Credit: Morguefile Aspirin has become the cure-all drug for most small maladies: reducing pain and fever, acting as an anti-inflammatory and even reducing blood clots - resulting in a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.
With almost every home in the westernized world carrying this drug in their first aid cabinet, it was inevitable that people would start using aspirin for different purposes, and many of them have in fact become established methods of performing household tasks!
This is a list of our favorite uses for aspirin – just remember that if you have an allergy towards aspirin or it’s active ingredient salicylic acid, do not ingest it or apply it to your body externally, unless under the advice of your doctor.
Using Aspirin to Help Remove Clothing Stains
- Removing raw egg from clothing can be quite the bind. First things first remove as much of the egg as possible, and then rinse the garment off under warm water. Do not make the water too hot; you will end up cooking the egg into your clothing! If this hasn’t removed the egg, create a paste of cream of tartar and crushed aspirin. Spread the paste over the stain, leave for 30 minutes, and then rinse as normal. The stain will be completely eradicated!
- Credit: Morguefile Perspiration stains on white shirts have long been the cause of much angst to both those cleaning the shirts, and those wearing them. With a tendency to leave the shirt yellowed, aspirin has proven to be an excellent solution to returning your shirts to a perfect white. Dissolve 2 aspirins in half a glass of water, and soak the offending area in the solution for around 3 hours. Should you require larger quantities of the solution, just increase the doses appropriately. Once you have finished soaking the garment, wash as normal.
Using Aspirin in Your Garden
- Picking beautiful bunches of blossoms from your garden to place around your home is a wonderful way to enjoy the fruits of your labor, and a cheery way to brighten up your house. For those of less green-fingered, this tip works on store bought flowers too! Make sure that your vase is completely clean (dirty vases with residue from old flowers will speed up the decay of the new ones), and then add a crushed aspirin to the water before adding your flowers. Change the water every few days (with a new aspirin), and watch how much longer your flowers last than normal!
- Aspirin can be used as first aid for your garden too! Using a ratio of 1 tablet to a liter of water, this solution can be watered into the soil to treat fungal infections on plants, specifically their roots. Some gardeners also swear by grinding it up and using it as a rooting agent when transplanting cut-offs from other plants.
Applying Aspirin to Other Body Parts
- Pimples – the scourge of both teenagers and adults alike. Crush an aspirin, mix with a very small amount of water to create a paste, and apply to the pimple for a few minutes, or overnight if possible. After rinsing off you should see a marked reduction in the redness and size of the pimple.
- Insect Bites – Control the inflammation and itchiness created by mosquito or any insect bite by wetting the inflamed area, and rubbing an aspirin over it. Should that not provide instant relief, create an aspirin paste and smear it over. Not only will that relive the itch, it will also limit your ability to scratch the bite, which will aid in quicker healing. Any insect bites that cause severe swelling, breathing problems or disorientation need to be treated as medical emergencies. Get help immediately!
- Dandruff – Aspirin has also been known to assist in the control of dandruff in the event you don’t have access to (or choose not to use) anti-dandruff shampoo. Crush 2 aspirins into a fine powder, and add it to the amount of shampoo you would ordinarily use. Leave the shampoo on for 1-2 minutes, rinse and condition as normal.
- Foot Calluses – Aspirin can be used to soften foot calluses and as a result making them easier to file down to remove them. Create a paste of 6 aspirins, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of water. Apply the paste to your calluses, cover your foot in a plastic bag, and wrap a warm towel around. Now is the perfect opportunity to put your feet up for a few minutes whilst the paste works its magic. After 10 minutes remove the bag and towel and gently file down the calluses with a pumice stone. A very effective treatment indeed!
- Restoring Blond Hair – chlorinated pools with high copper levels have the unfortunate affect of discoloring blond and light-colored hair - turning it a shade of green. Should this happen, fear not – it is not permanent and a solution can be found at home. Dissolve 6-8 aspirins in a glass of warm water. Rub the solution into your hair and allow it to set for 15 minutes. Rinse off, and repeat if necessary.
First Aid For Your Car
Should you find yourself home alone with a dead car battery and no one to assist you with a jump-start, aspirin might be able to come to your rescue. Drop two aspirin tablets into the battery. The acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery’s sulphuric acid to produce one last charge. Use that charge to get to your nearest service station to find a more permanent solution.