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. 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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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!