Aspirin is something of a wonder drug. Aside from stopping headaches, fever, pain and possibly having the potential to stop heart attacks and strokes, aspirin has a lot of topical and day-to-day uses that you may not know about. Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, has some pretty cool properties that make it useful outside of the medical realm…
A lot of the applications below ask you to crush the aspirin. I find it’s easiest to either use the back of a spoon in a rocking motion or a mortar and pestle.
A few stains, including armpit stains, will come clean with the application of a paste of crushed aspirin and water. Apply the paste and let sit until dry, then launder as usual.
Pimple spot treatment:
Apply a dot of aspirin and water paste to a pimple and let sit until dry. Then wash the whole area with mild soap and warm water.
Make a paste of aspirin and lemon juice. Rub into the spot and wrap with a warm, moist towel. Relax for twenty minutes, then use a pumice stone on the area. This is great for tough heels.
The chemical bonds in aspirin break down in moisture, resulting in salicylic acid — the stuff everybody applies to warts to burn them off. Wash the area with warm water and antibacterial soap. Wet an aspirin and press it to the wart. Cover with duct tape and leave overnight. This can be a bit irritating to the skin surrounding the wart, so you may want to cover it when possible.
Some gardeners swear that they see improvement in their plants when watered rarely with one aspirin dissolved in a quart of water. I’ve heard people claim that tomatoes will produce earlier and more, but with smaller tomatoes.
Adding half an aspirin to the (room temperature — not cold!) water in a vase may help the flowers stay fresh longer.
De-chlorinate your hair:
If your hair goes green when you’ve been swimming in a pool, crush five aspirin and stir into a glass of water. Use a spray bottle to spray your dry hair. Leave for 10 minutes, then shampoo as normal.
Drop a couple of aspirins into a glass of water. After a week, drop in another. Every few days thereafter, add another to the mixture. It’ll form crystals eventually. For science!