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Home Remedies that Work!

Updated on August 3, 2016

Home Remedies and Natural Cures

Simple home remedies and natural cures are often all we need for common health ailments. Learn a few and stop spending time or money at the doctor's office or drugstore. Instead you can start building your own home medicine collection of natural health remedies.

The remedies below contain no harsh chemicals or substances that will cause side effects like pharmaceutical drugs will do. Simplify your life and save on the budget by trying some of these inexpensive and safe home remedies and natural cures.

Jerry Baker: Simple & Natural Remedies - Excellent Home Health Remedies Reference Guide

Maybe you remember Jerry Baker as the guy who wrote that wildly popular book about simple household solutions to gardening problems. Same guy, and same effective but very simple solutions, but he's come inside the house. No gardening tips here, this one is about your body and simple remedies for common ailments.

Those who seek natural remedies over drugs will love this book and find it to be an excellent resource.

Oddball Ointments, Powerful Potions & Fabulous Folk Remedies That'll Cure Almost Anything That Ails You (Jerry Baker Good Health series)
Oddball Ointments, Powerful Potions & Fabulous Folk Remedies That'll Cure Almost Anything That Ails You (Jerry Baker Good Health series)
This book is one of the most helpful references on my shelf. You can often find a quick household remedy to try without even going to the store because most of these remedies are made from common household items.

Zap that headache!

Kiss Your Migraines Good-Bye!

  • Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers? If the Gatorade doesn't work and you are prone to headaches, consider evaluating your lifestyle to find out why.
  • There are many types of headaches, each one with its own set of triggers. Some poor habits that can trigger headaches include poor posture, poor diet (avoid wheat, grains, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives) and dehydration. Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, have been known to trigger migraines in many people, so avoid all diet products.
  • Just an increase in water intake daily might do the trick. However, do keep in mind that dietary changes do take some time to work.
  • More immediate relief methods might include intravenous magnesium and the Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is usually very effective for relieving pain, of many kinds, often in as little as a few minutes.

Kill Colds & Flu

As well as sore throat, upper respiratory infection, stuffed nose, etc.

  • Try chewing on a couple of Altoids peppermints to clear up your stuffed nose. They are curiously strong and will likely get you breathing again right away.
  • Sunshine! Your body produces Vitamin D in response to sunlight, and this plays a key role in your immune system, so getting your vitamin D levels is a number one defense against colds and infections of all kinds.
  • Another really simple and inexpensive treatment that is surprisingly effective against upper respiratory infections is hydrogen peroxide. Put a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You may hear some bubbling (normal) and might also feel a slight stinging sensation. Wait until the bubbling and stinging stops (~ 5 to 10 minutes). Then tilt your head to let it drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear.
  • To treat a sore throat, few remedies work as well as honey. Just make sure you use raw or unrefined honey. Most of the honey for sale in the US is highly processed or refined. These and other refined foods can actually promote disease and damage your health rather than help. Stop in your local health foods store & grab some honey, honey - the REAL kind, raw or unrefined - many many benefits here.
  • For a sore throat, mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills bacteria.

Motion Sickness Natural Cures

Never suffer from motion sickness again.

  • Olives can help you avoid motion sickness, but only if you eat them when the first symptoms appear. That's because olives contain tannin, ant this substance helps eliminate the saliva that triggers nausea.
  • Some find ginger helps relieve motion sickness. Ginger can be taken as either dried extracts in the form of capsules, powders, or teas or in the form of liquid extracts or tinctures. You can also make a tea using dried herb by putting about one teaspoon of the herb into a tea strainer, then put it in a cup of hot water. If you must sweeten, avoid sugar. Try using honey or stevia instead.
  • Another excellent method is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). You can that you can do it whenever and wherever motion sickness strikes. EFT balances your energy system and calms your motion sensors, which will calm symptoms of motion sickness.

Arthritis Pain and Muscle Aches

Soothe those achy muscles and joints with these natural remedies.

  • Quaker Oats is not just for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute. Let it cool slightly and then apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
  • Epsom Salts — my friend with rheumatoid arthritis swears by Epsom salt baths to soothe joint pain.
  • Achy muscles from arthritis or even a bout of the flu can often be relieved with just 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Toenail Fungus

Make your toenails look healthy again and get happy feet.

  • Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash, a super powerful antiseptic.
  • Many swear by a Vicks VapoRub foot massage to treat the fungus. Not sure why this works, but it does.
  • Reduce fungal infections by simply cutting down on sugar, because sugar is food to the fungi.
  • Soak the feet in salt water or spend time in the ocean. The combination of salt water and sunshine plus fresh air will zap that fungus in its tracks.
  • Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on the feet, especially the toes daily. Let it dry.
  • Use mouthwash to cure Athlete’s Foot Pour mouthwash on cotton balls and then swab your feet. The alcohol will disinfect the bacteria completely if you continue this for a week or so.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Say Good Bye to UTI

  • Try this cure for urinary tract infections. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.
  • Drinking cranberry juice also helps alleviate symptoms of urinary tract infections. Those prone to getting UTIs would be wise to drink cranberry juice regularly for prevention.


  • Do not use sugar for hiccups. There are many better options that do not involve spiking your insulin.
  • One interesting method that makes hiccups vanish for many is to have someone hold down the tragus of your ear to close off your ear canal while you drink a full glass of water. This has been the single most effective remedy I have ever used for hiccups.
  • Another cure for hiccups many swear by is a spoonful of peanut butter. Works for me!

About Salt and High Blood Pressure

Think twice about that "Low Salt Diet."

Decades ago a low salt diet was recommended in order to avoid having high blood pressure. Why then, do more Americans have high blood pressure today than they did thirty years ago?

Consider that... Your blood is 94% water, your brain is 85% water, and your soft tissue is 75% water. This combination of water, salt, and potassium together regulate the water content of the body. So every cell in our body has fresh water inside the cell and salt water outside the cell and your health depends on a delicate balance of the water between this salt and water.

In his book "Salt your Way to Health"* Dr. David Brownstein writes about learning in medical school that salt causes high blood pressure and so we should be on a low-salt diet. Yet he began to notice his patients who had high blood pressure received very little benefit from a low-salt diet and that most of them were also low on minerals. In his search for ways to help these patients, he came across unrefined salt, which has over 80 trace minerals in it. His patients with high blood pressure who began consuming unrefined salt were finding that their blood pressure was actually coming down so much that they were able to stop taking blood pressure medications.

His book, "Salt Your Way to Health" will show you how adding the right kind of salt to your diet can help adrenal disorders, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fatigue, headaches, immune system function and thyroid disorders. In a study of almost 3,000 men who had high blood pressure, those on a low-salt diet had a 430% increase in heart attacks when compared to the men who ate a high-salt diet.

*Dr Brownstein, MD has a current medical practice at Center for Holistic Medicine in Michigan

A Tsunami of Benefits in Sea Salt

Sea Salt has SO many health benefits, get some today!

Sea Salt is a powerful natural antihistamine, also your digestive system requires refined salt to properly absorb food. Refined salt can also be used to relieve: Asthma symptoms, stress symptoms, kidney problems, depression, bladder control, diabetes, irregular heartbeats, gout, muscle cramps, osteoporosis (bones get their hardness from salt, not calcium), varicose veins and more.

Those who suffer from asthma, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis can get rid of mucus and phlegm in the lungs by simply using salt and drinking plain water. Men having problems maintaining an erection might try eating more salt and drinking more plain water. Taking salt and drinking plain water before exercising will help you to breathe better and sweat less.

Because there is potassium in almost everything we eat, salt needs to be added to our food. This will allow our body to maintain a healthy balance of water between the inside and outside pools of water in our blood cells, preventing hypertension. Low-salt diets have also been shown to increase total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels and fasting insulin levels.

*"ABC of Asthma, Allergies and Lupus" (pages 144-150)

Celtic Sea Salt is highest in minerals.

It is rare to find an MD willing to suggest such natural cures such as simply changing the kind of salt we consume. One cause of high blood pressure is a lack of fresh water for the inside of the blood cells, called hypertension. There are significant differences between salt and potassium and their opposite effects on hypertension (Brownstein, MD).

