Coffee mugs: nothing proliferates more quickly in our kitchen cabinets. People are always handing them out as gifts or as swag, plus we always seem to find a vintage model or two while we are online shopping that we all are just compelled to buy.
With that said, is your kitchen cupboard jam-packed with loads of mish-mashed mugs you never use? The majority of us have a ‘favorite mug’, and are reluctant to sip from any other. Wanna get some hilarious mugs?
Those coffee mugs aren’t just dust collectors—if you know some tricks, they can serve multiple purposes in your kitchen that make life a whole lot easier.
It’s time to put those unloved mugs and cups to good use, by upcycling, reinventing and reusing them in a whole bunch of new and exciting ways. How many mugs are too much?
Here is your handy guide to use your favorite mugs in 10 new ways, other than just sipping your loved beverage.
Mugs are the perfect size for planting herbs
Have you always wanted your own herb garden? If that’s the case, your old mugs are the perfect starting point. They’re the perfect size, and sturdy enough to keep your plants upright. Place some potting soil in the bottom of clean mugs, pop in your herbs and place on the windowsill in the sunlight.
Reuse your mug to make a deliciously easy treat
You know when you really want the cake, but can’t be bothered to put the effort in to bake? (Read from our list whether your favorite celeb like coffee or not?)
If the above sounds like you, mug cakes could be your dream come true! They’re extremely easy to make and only take a matter of minutes. If you’re after a quick chocolate fix, This Little Street’s five-minute mug cake is sure to satisfy those cravings as quick as they came on.
Make a ‘microwave platform’
Two meals to reheat and not enough space to put them? A mug could be just what you need. Pop a microwave-proof mug on the glass plate next to your meal in the microwave, then place the other meal on top. Elevating the second dish means there’s enough room for both of them, so no one will be hungrily waiting to tuck into their dinner – how handy is that? Don’t have a microwave proof mug? Purchase one!!
Use a mug for perfect poached eggs
Poached eggs can be super tricky to make. Make things easier for yourself by breaking the egg into a mug first, then slowly pouring it into your simmering water over the hob. You’ll be able to do this much more gently than breaking eggs straight in, so your poached eggs should end up in a much nicer, rounder shape. How many mugs are too much?
Get sharper kitchen knives by using the bottom of your mug
There’s nothing worse than a blunt kitchen knife leaving all your veg unevenly cut and wonky. The solution? Using the bottom of your mug in order to sharpen your knives back up again. Mug damaged by this? purchase a new goofy mug
Upcycle an old mug into a bird feeder
It’s always nice to wake up to the sound of birds in the morning. Encourage them to keep making regular visits by using old mugs to make nifty little bird feeders. Put some bird food in the mug and hang it from a tree, it is sure to brighten up any garden. You can also attach a special little branch for your fluffy friends to perch on. All your mugs are too old? Purchase a new one!
Keep your snacking under control
We all have this habit of always end up going a bit overboard with your snack bowls: it all starts off with a chopped apple, and before we know it we’ve added some grapes, a chocolate bar, some sweets and somehow managed to squeeze a few biscuits in there too. You can use a mug to substitute the bowl, this was help you to portion your snacks appropriately without creating a sweet treat tower that spoils your dinner. Purchase a goofy mug for snacking
Use a mug to keep your desk organized
If the above is true, the last thing you want when trying to work is a scattering of pens all over the place. Keep everything nice and tidy by storing stationery in an old mug on the side of your desk.
All-Around Egg Cooking Tool
A coffee mug is actually an office worker’s best friend. While it is not ideal to cook eggs in a microwave, if you are hungry and need a quick healthy snack, you can poach an egg in a coffee mug. Fill the mug with water about halfway, gently crack an egg into it, and microwave it for about a minute while the white and yolk are set. Use a slotted spoon to fish it out or very gently drain the water before sliding the egg onto a plate. You can also hard-boil an egg in a coffee cup using the microwave, amazing isn’t it? Read which b-town celeb loves coffee!
Organize your makeup
You can use multiple mugs to organize your vanity table. We all ladies face the struggle when our makeup brushes and liquid lipsticks are just dancing here are there. The best way to them and to use your old mugs is to keep your makeup brushes and liquid lipsticks in a mug. It is a win-win situation for both problems.
Now that you know a couple of ways to use your old mugs, try them and let us know your favorite way to use a coffee mug (other than for coffee).
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