How long can you keep rice water in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you keep rice water in the fridge?”, and how to use rice water for your hair?

How long can you keep rice water in the fridge?

Rice water can be safely kept in water for 5-7 days. Make sure the storage container is free of dirt. 

Nutritional information 

The following nutrition facts apply to 240 ml of rice water.

Calories 120g Sodium 2mg
Total fat 0.2gTotal carbohydrates 26.3g
Cholesterol 0mg Dietary fiber 0.2g
Protein 2.1gPotassium 46mg

Is rice water beneficial for your hair?

The use of rice water for long, shiny, and strong hair started during the Heian period in Japan. According to the experts, a compound named inositol, present in rice water, is effective in treating damaged hair. 

How to use rice water on your hair?


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water


  1. Wash and rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear. Then durian the rice using a colander. 
  1. In a bowl, pour 1 cup of water and soak 1 cup of rice in it. Mix it well till the water looks a bit cloudy.
  1. Then transfer the rice along with the water to a plastic container. Close the lid and leave the container at room temperature for 12- 24 hours. During this fermentation period, water will absorb all the important vitamins and minerals from the rice. 
  1. If you are not going to use the rice water right away, refrigerate it before it goes bad.
  1. For ease of application, pour the rice water into a travel-sized shampoo bottle or a small jar.

How to use it?

Proceed with your normal hair care or shower routine. After you are done shampooing and conditioning your hair, give your hair a final rinse with rice water. Apply the rice water directly into your scalp and let it sit for at least 2 minutes. 

It is your choice to either wash your hair with plain water after applying rice water or not. I like to leave the rice water in my hair and let them air dry.

Other benefits of rice water 

Soothes skin conditions 

According to experts, bathing in rice water twice a day can help you get rid of skin conditions like dermatitis, redness, and pain. Rice water also prevents acne breakouts. The skin healing properties of rice water are attributed to its rich starch content. 

Prevents dandruff

Dandruff occurs due to tot the growth of a fungus called  ‘Malassezia furfur.’ rice water prevents dandruff by inhibiting the growth of this fungus. Spray rice water into your scalp daily to get rid of dandruff.

Anti-aging properties 

As per this study, rice water has excellent anti-aging properties due to its rich antioxidant content. Soak a cotton ball in rice water and gently apply it on your skin daily to reap benefits. The results will start to appear after 3-4 weeks of daily application.

Prevents hair frizziness

Rice water promotes hair elasticity and reduces friction. As per a 2010 study conducted by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, rice water has proven efficiency in treating frizzy hair. 

Improves complexion 

Rice water helps lighten skin. It promotes even skin tone and reduces sun spots, pigmentation, hyperpigmentation, and freckles. Apply and massage rice water on your skin using cotton daily to see results.

Protects against sun cancer 

The rich amount of antioxidants present in rice water encourage cell growth and regeneration, promote bumps free smooth and supple skin. Daily use of rice water also reduces the risk of skin cancer. 

How to make rice water by boiling it?

This is a quick way to obtain rice water at home. First, wash the rice thoroughly with cold water to remove dirt and debris. 

Then, in a pot, add 1 cup of rice and 3 cups of water. Boil the rice for about 25-30 minutes. Strain the rice using a colander and collect the starchy rice water. Let it cool before using it. Store for later use.

What is Pitera and what are its benefits?

If the rice water is allowed to sit for 1-2 days in an air-tight container, it undergoes fermentation during which the magic compound Pitera is released. It is a by-product of the fermentation process and promises great health benefits. 

It promotes cell regeneration and acts as an anti-aging agent due to its rich content of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.


In this article, we answered the question “How long can you keep rice water in the fridge?”, and how to use rice water for your hair?


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