It is not recommended to drink the sea salt with water, at least not regularly. Instead take it in one of the ways below in this ratio: 1/8 tsp of unrefined sea salt for every 16 oz of water you drink daily. Three options for taking the sea salt:

  1. Drink one or two glasses of plain water, then putting a pinch of salt on the end of your tongue and let it dissolve. Wash it down with water.
  2. Put the extra salt on your food. You may need to acquire a taste for very salty food, so start small.
  3. If you are very salt-sensitive then you could get some empty capsules and put the amount of salt you require into the capsules to take it with food.

Banana Peels & Home Remedies

Think twice before you pitch that banana peel. Here are many ways to reuse them for home remedies.

  • Fertilizer: Bananas are naturally very high in potassium and so they encourage plant growth. If you compost, bananas are great to add. But even if you don't you compost, can use the banana peel or even puree the entire banana and bury with soil.
  • Shoe Polish: Rub the peel on your shoes to make them nice and shiny.
  • Stop the Itch: Rub the inside of a banana peel on a bug bite helps itch relief.
  • Pain Reliever: The oil in a banana peel will help relieve pain from burns & scratches.
  • Wart Removal: Apply a piece of banana peel on a wart with a band aide or adhesive tape. Continue til wart is gone.
  • Make Houseplants Gleam: Banana peels can be used to make the leaves of plants shine, same as shining shoes.
  • Removing Splinters: Similar to wart removal, apply a piece of the peel over the splinter and cover with tape or band-aid. The enzymes help dislodge the splinter and to heal the wound.
  • Whiten Teeth: Rub the inside of a banana peel on teeth daily for 2 weeks and watch them lighten up.

Home Remedies for Skin Problems

Simple Remedies for Healthy Skin

  • Burns: Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns? Another great remedy is flour! I learned this one from a Viet Nam vet, works like a charm! You might even keep some flour in the fridge like I do, only because cold flour feels a lot better (and do not run the burn under cold water first). Another remedy for burns that works great — keep an aloe plant around for burns and just break off a piece and squeeze some of the juices inside on the burn. No more burning, no blisters, no problem.
  • Acne: Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. In fact, some say it works overnight. See even more remedies for acne below.
  • Splinter: Just put a drop of Elmer's Glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
  • Boil: Cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
  • Broken Blister: To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic and balm.
  • Bruise: Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
  • Poison Ivy: Before you buy those expensive lotions, try washing the rash with Dawn dish soap, which contains ingredients that attack the oils that cause the rash and painful itching.
  • Swollen Eyes, Bags Under Eyes: Try the common product made to reduce swelling on other body parts — Preparation H. It works on the eyes, too! You can also try placing a thin slice of raw potato on the eye for about 10 minutes.

Spa Baths for a Simple Home Remedy

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natural home remedy

Remving Dead Skin from Feet - A delightfully simple foot bath...

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foot bath

Handy Cures for Pet Ailments

Knock out fleas, mites & odors in a flash!

  • Ear mites: All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your dog or cat's ear...massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.
  • Fleas: Watch your Dawn Dishwashing Liquid do the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Kills fleas instantly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas! Much cheaper than pet shampoo.
  • Rainy Day Dog Odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.
  • Shiny Coat: Add a bit of olive oil to your pet's food to give them a healthier, shinier coat of fur.

Natural Sea salt is good for our pets too! Why do you think farmers provide salt licks for their cows? Or why hunters bait deer with salt licks? Animals crave salt, it is essential to their survival and well-being. Why do you think dogs are so lick-happy? He's stealing the salt from your skin. Improve your pet's health by adding a small amount of sea salt to their food.

Cinnamon and Raw Honey

Organic Honey

Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey - 22 oz
Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey - 22 oz
Most 'honey' sold in grocery stores is not even real honey. Getting the real thing can be tricky, and best to either go directly to a bee keeper or else to order it online from a reliable source. Be selective about your source to get genuine honey, such as this product.

Don't forget the honey, honey ... and cinnamon powder too, please.

Did you know that honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot? When left in a cool dark place for a long time it may resemble sugar because it will crystallize. When this happens, just loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water. Then turn off the heat and let it liquefy and the honey will be as good as new. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave because this will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has important vitamins — particularly iron in large amounts. Regular use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon can be a very effective treatment for most diseases without any side effects. Even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it can even be used by people with diabetes.

Be careful where you get the honey, honey. Most of the honey sold in grocery stores is not real honey, but instead a mixture of chemicals and additives that look and taste like honey. Get it from a reliable beekeeper if you can, or some other more reliable source.

