First Aid Hacks Using Everyday Home Items

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Because most minor accidents happen at home, it’s a no-brainer that every household, big or small, should always have a first aid kit on stand by. But during those unfortunate times when an emergency kit isn’t available, or when your gauze pads, bandages, or ointments, have just run out, it’s comforting to know that there are actually some items in your home that you could use for the meantime.

Here are some of those items and how you could use them as ingenious hacks for emergencies:


Duct Tape

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The good-ol’ duct tape shouldn’t be confined to the four corners of your garage for a multitude of reasons. More than just to seal windows and cracks, it’s actually a miracle tool that can really save lives:

  • Put on your feet to avoid blisters inside new shoes; if you already have a blister, cover it with a gauze and wrap with duct tape

  • Wrap a sprained ankle to stabilize

  • Create a sling for a broken or sprained arm. Fold a long length of duct tape down the middle to create a ‘rope’,  then stabilize the arm and tie at the shoulder

  • If you have a cut and no adhesive bandages, use duct tape over a clean gauze (or use that sanitary napkin or tampon) to secure it in place. Just don’t place the duct tape directly over the wound.


Plastic Bags

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Instead of throwing out your plastic bags and contributing to the society’s trash problems, just keep them for a rainy day as they’ll come in really handy even in emergency situations:

  • cover injured and bandaged appendages to protect from getting wet.

  • use a zip top bag to create a gel ice pack (freezing dishwashing liquid gel) for soothing areas swollen from trauma

  • Protecting burnt skin. After cooling down the burnt area, wrap it with a plastic film in order to prevent an infection. Plastic bags from food or frozen products will do. These materials won’t stick to the damaged surface of the skin and will create a necessary protective barrier against microbes


Glue

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Glue is not only a helpful tool in school projects or crafts, it can also be useful to take care of injuries until medical attention is available.

  • For a minor wounds (those that are not bleeding excessively), super glue can be used to seal a cut. Clean the wound and spread a thin layer of super glue on the cut, but be very careful to get any glue inside the wound. It can cause some skin irritation.

  • Use to remove splinters that are not very deep, especially in small kids who tend to get freaked out when they see a needle or tweezers. Just put a small amount of PVA glue to the splinter as well as the skin around it and let it dry. Then remove the dried layer of the glue from the skin and it should also pull the splinter out.


Baking Soda

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Baking soda’s reputation for being an all-around deodorizer or cleaning agent is unbeatable. But did you know that it can also be helpful during some accidents? Here are they:

  • Use ½ teaspoon per 8 oz. of water to help treat stomach aches and indigestion;

  • Mix with water to help relieve itchy skin from bug bites, sunburns and other skin irritants.

  • Use to put out a grease fire on the kitchen stove or garage. While it’s still better to use a lid to cover the fire, if you have a box of baking soda handy, you can get a head start on putting it out.  


Tampons & Sanitary Napkins

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Feminine hygiene products like pantyliners, tampons and napkins are sanitary; hence they’re great first aid supplies that can be used for a number of reasons:

  • Tampons can be used to plug nosebleeds or bullet wounds.

  • Sanitary napkins can be used as a wound dressing or to pack a bleeding wound.

  • Pantyliners are handy as a makeshift bandage for wounds, cuts, or bites

  • You may also use tampons as handy ear plugs during flights, after swimming, and more.