New Ways To Use Ordinary Table Salt Around The House
Marilyn Caylor 2/16/2017
Salt is one of the earth's most abundant minerals, and it's been around for eons. Before refrigeration ever existed, it was prized and traded as a food preservative. These days, salt is added to just about every food imaginable - from potato chips to sea salt flavored dark chocolate bars!
Although we normally think of salt as a seasoning that is meant to delight our tastebuds, there are plenty of fabulous non-food ways to use salt around the house. Read below to find out more.
Flowers are definitely a treat to have around the house - they smell great and they're beautiful to look at! However, almost all bouquets tend to leave behind mineral deposits in the vase, which the dishwasher can't always remove. Give the vase a good cleaning by rubbing the interior with salt, and then rinse it with water. The glass will look brand spanking new!
Remove Baked-On Food
If there's one constant in the universe, it's that food leaves behind baked on yuckiness on your precious cookware. Thankfully, salt works great as a pre-treatment! Just sprinkle it all over the gunk, and dampen the area with water. Let it sit until the salt starts to lift up the baked-on food. Wash and rinse as usual.
Prevent Grease Splatters
Bacon is delicious to eat, but it's a pain to make! Bacon and other fatty foods can leave behind greasy splatter marks all over the stove, counter, kitchen floor, and sometimes even the wall! But if you add a pinch of salt to the frying pan before you start cooking, your splatter problems will be history. That means you can focus on eating a yummy breakfast, instead of worrying about cleaning up the mess.
Keep Leafy Greens Crispy
If you're planning to make a salad for a dinner party, then add a light sprinkling of salt. A couple of dashes won't leave a salty aftertaste, but it will help prevent the salad greens from wilting before dinner guests arrive.
Milk Stays Fresh
Right after you open up a carton of milk, add a pinch of salt to keep it fresh. This same trick will also work for cream, too!
Remove Sweat Stains
There's nothing more embarrassing than lifting up your arms in public, only to realize that sweaty underarms have left a semi-permanent mark on your favorite blouse. Thankfully, salt is your best friend when it comes to getting rid of dingy yellow perspiration stains! Just dissolve 4 tablespoons of salt with a quart of water. Lightly sponge the stain with this solution until the sweat residue disappears for good.
Unfortunately, not everyone keeps a fire extinguisher in their house. Yet, pretty much everyone keeps salt in their kitchen cupboard! Although salt won't extinguish all fires, it works great at snuffing out grease fires. If the meat drippings from the BBQ grill drop onto the coals and cause the flames to rise up too high, then dump some salt onto the fire.
Sponges can last a while before they start to lose its structural shape. But we usually toss out grungy sponges long before they've lived a full life. To restore a sponge back to a pristine state, soak it overnight in a solution of 1/4 cup of salt and one quart of water.
Keep New Towels From Fading
If you're like a lot of people, you try to buy towels that match your bathroom decor. But that plan can hit a snag if the washing machine fades the color. The next time you buy a new set of towels, add a cup of salt to the first few washes - it will help set the color.
Store-bought mouthwash is full of artificial colors, preservatives, and unpronounceable chemicals. Ditch all those "extras" and use a simple old-fashioned recipe to keep your breath fresh. All you need to do is mix a teaspoon each of salt and baking soda into 1/2 a cup of water. Rinse, gargle, and you're all set!
Make Your Iron New Again
There's no need to buy a new iron if something is melted onto the metal plate. There's a super easy way to clean it! First, you'll need to layer a bunch of salt onto a large piece of wax paper. Then "iron" the salt on high heat for about minute. The salt will grab hold of the residue, which will clump right back onto the paper. Your iron should now be free of whatever had melted onto it!
It's near impossible to keep hair from clogging the shower drain. If the water won't go down, then try using salt to dissolve the mess inside the bathroom pipes. Pour a mixture of 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. Wait at least 10 minutes, and chase that mixture with 1/2 gallon of boiling water. Run your hot water faucet until the water flows freely.
Pick Up Spilled Eggs With Ease
If you've ever accidentally dropped an egg onto the kitchen floor, then you know how difficult it can be to clean it up. It usually takes a lot of paper towels to get the job done. But if you pour salt onto it first, it'll coagulate and make the wet mess a lot easier to pick up off the floor.
Counteract Bitter Coffee
Brewing up a batch of coffee is a morning ritual for many folks. But if you forget about it or get distracted for an hour or so, that coffee can end up tasting pretty bitter. Instead of wasting that coffee and making another batch, try adding a pinch of salt to your cup of coffee. It will offset the bitter taste, and make it taste like it's supposed to.
Watch the video below to learn about additional ways you can use salt at home.
Wow - I didn't know that salt could be used in so many different ways! These are all great tips. Which one are you going to try first?