The list below includes some diseases that can be treated with significant success with honey and cinnamon. These claims were researched by western scientists and published by a Canadian magazine called Weekly World News, January 17 ,1995.

  • Heart Disease: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder and apply on bread instead of jelly and jam. Eating it regularly for breakfast will reduce cholesterol in the arteries. Regular use can relieve loss of breath and strengthen the heart beat. As we age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
  • Arthritis: One cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Even those with chronic arthritis report significant relief from pain after drinking this mixture daily.
  • Bladder Infections: Two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water will destroy germs in the bladder.
  • High Cholesterol: Mix two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder in 16 ounces of tea. When given to a cholesterol patient, this mixture was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within only two hours. If taken three times a day, even chronic cholesterol can be releived. Also, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
  • Colds, Cough, Sinuses Clogged: One tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.
  • Upset Stomach, Indigestion & Gas Honey taken with cinnamon powder relieves stomach ache and gas pain. It can also clear stomach ulcers from the root. Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
  • Longevity: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
  • Pimples: Mix a paste of three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply it on pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
  • Skin Infections: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
  • Weight Loss: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
  • Cancer: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
  • Vitality: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is helpful to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder increases the vitality of the body within a week when taken twice daily.
  • Bad Breath: Gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water and breath stays fresh throughout the day.
  • Hearing Loss: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts is said to restore hearing loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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natural remedy

Acne Cures

Zap those Zits! Pimples be gone!

  • Apply a yogurt mask on the face regularly and add yogurt to your regular diet.
  • Use honey mixed with cinnamon powder. Apply the mixture on acne and leave overnight.
  • Aloe Vera improves skin and there are two ways of using it. You can either drink aloe vera juice regularly or use the gel directly on the skin. Aloe Vera can even be grown in a pot.
  • Lemon juice is also great for treating acne. Apply it gently with a cotton ball and wash it off in ten minutes.
  • Baking soda is used in a lot of cosmetics and works as a mild exfoliator for skin. It removes dead skin, deep cleans, and unclogs pores. When you use it for the first time, you may feel a slight stinging.

Make sure you use baking soda and not baking powder since baking powder can burn. Baking soda acne mask is one of the easiest home remedies and is very effective. Use it no more than 3 times a week at first to allow the skin get used to it before you use it more frequently. When you apply it on your skin, it should be consistent and not too runny, so don't dilute it too much.

Wash your face and pat it dry before you apply the mask. Gently apply the mixture onto your skin and leave it on for awhile. It is important to wash it off thoroughly so that none of the baking soda is left behind. Your skin will feel soft due to the exfoliation effect of baking soda. If this home remedy works for you, you can keep repeating the procedure a few times a week.

Your skin may tend to get dry at first so make sure you to moisturize after you use this mask. In order to maintain a good pH of the skin, you might try splashing your face with diluted apple cider vinegar after removing the baking soda away. The vinegar acts as a toner but wash it off after a minute as the smell is gross.

Acne can leave scars which make be a problem even after the acne is cured. Mint juice is a simple solution to get rid of acne scars. Apply mint juice on the scars every night and wash it off every morning. You'll likely see results within a few weeks.

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

One cold January I couldn't get rid of a nasty headcold. I tried a couple of over the counter meds - the first dried me out so harshly that my skin began to peel like it would with a sunburn! The second drugstore product was Alka Selzer Plus, took it for a couple of days before I noticed that one of the ingredients is Aspartame! Geez!

Then I went searching for natural remedies and found one I could easily mix together with basic ingredients I already have in my kitchen - knocked all symptoms out in less than 24 hours! This after I'd had a sore throat off and on for weeks.

Mix cider vinegar, honey, ginger & cinnamon - that's it! Take a tablespoon a few times a day same as you would a cough syrup. You can also mix it in hot tea.

Other options: Cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon, also add lemon juice or follow the recipe in the image above.

1/4 tsp each of the spices mixed with 1 tablespoon of the cider vinegar & honey. Simple & works great!

Best to use organic cider vinegar (Braggs is a good brand) also get real honey, NOT the substitute sold in most grocery stores.

