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13 Wacky Uses for
Tabasco® Pepper Sauce

Tabasco Toothache Pain
  1. Relieve a toothache. Apply a dab of Tabasco Pepper Sauce to the gum. Made from a variety of pepper called Capsicum frutescens, Tabasco Pepper Sauce contains an alkaloid called capsaicin that has been proven to numb pain when applied topically.
  2. Control spider mites, whiteflies, aphids, and thrips on houseplants. Mix two tablespoons Tabasco Pepper Sauce, two tablespoons McCormick Garlic Powder, three drops Ivory Dishwashing Liquid, and two cups water in a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle. Spray the solution on plants.
  3. Combat the common cold. Mix ten to twenty drops Tabasco Pepper Sauce in a glass of tomato juice. Drink several of these decongestant tonics daily to help relieve congestion in the nose, sinuses, and lungs. Or gargle with ten to twenty drops Tabasco sauce mixed in a glass of water to clear out the respiratory tract.
  4. Prevent cats from scratching dark woodwork. Rub the area with Tabasco Pepper Sauce and buff thoroughly. The faint smell of Tabasco sauce repels cats.
  5. Make a Cola Volcano. Mix one or two drops Tabasco Pepper Sauce to a glass of Coca-Cola, stir well, and add ice.
  6. Remove tarnish from copper pots. Rub Tabasco Pepper Sauce on the tarnish with a soft cloth. The various acids in the sauce clean tarnish.
  7. Soothe sore muscles. Massage the hot sauce into your back, neck, and sore muscles. The alkaloid capsaicin in Tabasco Pepper Sauce deadens pain when applied topically. Capsaicin enters nerves and temporarily depletes them of the neurotransmitter that sends pain signals to the brain. Do not apply Tabasco Pepper Sauce to an open wound.
  8. Relieve a bee sting. Dab Tabasco Pepper Sauce on the sting to relieve the pain and disinfect the sting. Capsicum frutescens, the variety of pepper used to make Tabasco Pepper Sauce, contains the alkaloid capsaicin, a spicy compound proven to anesthetize pain when applied topically. The vinegar in the Tabasco Pepper Sauce disinfects the sting and provides relief as well.
  9. Stop your dog from digging up your yard. Mix four tablespoons Tabasco Pepper Sauce and four tablespoons McCormick Ground (Cayenne) Red Pepper in one-quart of water. Sprinkle the spicy solution over the area where your dog digs.
  10. Relieve the pain from shingles. Spreading the hot sauce along the line of blisters to decrease the burning pain. Tabasco Pepper Sauce contains the alkaloid capsaicin, a spicy compound proven to numb pain when applied topically. Capsaicin enters nerves and temporarily depletes them of the neurotransmitter that sends pain signals to the brain. If you feel a burning sensation on the skin, apply a thin coat of Colgate Toothpaste over the dried Tabasco Pepper Sauce. The glycerine in the toothpaste will reduce the burning discomfort and may also amplify the analgesia from the capsaicin.
  11. Stop yourself from biting your fingernails. Use a Q-Tips cotton swab to dab your fingernails with Tabasco Pepper Sauce. Let dry. Should your fingernails unconsciously wander up to your lips, the zesty tang will quickly jolt your attention, reminding you to correct your behavior.
  12. Soothe ulcers. Dousing your meals with Tabasco Pepper Sauce can actually soothe ulcers. Capsicum frutescens contains the alkaloid capsaicin. Ingesting this spicy compound prompts your digestive system to produce more mucous to coat the walls of the stomach and intestines, protecting the ulcers.
  13. Stop cats from nibbling on houseplants. Mix one teaspoon Tabasco Pepper Sauce and two cups of water in a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle, let the solution sit for a few hours, shake well, and mist your plants. If the smell alone doesn’t deter your cat, the taste will.
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