99 Health Bargains You Can Find in Your Home

Learn how you can use simple ingredients to help keep your home and body healthy!

1. Use Lemon as a Preserve
Make your fruit and vegetable slices last longer by coating them with lemon juice. The citric acid will help keep them from browning. 

2. Treat Athlete’s Foot With Corn Starch
Athlete's foot is a smelly podiatric condition caused by fungus that grows in the top layer of the skin of the foot. Cornstach's moisture-absorbing power makes it a great preventative remedy.

3. Use Lemon Juice for a Teeth Whitening Treatment
Get sparkling white teeth with a simple combination of lemon juice and baking soda. This is a cost-effective way to get the smile you want without paying for expensive whitening treatments. 

4. Make Chocolate Bars at Home

Combine cocoa powder, coconut oil, salt, honey and vanilla extract over heat and spread onto a baking sheet. 

5. Make a DIY Facial Mask With Wine
Combine a half cup of coconut oil with two tablespoons of brown sugar and gently apply to face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

6. Balance Your Digestive System

To reduce gas, dilute a tablespoon of enzyme-rich apple cider vinegar with a cup of water or tea, and drink before a meal.

7. Make an All-Natural Deodorant With Corn Starch

Cornstarch's ability to absorb moisture, along with its lack of scent, makes it an excellent ingredient for all-natural deodorant. Learn how to make it here

8. Curl Your Hair With Soda
The phosphorus in cola contracts hair cuticles, helping to bring out curls. Simply apply a can of the fizzy beverage to your hair, wait a few minutes and then clean your hair with shampoo to get rid of any residue. 

9. Use Wine As a Cooking Substitute
Swapping red wine for heavy sauces or oil is a healthy, lighter alternative. A half a cup of oil has 950 calories, but the same amount of red wine only has 98 calories–saving you more than 850 calories!

10. Keep Flowers Fresh
Make your freshly picked bouquet last longer with the help of soda. The sugar in the drink feeds the flowers and keeps them smelling sweet, too. 

11. Soothe Skin Irritation With Corn Starch

Cornstarch can be used as a DIY soother for skin irritation including sunburn and skin allergies. Learn how to form a paste that you can apply before bed to give it enough time to work.  

12. Use Tea Bags to Soothe Stings

If you’ve been stung or bitten, take a used tea bag and put it in the freezer for five minutes. Take it out and apply the cool, damp compress to your skin for a few minutes for instant relief.

13. Try an At-Home Facial
Apply red wine to your skin for a DIY facial mask to get the same skin-firming results as with the bath.

14. Remove Bloodstains
Dab clothes, carpets or towels that have been stained by blood with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide

15. Clean Burnt Pots and Pans
Remove stubborn gunk on the bottom of pots and pans with a carbonated drink. Bring one cup of soda to a boil in the cookware. Let it stand for a while, and then wash and rinse for sparkling results. 

16. Easily Move Furniture
Fold a few sheets of aluminum foil in half and place them dull side down, underneath the legs of the furniture. The dull side of the foil actually slides better than the shiny side, allowing you to glide your furniture across a hard floor without any damage or heavy lifting. 

17. Make Fluffier Pancakes Using Club Soda
Add a little fizz to your batch of pancake batter for a fluffier flapjack. The carbonation in club soda makes the breakfast classic more airy and light. 

18. Try This Compost Addition
Pour leftover red wine into a compost bin to activate the bacteria that’ll turn the compost into fertilizer for your garden.

19. Make an At-Home Facial With Coffee Grounds

Create a DIY face-mask paste by mixing together coffee grounds and olive oil. Massage into skin and rinse after 30 seconds. 

20. Remove Dandruff With Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix equal parts (about 1/4 cup each) apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray onto your hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse. 

21. Use Lemon as an All-Natural Cleanser
For mirrors, windows, and countertops, mix lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. 

22. Boost Coffee Flavor With Coconut Oil
Quickly emulsify one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite coffee or espresso for a sweet coffee creamer.

