Consumer Reports: 10 Things Every Home Needs

12:02 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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Have you ever noticed the older you get, the more stuff you accumulate in your house? Your medicine cabinet is probably stuffed with Bandaids, thermometers and ice packs. But there are some items Consumer Reports says every home should have.

Jamie Kopf, Senior Associate Editor for Consumer Reports lists off the top ten items.

The four that are some of the best to have on hand in case you get in a pinch include:

  • Aspirin: A blood thinner that could save your life during a heart attack
  • Cigarette rolling paper:  Helps stop bleeding from shaving cuts, tidier than gauze
  • Witch hazel:  Can relieve discomfort from hemorrhoids
  • Plain petroleum jelly: Use on minor cuts instead of an antibiotic ointment 

Some of the multi-purpose items on the list:

  • Baking soda:  Can substitute for toothpaste if mixed with water
  • Distilled white vinegar: Helps relieve the itch from an insect bite, also a nontoxic cleaner when mixed with water or baking soda 
  • Meat thermometer: Helps prevent foodborne illnesses from undercooked meat. Steaks and roasts should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees; ground meat and dishes with eggs should be 160 degrees and poultry 165 degrees 

These last three items might not seem like "must-haves," but Consumer Reports say they're good to keep around:

  • 100% pure shea butter: It's a natural remedy for rashes and dry skin. 
  • Measuring tape: Keep on hand to measure your waist circumference to prevent heart disease. Women: 35 inches or smaller, Men: 40 inches or smaller is healthy 
  • Neti pot:  Rinse your nasal passage with a saline solution. It can help relieve congestion from allergies.

You can find out more about each item from Consumer Reports by clicking here and watch the attached video as Jamie Kopf describes their uses to The Good Morning Show's Tracey McCain.

WFMY News 2/ Consumer Reports