Science

7 Amazing Unknown Uses for Aspirin

The common aspirin has many alternative uses that will amaze you!

posted on 06/14/2010
dorothydot
Scribol Staff

Aspirin tabletPhoto: Dorothy Pecson

Aspirin* (acetylsalicylic acid) comes from the inner bark of the willow tree. Known and used for centuries to relieve pain, reduce fever and thin blood, aspirin certainly qualifies as one of the miracle drugs.

weeping willowPhoto: Bruce Marlin

But most people are clueless about aspirin’s other useful qualities. Below are the top 7 benefits that may surprise you!

Aspirin can be used to…

1. Treat dandruff. Simply crush a couple of tablets then add the powder to the amount of shampoo you use to wash your hair. Lather up, leave the suds on for several minutes, then rinse.

dandruff flakePhoto: Steelbeard1

2. Prevent soil fungus from devastating your garden. Dissolve an aspirin in one gallon of water, then use that to give your plants a drink. This also works for houseplants.

fungusPhoto: Noodle snacks

3. Help get rid of an ugly pimple. Crush an aspirin then mix the powder with just enough water to make a paste. Coat the pimple with this paste; then, after a few minutes, wash it off.

pimplesPhoto: Diariodaj

4. Remove perspiration stains from your clothes. Dissolve a couple of crushed tablets in four ounces of warm water. Now soak the stained area in this solution for several hours.

5. Ease the itch from bug bites. Run water over an aspirin for a minute or two, then rub the aspirin on the bite.

mosquitoPhoto: Alvesgaspar

6. Revive a dead car battery. Simply plop two aspirin tablets into the battery. This will get your car started one final time so you can drive straight to your nearest repair shop for a new battery. (This is the car equivalent of “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.”)

And the final trick?

7. Help remove those stubborn heel calluses. Crush four to six aspirin and mix the powder with water and lemon juice until you get a paste. Now smear the paste on your callus. Cover with a warm damp cloth and wait about ten minutes. The callus will be softened enough to file down easily.

So the next time you see a willow tree, think of all this wonder coming from its bark.

* Although designated as a generic term and therefore non-copyrightable in some countries (such as the USA), other countries (such as the UK) have allowed the word “aspirin” to be copyrighted by Bayer, Inc.

dorothydot
Scribol Staff