5 Creative Uses for: Aspirin

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The folks over at AltUse.com, a great site where readers offer ideas about alternative uses for common items, have nicely offered to share some of their brilliant ideas with us.

First up: extra ibuprofen aspirin. I like my aspirin cheap and plentiful, so I tend to buy the generic 500-tablet bottle. Problem is, it’s tough to predict how much I’ll use, so sometimes I end up with more pills than headaches as the expiration date approaches. Instead of throwing out the extras, AltUse’s readers recommend using ’em to solve these problems:

1. Acne: The salycilic acid in asprin makes for a great facial for acne or aging skin. Crush 5-10 non-coated asprin tablets, add small dab of water and plain yogurt.

2. Sweat stains: Crush two aspirin trablets and add to 1/2 cup of warm water. Soak stained part of clothes item in the solution for approximately 2.5 hours.

3. Bee stings: To reduce the pain of a sting, moisten the skin around the sting, rub an aspirin tablet over the area for a minimum of one minute.

4. Dandruff: Crush two aspirin tablets, add to dab of shampoo, and wash hair.

5. Mosquito bites: Break open an aspirin table and apply to a mosquito bite for itch relief.

Got another idea for using up extra aspirin? Leave it in the comments.

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