Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. This means that we may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase something from a link we post (including links to amazon.com because we are part of the Amazon Services LLC Associates program.) Don’t worry, it won’t happen. It cost you anything. Believe it or not, I grew up thinking that all babies get their milk straight from a cow like me. I didn’t even know the milk came in pretty well-lined gallons in grocery store refrigerators until I was 10. You see, we grew up in the small city of Idaho, when we needed milk, piled into my father’s truck and headed to the Parker Dairy where we were passing rows and rows of cows, all of which were ripe for milking. We were moving into a small brick building, the sickly sweet scent of cow manure embracing us (to this day I still love its scent), and we would open the door to find a huge stainless-steel bowl swimming with fresh milk. I grew up drinking whole milk for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and learned some great treatments and tricks along the way. So, if you haven’t tried it yet, here are some unusual uses for milk that may surprise you. 1. Calms eczema. If you suffer from eczema, you may want to try a milk bath. Many people swear by it! First, combine 3-4 cups of whole milk with 2 tablespoons of honey and a pinch of nutmeg in a saucepan. My heart until the honey melts and the mixture is heated. Draw a warm bath of water as usual and pour in the milk mixture. Relax and have fun. 2. The corns of the foot soften. You can soften the feet or hands by soaking a cotton ball in milk regularly and placing it on the nail. In fact, dermatologists recommend milk and its derivatives (clarified butter) as a universal moisturizer. 3. Relieves mosquito bites. The proteins in milk can do wonders for soothing skin and milk can be a natural remedy for bad mosquito bites. So when you are out camping and mosquitoes are biting like crazy, just take a little milk and rub it over the bite and let those proteins work their magic. 4. It’s crazy, but milk can fix a broken plate or cup. I didn’t even believe it until I saw it, but it’s true – milk can totally fix a broken mug! It’s like a magic trick, really. Milk contains a protein called casein, which is a phosphorescent protein that becomes a binder when heated and cooled. Try it yourself by tying a cracked or broken piece of ceramics with rubber bands. Put it in a saucepan with two cups of milk or more. Heat it on a low heat for at least an hour, then allow the ingredient to cool completely in the milk. Remove and rinse then check if the broken item has resealed itself! 5. Polishing your designer leather handbag. Clean up the signs of wear and marks on your leather handbag (or any leather item) with a little milk. Simply dip a clean washcloth into a cup of milk, and rub it directly onto the itch or stain, allowing the milk to soak in. Wipe the skin with warm water to remove any excess milk and your Louis Vuitton will look like new. 6. The only thing that helps you when your mouth is burning. You may have learned from the experience, but drinking water after eating spicy food only sets fires. The only way to get rid of heartburn is to drink milk. The science behind it is so cool. Milk contains casein, a protein that dissolves capsaicin (what makes chili peppers so strong) in spicy food. Capsaicin does not dissolve in water, so H2O won’t help you much. If you are going to experience the heat, ask for a glass of milk to go along with it. 7. It is a dangerously effective makeup remover. It’s amazing how many beauty benefits a little milk has. For a more natural makeup remover, dip a cotton ball into milk and use it to remove the toughest makeup. It’s a great choice when you forget to pack your regular items. 8. You can make your own shaving cream from milk. Now this one is awesome. You can make shaving cream using powdered milk! It’s great when you are at a loss and have no time to run to the store. Make a paste from powdered milk and water, add some powdered sugar, and mix until blended. Apply as you would your regular shaving cream. 9. You can also make your own compost with it. The possibilities for DIY with milk never cease to amaze me. Milk can be a natural fertilizer for gardens, especially if you like to be organic. Farmers and gardeners often use milk to nourish and keep their plants healthy as it is rich in many nutrients. Pour little into your garden beds to keep plants plentiful and strong. 10. Reducing dark spots on the skin. Milk can lighten your skin by helping get rid of pigmented cells. This means you can lighten sunspots, dark spots, and freckles without bottles and a bottle of skincare products costing you a fortune. Try a dark spot removal paste with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of milk, and 12 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply to face and wash off with warm water after 10 minutes. Repeat once a week to get noticeable results. 11. Calm sunburn or skin burns. As we have proven, milk has incredible skin-soothing properties, including soothing sunburn. When you spend a lot of time at the beach or come back from the pool with burns, head to your limbs and soak a soft cloth in low-fat cold milk (not whole milk that can isolate a sunburn) and apply it. On sun-burned skin as a cold compress. 12. Milk can turn the paint into an antique look. Have you ever wondered how some DIY craftswomen get this antique look with their reused furniture. One way is to use milk. In fact, this is the method people used before the nineteenth century when paint was not available. You can make your own milk paint, or it’s easy to buy powdered milk paint and then make any new piece of furniture look like it’s a hundred years old. 13. You can make magic milk. Turn milk into a wonderful science experiment that many kids call magic milk. It makes beautiful rainbow designs and teaches a fun lesson too. 14. Polish your tableware. It sounds strange, but soaking silverware in milk overnight and then rinsing it with water in the morning will remove the stains. The proteins in milk do all the heavy-duty polishing so you don’t have to. 15. Make ice cream easily in a bag. This is a huge fun kid! I did this with my son’s kindergarten class and they talked about it for several days after that. You don’t need an ice cream maker or even a freezer to make this ice cream. All you need is milk, some other simple ingredients, and about five minutes. This is a great video tutorial! 16. You can make milk soap. Creating a rich, creamy soap yourself is a very nice process. If you love urban dwellings, want to gift a unique gift, or want to try selling artisanal soaps, try a milk soap recipe like the one here. 17. Heal your body with “golden milk”. “Golden milk” has been used for centuries by healers and herbalists to treat ailments and promote overall good health. It’s made with one cup of warm milk, a quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric (the yellow miracle spice that gives the drink its golden color), and a dash of cinnamon, honey or aloe vera to taste. Golden milk is delicious and good for you too! Going to this dairy farm with my father brought me some fond childhood memories. Sometimes we remove the cream from the top of a can of chilled milk, and sometimes we mix it into the milk completely. He always promised me if I drank really good my milk, I would never break a bone, and I never did! Now my brother on the other hand, he fed most of his cat, so when he broke his arm, neither of us was surprised. Milk does the body good.