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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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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!

4:47AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

great article. Garlic has many useful purposes.

3:55AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Great article.

8:59PM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Garlic is marvellous for so many things, cooking or otherwise.

Not sure about those mosquitoes, Kay M! They are persistent, that is for sure.

9:47AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Ok, thank you!

5:12PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

so why won't mosquitos leave me alone?

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

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Excellent! Excellent! WF already does this with seafood :)

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worth trying


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