15 Ways to Stop the Hiccups
Everybody — and I do mean everybody — has the perfect way to stop the hiccups. And even though we’ve heard these remedies all our lives, every once in a while we get a new one. My personal favorite is to hold my breath while I hold my tongue until the hiccups go away. Yes, it looks stupid in public, but I swear by it because it works every time. Do you have a tried-and-true method that you like to use? Is it one of the 15 ways to stop hiccups on this list? Take a look and let me know in the comments below. (See also: 25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today)
1. Bartender Method
You put a few drops of Angostura bitters on a lemon wedge and then suck on the wedge. You can add a bit of sugar to make this method more palatable. The success rate of this method is fairly high at 88%, according to this decades-old New York Times article.
2. Pencil Method
Grab a pencil and put it in your mouth horizontally (because the other way will probably kill you — or at least make you gag). While biting down on the pencil, try to drink a glass of water without letting the pencil fall out of your mouth. You don’t have to chug the entire glass, however. Take a few sips and wait a minute to see if this method worked. If not, repeat.
3. Toothpick Method
These methods are getting more and more dangerous, but I suppose that’s OK if they cure your pesky hiccups. This method requires you to break a toothpick in half and put one half in a glass of water. Drink the water slowly while keeping your eye on the toothpick.
4. Upside-Down Method
Fill up a glass of water halfway and then lay upside-down — on your bed, for instance, with your head hung over the edge. Pull yourself up and take a drink from the glass of water, then return to the upside-down position. Repeat these steps several times until the hiccups dissipate.
5. Pickle Juice Method
I’m not a fan of drinking pickle juice straight out of the jar — although I’ve heard it has health benefits — but you can use it to quell the hiccups by drinking half a teaspoon every 5 to 10 seconds until the hiccups stop.
6. Lemon Method
This is a stripped-down version of the bartender method, which is probably more feasible since most people don’t have bitters in their pantry. For this, simply cut a lemon in quarters and starting sucking. Wait a minute or so after you’ve drained the first quarter to see if it worked. No need to punish your mouth anymore than you have to. If it didn’t work, try again.
7. Vinegar Method
All you have to do is drink one teaspoon of vinegar to kill the hiccups. Good thing this has health benefits, too.
8. Salt Method
I think this may be worse than the lemon method. To stop the hiccups using salt, eat one teaspoon followed by a sip of water. Then take slow deep breaths. If this doesn’t work the first time, try another method; you don’t want to ingest all that sodium when something else may work.
9. Sugar Cube Method
Same as the salt method — eat a teaspoon and wait. I wouldn’t recommend this one before bed.
10. Penny Method
Germaphobes won’t like this remedy that requires the hiccup-afflicted to lean their heads back and place a penny on their forehead. Stay in that position until the hiccups are gone.
11. Straw Method
I like this method because it’s one I’ve never heard of before. Using two straws, put one in a glass of water and the other on the outside of the glass. When you start drinking, put both straws in your mouth so you’re sucking up the water from one and air from the other. After a few big gulps, your hiccups should be done-zo.
12. Peanut Butter Method
Finally, a tasty cure! Put a big tablespoon of peanut butter in your mouth and hold it there for five seconds. Then swallow it without chewing. For those of you with peanut allergies, this method should work with a gooey alternative like Nutella or maybe even marshmallow fluff. I kind of wish I had the hiccups right now so I could try this.
13. Tickle Method
If you’re with a friend who has the hiccups, start tickling them. Keep tickling them for 30 seconds or more. They’ll hate you for a minute, but only until they realize that their hiccups are gone.
14. Burping Method
Boys will like this method that requires them to swallow air until they burp — and repeat those steps again and again until the hiccups have left the building.
15. Counting Method
Out of all the methods on this list, this one is probably the most common. First, stick your pointer fingers out in front of you and bring them close together without touching each other. Hold your breath and start counting silently until you reach at least 30. When you start breathing again, take slow, controlled breaths.
Your turn! How do you get rid of the hiccups? Let me know in the comment below.