Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

This ancient derivative of willow bark's salicylic acid may be the original pain reliever, but you know that Handy Mom expects more out of her medicine cabinet than fever reduction and pain relief. So behold these other uses for aspirin.

Sweat stain remover. When your favorite white tee or Oxford shirt is looking a bit jaundiced around the armpits, mix two crushed aspirin in a half-cup of warm water, then soak the stained part of the clothes in this mixture for two to three hours.

Car battery jump starter. OK, we haven't tried this one, but the next time your car battery dies in the middle of nowhere, you can. Just pop two aspirin into the battery. Something with the various acids interacting in there will jolt the battery to life, long enough to get you back to civilization.

Pimple zapper. Is it just us or does it seem like most home remedies zap zits? Add an aspirin poultice to the list now.

Bug-bite zapper. Likewise with easing the pain and redness of bug bites and bee stings.

Hair color restorer. No, we're not talking about miraculously turning gray hair back to its original color. We're talking about undoing the damage that pool chlorine does to whatever color your hair is right now. Crush and mix about six aspirin in eight ounces of warm water. Wet your hair with this and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash as usual.

Gardening helper. You probably know about adding an aspirin to the water you put cut flowers in (it prolongs the life of the blooms), but did you know that some gardeners use crushed aspirin to help cuttings take root in the garden or to kill fungus? Just be sure to use a ratio of one aspirin to one quart of water when using it on plants.