23. Cool Down Sweaty Privates

Excess moisture around your privates can lead to skin irritation and unpleasant odors. Use cornstarch to keep this area dry and fresh

24. Make a DIY Anti-Aging Treatment
Green tea and black tea have high amounts of antioxidants in them, so you they can help your skin glow and even minimize pores. Learn how here

25. Improve Your Oral Health
While doctors don’t recommend that you use hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, you can treat oral infections with a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water

26. Defrost a Car Windshield
Some days, an ice scraper just doesn’t cut it when defrosting your car windows. Speed up the process by pouring a can of cola on the windshield. 

27. Keep Silverware Untarnished
Line your silverware drawer with a piece of aluminum foil. Store cleaned silverware on top of aluminum foil to prevent tarnishing. 

28. Give Plants a Mineral Bath

Pour some club soda into the soil around your plants. The minerals in the drink help plants grow. 

29. Reduce Nosebleeds

Coconut oil is moisturizing and may heal dryness and cracking in the nose that can lead to nosebleeds. 

30. Use Coconut Oil as an Aftershave

Reduce redness and irritation that often comes with shaving by massaging a small amount of coconut oil on the area that’s just been shaved. 

31. Boost Energy With Coconut Oil
Swallow a tablespoon of coconut oil when you’re in need of a pick-me-up for a boost without the sugar or caffeine-fueled crash. 

32. Make a Furniture Polish
You can make a chemical-free wood polish by mixing a cup olive oil with half a cup of lemon juice.

33. Whiten Your Teeth
For stubborn stains, rub apple cider vinegar directly on your teeth then rinse with water. Be careful not to do this too often, as it can break down tooth enamel. 

34. Use Coffee Grounds to Meat Marinade

Wake up your usual recipe by adding coffee grounds to your favorite marinade for meat, chicken or seafood. 

35. Clean a Messy Windshield 

Shake up a can of club soda and spray it on gunk stuck to your car’s windshield. Then wipe the area off.

36. Make a Healthy Nut Butter
Process nuts with coconut oil for a smooth and creamy texture in nut butters. 

37. Marinate Meat With Tea
Take the tea leaves out of about eight black-tea bags after they’ve dried. Let the tea leaves steep in three and a half cups of hot water for 10 minutes. Then strain the tea and pour the solution over a pot roast. 

38. Detangling Knots With Cornstarch
If you’re dealing with a difficult knot, apply cornstarch in and around the area. The ingredient helps to lubricate the fibers of the the rope or fabric, making it easier for you to untie it.

39. Improve Radiator Efficiency
Radiant heat is typically absorbed by the wall behind the radiator. Simply tape heavy-duty aluminum foil to a piece of cardboard, shiny side facing out, to create a heat reflector to place behind the radiators. 

40. Polish Precious Gems 

Return dirty precious gems to their pristine condition by soaking them in club soda. The bubbles in the drink will break up the dirt and residue, leaving you with sparkles that last. 

41. Make a DIY Hand Scrub

In addition to squashing smelly kitchens, coffee grounds can double up as an exfoliator and hand wash. Mix with water and wash hands to buff off dry skin and get rid of fish or meat smells from cooking.

42. Boost Skin Care With Lemons
Combine lemon and honey in a bowl for an easy, do-it-yourself facial mask.

43. Make a Face Exfoliator

Combine a half cup coconut oil with two tablespoons of brown sugar and gently apply to face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

44. Freshen Up Old Sneakers
If your sneakers are smelly long after you’re done exercising, add an odor absorber in the form of tea bags to reduce the sweat stench. 

45. Treat Bug Bites With Corn Starch
Bug bites–already a nuisance–can become even more aggravated and itchy when exposed to dampness, oil and bacteria. Keep the bite clean and dry and minimize itchiness by applying a paste made of cornstarch

46. Neutralize Odor With Coffee

Coffee absorbs the smell of whatever is around it, working as a great all-natural odor eliminator. 

47. Remove Earwax With Hydrogen Peroxide
To remove earwax using hydrogen peroxide start by diluting 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of room-temperature water. 

48. Add Thickness to Smoothies

Combine one tablespoon of coconut oil to your smoothie ingredients to add texture, taste and an energy boost to your shake.

49. Clear Up Your Skin

For an all-natural astringent, apply a washcloth soaked in diluted apple cider vinegar to your face. This works by restoring the proper pH levels to your skin, and beta-carotene helps to counter future skin damage. 

50. Fight Cellulite With Caffeine

Skip pricey spa services and instead mix coffee grounds with warm water and scrub in a circular motion over thighs while taking a shower. 

