Healing the Household
Even if you prefer Advil or acetaminophen, it’s still worth keeping a bottle of regular aspirin in the house. Besides coming in handy for various aches and pains, aspirin is also helpful in several household applications.
- Aspirin is highly effective at reducing the inflammation caused by bug bites and stings.
- To ease swelling and itchiness, wet the area and rub an aspirin tablet on the spot.
- Cut flowers will last longer if their water includes a crushed-up aspirin tablet.
- Because it contains salicylic acid (the same active ingredient found in many anti-acne potions), aspirin also works to reduce the appearance of pimples and other blemishes. Rubbing an aspirin paste on a blemish will help dry it out and get rid of the redness.
- If you find that your white T-shirts accumulate yellow deodorant stains in the armpits, aspirin can fix those, too. Crush a few pills, mix them with some warm water, and soak the stains in the solution before washing—the aspirin will make the shirts look as good as new.
- Aspirin has also been recommended for reviving dead car batteries, eliminating dandruff, killing fungus spores in the garden, and removing chlorine buildup from the hair of people who swim frequently in pools.
Nowadays, we may have specialized painkillers that target menstrual cramps, back pain, or sinus pressure, but nothing can beat a drug that’s been used safely and effectively in its present form for over a hundred years. Considering all the things aspirin can do, modern medicine would be hard pressed to come up with something better.