Depending on how you look at it, a Crock-Pot (or slow cooker) is one of the most underrated and underutilized small appliances you have in your cabinets.
It comes out to play for special occasions that call for buffalo chicken dip, but otherwise doesn’t make a daily or even weekly appearance.
Of course, a Crock-Pot’s primary purpose is to slow cook things like delicious pulled pork or even homemade chicken noodle soup.
The truth is that there are endless things you can make in a Crock-Pot, including but not limited to things like pizza.
In fact, there are many uses for a Crock-Pot that don’t involve food at all. That’s right; that thing hiding in your cupboard is about to be your best friend for craft time, bed time, and pretty much all times.
1. Make Homemade Candles
Instead of tossing old candles in the trash, you can easily use your Crock-Pot to melt down the wax that you can use to make more candles!
You can also use your Crock-Pot to make candles from scratch without a mess, by filling the containers you will use with shredded wax and putting them directly in the slow cooker with some water.
2. Brew Potpourri
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Making potpourri has never been so easy (or made your house smell as good) as when you make it with a Crock-Pot.
Brewing potpourri in your slow cooker is a sure way to make your house smell awesome, whether it’s for a holiday or just everyday. Place the petals or fruit peels (or whatever you so choose) in the Crock-Pot, cover them with water, and then turn on your Crock-Pot. The smells will begin to waft.
3. Dye Yarn and Fabric
Your Crock-Pot is the perfect vessel to use for fabric and yarn-dyeing purposes. The slow cooker not only makes the process easier, but also way less messy!
Just mix your dye right in a lined Crock-Pot and place yarn in to soak in the warm solution.
4. Create Play Dough
Making play-dough at home is almost more fun than actually playing with the dough itself. This remains true even when you use your slow cooker in the process!
You can dump your ingredients right into the Crock-Pot and mix them up inside before turning up the heat, putting on the lid, and letting the dough thicken.
5. Make Soap
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Making soap at home is fun on a rainy day or any day for that matter. The only problem is that the curing process usually takes weeks.
Enter Crock-Pot soap! You can use your favorite cold process soap recipe to make some awesome soap in a fraction of the time. Mix all of the ingredients right in your slow cooker before covering and walking away.