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12 Unusual Uses for Garlic

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5. Use as a Pesticide in your Garden. Skip those harmful commercial pesticides and use a natural, DIY method with garlic instead! Click here for instructions.

6. Repel Mosquitos & Other Insects. We all know the best way to kill a vampire — garlic. But do you know why? Well, one major theory is that, like vampires, blood-sucking mosquitoes are afraid of garlic. You can rub garlic on your skin to ward off mosquitoes, if you like, but you can also leave out cloves of garlic in areas where mosquitoes flock.

7. Warning: Don’t Feed Your Pets Garlic. There’s a school of thought out there that garlic will help protect your dogs and cats for fleas, ticks, and other pesky critters. While this is true, garlic can be very toxic for animals. As the ASPCA notes, “An occasional small amount, such as that in most commercial pet foods and treats, may not cause a problem, but because of the risk, we generally recommend that you avoid feeding your pets products that contain more concentrated amounts of garlic.”

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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10:10AM PST on Jan 2, 2015

Thanks

2:14PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕ Awesome article!

9:12PM PST on Nov 23, 2014

13. It repels vampires

5:19AM PST on Nov 20, 2014

Nice to know.

12:59AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thanks

10:33AM PST on Nov 14, 2014

Thanks

2:53AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Interesting the different uses for Garlic I love mostly eating them,

9:47AM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

Thanks for VERY interesting article

8:28AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Lurve garlic!

6:55AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

I use garlic for almost everything but these ideas I would never remember,thank you!

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