DIY: Spoiled Milk in the Fridge? Soak your feet in it.

Due to being too busy recently, I forgot about the carton of milk in my fridge. Yes, big deal. Problem was I already opened it and it’s been in my fridge for the past 2 and a half weeks! So when I took a sniff at it this morning, I knew it was a goner. But no, I wasn’t ready to let my milk go. If my tummy can’t have it, my skin will!

Problem with Spoiled Milk? It stinks.
This might surprise some people but spoiled milk is actually very good for the skin. However, I don’t think a lot of people, me included, would be comfortable having the funky smell of spoiled milk just under their nostrils. So I thought, why not use it as far from my face as possible? My feet, the least loved of them all, deserved even such a cheap treat once in a while. But of course, using stinky spoiled milk on my feet doesn’t really take the stink away; it just moves it further away from my nose. So to keep the “recycle, reuse” concept going, I set aside some fragrant orange peels and decided to infuse the spoiled milk with it.

How to Do The Spoiled Milk Foot Soak

I’m tempted to say out of pride that this experiment turned out perfectly. However, it’s found half a space in my diary of DIY fails. You’ll know why soon enough.

You will need:

  • Spoiled Milk (I had about .5 liters)
  • Water (1 liter)
  • Orange peels (the #fail culprit)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Essential Oils (optional)


1) Heat the milk and the water in a saucepan.

2) Once the milk starts to bubble a bit, add the peels and the olive oil. Cover the pot and wait for the mixture to boil. Stir once in a while to avoid too much curding.Β This is where the recipe partly failed. Orange peels definitely removed the stink but since they are acidic, they made the mixture curd which turned it into ‘baby puke’. So if you have nice-smelling essential oils, skip the orange peels.

3) When it starts to boil, turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for 5 more minutes. Then remove the cover and wait for it to cool down into hot yet comfortable temperature.

4) This stage is optional and is only for those who a) aren’t too lazy to go a step further; b) still used orange peels after my warning above and are now regretting it or; c) love to wash more dishes (good for you!). Using a blender, mix everything together into a smoothie, including the peels, so the texture would be less curdy and the olive oil will emulsify a bit.

5) Transfer the mixture into a small basin big enough for your feet. This is where you may add about 25 drops of your favorite essential oils and give the mix a final stir.

6) Soak your feet and relax. Watch TV. Read a book. Fantasize about Alexander Skarsgard jogging in your living room. Whatever. Just don’t forget to bring two plastic bags to use as slippers later on if you’re not doing this foot soak in your toilet — this is more important than Alex, trust me. You can do this foot soak even up to an hour if you’re too lazy to wash your feet right away but minimum is 30 mins or until the water gets too cold.

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A #DIYFail?
Being someone who’s never made cheese before, I didn’t know that citrus juices make milk curd. So in the end, because of the slightly curdy texture, it was like doing a foot soak in baby puke with lots of random floaters. To be honest, it was a bit disgusting but I got used to it after five minutes. Another reason why this experiment failed was that it didn’t turn out to be as easy as I planned with all the mixing, stirring and optional step of blending which is still due to the citrus peels. Oh well, at least nobody can’t say I didn’t try saving the milk.

The Results: Dum.. Dum… Dum..
My feet didn’t exactly feel extraordinarily soft after the soak — or at least, the effect was nothing the usual foot lotion couldn’t do in two minutes. But it softened all my cuticles and I was able to take them out using just my fingernails. I know, I’m disgusting.

Any other ideas on how to recycle spoiled milk?

Share them below and if they’re easy enough to do, I’ll probably feature them on another DIY Beauty post!

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  • Audreiana

    Lol this blog post made me laugh (in a good way). Your honesty is quite refreshing seeing as we all know the thought of smelling funky spoiled milk for the sake of smooth skin on our faces just sounds absurd but i am crazy enough to soak my feet in it too cause hey, they’re just feet. I think I’m really gonna try this!
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    • Vivi

      Haha, that was what I had in mind, too. “Hey, they’re just feet! What’s the worse that can happen?”

      Let me know how it goes… don’t forget to SKIP the orange peels or you’ll end up with a bucket of cheesy junk like me. :p

  • Missy Lois

    Sounds like a hilariously messy affair! I’ve only tried using milk once, fresh milk, for my face and I really loved how smooth it felt afterwards! If any of my milk spoils, I’ll be sure to try this! Without the orange peels :) essential oils sound good, not sure which one would go with the smell of spoilt milk though.
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    • Vivi

      I LOVE fresh milk masks! And if you’ve got dry skin, you can apply a thin layer of Vit E oil and do a paper mask soaked in milk. It’s a bit messy because the milk will drip but the effect the morning after is fab! You can try almost any essential oil that has got a strong smell like lavender or lemongrass.

  • Swati

    haha…the best part of the recipe was fantasizing about Alexander Skarsgard πŸ˜€ he is growing cuter every year!!! I am almost in love with him πŸ˜€

    • Vivi

      HAHAHAHA!!!! I mean, what to do while waiting, right? I laughed at myself after re-reading that line. He’s the new endorser of a perfume but they didn’t show his face much in the video so too bad. :(

      • Swati

        yeah..I checked out his ad when you mentioned it….the encounter from calvin klein…apparently the ad is a memoir to some movie…i liked the ad but i wish he was smiling in it rather than serious though i do like him in that way as well but he has killer smile and love the crinkling eyes :) absolutely nuts over him πŸ˜€
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  • Annie

    Ha, I love this and would totally try it!!

    • Vivi

      Haha, hope your version will be much better than mine. Mine was a half disaster, lol.

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  • Fifi

    HAA! I just love love love love love your illustrations! love how you make your “how-to’s steps” so interesting!!
    oh btw, this article is so useful. I have thrown so many spoiled milk cause sometimes I totally forgot about it. thankss!
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    • Vivi

      Thanks, Fifi! πŸ˜€ I realized that spoiled milk works great in removing dry cuticles. The orange peels look great but don’t add them or your mixture will turn curdy and puke-like like mine! :p

  • http:/ Annette

    Great post! I love to use fresh milk and cream in beauty recipes but it never occurred to me that spoiled dairy products would be beneficial – hmmmmm, I wonder if it’s worth giving expired yogurt a try? πŸ˜‰

    • Vivi

      I think it should be okay but it will stink even worse, lol! I’ve tried an expired yogurt previously as a facial mask but it was only about 3-days expired so the smell wasn’t so bad.

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