secondly, it's a real shame that I'll probably have to wait until Christmas to make this! Mommymusings.com have created an all-natural scrub which uses both brown and white sugar. It's the perfect homemade treat, or you could give it away as a present.

Who knew you could do so much with sugar? If you know of any more uses we'd love to see them in the comments below.

Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Veronica Flavell on August 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

    A teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of olive oil rubbed between and all over your hands leave them beautifully silky smooth

    1. Author Colleen B on August 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

      What a lovely tip, thanks Veronica.

    2. Author leni on August 18, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      A spoon full of sugar will stop your mouth bleeding it clots the blood great if you have monkeys for children:-)

    3. Author Colleen B on September 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      What a brilliant tip Leni, thanks very much!

  2. Author charmain on August 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Fairy liquid and sugar for greasy oily hands

    1. Author Colleen B on August 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Great tip Charmain, thank you!

  3. Author Debbie on August 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Unfortunately, the other night, I got a nasty insect bite, but then recalled the tip I'd read, and so instead of cream, instead, I rubbed some sugar on the spot, and yes,you're right, relief I got! But here's an issue I encountered, which left the problem unsurmounted! Yes, it soothed the nasty bite, but before long I saw a flight of hungry bugs, who all agreed my arm's exactly what they need, perhaps the worst thing to befall is sugar-addicted creepy-crawlies!!!

    1. Author Colleen B on August 31, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Oh Debbie and all your poems I love to read them out loud They brighten up our day (The EHT blogging crowd). We're glad you like our tips And find them useful too We love to hear they're working For people just like you.

  4. Author Valerie Townend on September 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    hi I'm a Diabetic on insulin , loved your tips on sugar but the licking lips one I couldn't do but will think about trying sweetner like canderel , to see if has similar effect though . let you know how that works out !! In fact I might substitute it with cookies too .

    1. Author Colleen B on September 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

      I look forward to hearing about your experiment! :)


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