Sore Throat Tea

Great recipe for sore throats and chest colds, makes about 2 cups

  • Two lemons cleaned and sliced
  • Two pieces of ginger sliced into coin size pieces
  • Honey (1/2 to 1 cup)
  • Ground cinnamon- about a teaspoon.
  1. Combine lemon slices and sliced ginger in 12-16 oz jar.
  2. Pour honey (organic) over it slowly.
  3. Let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices.
  4. When the honey has filled in all the voids, make sure there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.
  5. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into sort of a jelly.

To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Can store in fridge 2-3 months.

Natural Sinus Relief

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natural sinus relief

The Wonders of Ginger


Ginger is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal spices.


  • Aids in digestion and assimilation.
  • Prevents colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo.
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps, nausea, heartburn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation.
  • Relieves stomach flu and food poisoning.
  • Potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols.
  • Powerful painkiller for joint, muscle, and nerve pain.
  • Immune-boosting and germ-fighting abilities.
  • Provides protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans.

In ancient times, ginger was regarded highly as a spiritual cleanser, used during holy days to awaken & purify the body, mind, and spirit.

Make a liter of ginger water or tea by adding freshly grated ginger to water. Then let steep for 10-20 minutes. Add raw honey and fresh-squeezed lemon juice to enhance flavor. This also adds to its protective and healing properties.

For an energizing and immune boosting beverage, try fresh ginger juiced along with apples and celery.

Health Merits of Turmeric

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natural remedy

Natural Painkillers in Your Kitchen

Who'd have thought you could knock out pain with simple kitchen ingredients like salt, honey, cloves and other spices? Go check out this list of 20 natural painkillers in your kitchen. Great natural remedies and drug alternatives.

