Salt is a staple in our households that many of us take for granted. Did you know that there are more than 14,000 different ways that you can use salt? We are going to share 19 interesting ways that you can use salt and save some money along the way!
1. Relieving Tired Feet
Soak aching feet in warm water with a handful of salt that has been added. Rinse in cool water. Your feet will thank you.
2. Treating Poison Ivy
The three leaved plant that we all hate to hear about. Soak the exposed area in hot salt water to lessen the irritation.
3. Relieving a Sore Throat
Gargle with 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water.
4. Prevent Browning of Fruit
Apples, pears, and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will keep their fresh color.
5. Cleaning a Greasy Pan
Put a little salt in the greasiest iron pan and scrub a little. The extra gentle abrasive material will gently release any stuck on gunk.
6. Extinguishing Grease Fires
Hopefully you will never experience a kitchen fire, but salt tossed onto a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother the flames. Remember to never use water when it comes to a grease fire!
7. Washing Spinach
Wash your spinach in salt water, you will not need to repeat the cleaning process. Think of all the extra water you will also conserve.
8. Drip-proof Your Favorite Candles
Soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, then dry them well. They should not drip when you burn them.
9. Keeping Fresh Cut Flowers Fresh
A dash of salt added to the water in a vase will keep your beautiful fresh cut flowers fresh much longer.
10. Deodorizing Your Shoes
Your shoes have a funky odor? Sprinkle a little salt in your canvas shoes occasionally. This will take up some moisture and remove some of the odor.
11. Mediterranean Salt Roasting
This combines the benefits of gentle steaming and bringing flavors together. Essentially you season your meat and then encase it in a mountain of salt. The flavor is completely sealed in the salt casings and it makes for a juicier meat!
12. Cleaning Wicker
To prevent yellowing, scrub wicker furniture with a stiff brush moistened with warm saltwater and allow to dry in the sun.
13. Keeping Your New Broom New
New brooms will last longer if they are soaked in hot salt water before their first use.
14. Restoring Sponges
A kitchen item used on a daily basis. Give your sponges new life by soaking them in cold saltwater after they are washed.
15. Removing Blood Stains
Soak the stained clothing, or other cloth item, in cold salt water. Then launder in hot, soapy water. This can only be done on cotton, linen, or other natural fibers they can with stand the high heat. Unfortunately, your delicate clothes may not be able to stand up to the heat.
16. Removing Soot
Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace; it helps loosen soot from the chimney and salt makes a beautiful, bright yellow flame.
17. Rinsing Eyes
If your eyes are bothering you, make a water and salt solution. Use a little bit of salt. Rinse your eyes gently to refresh them.
18. Relieve Bee Stings
If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
19. Cleaning Teeth
Pulverizing some salt in a blender, or by rolling it on a kitchen board with a pin roller. Mix one part of the pulverized salt to two parts baking soda. Sprinkle this mixture on your toothbrush and add a little water before brushing. This whitens teeth and helps remove plaque to provide you with healthy gums and a brilliant smile!
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