25 Most Useful Home Remedies That You Should Know

Posted by , Updated on March 23, 2017

Want to know a couple of helpful life-hacks that could help you in a pinch? Although hiring a professional or going to the doctor is always recommended in serious situations, whether it’s a quick medical fix or a small DIY repair, sometimes it’s just easier (and cheaper) to go it alone and use a bit of know how. These are 25 Most Useful Home Remedies That You Should Know!

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Toothpaste will get rid of sap on your hands; this is especially useful to know during Christmas.

christmas treeSource: lifehacker.com, Image: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

Toothpaste will get rid of sap on your hands; this is especially useful to know during Christmas.


If you ever get bad ant bites, just spray them with Windex. The ammonia neutralizes the burn.

antsSource: wikihow.com

If you ever get bad ant bites, just spray them with Windex. The ammonia neutralizes the burn.


Warm saltwater gargles are great for sore throats. Not only do they kill bacteria, they also feel good.

waterSource: healthline.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Warm saltwater gargles are great for sore throats. Not only do they kill bacteria, they also feel good.


Biting into a chunk of lemon has the potential to shock your brain out of a headache, at least temporarily.

lemonsSource: reddit, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Note: don’t do this if you suspect it is a migraine. The result will probably just be vomiting.


If you need to study for a test or are just stressed, try smelling peppermint. It can chill you out.

peppermintSource: abcnews.go.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Boil a cup of water in the microwave to clean it up. The steam will loosen all the gunk, and then you can just wipe it away.

microwaveSource: wikihow.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

If you have hiccups that won’t go away, try eating a big spoon of peanut butter. It works wonders for some people.

peanut butterSource: rd.com

White vinegar can be used to make the swelling and itch of a mosquito bite go away. Rubbing alcohol may work as well.

mosquitoSource: todayifoundout.com

Cinnamon is great for getting rid of ants. Just sprinkle a little bit of it wherever you find them in the house.

cinnamonSource: diynatural.com

Use an extremely generous amount of Aloe Vera on your sunburns before going to bed. Your skin will thank you.

aloe veraSource: wikihow.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Hydrogen peroxide is your best bet for getting blood stains out of clothes.

clothesSource: getridofthings.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

As a little pre-emptive remedy, if you don’t want to tear up while cutting onions, just rinse them right after peeling but before cutting.

onionsSource: lifehacker.com

For fruit flies, fill a glass with apple cider vinegar or red wine. Cover it with plastic wrap and use a toothpick to poke a little hole in the top. It can get nasty, but you won’t have a fruit fly problem anymore.

fruit fliesSource: creativehomemaking.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

White vinegar is the most effective way to neutralize the smell of cat pee.

catSource: wikihow.com, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Fill a sock with uncooked rice, tie it shut, and microwave it. You now have a heat pack.

riceSource: wikihow.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

If your nasal passageways are closed, and you desperately want them open, hold your breath for as long as you can. The oxygen deprivation will cause your brain to panic and open up your sinuses. It would rather stay alive than keep them closed.

tissuesSource: normalbreathing.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

If a cut gets infected, and you don’t have any antiseptic, use honey. Also, you can try heat...but don’t burn yourself. Heat kills bacteria, but burns will make the situation worse.

honeySource: commonsensehome.com, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

PS: we’re not suggesting this in place of going to the doctor to get treated if you need to.


If you get lightheaded or feel blood rushing out of your brain, flex your leg and glute (butt) muscles. It will prevent the blood from draining down to your feet.

brainSource: eurekalert.org

Black licorice can help with constipation. The real licorice even has some laxative qualities!

licoriceSource: livestrong.com

If you have a splinter that you can’t remove, mix baking soda with water and make a paste. Put the paste on a bandage and then leave it over the splinter for a day. The paste will cause some swelling that should push the splinter out a bit.

splintersSource: farmersalmanac.com

The membrane of an eggshell can be placed on a wound to stop bleeding.

eggsSource: lifehacker.com, Image: https://www.pexels.com (public domain)

Note: be sure to clean and sanitize the wound after.


Although doctors are still not sure why, sleeping on your left side can help relieve heartburn, while sleeping on your right side can aggravate it.

babySource: nytimes

Chapstick can neutralize the sting of a papercut.

chapstickSource: womansday.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

If you’ve tried everything but can’t get rid of a smell in your house...boil vinegar. Your house will definitely smell like vinegar for a few hours, but after that all the stench will be gone.

vinegarSource: lifehacker.com

You can fix holes in your wall by filling them with toothpaste. After the toothpaste hardens, just paint over it.

toothbrushSource: snappyliving.com

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