5 surprising household uses for aspirin, according to experts

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Aspirin is a small but powerful medicine. Just one capsule can relieve a headache, lower a fever and significantly reduce muscle pain. And that’s exactly what it tells you on the label. But, according to experts, aspirin can do so much more, like help you clean the house and get rid of annoying laundry stains. If you want value for your money, look no further. Keep reading to learn from the experts about the top household uses of aspirin. You’ll want to buy the giant bottle the next time you stock up.

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Remove rust stains.

Those pesky brown spots can be a thing of the past with just a few aspirin capsules, as they contain an acid that helps break down rust.

“Once you crush the aspirin tablets, the powder is abrasive enough to then completely remove the mark,” explains Toby SchulzCEO and co-founder of Maid2Match.

To do this, Schulz says to crush two aspirin tablets (or more, if the stain is large). Next, moisten the surface from which you want to remove the rust. Sprinkle the aspirin on the stain and wait 10 minutes. Finally, clean the area with a damp cloth.

2

Create a household cleaner.

The acidic and abrasive nature of aspirin makes it a suitable cleaner for soap scum, grease, and grime.

“If you run out of cleanser in the middle of your routine, you can make a temporary replacement by dissolving two aspirin tablets in water,” says Alicia Johnsoncleaning expert at Cleaning Green LLC.

However, “because it could be abrasive, you need to be careful of surfaces that scratch easily,” notes Johnson. You’ll want to avoid places like delicate countertops, glass stovetops, and ceramic tubs and sinks.

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3

Keep cut flowers fresh.

Turns out, humans aren’t the only living things that can benefit from a little aspirin. Cut flowers and plants also benefit.

According Jen Starkfounder of Happy DIY Home, the acid in aspirin can boost the immune system of plants to help prevent disease and increase plant growth.

“Crush a few aspirins, dissolve them in warm water, and sprinkle them on your houseplants,” advises Stark. You can also drop an aspirin in a vase with water and cut flowers to help them stay fresh longer.

4

Remove stains from white clothes.

You messed up your whites and you don’t have a stain remover on hand? Try an aspirin.

“To remove stains, crush a few aspirins and mix them with water to create a paste,” explains Dorien Alves, founder and CEO of Silent Maids. “Leave the mixture on the stain of your clothes or other fabrics and let sit for a few minutes before placing it in your washing machine.” The acid inside will create a bleaching agent and make your items look brand new.

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5

Plug a hole in drywall.

It’s easy to patch a hole in drywall if you have a few aspirins on hand. “Crush a few aspirin pills and add enough water to create a pasty substance for an easy fix,” explains Ana Andres, cleaning expert and co-founder of TidyChoice. You can then spread the paste over the hole and smooth as if it were spackle. It also works with large cracks in the wall. You will get this security deposit back no questions asked.

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