51. Clean Pots and Pans With Aluminum Foil
Get rid of unwanted dirt and grime on your pots and pans by balling up a piece of aluminum foil and rubbing it along the dirty surface. Give the pot a rinse and it will look as good as new.  

52. Kick Bad Breath

Hold a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth until it melts and swish it around for fresh, clean breath. 

53. Clean Rusty Screws
Say good-bye to rust build-up on screws by pouring club soda on them. Wait five minutes for the carbon dioxide in the liquid to break down the buildup and then try turning the screw for satisfactory results.

54. Get Wrinkle-Free Clothing
Aluminum foil can be used to iron clothing more quickly. Remove wrinkles from your clothing more quickly by placing a long piece of aluminum foil underneath your ironing board cover.  

55. Lengthen Egg Shelf Life

Coat the shell of an egg with coconut oil to prolong its freshness in your fridge.

56. Prevent Stretch Marks on Pregnant Women

Apply daily to areas that may experience the largest amount of stretching, like the stomach and breasts. 

57. Make a Homemade Aromatherapy

Combine coconut oil with your favorite blend of essential oils, then dab on your temples and the back of your neck. 

58. Eliminate Odor in Your Home
Lemon’s fragrance can quickly eliminate nasty smells in your house. Start by boiling lemons to make your own, toxin-free air freshener

59. Make an At-Home Insect Repellent

Protect your plants by sprinkling coffee grounds mixed with a dried orange peel around them. 

60. Sharpen Scissors
This tip couldn't be any simpler. Just take a pair of dull scissors and cut through pieces of aluminum foil. 

61. Use Tea Bags as a Carpet Cleaner
Let used lavender tea bags fully dry. Open up a few and sprinkle the leaves on your carpet. Let them sit for about 10 minutes, then vacuum for fresh-smelling carpets. 

62. Use Mineral Oil to Remove Earwax.
Add 1/2-tablespoon of mineral oil into ear with a dropper. Let it settle to soften wax and add some warm water. Turn your head to let wax and water drank out.

63. Reduce Wrinkles With Coconut Oil 

Replenish skin and rejuvenate wrinkled areas by applying a small dab of coconut oil to the lines and creases on your face before bed.

64. Hide Worn Spots in Mirrors
Easily disguise small flaws on a mirror by placing a piece of aluminum foil on the back of the glass. The foil should be placed with the shiny side facing out and can to be attached to the backing behind the mirror or to the frame with masking tape. Don’t tape it to the mirror itself.

65. Help Soothe Acne With Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has mild antiseptic properties, which can help improve the look of acne-prone skin. 

66. Diminish Dark Under-Eye Circles

Rub a small amount of coconut oil beneath your eyes to help diminish the look of dark circles. 

67. Use Tea Bags to De-Puff Eyes
Soak two tea bags in ice water and then use them as a compress over your eyelids. The cold bags will reduce swelling and puffiness

68. Remove Oil Stains With Cornstarch

Sprinkle the stain with some cornstarch, let it take care of absorbing some of the wetness, and then proceed with your usual cleaning technique.

69. Clean Cast Iron Skillets

Add club soda to a still-warm cast iron skillet to aid in the cleaning process. The carbonation in the drink helps to break up the residue lurking on the cookware. 

70. Reduce Diaper Rash Irritation

Lauric acid found in coconut oil may help relieve the discomfort of a diaper rash and moisturize a baby’s sensitive skin.  

71. Use Coffee Grounds as a Hair Helper

Massage coffee grounds into the scalp to help stimulate hair growth. 

72. Use Hydrogen Peroxide as a Natural Bleach
Try adding hydrogen peroxide to your next load of whites. It can easily eliminate the tough stains that make your whites look dingy.

73. Try DIY Professional Cleaning
Ever wonder how professional cleaners give clothes that crisp, smooth finish? The secret is starch. To re-create at home, dissolve two tablespoons of cornstarch in one cup of cold water and add to your clothes during the rinse cycle. 

74. Remove Excess Wax With Coconut Oil 

If you have an at-home wax routine, use coconut oil to remove any excess wax left on your skin. Smooth on oil and wipe off with a warm wet washcloth.

