Aspirin is something that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet. Most of us reach for it when we have a headache or fever since it’s quite effective as a general pain reliever. Some people take it to help with their heart problems and to prevent blood clots from forming.
The main active ingredient in it, salicylic acid, is what makes it so effective and useful. While there’s many medicinal uses for aspirin, there are also lots of other non-medical things you can do with it, which this video and article cover. Check it out and see if any of the alternatives could come in handy in your life!
1) Renews and Clears Skin- The salicylic acid in aspirin is like a clear-all for skin since it helps to reduce swelling, redness, and acne by removing oil and dead skin cells that are clogging them. Make a mask by crushing up 5 aspirin tablets, combine them with a ¼ cup of water, and one teaspoon of honey. Leave the paste on your skin for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. You can do this daily, weekly, or monthly to fit your skin’s needs.
2) Reduce Dandruff- Aspirin can help fight dandruff so if you suffer from an itchy, dry, flaky scalp try crushing 2-3 pills into powder and mix it in with your shampoo. Allow the shampoo to sit on your scalp for several minutes before rinsing, this works because the salicylic acid it contains makes it a very strong and effective moisturizing agent.
3) Make Flowers Last Longer- Plants and fresh cut flowers have a tendency to wilt away and they can start to look sad very quickly. That’s because they’re producing ethylene gas as they slowly decay, but if you add a crushed aspirin to the water they’re in, your flowers will last much longer than not.
4) Remove Tough Sweat Stains- Yellowed armpit stains on clothing are unsightly and getting them out can be a real pain, if not impossible, but not if you use aspirin to pre-treat the spots! Combine 5 crushed aspirin tablets with ¼ cup of water and apply this paste to sweat stains. Allow it to work its magic for at least several minutes before rinsing and then wash clothing as you regularly would.
5) Jumpstart a Dead Car Battery- This trick is only for use in case of an emergency and it’s best to check out the video for more information on it. If your car battery ever dies, put at least 2 aspirin per cell into the battery. The salicylic acid in aspirin reacts with the sulfuric acid in the battery, which creates a charge strong enough to get your engine to turn over so you can get to a service station or mechanic. Care should be taken if and when you ever do this because the chemical reaction can produce some nasty, harmful byproducts.