Uses for Alum Around the House

What other uses does alum have around the house besides cleaning a dirty bathtub?

By Holly from Lancaster, WI

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

Alum is excellent for sprinkling into all types of shoes. It helps to eliminate the odor of sweaty feet.

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful

I believe it is also used for drying flowers.

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

I have used alum for canker sores in the mouth. And I have used alum for making pickles, it will keep the cucumbers from getting soft.

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July 4, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, I do the pickles (all part of dilling) and the alum for mouth sores, whether you bit the cheek/tongue, braces catch it, or even a sore throat issue, it has healing agents. Granted, you won't keep it in very long. Make a little pinch fit in the cheek area, stand over the sink as long as you can, you droll some, when you can't stand it, spit and rinse with warm water. Disinfects too. Usually mouths sores gone in 1 day. Do not swallow.

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