75. Reduce Appearance of Cold Sores

Apply coconut oil to the affected area as often as needed to diminish the sore’s redness and inflammation.

76. Eliminate Foot Odor With Apple Cider Vinegar

Make amazing foot deodorizer wipes by pouring one-cup apple cider vinegar over baby wipes. The acids in the apple cider vinegar will alter the pH level of your skin, which fights off bacteria that cause smelly feet. 

77. Get Streak-Free Mirrors
Mix equal parts water and 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle for safe and easy mirror cleaner. Spray onto mirrored surfaces and wipe down using old newspapers for a streak-free clean.

78. Stop Split Ends

Minimize the amount of split ends you get by applying coconut oil to the ends of wet hair. 

79. Moisturize New Tattoos With Coconut Oil

Gently rub a small amount onto the areas of a fresh tattoo.

80. Boost Your Shampoo

While adding coconut oil to your shampoo won’t enhance the cleaning properties, it may help give you a moisturizing lather.     

81. Soothe a Sore Throat
Gargle with lemon juice or adding it to hot tea is a great way to soothe redness and inflammation in your throat. 

82. Make a DIY Household Disinfectant
Sponges and cutting boards are items that breed bad bacteria and need to sanitized regularly. Soaking them in hydrogen peroxide will help do the trick. 

83. Heal a Sunburn
Try adding a cupful or two of apple cider vinegar to your bath to neutralize the burn. 

84. Make a DIY Vapor Rub

Combine coconut oil with peppermint essential oil and apply it to your chest and throat area.

85. An Anti-Aging Bath
It’s believed that the powerful antioxidants in the fermented grapes may firm and increase your skin’s elasticity. Pour one glass of wine straight into your bath one to two times a week and soak for 30 minutes to get the anti-aging and skin-smoothing benefits you desire.

86. Use Coconut Oil As a Makeup Brush Cleaner

Coconut oil is perfect for cleaning the oil-based makeup from your beauty brushes. 

87. Clean Your Microwave With a Lemon
Put a couple halved lemons and some water in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for thirty seconds. When it’s finished, wipe down the inside of the microwave. 

88. Improve Your Nail Care Regimen
Soak your nails in a bowl of lemon juice to remove dark nail polish stains or any other nail discoloration instantaneously.

89. Make a Fly Trap
Flies are attracted to rotting things, and since wine is fermented, the flies smell it and are automatically attracted to it. Simply pour red wine in a small bowl or glass and place it in the problem area, such as near a kitchen window.

90. Eliminate Urine Stains

Soak up the trouble spot with a towel before you blot the area with the carbonated liquid. Scrub the stain if necessary. 

91. Help Calm Blisters and Sores

Blisters and sores often secrete small amounts of fluid, which can attract bacteria and lead to infection. Apply a small amount of cornstarch to the wound to keep it dry and clean.

92. Remove Makeup With Coconut Oil

Apply liquid coconut oil to a cotton ball and apply to areas of face covered by makeup. Rinse with warm water. 

93. Remedy Nausea With Lemons
Squeeze lemon juice into a glass and add a pinch of sugar for instant nausea relief. The fresh, clean scent of the lemon is what does the trick.

94. Clean Your Kitchen With Coffee Grounds

Similar to using coffee grounds to exfoliate skin, using it to clean food stuck on pots and countertops is an easy way to ease up on chemical cleaners and scrubbing time.  

95. Use Hydrogen Peroxide as an All-Purpose Cleaner
Hydrogen peroxide’s antiseptic properties make it an excellent disinfectant. Use it as a non-toxic cleaning agent and wipe down floors, counters and even toilets! 

96. Make a DIY Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo comes in handy when you’re in a rush and don’t have time for a full shower. And while it’s typically sold in stores as a spray, you can create your own using cornstarch.

97. Flavor Your Popcorn

Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to butter and gives the popcorn a new flavor. 

98. Reduce Hand Odor With Tea Bags
Get rid of garlic and onion hands by rubbing some used, moist tea bags all over your hands and each finger, then wash with warm water and soap to remove the odor..

99. Lighten Up Dark Spots
You can use lemon juice topically to help fade dark spots. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which can help even your skin tone. Make your fruit and vegetable slices last longer by coating them with lemon juice. The citric acid will help keep them from browning. 

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