5 Non-food uses for black pepper
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1. Deter ants. Sprinkle black pepper into ant holes and along areas where ants are entering your home.
2. Keep bright colored clothing from fading. Add a teaspoon of black pepper in your wash to prevent colors from bleeding out and maintain their brightness.
3. Natural mouthwash. Mix a half teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper in warm water and then gargle. This mixture can help combat cavities, freshen breath, and relieve oral pain.
4. Keep insects out of the garden. Combine equal amounts of pepper and flour and sprinkle around plants. This is just as effective as commercial pesticides but without the harsh chemicals.
5. Deter animals from your garden or away from other areas. In a blender add two tablespoons of black pepper, two cloves of garlic, four medium onions, and four cups of water. Mix until smooth and place in a container. Pour around the place in which you want to keep animals such as deer or cats away.
So next time you run into any one of these issues try giving some black pepper a shot.