(Safety tip: If you have aspirin allergies do not use these methods.)
A couple of aspirin can do more than alleviate your headache -- they also help cut flowers last longer, remove laundry stains, and even ease the sting of mosquito bites. Try these tips at home!
Freshly cut flowers are lovely; if only they'd stay fresh a little longer. Well, they can
with a little help from the contents of your own medicine cabinet (we're talking real aspirin, like Bayer
ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other common pain relievers). The next time you get a fresh bouquet, crush a few aspirin tablets using the back of a spoon and add the powder to a vase filled with water. The salicylic acid in the aspirin will help keep the water clean and free of flower-damaging bacteria.
Aspirin can also take the headache out of doing the laundry -- especially when dealing with stubborn protein stains
like sweat, egg, and antiperspirants.
- For sweat and antiperspirant stains:
Crush a couple of aspirin and mix them into a half a cup of warm water. Use the mixture to saturate the stain and then let it sit a couple of hours. Launder as usual and the stains will be gone! (For really tough stains you may have to either soak longer or re-treat the area).
- For an egg stains:
Scrape off as much of the stain as you can and make a paste of crushed aspirin and water. Working from the back side of the fabric, spread the paste over the stained area and work it in with a soft toothbrush, then rinse it with some warm water.
Insects who want to bite and sting often stay around into the early fall. But the itch of mosquito bites and bee stings can be soothed with -- you guessed it -- aspirin. Wet the pill and set it on the bite for instant relief.
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