Around the House Cures

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natural remedies

Slick Tricks for the Home

  • Easy Eyeglass Protection: To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
  • Bug Killer: A cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer? If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects will drop to the ground instantly. It's cheaper, cleaner and much safer than the harsh chemicals sold at hardware stores.
  • Dings on Wood Furniture: Get rid of unsightly scratches and dings on wood furniture by rubbing a walnut on the areas. The blemishes will vanish quickly and your furniture and pocket book will be saved.
  • CD/DVD Scratches: Apply toothpaste to a cotton ball and wipe the disc. Wash with water afterward and you've got a brand new disc!
  • Untangle Knots: Sprinkling cornstarch into tough knots, such as shoe laces helps loosen them.
  • Fluffier Bread: When baking, where recipes call for water, add club soda instead to make pancakes, waffles and any other breads fluffier.
  • Frost Free Windows: Pour a cup of salt into a liter of water. Sponge the liquid onto the inside of window to prevent frost from forming during the winter months.
  • Remove Permanent Marker: Dab the surface that has the permanent marker on it with a cloth or cotton ball covered in rubbing alcohol to make it disappear quickly.
  • Nicked Yourself Shaving?: Just swipe some chap stick over the cut to stop that constant bleeding. No more tissue squares!
  • Dandruff: Don't ask how it works, but it does! Instead of buying a special shampoo, just wash your hair in apple juice to rid your scalp of pesky dandruff.
  • Armpit Stains: Grind up an aspirin tablet or two, then make a paste out of it using water, lemon or vinegar. Spread the paste on the stained area and let sit for an hour before washing.
  • Spotless Windows and Mirrors: Instead of using a spray and a streaky cloth, use only newspaper to clean off your mirrors and windows for a streak-free finish.
  • Extend Life of Flowers in Vase: Add a few drops of bleach to vase water to prevent the build-up of the slime caused by bacteria. It works just like chlorine in a swimming pool.
  • Flea-Killing Dog Shampoo: Kitchen dish soap (not dish detergent) can double as dog shampoo for its flea killing abilities.
  • Blood Stains: Soak the stain in cola until the stain is dissolved, then wash the clothing as usual. Wash before the coke dries, though.
  • Blemishes: Have a blemish you need to get rid of by tomorrow? Put a dab of honey on the blemish and cover it up (it's best to use a Band-Aid) and the honey's natural antibacterial properties will clean out the bacteria by the morning.
  • Clean Can Opener Gears: Run a few small strips of wax paper through the can opener to clean out of the bits and pieces that have built up in the gears throughout the year. The wax will also rub off on the gears to protect for future use as well.
  • Crayon on the Walls: Use WD-40 lubricant and a cloth to remove stubborn crayon marks from the walls just by spraying the wall and wiping with a cloth.
  • Ants and Slugs: Ants and slugs won't touch chalk. So, simply draw a line in front of your doorway where you are having problems with these pesky critters and they won't cross it, meaning they won't be able to get into your house.
  • Kill Weeds and Help Flowers Grow: Vinegar is a magic wonder when it comes to gardening. It not only kills weeds but they help flowers grow as well. Douse vinegar all around your garden to prevent weeds from popping up and to help your flowers to grow healthy and strong.
  • Replace Dryer Sheets Permanently: Instead of using a dryer sheet ball up one or a few sheets of tin foil and toss it in the dryer. It removes the static electricity from your clothes and one can last up to a year.
  • Polish Leather Shoes: Use the inside of a banana peel to give shoes a professional and natural shine that will last for quite some time.
  • Clean BBQ Grill: Mix a cup of baking soda with half a cup water to make a paste. Dip your brush into the paste and scrub the grill. The caked on pieces and black residue will come off much quicker, and using baking soda is much safer and cheaper than using cleaning chemicals.
  • Fertilizer: Coffee is full of nutrients and vitamins that are very beneficial to soil. That's why some people include it in compost piles. If you want to get the most out of your coffee, pour the grounds on areas where you want more grass or flowers.
  • Shaving Cream: The smoothness of olive oil can replace the need for shaving cream, and it also provides great moisture.
  • Static Electricity: Use dryer sheets to remove static electricity from things such as clothing, TV screens or your own hair. Tame fly-away strands by running a dryer sheet over them. Also, try using dryer sheets as bug repellant.
  • Long Lasting Candles: Put candles in the freezer for at least 2 hours before using. Once you burn them, the wax will melt at a much slower pace, making them last much longer!
  • Deodorize Garbage Disposal: Toss whole slices of lemon into the garbage disposal then run it. The acidity of the lemon will rid your sink of all odors and leave a fresh scent that usually lasts for a few months.
  • Burnt-On Grease and Food Stains: When letting your pots and pans soak, throw in one or two Alka Seltzer tablets and the caked on residue from cooking will come off easily when you scrub/wash.
  • Scratches on Glass: Apply toothpaste to scratch, then rub with a cloth until the scratch is gone. Make sure the glass is clean beforehand.
  • Pain from Poison Ivy, Chickenpox, and Sunburns: Pound one to four cups of Cheerios into a powder and add to your bath to soothe your skin while you soak. You may not feel relief while in the tub, but you will soon after.
  • Sort Earrings: Organize your earrings and prevent them from becoming entangled by using spare buttons as holders for each pair.
  • Prevent Hairballs for Pets: Add a few drops of corn oil to your pets' food to prevent hairballs from forming. The thick oil helps the fur pass through the animal's system much quicker and easily.
  • Remove Oil Stains from the Driveway: Oil stains are very difficult to remove pavement, but one method guaranteed to work is cola, like Pepsi or Coke products. The highly acidic drink will eat away at the oil until clean.
  • Facial Scrub: A scrub is good to do about once a month to remove dead skin and bacteria built up in pores and remove excess oil from the skin. Brown sugar does just as well as expensive products and will definitely result in a clearer and smoother complexion.
  • Lint Brush: You already know that dryer sheets remove lint in the dryer. Well, it can do the same thing out of the dryer, too. When you're in a fix, use a dryer sheet. It works just as well as a lint brush, and if you like the scent, it's an added bonus.
  • Deodorize Smelly Refrigerator: For that stinky Tupperware or smelly refrigerator drawer that is too much to deal with, toss in a sheet of newspaper overnight before you deal with it. The paper will absorb the smell greatly reducing it or eliminating it completely.
  • Prevent Wall from Chipping When Nailing: The wall can leave unsightly chips when hammering in a nail. Prevent this by simply placing a piece of scotch tape over the area you're going to nail. The wall will be held tighter, preventing chips from occurring.
  • Soothe Insect Bites: Dissolve two tablets of alka seltzer into a glass of water. Then use a cloth or cotton ball to apply it to the affected area. The red will go down and most importantly, the itchiness will vanish usually in fifteen minutes.
  • Whiten Your White Clothes: Add about half a cup of lemon juice to your load of whites to makes them extra white. You can use lemon juice with bleach or detergent, so don't worry about mixing chemicals with the acidic lemon.
  • Whiten Teeth: This may sound a little odd, but rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth twice a day for two weeks and you will receive the same effect from a teeth-whitening kit.

