Here’s Why She Rubs Aspirin into Her Hair. Did You Know it Could do all this?
Aspirin is one of the many over-the-counter painkillers that we rely on regularly. Most people have a bottle stored at home, just waiting for their aches and pains to kick in. But what you may not know is that the product contains chemicals that can do much more than provide a break from unpleasant headaches. Here are some non-medicinal ways aspirin can come in handy around the house.
1. Dandruff warrior
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, a chemical that is capable of many things. Among them, it has a strong moisturizing ability, and can help reduce the formation of dandruff on your hair. “Applying aspirin mixed with shampoo to your scalp can help reduce the scalp inflammation that causes dandruff and help exfoliate the flakes on the skin,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a cosmetic researcher and dermatology clinician, tells Everyday Health. Crush two to three aspirin into your shampoo and massage your scalp with the mixture, then let sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
2. Skin protector
Not only can salicylic acid moisturize the skin, it also helps remove oil and dead skin cells, making it an incredible opponent to acne and psoriasis, as it can unclog pores and reduce swelling, skin lesions and redness, daily health reports. Combine five crushed tablets with a quarter cup of water and optionally a teaspoon of honey. Apply to your skin and leave on for 10 minutes, then wash off.
3. Sweat stain eraser
Sometimes, sweat stains can have such a powerful (read: nasty) effect on your clothes that they become almost waterproof, and difficult to wash with regular laundry cycles. But aspirin can help! Create a paste like the one above and apply it to the stains on your clothes. Let sit for a few minutes, then wash and run through a regular wash cycle. Instruction juices also use this for blood stains, such as nosebleed related incidents, and egg yolk spills.
4. Car mechanic
This one is quite surprising. When your car battery leaves you hanging in the middle of nowhere and you can’t wait for a rescue, try this last resort: Instructables advises dropping crushed aspirin tablets directly into the battery, a couple for each cell, after opening it. According to Reader’s Digest, the salicylic acid will interact with the sulfuric acid inside the battery and hopefully help you get enough of a boost to get your car to haul itself to a station.
5. Professional gardener
Everyday Health reports that salicylic acid, in addition to being able to invigorate your plants as well as your skin, is also able to block both ethylene and mold production, two of the main causes of wilting in garden flowers and cut flower arrangements. Adding a crushed aspirin tablet to the water you pour over your flowers – or the water you place bouquets in – will help your greens live longer.
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