Simple solutions for life’s problems

Ashley Dumke

Ashley Dumke

We’ve all heard of eating chicken noodle soup to help fight a cold, or drinking plenty of water to prevent a hangover. These are just two examples of home remedies passed from generation to generation. For any problem you encounter, there is certain to be a remedy to cure it. Below is a list of innovative, tried-and-true approaches to a few common ailments. Warning: Use at your own discretion.


An African remedy for preventing a hangover is to eat peanut butter before drinking.

American Indians claim that eating six raw almonds before drinking helps prevent a hangover.

Making a potassium-rich banana milkshake sweetened with honey can provide one of the fastest-acting cures.

Sore throat

To help relieve a sore throat, add the juice of one lemon and one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water. Gargle three times a day for one minute.

Mix one teaspoon to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle one mouthful every hour, swallowing afterward. Repeat twice each time, being sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to avoid enamel erosion.


The minute you feel a cold coming on, start taking more Vitamin C. It can shorten the length of the cold and make the symptoms less severe.

A bath with a few drops of cinnamon in the bath water is said to relieve congestion and generally make you feel better.

Student remedies

“Warm vinegar works great for removing chewing gum from clothing. Use a butter knife to scrape it off,” Jade Hillestad said.

“Sleeping is the greatest. It cures everything,” Danny Andrawis said.

“Drink lots of water and eat something starchy, like bread or crackers, to prevent a hangover,” Jackson Rentschler said.

RemediesCompiled by Tiffany HaynesDon’t have much money and need a little boost? Here are some inexpensive ways to boost your beauty.

Yellow teeth?After you finish brushing with toothpaste, dip your toothbrush in peroxide. As with toothpaste, don’t swallow it!

Stinky feet?Before you go to bed at night, put deodorant on your feet. Pull on a pair of socks, and tomorrow your feet will smell a little less.

Rough, tough hands?Soak your hands in milk for 10 minutes. They should feel like a baby’s bottom.Don’t have 10 minutes? Before you go to bed, put Vaseline on your hands, then put on a pair of mittens and you’ll wake up with supple hands.

Puffy eyes?If you’re up too late studying for exams and want to avoid that puffy look, rub a little hemorrhoid cream underneath your eyes.

Sore throat?Gargle with warm water and salt.

Dull hair?Brush an egg onto your hair. It’ll shine for days.