A slow cooker can be a real time saver for busy moms. They’re also great to have around in the summer when it’s too gosh darn hot to cook. But you can use your crock pot for more than whipping up delicious meals. You might be surprised that there are other slow cooker uses you can actually do, more than slow-cooking or cook food! Here are 15 unusual ways to use a slow cooker.
Planning to cook beef stews, beef brisket, or pork shoulder with potatoes, beans, and other vegetables? Oh, this kitchen appliance with its gentle heat can do more than that!
Slow Cooker Uses That Will Blow Your Mind
1. Slow Cooker Crayon Recipe
Skip the pot roasts and slow cooker recipe. Reuse your kids’ old, broken crayons by melting and remolding them using this slow cooker crayon recipe.
2. Dye your Yarn in a Crock Pot
Crockpots are not just for bringing in flavor to a big batch of slow-cooker beef ribs and sauces. Knitters and crocheters will appreciate the fact that you can dye yarn in the Crock Pot using powdered Kool-Aid.
3. Make Bar Soap in your Slow Cooker
Curries and skillet ingredients? Not this time! Did you know that you can make old fashioned bar soap in a slow cooker? This might just be better than the chicken salsa! Just remember that it’s for bathing, not for eating!
4. Liquid Soap Made in Slow Cooker
You can put more that the edible liquid like soy sauce, tomato sauce, chicken thighs, and soups in your good ol’ crockpot. If you prefer liquid soap, you can make that in the Crock Pot, too!
5. Homemade Shea Butten Sunscreen
Skip the dish and dips and bowl of soup for now. Whip up some shea butter sunscreen in the slow cooker if you’re looking for a more natural alternative to commercial sunscreen sprays and creams.
6. Crock Pot Playdough
Here’s another project to do with the kids: crock pot playdough. Adjust the heat settings and cooking time to make sure you get the right consistency!
7. Slow Cooker Candles
Have leftover pasta, cheese, or ham? We’re not using them this time, I’m just asking!
Reuse your wax melts to make slow cooker candles. Pour into a pretty cup, and they’d make a great gift!
8. Homemade Jewelry Cleaning Solution
Clean your tarnished jewelry in the slow cooker! Check out the homemade jewelry cleaning solution, too!
Ways to Use a Slow Cooker (That Don’t Involve Cooking)
9. Easy Lip Balm recipe
Make a dozen lip balms for pennies using your slow cooker.
10. DIY Home deodorizer
Neutralize bad odors in your home using just baking soda, water, and your trusty ol’ Crock Pot.
11. All-natural Air Fresheners
Create all-natural air fresheners in the slow cooker using citrus fruits, spices and extracts.
12. Homemade Lotion Bars
Make your own lotion bars in the Crock Pot. There are so many possibilities when you combine different essential oils to scent the bars. What an easy and useful gift idea!
13. Commercial-Grade Slime
It sounds a little involved, but if you’re so inclined, you can make commercial-grade slime in your slow cooker.
14. Facial/Manicure Hack Using Crock Pot
Keep moist towels hot in the Crock Pot when you’re doing facials or manicures.
15. DIY Rosewater Recipe
Rosewater can be pricey in the stores, but if you have your own roses and a slow cooker, you can make your own in just a couple of hours.
That was fun! Which one are you going to try making in your slow cooker?