As far as I'm concerned, slow-cookers are the holy grail of making delicious meals.
When I was a kid, my mouth would water every time my mom used her Crock-Pot because I couldn't wait to taste whatever she was cooking. I've only really considered the appliance's usefulness when it comes to food, but as it turns out, these bad boys do a whole lot more than that.
From making homemade lip balm to sanitizing baby toys, here are 12 alternative uses for your slow-cooker. Click the links in the headings below for more details!
1. Use your Crock-Pot to make a batch of homemade soap!
2. Never buy lip balm again and just make it yourself by melting beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil in your slow-cooker on low to medium heat. After letting the mixture cool, add a few drops of any essential oil, then use an eyedropper to fill tubes or small tubs with lids. Just keep them upright until they're set and you're good to go!
3. You can also make your own lotion bars by melting beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, and essential oils in your slow-cooker with a liner and then pouring the mixture into a cupcake pan with liners.
4. You can soothe your stiff joints with this homemade relief from healing touch practitioner Amy Stephens. Just roll up a few hand towels, place them in your slow-cooker, pour one to two cups of water over them, then turn it on low for about two hours. Use tongs to pull them out and let them cool slightly before wrapping them around the painful areas.
5. Remove paint from your hardware easily by filling your slow-cooker with water and adding a couple tablespoons of laundry detergent. Drop the hardware in, set the heat to medium, and let it sit overnight. The paint should be easy to rub off with a rag by then.
6. Fill a mini Crock-Pot with water, lemon slices, rosemary, and essential oils to turn it into an air freshener!
7. Fill some shot glasses, tea cups, or old candle holders with wax and place them in your slow-cooker to make candles.
8. Give your kids endless fun by using a slow-cooker to create your own Play-Doh.
9. Get a hot stone massage at home -- just place a small towel at the bottom of your slow-cooker, fill it with warm water, and set it to low heat. Let the stones soak for about 15 minutes, then pull them out and make sure the temperature is comfortable. Pour some massage oil onto it and you're ready for the spa treatment!
10. Recycle your kids' broken crayons by melting them down in your Crock-Pot and letting them harden again.
11. Sanitize your baby's plastic toys by filling your slow-cooker with water and a cup of white vinegar, then turn on the heat let them and sit inside for 30 to 60 minutes.
12. All you need to dye your own yarn is Kool-Aid and a Crock-Pot!
(via Reader's Digest)