Nurse Dodie’s Other Uses for Aspirin You May Not Know

Acetylsalicylic acid, better known as aspirin, is one of the most consumed over-the-counter drugs in the world because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-coagulant properties. 

Since ancient times, common aspirin uses have included pain relief, like relieving headaches, as well as muscle aches and some cold symptoms.

There are other uses for aspirin besides a headache or pain relief. We usually buy uncoated aspirin, and the following aspirin-hacks all use the uncoated tablets.

Caution! If you are allergic to aspirin, you should not take it internally or apply it externally.

🔹Insect bite or sting.

Aspirin is most often used as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medicine. That’s because one of aspirin’s ingredients is salicylic acid. If you get a bee sting or an insect bite, you can wet an aspirin and hold it directly on the sting/bite. Alternatively, you can crush the tablet and add a drop or two of water to make a paste. Apply the aspirin paste to the irritation, and it will relieve the pain.

🔹Rejuvenate skin by eliminating blemishes and dead skin.

Although this is generally done with professional cosmetic products, it can also be made at home using aspirin.


  • 5 aspirin
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (20 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda (10 grams)

What to do

  • First, prepare a thick mixture from the aspirin and lemon juice.
  • Then, rub it over a clean face. Let it set for 20 minutes.
  • After that time, gently massage in a circle, then rinse with cold water.
  • Apply a bit of baking soda to neutralize the acid from the lemon, then rinse again.
  • Finish by moisturizing your skin.
  • Use once a week.

🔹Treat discolored hair. 

Too much chlorine in a swimming pool might make your blonde hair look green. This may be one of the weirdest uses for aspirin, but you can restore your hair color with aspirin.

Dissolve six or seven crushed aspirin in a glass of warm water. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it soak for fifteen minutes. Then wash your hair like you normally would. The greenish tint should disappear.

🔹Treat dandruff.

Crush two aspirin and add them to a capful of shampoo. Wash hair as you normally do. Repeat the treatment as needed.

🔹Remove rust. 

For rust stains (from razors, can of shaving cream, etc.) on a bath or sink, first dampen the stain with water. Then apply several crushed aspirin tablets directly to the stain marks. After ten minutes, simply wipe the rust away.

🔹Revive a dead car battery. 

Don’t despair! Aspirin can help. Drop two aspirin into the battery cell. The battery’s sulfuric acid will react with the aspirin to create a charge. It should be enough to jump-start the battery—and enable you to drive to the nearest gas station or auto parts store.

🔹Eliminate sweat stains.

Grab the aspirin. Crush three or four aspirin and mix with warm water to form a paste. Evenly rub the paste over the stains and allow it to soak for a couple of hours. Then launder as normal.

🔹Garden assistant. We grow vegetables in various sized potted containers. We love enjoying fresh tomatoes, green beans, peppers, and onion. By adding one crushed aspirin to one gallon of water, just spray the mixture on vegetables. The aspirin will improve growth, increase production, and combat fungal diseases.

🔹Fresh flowers extender.

A crushed aspirin mixed with water and added to a vase of cut flowers will keep them looking fresher longer

🔹Hangover treatment. 

Many scientific experts, like Dr. Michael L. Oshinsky from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, have studied various hangover treatments. One of the most effective solutions to combat the results of drinking too much is the combination of aspirin and caffeine (coffee or tea).

Take two aspirin with coffee a few hours after “too much partying,” and you should feel no ill effects the next day.

The content of this article is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented herein. Any statements about the possible health benefits of any subject discussed have not been evaluated by medical professionals or the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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    • So glad you find this info helpful Cindy. Aspirin is first line in the algorithm for treating heart attack. EMTs will instruct the patient be given a 325 mg aspirin to chew before they arrive. It will dilate blood vessels causing increased blood flow to heart muscle and preventing further damage to the heart. The increase in blood flow also lessens chest pain – angina – that accompanies many heart attacks.

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  1. I’m sitting on the porch, minding my own business, and a large bee starts across from the other side. He narrowly misses my wife, heads towards me, and flies into my shirt collar.

    Spongebob Squarepants – Get It Off Of Me

    I seriously sounded like Sponge Bob, see the short video at the link.

    Well, grabbing my collar wasn’t the best thing to do, and I felt a sharp pain, and he flew away. No stinger in the wound, none visible, but it burned. I’m not sure if I got Bit or Stung (some bees can sting multiple times). No swelling, but it burned for a few hours. I wish I tried the topically applied aspirin. Historically, I had a reaction to a bee sting, but it took days (swelling gradually increased daily). I also had Urticaria for several years, and was concerned that the sting would trigger that again (though it originally happened after Dental Work).

    A few days later, I’m walking for my health, and some large insect flies into the collar on the other side, he came out quickly, I think it was a beetle, but I was having Flash Backs (LOL).

    But wait, there’s more. Yesterday, I’m reaching for my water, I’m back in the chair where I got bit or stung. I grab the Refillable Bottle near the lid, but something feels Squishy. So I let go and look, and it’s a Hornet. He was drinking a drop of water. There was a small pile of brownish bits, I don’t know if he tried to sting and got the bottle, though my finger had sympathy pains (no bite, just the horror of thinking what may have happened). But he came after me, and I swung, clipped him, and he was tossed back, and he came at me again, and I grabbed my Tablet Computer and swung again, and he was fended off and flew away.

    I’ll be remembering the Aspirin. I’m on Coumadin, I can’t take it. But I think that the Bee Sting Suggestion would be fine.

    Thanks much for a fascinating Blog Entry.

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  2. Here in the rocky hills of Texas, there is a wasp that looks like a honey bee. Yep, he got me on the ankle and it burned for two days. I hunted him down and kilt him with a shovel. Beware of these guys, they are smaller than a honey bee and aggressive. I’ll keep the aspirin handy because the Murder Hornets are due back in April.

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