Health-Home Remedies » Canker Sore Remedy

Canker Sore Remedy

fb iconpinterest iconpinterest iconlinkedin iconbuffer icon

Canker sores are notoriously evil, they seem to spawn quickly and for no good reason at all. Here’s a simple home remedy that actually works, but be forewarned, don’t go lighting up a match just because you saw the photo, or you’ll have more than a canker to contend with!


As a kid, grandmas favorite remedy for canker sores was HOT sauce, the hotter- the better, as far as she was concerned. Since I’m not into liver or tonsil transplants, I prefer this method that I’m about to share with you.

Now, before you begin here is a fair warning, this remedy is not for wussies, sissies or those that still call their mamas when they scrape their knee. This one stings, aka, it’s not pain-free. But if you’re still with me, here’s my favorite do it yourself remedy for a tough cancer sore.

You’ll need a good ol’ fashioned Match. Not a lit one, mind you, a regular match. Now, press it directly onto the annoying canker sore, pretty hard, if it doesn’t sting, you aren’t doing it right. Chances are if you’re pushing the match into the canker sore correctly, you’re starting to drool a little, now you know you’re doing it right.

Let it set on there for a second, remove the match, take a peek. If it’s still rounded and white, get a new match and repeat. If the canker sore is rather large it can take a few matches before the white head on the canker sore is completely gone.

Now, rinse your mouth with warm water and avoid whatever food caused the canker sore to begin with, for me it’s salt & vinegar chips or gobstoppers (which we lovingly refer to as “Canker sores” because you can’t eat them without getting one!) by the next day, your canker sore should be completely gone.

Note, do NOT use this method on a Cold Sore- that’s an entirely different animal altogether.

View More Frugal Living Ideas