Consult your MD if symptoms persist.

While many have found relief from using these natural cures and home remedies, we are not suggesting that you replace your doctor with them. Of course whenever symptoms persist long-term, you'd be wise to consult a physician.

Household Cures Reader Feedback - Comments welcome and appreciated.

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      5 weeks ago

      There is no way your recipe for removing dead skin off of feet will work. That is not enough liquid to even cover my feet for soaking. The picture shows the feet submersed in liquid.

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      2 years ago

      How is only 1 cup of liquid enough to soak your feet in???

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      Meg Kubiak 

      3 years ago

      great lists.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Wow! These are loads of household cures. Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub. Great hub. Well done. Voted up and more.

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      6 years ago

      I really love alternative medicines it helps me save money and at the same time it is very easy to use. When I was a child my mother used alternative medicine to cure my wounds.

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      Little Bits 

      6 years ago

      It is a wonderful article on home remedies. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best thing to be kept at home. It has score of benefits. This article list sixty health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

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      Ann Hinds 

      6 years ago from So Cal

      I know a lot of this but to find it all together in one place is very helpful. Pinning it so I can refer back to it when needed. We prefer natural remedies.

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      Renee Dixon 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      This is great, I'm gonna have to pin this to my Herbal Remedies board!

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      6 years ago

      I'm a firm believer of natural remedies for acne treatment. I have been utilizing baking soda mixed with water twice a week. It works for my skin condition (acne) and make my skin smoother. This is really excellent lens, I found new natural remedies options to be added on my list!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent list of resources! This is right up my alley!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I use many of these natural cures already, but learned some new ones. Funny, I just bought some turmeric yesterday.

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @RapidWhiteSmiles: Yes, there's so many helpful natural rememdies. Good luck with the arthritis.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing. So much information to go through. I suffer from arthritis in my neck, I'll give a few of your tips a go.

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @jmchaconne: You are welcome. I began creating this page many years ago and have added to it many times as I discover new natural remedies.

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      6 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! In this high tech world of pills for everything, it is great to see a lens that uses the wisdom of our ancestors. Thank you for your great work!

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @FrancesWrites: There are many health benefits in ginger as well. Health remedies such as these are much more effective and SAFER than over the counter meds with scary ingredients and tons of side effects.

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      6 years ago

      What a mother lode of tips! I use honey and freshly grated ginger in orange juice for colds but I'll try honey and cinnamon next time!

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @mbgphoto: Thanks Mary Beth. That one I tried myself and it worked great (after many over the counter meds failed). LOVE finding natural remedies like that one!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lots of good ideas. I'll have to remember the cold remedy...honey, cider, cinnamon and ginger!

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      7 years ago

      Great weight loss cure I'll have to try it.

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      7 years ago

      @RivenRunsDeep: Agreed!

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      7 years ago

      All natural is the way to go!

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      7 years ago

      LOVE this lens! Think I'll link to it in my lens 6 Way to Take Charge of Your Health. I think it will fit right in!

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      7 years ago

      Cheap cures just in time for winter! Great lens :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      There really are many natural home cures that are sitting in the kitchen cupboard that many people do not realize work as well as prescription drugs and are much safer to use.

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      Fran Tollett 

      7 years ago

      Very informative lens :-) I've just discovered the honey and cinnamon for coughing, sinus and general wellness. Will have to use some of the other suggestions. Thanks so much :-D

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      giovi64 lm 

      7 years ago

      Good info.

      Beautiful and interesting lens!

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      7 years ago

      Great Lens, I use home remedies all the time, if only more people would take note and not automatically turn to prescription drugs.

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @CreativeGal: hey thanks creativegal!

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      7 years ago

      You are so accurate in what you present! Oh, I do so love the benefits of Honey! Many thanks for all the research you did on this.

