Several home remedies for hiccups have proven beneficial. The most effective home remedies for hiccups include holding one’s breath, drinking water quickly, using smelling salts and placing 1/2 teaspoon dry sugar at the back of the tongue, according to EMedicineHealth.com.
Most home remedies work by building up the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood, which causes the hiccups to stop, explains to EMedicineHealth.com. Home remedies may also stimulate the vagus nerve, which helps to alleviate hiccups.
Eating something sweet, spicy or sour, consuming powdered chocolate and breathing into a paper bag are other home remedies to try, according to Reader’s Digest.