5 Alternative Uses for Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is great for breakfast during the cooler months of the year, but did you know that there are some other things you could do with oatmeal as well? Check out these 4 alternative uses for oatmeal.

5 Alternative Uses for Oatmeal

Alternative Uses for Oatmeal


If you are suffering with acne but don’t like the drying side effects of the store bought acne products, try some oatmeal instead. Cook some oatmeal like you normally would and then let it cool. Once cool, spread the paste over the acne areas. Let it set on your skin for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. The oatmeal will absorb the oil from the skin and also exfoliates the dead skin cells.

Facial Mask

Oatmeal can be used to make a rejuvenating facial mask. Just combine ½ cup of hot water, 1/3 cup of oatmeal, one egg white, one tablespoon of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Combine for 2-3 minutes until mixed well and spread a thin layer on your face. Let it set for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Poison Ivy

Oatmeal is a great way to soothe poison ivy. It also works well with chicken pox. An oatmeal bath is a great way to relieve all that itching. You will need to grind up the oats into a fine powder and add the powder to some clean pantyhose with a knot tied around the top. Add the pouch to a bath of tepid water and soak in it for 15-20 minutes.

Itchy Dog Skin

People are not the only ones that suffer from dry skin and hair. Dogs also suffer from dry skin and hair as well. Combine equal parts of dry oats with warm water. Rub the mixture over the area that your dog scratches the most. Make sure the dog lies down or is still for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Neutralize Odors

Did you know that Baking soda is not the only way to get rid of unpleasant odors in your refrigerator? Simply pour some uncooked oatmeal in a small bowl and leave it in the refrigerator overnight to neutralize odors. The oatmeal will absorb any rancid aromas.

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