Salt is a mineral that is made up primarily of sodium chloride. It is pretty much necessary to have salt in your diet.
The mineral found in salt helps to balance fluid in the body, helps with muscle function and nerve transmission.
It is essentially important to your health. Salt is very good at giving flavor to food but did you know that salt can be used for other stuff around the house? If not, here are twenty ways in which salt can be used in and around your house.
1. To Soothe A Bee Sting
For a soothing bee sting, you can make a thick paste of salt and water. After making the paste, apply it over the bee sting area. Let it stand for a couple of minutes, then rinse the paste off. If the condition doesn’t improve, seek medical attention.
2. Setting Color In Clothes
To set the color in clothes add a half cup of salt to a regular wash load. This will help to maintain color in clothes, preventing them from aging too soon. Adding salt to the wash load may even help to brighten dull clothes. Try it today.
3. Testing For Old Eggs
As egg ages, the air inside it increases. To test if the egg is old, place two teaspoons of salt into a cup of water. Carefully place the egg into the cup of water. An old egg will float however, A fresher egg will sink to the bottom.
4. Cleaning Your Iron
To clean your iron with salt, you first put about a tablespoon of salt on about two blocks of paper towel depending on the size of the paper towel. After putting the salt on the paper towel, turn on the iron and make sure it’s extremely hot.
You should then rub the soleplate of the iron over the salt. This will help to remove fabric and dirt from the iron. This method can be repeated, if you’re not satisfied with the first use.
5. For Cleaning Glass Coffee Pot
To clean a glass coffee pot, you can just add about to three tablespoons of salt to the pot. After adding the salt to the coffee pot, use a wash pad to scour coffee pot. You may then use soap and water to give the coffee pot it’s usual washing.
6. To Clean China Cups
For cleaning china cups and other chinaware, make a paste of salt and lemon juice. Rub the mixture on to the chinaware with a half wet rag or sponge. Use warm water to rinse.
Be sure not to use hot water as hot water will cause your chinaware to crack.
7. Keep Potatoes And Apples From Becoming Brown After Sliced
Brown sliced apples and potatoes can sometimes look spoiled. To prevent food from becoming brown after slice, add half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of water. Mix the salt well in the water.
After mixing the salt and water together, you may now add the apple or the potato. Let the food soak in the solution for about five to ten minutes, then remove and drain them. Be sure to wash away salty taste with tap water before serving apples.
8. To Unblock Shower/Tub Drain
To unclog blocked drains with salt, you first remove the stopper for the drain. Mix one cup of salt to a cup of vinegar and pour the mixture directly down the drain.
After pouring the salt and the vinegar mixture down the drain, pour two cups of boiling water down the drain. Pour the boiling water slowly to avoid burning yourself.
9. Putting Out Small Fire
Bear in mind that salt is used to put out only small fires. To put out small fires with salt, you simply douse the fire with the salt. The salt puts out small fires easily and quickly.
10. To Remove Mildew Stains
Make a thick paste of lemon juice and salt. Rub the paste on to the mildew areas. Put the clothing in the sun and let it dry.
If the mildew stain is still there, repeat the process until the stain is gone. After the stain is gone, you may wash the item regularly.
11. Kills Grass Growing In Cracks
If you’re having problems with grass growing in cracks, there’s a natural solution for that. How does it work? Add salt to boiling water and ensure the salt is dissolved in water. You then pour the boiling salt water in the crack to get rid of the grass/weed.
12. For Reducing Suds
Playing with suds can be very fun at times. It’s not that much fun when you have to clean it up though. To stop suds from overflowing in your dishwasher, you simply pour salt on the suds to make it decrease.
After doing that, you can rinse whatever is left of the suds. If a lot of suds remain, pour more salt on the suds and rinse again.
13. Cleans Armpit Stains
For cleaning armpit stains you can make a paste of salt and water. To make the salt and water paste, you pour some salt in a small container, then add water to it and mix it. After making the paste, rub it on to the clothing.
Let it remain on the clothing for about an hour. You can wash clothing regularly after the hour.
14. Relieving A Sore Throat
To help relieve sore with salt is quite easy. You would need to add a quarter spoon of salt to one cup of warm water and mix well. After mixing saltwater, use it to gargle the throat. This can be done at least twice daily to help relieve a sore throat.
15. Keeping Cut Flowers Fresher
Flowers are really beautiful to look at when they’re fresh. By adding a tablespoon of salt to the water in the vase, you can help to preserve the freshness of the flowers.
This can also be done whenever you’re changing the water that the flowers are in to maintain it’s freshness.
16. Absorbs Oil Spills
Oil spills can be extremely dangerous to have around. If you have an oil spill the best way to clean it up is by adding salt to it. The salt will absorb the oil thus making it easier to clean.
After leaving the salt on the oil for a while, you can then use a broom to sweep the area.
17. Freshens Shoes
To freshen up your shoes, you can sprinkle a little salt in the shoes. Let the salt remain there for about a day. The salt will absorb unpleasant smells from shoes. The salt can be shaken out the day after.
18. To Remove Rust Stain
I was unaware of the fact that rust stains can be removed from clothing. Then I heard about salt. To remove the rust stain, make a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Apply the mixture to the stain.
After applying it to the stain, place the clothing in the sun. Continue to apply salt and lemon mixture until the rust stain is completely gone.
19. Exfoliates Your Skin
Everyone desires to have a youthful look once they’re approaching a senior age in life. Salt contains minerals that are good for the skin. To make a scrub for your skin, you will need to mix the salt with coconut oil, almond oil or any oil that you choose to use.
Mix the salt and oil together to make a paste. Before using on skin, be sure to wet your skin. Rub the mixture on to your skin gently in a circular motion.
Allow the scrub to remain on your skin for about two minutes before rinsing with warm water. After rinsing, dry skin. Scrub can be used as necessary based on skin type.
20. To Remove Fruit Stains
To remove fruit stains with salt, dissolve four tablespoons of salt in one quart of water. Apply the solution onto the stained area until the stain has disappeared. After applying the solution to the clothing, you may wash the clothing regularly.
To conclude, we can see that salt can truly be used in and around the home. It is pretty much safe to use on our bodies to exfoliate our skin, to brush our teeth, to freshen our shoes, keep our flowers fresh, remove mildew stains.
You name it, salt can do it! That is to say, you may or may not have tried salt for some of these uses before. If you have not, feel free to try out any of the above-mentioned uses of salt.
- To Soothe A Bee Sting
- Setting Color In Clothes
- Testing For Old Eggs
- Cleaning Your Iron
- For Cleaning Glass Coffee Pot
- To Clean China Cups
- Keep Potatoes And Apples From Becoming Brown After Sliced
- To Unblock Shower/Tub Drain
- Putting Out Small Fire
- To Remove Mildew Stains
- Kills Grass Growing In Cracks
- For Reducing Suds
- Cleans Armpit Stains
- Relieving A Sore Throat
- Keeping Cut Flowers Fresher
- Absorbs Oil Spills
- Freshens Shoes
- To Remove Rust Stain
- Exfoliates Your Skin
- To Remove Fruit Stains