Gargling with table salt and water is more than an old wives' tale -- it’s been clinically proven to ease upper-respiratory infections. It helps draw away excess fluid and mucus, flushing nasty bacteria from the throat (nice mental picture, right?).
So there’s no need to spring for meds that aren’t going to work; try some of these solutions, and you won’t be one of the suckers who spend billions of dollars, collectively, on the effective equivalent of sugar pills.
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Barbara Woolsey is a freelance writer for Thrillist who won’t be getting a cold this year. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.