8 Simple Home Remedies

By the Editors of Men’s Health 

MINOR WOUND
REMEDY: HONEY

Honey deprives bacteria of the water it needs to multiply. Thwart infection with a swipe of the sweet stuff, and cover the cut with a bandage.

SUNBURN, RAZOR BURN
REMEDY: MILK

Dip a clean washcloth into a bowl of cool milk and dab it on the burned areas. (The coolness can help reduce swelling, and milk’s lactic acid has anti-inflammatory properties.) Then rinse it off. Or try: Olive oil, which has natural compounds that protect against inflammation. That being said, a sunburn could be dangerous.

Visit the Men’s Health Skin Cancer Center to learn how to protect, detect, and treat burns, eczema and other skin irritations.

FLAKY HAND SKIN
REMEDY: SUGAR

Coat your wet hands with sugar—the coarser the better. The rough grains scrub away flakes and dead skin cells. If possible, use demerara, a dark sugar with large granules; it’s sold in specialty-food stores.

DRY SKIN AND LIPS
REMEDY: OLIVE OIL

Olive oil closely resembles your own natural oils, which can be stripped away by harsh soaps and dry heat. Smooth a few drops onto your palm and rub it into your skin to soften rough spots and form a protective moisture barrier.

INSECT BITES
REMEDY: APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR

Dab the vinegar onto each bite with a paper towel. The acidity can help reduce swelling and curb your urge to scratch.

ATHLETE’S FOOT
REMEDY: APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR

A mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water can kill the fungi that cause foot infections. For athlete’s foot relief, just soak your feet in it for a while. Of course, knowing what causes it in the fist place can also help prevent a reoccurrence. Start by reading “Athlete’s Foot Treatment and Prevention”.

STINKY SNEAKERS
REMEDY: BAKING SODA

A sprinkle between wearings can help neutralize funky odors. Just don’t forget to dump out the excess before you slide your shoes back on. Or try: Orange peels. Leave peels in your shoes overnight to replace bacterial odors with a fresh scent.

REEKING ARMPITS
REMEDY: APPLE-CIDER VINEGAR

It’s not sweat that makes your pits reek—it’s the bacteria that break down your sweat. (Gross, right?) So dip a cotton ball or a washcloth into cider vinegar and rub it under your arms. Vinegar’s astringent properties won’t allow microbes to thrive. And don’t worry about the sharp smell—it dissipates quickly. Or try: Baking soda, which absorbs stench.

For a non-DIY remedy for body odor, choose one of these Best Deodorants and Antiperspirants for Men.

Sources: David Bank, M.D., director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, in Mount Kisco, New York; Brian Boyé, director of grooming at Men’s Health magazine; Jennifer Jablow, D.D.S.; Ian B. Fleischer Jr., M.D., a professor and the chairman of dermatology at Wake Forest University school of medicine; Adnan Nasir, M.D., Ph.D., Men’s Health dermatology advisor and director of dermatology at Wake Research Associates

99 comments

Janine F.
Janine F.4 years ago

thanks

Hannah Ve
Hannah Ve4 years ago

Awesome!!!! And thanks!!!! And Julie W. is right!

Colleen L.
Colleen L.4 years ago

Great information. Thanks

Aoife O Mahony
Aoife O Mahony4 years ago

thanks

Kitty S.
Kristen Swanson4 years ago

thanks

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Simple and effective!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Sharon Balloch
Sharon Balloch4 years ago

thanks..great tips.

Past Member
Sarah R.4 years ago

Sweet tips next cut I'm using me some honey

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim4 years ago

This is really cool. I didn't even know most of these, thanks!