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      7 years ago

      Reading through it gives me ideas not only for myself but for a friend or two, now I've got to try it, will let you know if it does the trick as who really knows? Your on my bookmark

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      7 years ago

      Most useful lens I've visited so far. Thank you so much for the information. Sundae ;-)

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      7 years ago

      Carol, very useful lens, I shared this on Pinterest and Twitter also. Anything that helps and is natural is a good thing in my book. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      You know, I recently was talking with a bit of a chemist neighbor of mine who recommended Hydrogen Peroxide to pour down my bathroom drain! Glad to have some cool household cures that work!

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      7 years ago

      Great info..Thanks for the tips on honey and cinnamon

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      7 years ago

      Best thing about home remedies is that they're cheap!

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      7 years ago

      Very helpful Lens with great information and such cute pictures!

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      7 years ago

      Holistic home remedies are the way to go. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Very nice and informative lens. I will have to try the one with honey and cinnamon to lose weight.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Very informative lens. Especially about salt. I try to avoid salt but many things you were talking about are my problems. Maybe I should look into the salt idea and see if it can help. Thanks for sharing a great article. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      This is a great lens, especially the information on salt. I've had a lot of bodily injuries, and used Epsom salt. Then I discovered Red Sea salt, and it not only helped the aches and pains, but helped with the dry skin. I did a lens about Mark Kurlansky's the Story of Salt. If you haven't read it, I think you'd enjoy it. It's a fascinating read. Thanks for this lens, I learned a lot, and it brought back memories.

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      8 years ago

      You say that gatorade is a cure for some types of headache...

      I would like to add that it's the fiz in the drink that does the trick.

      I learned this when I attended a Buteyco workshop where I learned a new breathing technique.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'll keep these home cures in mind. I think vinegar is a wonderful product!

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      8 years ago

      Wow, those are great tips! My hubby has degenerative arthritis and I told him about the oatmeal for rheumatoid arthritis and he says he will try it and see if it brings him any relief.

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      8 years ago

      Very informative! Great lens!!!

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      8 years ago

      informative compilation

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      8 years ago

      Great lens-I use honey all the time-and the salt and water for the chest.

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      8 years ago

      Informative lens. can you tell me what is gatorade.. which you mentioned to dring to get relief from headache

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      8 years ago

      Useful info. We know that in a natural approach to heal disease, such as using herbs and natural ingredients can be eliminate harmful from the body.

      Home remedies for treatment some illnes is a natural way and it almost without any side effects.

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      8 years ago

      Well written and informative lens.I love this lens.Thanks a lot for sharing this :)


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      8 years ago

      Great info...I firmly believe that natural remedies are the best!

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      8 years ago

      I use cinnamon powder and raw honey on my oatmeal. I also add chopped nuts. Yummy! Excellent lens! Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to make a honey and cinnamon drink now. Thanks for the helpful lens!

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      8 years ago

      Great info. Loved reading the lens. Thank you.

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      9 years ago

      wow is this for real?

      "Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash"

      - thanks for sharing ill try this one...

      yellow toenails

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      9 years ago

      This is an attractive LENS that would help maintain natural health.Thanks for sharing :)

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      9 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      June Campbell 

      9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I was raised by a mother who practiced home remedies routinely. I am so grateful for her unintentional teaching. I now regard medical intervention as an option to explore should other methods fail. Great lens.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      9 years ago

      Our healthcare has been put in the tender hands of the multinational pharmaceutical giants - bully for you with this lens with its welcome bit of common sense.

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      9 years ago

      OK, this one deserves it! A second Angel Blessing* to you, and featured on Angelography.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      10 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Great Household remedies! I can't wait to try some of these. :D 5 stars, Fav, and lensrolled to my Green & Frugal Household Tips and Substitutions. Also featured on my "Green Clean Tip a Day" Facebook Fan page. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      10 years ago

      I can read lens like this all day. I am huge into folk-lore remedies (natural remedies) Fantastic lens!! "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great household cure tips. I just added this for you on RocketMoms Healthy Living Group for Session 3 and Beyond

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      lakern26 lm 

      10 years ago

      This was very interesting - great tips! I'm sure I'll be trying some of these in the very near future. Someone always has an ailment at my house. Fived, fanned and faved!

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Looks like good advice! I'm lensrolling this lens to my Weird Remedies lens!


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