How many uses of salt do you know? According to the Salt Institute, about 14,000! I can’t think of another more versatile mineral and so many uses of salt.
All of us know the primary use of Salt is for cooking, but who knew that other than cooking we could use salt in more than a dozen of ways!
There are many forms of salt produced for consumption (and by default, housekeeping!) and here are some uses of salt:
- Unrefined salt (such as sea salt),
- Refined salt (table salt),
- Iodized salt.
The best uses of salt for consumption are the most unrefined salts like sea salt and Himalayan salt which has the highest inorganic minerals. But for cleaning purposes you can use any salt.
In case you’re wondering, Epsom salt is an entirely different animal: magnesium sulfate to be exact (which is salt that I consider to be, essentially, miraculous).
However, earlier salt was very challenging to obtain but with modern production methods, salt is readily available mineral available for cheap. In fact, the supply of salt is inexhaustible. Our Grandmothers would have surely known many of these, how many do you know?
Let’s find out the ways you can put common uses of salt to good use at your home for Cleaning, Personal Care and Household:
1. Uses of Salt: Clean greasy pans
The greasiest iron pan will easily wash if you use a little salt in it and wipe with paper towels.
2. Clean stained cups
Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to remove stubborn coffee and tea stains. This is certainly my favorite use of salt other than cooking.
3. Clean sink drains
Pour salt mixed and hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep away grease from building up.
4. Remove water rings
Gently rub a thin paste of salt with vinegar, vegetable oil, or lemon on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.
5. Restoring sponges
After you have washed your sponges, give them a new life by soaking them in cold salted water.
6. Remove perspiration stains
Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade. This use of salt can be life savior.
7. Clean a gunky iron bottom
Sprinkle a little salt on the floor and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.
8. Clean fish tanks
Rub the inside of fish tanks with salt to remove hard water deposits, and then rinse well before returning the fish to the tank. Use only plain, not iodized, salt.
9. Extend toothbrush life
Source: The Dental Check
Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use; they’ll last longer.
10. Clean teeth
Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda–dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual.
11. Rinse your mouth
Mix equal parts salt and baking soda in water for a fresh and deodorizing mouth rinse.
12. Relieving bee stings
If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
13. Treat mosquito bites
A saltwater soak can do wonders for that special mosquito-bite itch or salt mixed with olive oil can help too.
14. Exfoliating dry skin
After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It exfoliates dead skin particles and boosts blood circulation.
15. Ease throat pain
The oldest method we know, mixing salt and warm water gargle to relieve a sore throat.
16. Applying facial
For a stimulating facial, mix equal parts of salt and olive oil and gently massage the face and throat with long upward and inward strokes. Remove mixture after five minutes and wash face.
17. Prohibit ants
Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.
18. Deodorizing shoes
Sprinkling a little salt occasionally in canvas shoes will take up the moisture and help remove odors.
19. Keep cut flowers fresh
A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers, fresh longer.
20. Cleaning flower vases
To remove deposits caused by flowers and water, rub with salt; if you cannot reach the deposits to rub them, put a strong salt solution in the vase and shake, then wash the vase with soap and water.
21. Drip-proof candles
Cool, isn’t it?