My father has always told me that taking aspirin at the very onset of a cold will keep him from getting sick. It is a tried and true method that he always swears by and he is a relatively healthy man. I don’t take too many aspirin, myself, but I have gotten into the habit of keeping it in the house ‘just in case’.
Because dad told me to. Advice from dad should never be taken lightly! Since I always have aspirin around the house and it does expire eventually, I have found a few unusual uses for aspirin around the house that I thought I would share.
Do you have a container of aspirin sitting in the cabinet? Not sure what to do with it? Keep reading for suggestions on what to do with aspirin besides taking it for a headache!
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Unusual Uses for Aspirin Around the House
Crush an aspirin with the back of a spoon on a small plate and add a drop of water. Mix to form a paste. Apply this aspirin paste to a bug bite to take out a bit of the redness and stinging. Make sure to back this with your camping supplies!
Natural Acne treatment:
Just like the bug bite remedy above, a paste made with crushed aspirin and water will take some of the redness and swelling out of a zit. Store-bought acne treatments are expensive so this is one of my favorite uses for aspirin. Great way to save money when you have teens!
Organic Garden Helper:
Aspirin can be a big help in the organic garden. Salicylic acid (AKA asprin!) can help support roots, stems, and leaf structures to create a healthier plant. It may also help your fruits and vegetables grow larger and help your plants resist disease. Add 1 adult strength aspirin to 1 gallon of water and use it to water your plants.
Another great organic garden helper is dried cinnamon. If you have an expired container of cinnamon, sprinkle it in the garden as a natural pest control. Check out my post on what to do with old spices for more information.
Remove Laundry Stains:
The acidity of the aspirin helps neutralize the sweat that causes armpit stains. Mix three crushed aspirins and half a cup of warm water in a bowl. Pour this liquid on the sweaty underarm stain and let sit for several hours. Wash as usual!
Preserve Cut Flowers:
If your sweetheart brings you flowers for your birthday, just add a tablet of aspirin to the vase water before adding your flowers. They will stay beautiful longer than if you put them in water alone.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.