Quickly Clean Produce: Rinse fruits and vegetables in boiling water for a few seconds to help remove wax, pesticides, and bacteria. Be careful not to overdo it, especially with delicate produce.
Unclog Drains: Pour boiling water down the drain to help dissolve organic matter and grease that may be causing clogs.
Remove Stains from Fabric: Stubborn stains on clothes or tablecloths can often be removed by soaking the stained area in boiling water. Test the fabric for heat tolerance first.
Sterilize Bottles and Jars: Boiling water can be used to sterilize bottles, jars, and other containers, especially useful for home canning or storing homemade baby food.
Loosen Hardened Sugars: Revive hardened sugar (like brown sugar) by placing it in a heat-proof container and pouring a little boiling water over it, then covering it for a few minutes.
Ease Jar Lid Removal: If you have a jar that won't open, pouring boiling water over the lid expands the metal, making it easier to twist open.
Speed Up Plant Watering: For plants that prefer warm water, like some tropical species, use cooled boiled water.
Pre-Warm Thermal Containers: Before adding coffee or tea to a thermos, pre-warm it with boiling water.