Is there something you can do with the water left after rice cooking? Do not poor it in the sink!


Water left at the bottom of the pot after cooking rice? Well, it is a rather common thing and probably all of us just poor it in the sink and that it is. But wait there. If you throw the water away you are also throwing out important vitamins and minerals. You had better use any vitamins you can, right?

The leftover water contains plenty of B and E vitamins, but also fibre, eight essential amino acids and starches. Best if you did not put any salt in when cooking but if you like to salt the water before cooking, it will not matter much. So, if the water is so valuable what can you do with it?

Drink it

Yes. Simple. Drink it and by doing so you will add much needed vitamins and minerals to your system. Especially athletes could benefit greatly if they drink it after performing physical activities. Physicians recommend drinking “rice water” if you have fever or as a handy remedy against constipation or diarrhoea. Yes, it really works for both.

Hair rinse

Simple again. Let the rice water sit and cool down at a room temperature In the meantime, wash your hair as usual and rinse it with rice water and wait three minutes. Rinse again but this time with a regular tap water, and that’s it. Plenty of nutrients will remain on hair fibres even after you rinse it so, you just gave your hair an extra nourishment.


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Facial mask

Add a few drops of lemon juice and essential oil (lavender is great) to a small bowl of rice water. Mix and apply to your skin – wash your skin is more like it. Leave on for five minutes and rinse with cold water.

Skin treatment

Do you have dry, irritated or damaged skin? Well, if you do, wash it several times a day with rice water, which is an excellent skin hydrator and helps with healing.

Make a fertilizer for your indoor plants

Yes, even your flower and plant beauties will benefit from this nutritious substance. This way you will supply your plants with much needed nutrients needed for growth and flowering. You can fertilize every week (out of season once a month).

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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