The slow cooker is a wonderful piece of cookware that basically prepares meals by itself but it seems you can use it for so much more. While there are many non-food related uses for a slow cooker, keep in mind some of them might not be done in the pot you use to cook your meals in.
For this reason, it’s best to use an old crock pot or at least use double liners if you have just one. Check out these creative non-food related uses for a slow cooker – you’ll be amazed what you can do with it!
1. Make playdough for your kids
It’s amazing, right? You can make playdough in your slow cooker using just a few inexpensive ingredients. The dough will need to be cooked for about 2 hours but you only need to stir it every half an hour which is about as easy as can get.
2. Dye yarn and fabric
It might seem unbelievable but you can dye yarn and fabric at home using kool-aid and a crock pot. So many color combinations! What should we start with?
3. Make your own candles
Why buy them when you can make them? And you don’t need to buy wax – if you want to be frugal use the wax from old candles. Take the plunge and follow the instructions found here.
4. Use your crock pot as a room freshener
Have you ever heard of stovetop potpourri? It means you fill a pot with water and add fruits, herbs and other scented natural ingredients and let it slowly simmer to make your home smell amazing. But you can do the same with a slow cooker. Here’s how.
5. Remove paint from hardware
You can make door hardware great again if you manage to properly remove the old paint before applying a new coat. And the slow cooker definitely makes it easier.
6. Speed up seed germination
Seeds germinate faster in a warm and humid environment. If you’re excited to see your little seeds sprout you can use a slow cooker to speed up the process. This is actually very clever!
7. Clean up jewelry
I must say this is probably one of the most useful non-food related uses for a slow cooker. Jewelry does get oxidized as time goes by and loses its shine. But you can easily restore it to its former glory with a crock pot and some natural jeweler’s pickle which is easy to make at home.
What other things do you use your slow cooker for which don’t involve food? Let us know in the comments section and don’t forget to share this post with your friends if you liked it!