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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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4:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014


4:11AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

I had a small bout of athletes foot the other week, used garlic, as suggested above, on it and i haven't had any itching since, i took a few days, but worked very well. i'm now going to wear flip-flops at the gym.

5:47AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

very useful tips

4:37AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

One's appearance can merely tell much

4:17AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

thanks for useful tips

8:28PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

So many people use garlic.

4:52AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014


11:24AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Thanks for this good information.

4:36PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thanks for these tips.

9:13PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Gracias por la información.

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