10 Household Items that have First Aid Uses
Emergencies can strike anytime, so having a fully supplied first aid kit is essential. However, even without a kit, there are several common household items that can be utilized as emergency first aid care.
1. Sanitary napkins and tampons – The individually wrapped sanitary napkins and tampons are actually good to keep in a first aid kit. They can be used as a makeshift bandage for wounds.
2. Elmer’s Glue or Shoe Goo – These types of glues can be used to remove a sliver. Place a drop over the sliver and let it dry. Once it is dry, pry it off and the sliver should come off with it.
3. Super Adhesive – If you’re dealing with minor skin cuts, super glue can serve as a sealing agent. Begin by ensuring the wound is clean, then apply a thin spread of super adhesive, taking caution to prevent the glue from penetrating the wound due to potential skin irritation. Despite adhesive manufacturers advising against this practice due to the availability of medical-specific versions, this advice fits situations void of immediate medical assistance. It’s recommended to carry out personal research and exercise discernment.
4. Multipurpose Tape – This tape is incredibly versatile in treating blisters. Initiate the process by covering the blister with a piece of gauze, then seal with the tape ensuring it only touches the gauze and not the blister. In addition to blister treatment, it can act as a brace for sprained ankles or a substitute for traditional adhesive bandages over a clean gauze. Steer clear of placing the tape directly over the wound.
5. Non-sudsing ammonia – A half water, half ammonia mixture can be used to relieve insect bites
6. Dish Detergent – When diluted with water, this kitchen staple can disinfect cuts. Alternatively, freeze the dish detergent in a ziplock bag to create a makeshift ice pack.
7. Credit card, driver’s license or other hard plastic cards – You can use a card to remove a bee’s stinger: Scrape across the skin towards the tip of the stinger; this way it comes out the way it came in. Rinse with water.
8. Wooden ruler – use as a splint by wrapping around the injured are with a scarf, belt or bandanna.
9. Natural Sweetener – Honey serves numerous first aid purposes. For instance, it provides relief to burns when applied directly and covered with a soft cloth or gauze. Furthermore, it boasts the ability to sanitize wounds and soothe sore throats.
10. Natural Skin Soother – Oatmeal baths deliver exceptional respite from skin rashes caused by poison ivy as well as other skin conditions such as chicken pox, sunburn, and eczema. Enclose oatmeal in a net-like bag or recycled pantyhose, secure it, and immerse in a tub filled with warm water. Enjoy a therapeutic soak in the oatmeal bath and apply the contained oatmeal directly to affected areas for enhanced relief.