Friday, December 8, 2023


12 helpful tips for using sugar while RVing

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and handy, too! You can use sugar in so many ways while RVing. Read on to see what I mean—I think you’ll be surprised!

Ways to use sugar while RVing

  • Neutralize spicy food. If that local restaurant’s hot sauce is much too spicy for you, sugar can help. Just put about a half teaspoon in your mouth and chew. Ah, sweet relief! (You may want to brush your teeth afterwards.)
  • Soothe a burn. If you burn your tongue on too hot tea, soup, pizza, etc., you can soothe your scorched tongue with sugar. Just sprinkle a little bit on your tongue for some relief. (You can also chew on a sugar cube.)
  • Hair gel substitute. Keep your hair in place with sugar. Dissolve a teaspoon of it in one cup of warm water. Then dip your fingers into the mixture and style your hair.
  • Foot scrub. After a hard day of hiking, skiing, or climbing, use sugar to exfoliate the heels and callouses on your feet. You can also add a bit to your shower gel and work the mixture into your skin with a pumice stone.
  • Grass stain. Use sugar to remove grass stains. Make a paste using warm water and sugar. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for one hour. Then launder as normal.
  • Fresh flowers. You can help your cut flowers last longer with a mixture of three teaspoons of sugar and two tablespoons of vinegar for each 1/4 cup of water.
  • Hand wash. If your hands get greasy, just sprinkle on some sugar and rub. It will act as an exfoliant. When warm water is added, the mess should wash away.
  • Keep cookies fresh. Add a couple of sugar cubes to the confection container before sealing it closed. The cubes will keep cookies fresher longer. Works with cake, too.
  • Kill ants. Mix equal amounts of Borax, sugar, and water. Soak cotton balls in the mixture. Then place the cotton balls where you’ve seen ants in your RV. The sugar will attract the insects and the Borax will kill them.
  • Clean grinder. Pour 1/4 cup sugar into your coffee bean grinder and grind it through. It will eliminate odors and excess oils.
  • De-ice. Sugar can assist with de-icing if you have no salt. It costs more than salt but will work if no salt is available. (More tips on defrosting and de-icing your windshield here.)
  • Matchless fire starter. (Hmm. I haven’t tried this, but if nothing else, it’s entertaining and pretty amazing to watch.) The video below demonstrates how to start a fire without matches. And yes, our sweet friend is involved (along with potassium permanganate).

Do you use sugar in unusual ways when RVing? Please tell us about it in the comments below.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.



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Jann Todd (@guest_223677)
9 months ago

Sugar is a great way to stop infections. If you have a cut that is infected lightly dampen a bandage or gauze, pour a small amount of sugar on it and apply to your cut just like any other bandage. Change it daily or if it looks like there’s puss on it more often. Honey works also but is messier and doesn’t do as good. This actually saved my dad’s leg after he fell though a rusty bucket. He was in the hospital twice, he used many medications and treatments then a nurse told him about this. After he had suffered for several years the sugar healed the wound in about a month. I’ve used sugar many times to clear up a cut or wound.

Neal Davis (@guest_221741)
9 months ago

I doubt that I’ll do many, if any, of these, but it is fascinating to see what is posdible. Then again, I very well may use the ant solution. Thank you!

Bob p (@guest_221724)
9 months ago

I can imagine you becoming a walking ant hill when you use sugar in your hair! Lol

Jack (@guest_221764)
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

yes I got a similar visualization except with flys.
probably better than the joke of the day

KellyR (@guest_221805)
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Sugar and a bit of coloring and your head is cotton candy. Really? How words can produce a picture in my head! Sorry, sugar is only for a cup of herbal tea.

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