Oatmeal 007: The Undercover Cleaning Agent

Last Thursday, October 29th, marked National Oatmeal Day! You may not think it, but oatmeal is the ultimate cleaning product. Here at CCS our main mission is to help keep things clean so we wanted to share with you five ways to use oatmeal to help you clean!

1.) Clean up your digestive system!

Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which helps to slow digestion allowing your intestines to better soak up all of the maximum amount of nutrients from the food you eat. A half cup of oatmeal each day is all you need to reap its benefits. Not all oats are created equal, though. The level at which oatmeal is processed impacts its fiber content and health benefits. Consider the following types of oats:

Steel-cut oats are minimally processed and chopped by steel cutters to retain the entire oat grain and oat bran.
Rolled (or old fashioned) oats are de-hulled, then steamed to shorten cooking time.
Instant oats are similar to rolled oats but are steamed for longer and often contain flavoring or sweeteners.

2.) Clean your dirty hair!

Steve Graham of Networx writes that you can use oatmeal as a dry shampoo which is healthy for your hair. All you have to do is just grind oatmeal into a powder and mix with an equal amount of baking soda. Rub into the hair and let it soak up oils and odors, then brush out.

3.) Clean your dog!

Don’t forget that under all of that fur of your beloved best friend is skin, which just like a human’s, can become dry and itchy especially in the winter months. Those few itchy spots will become a big problem if your pet keeps scratching the irritated areas because the patch can become inflamed and infected. In order to keep a healthy coat, a dog’s skin should be pampered every so often and one of the best ways to do this is with an oatmeal bath! Networx suggests “mixing equal parts oats and warm water and rubbing the mixture thinly over a dog’s dry, itchy spots. Wrap in aluminum foil and keep the dog still for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and repeat regularly until your dog is scratching less.

4.) Clean your skin!

The calming and soothing benefits of oatmeal for skin is often talked about and the sentiment is echoed in the hundreds of oatmeal-based skin products on the market today. Unfortunately, these products are often ‘preserved” with chemicals and other ingredients such as perfumes that irritate the skin. At CCS we believe that simplicity is best which is why we think making a homemade oatmeal scrub is not only better for you, but it is also better for your wallet. Pamper yourself with this home remedy to combat winter dry spots and sooth your wind-chilled face.

Grind two tablespoons of oatmeal into a powder in a blender. Then add one teaspoon of baking soda and enough water to make a thick paste. Spread on a clean, dry face and rinse off after 10 minutes. We recommend doing a patch test first, as your skin could be sensitive to the baking soda.

5.) Clean up your stinky fridge!

Oatmeal is not only known for its power to sooth, but it is also a great hero against the power of stink! As Good Housekeeping writes, “just as it absorbs skin oils and hair odors, oatmeal can absorb odors in fridges or bathrooms.” It’s a great “green” solution to a smelly issue as all you have to do is just leave an open container. The best part is that you can use anything to hold to oatmeal, so get creative! Decorate a mason jar and fill it with oatmeal for the bathroom, make a cool container for the fridge; dress it up or dress it down!