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First-Aid Hacks You Need In Your Life

By Sara Butler

Accidents can really happen at any time in any place. You may not have a first-aid kit on hand to take care of yourself or someone else, which is why knowing a few shortcuts can come in handy until you can find an actual first-aid kit. Here are some ingenious first-aid hacks that may one day benefit you!

Have a Blister? Use Duct Tape

Duct tape is truly one of the most useful things in the world. If you’re out and about in a new pair of shoes that are tearing up your feet, slap some duct tape on it! Wherever you feel the rub, just put down some duct tape to help reduce friction and make you feel more comfortable.

Have a Splinter? Use Glue

If you’ve ever had a splinter you know they aren’t the easiest things in the world to take out. If you have a child and they’ve ever gotten a splinter, the situation can be a gazillion times worse. Don’t worry – there’s an easier way to get those bad boys out that doesn't involve digging around with a pair of tweezers.

If you have some regular school glue on hand, just put a dot on the splinter and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Once it’s dry, peel it away. It comes away from your skin easily and takes the splinter right along with it.

Have a Bee Sting? Get an Onion

Onions are pretty useful tools in a first-aid kit since they are both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. If you get stung by a bee, get the stinger out by using a credit card to scrape it off and then apply a cut onion to the area to help neutralize the venom and bring you some relief.

Have a Sunburn? Use Vinegar

If you discover you had a little too much fun in the sun, then simply take a T-shirt and soak it in one part vinegar (any kind will do) and one part cold water. Put the T-shirt on and feel the cooling effects of the vinegar. The acetic acid in vinegar is actually one of the components in aspirin, so it can help to reduce the itching and pain of mild sunburns quite effectively.

Have a Sore Throat? Eat a Marshmallow

If you have a scratchy, sore throat then it’s time to bust out the marshmallows. One of the main ingredients in them is gelatin, which can help to coat and soothe a scratchy, irritated throat. When you're feeling better, make some s'mores!

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