For over 100 years, aspirin has been soothing aches and preventing heart attacks. Woot! But this common, over-the-counter medication can make things happen all over your house, too!
Here are 11 ways you can use aspirin that don’t involve swallowing the pill:
Tip: Most of these tips involved crushing up an uncoated aspirin. An easy way to do this is by folding them into a napkin and crushing them with the back of a metal spoon.
1. Test Your Stovetop’s Heating Patterns
If your food doesn’t seem to be cooking evenly, you can check a stovetop’s heating patterns by sprinkling a crushed aspirin onto the pan. Just sprinkle and heat. As the pan heats, the aspirin will turn from white to brown in color. Keep an eye on it! You’ll be able to see if the pan is cooking evenly and which spots heat up first.
2. Preserve Cut Flowers
Prolong the life of cut flowers by dropping a tablet or two of aspirin into the vase. The properties in aspirin will slow the growth of mold and prevent the flowers from drying out, which makes them live longer.
3. Deal with Dandruff
Dandruff isn’t a good look on anybody. While there are plenty of shampoos specifically designed to prevent dandruff, this home remedy works well, too, and can save you a trip to the drug store.
Pour about a capful of shampoo into a bowl. Then crush up 2-3 uncoated aspirin and add them to the bowl. Massage the shampoo into your scalp and let it sit for two full minutes before rinsing it away. The salicylic acid will help get rid of those white flakes!
4. Remove Grass Stains from Your Skin
After a day of yard work, grass stains happen. And sometimes a quick wash doesn’t remove them.
Get rid of stubborn grass stains on your skin with a mixture of crushed aspirin and water. Crush 2-3 uncoated aspirin tablets and slowly add water until the mixture forms a paste. Wipe the paste on the dyed skin and let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing it away with soap and water. Tip: This trick works for nicotine stains, too.
5. Strengthen Ailing Plants
Aspirin functions like healthy steroids for plants—it increases root growth rates, activates natural defenses and prevents the formation of fungus. If you have some indoor or outdoor plants that are visibly ailing in the summer heat, watering them with an aspirin-infused cocktail could help turn things around. For best results, mix three crushed-up aspirin tablets with four gallons of water, and apply to your plants every three weeks.
6. Remove Warts
Warts tend to be a recurring pain in the you-know-what. If you can’t seem to find a solution that sticks, using an aspirin is a popular home remedy. Here’s how it works:
Moisten an aspirin tablet and then place it directly on the wart, securing it with the Band-Aid or masking tape (it can take some practice to moisten it just enough without having it break). Change the tablet a few times a day, but try to keep the contact constant for 2-3 days. After that period, the wart should turn black and fall off.
7. Whiten Clothes
The salicylic acid in aspirin helps neutralize stains on white clothes by attacking the compounds found in sweat that cause the discoloration. If you want to keep your whites looking brighter in general, try dropping one aspirin tablet into every load of whites.
If your whites are already pretty tarnished, add five crushed aspirin tablets to about two gallons of water and soak your clothes in the mixture for eight hours, keeping them submerged the entire time.
8. Remove Armpit Stains
If you’re just trying to target armpit stains, try a modified version of tip #7: Mix three crushed aspirin tablets and half a cup of warm water in a sink or large bowl. Submerge the armpit area of the shirt and let it sit for 2-4 hours. Then wash the item in a normal, hot cycle.
9. Remove Bathtub Rings
Crush a handful of uncoated aspirin tablets into dust, and then add water until the mixture forms a paste. Coat the bathtub ring with the paste and let the salicylic acid do its thing! After an hour or so, rinse the paste away.
10. Clean Rust Spots
If you have small rust spots on tables or iron furniture, make a paste of crushed uncoated aspirin and water. Let the mixture sit on the rust spot for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it away.
11. Prolong the Life of Christmas Trees (Maybe)
We put this one last because it’s a bit controversial. Many people swear by tree-care strategy of occasionally drooping an aspirin into the stand, along with water. However, a lot of experts say this doesn’t make a different for most Christmas trees, and can actually increase needle loss.
Have you tried this trick before? Let us know in the comments!
Note: We recommend skipping this tip if you have pets that may try to drink from the tree stand!