Most people know that popping an aspirin or two is a great way to kill a headache, ease tooth pain, or to prevent a heart attack in people with clotting disorders. But, those little white pills have even more uses than the over-the-counter pain reliever.
1. Wash your hair with aspirin
Chlorine may protect you from disease and bacteria, but this swimming pool cleaner isn’t a friend to your hair. Bring the luster (and standard color) back to your light hair with an aspirin wash, according to Reader’s Digest. Just dissolve six to eight pills in warm water then rub it through your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it away.
2. Give flowers a longer life
Fresh flowers are beautiful, but they die too quickly! Give your cut flowers a little more time by adding a crushed aspirin into the water before you place your blossoms in the vase. Reader’s Digest recommends swapping the water with fresh aspirin water every few days for an even longer shelf life.
3. Use aspirin as a skin cleaner
Of course, a gnarly zit pops up on your face the day of your big presentation! Skip the sick call and grab an aspirin instead. Men’s Fitness recommends crushing a single tablet and mixing with a little water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the inflamed area (this works on an ingrown hair too) and let it dry for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water.
4. Repair dry wall
Save a few bucks (and a trip to the hardware store) by fixing small holes in your drywall with a pate made of aspirin and water. The mixture becomes adhesive-like, so it will stick to the wall and dry hard, according to Men’s Fitness.
5. Give your car battery new life
Keep a bottle of aspirin in your glove box and never (hopefully) get stranded by a dead battery again. If you can’t find anyone around to give you a jump, try tossing too aspirin into the battery. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, and your car battery contains sulfuric acid. The chemical reaction between the two should give your battery enough power to get you to a nearby mechanic, Reader’s Digest says.
6. Hide a hickey
Leave the turtleneck in the drawer. If you and your partner got a little frisky last night and you have the red mark to prove it, apply Aspirin paste to the red area. The medicine will increase blood flow to the surface and help hide the damning evidence, Men’s Fitness suggests.
7. Kiss stains goodbye
Remove sweat stains from your clothes by mixing three aspirin tablets with 1/2 cup of warm water in a medium-sized bowl. Let the stain sit in the aspirin water for a few hours before washing. You can also use the same mixture to remove grass stains from your hands or shirts, according to Everyday Health.
Don’t underestimate the power of Aspirin! Make sure to share these tips with your friends and family too.
RESOURCES EVERYDAY HEALTH, READER’S DIGEST, AND MEN’S FITNESS