15 Uses for Salt
Pass the Salt Please
Ever Wondered What Else Salt Can be Used for?
It's something we normally have around the house, but seldom give a second thought to. It's been around for thousands of years (literally), and was the first form of seasoning or spice to be used by mankind. As time has progressed, man has since discovered that salt comes in very handy in many other ways. Here are just a few ideas:
Relieving insect bites and stings:
If you have been stung by a bee or wasp, immediately wet the area that has been stung,and cover it with salt. This reduces the pain and the swelling substantially. If you are allergic to stings however, you will still need to seek medical advice as well.
Remove watermarks from wood surfaces:
Got annoying watermarks on wooden furniture or tabletops? Mix a teaspoon of salt with just enough water to form a paste. Gently rub it on to the mark with a soft cloth or sponge, and work it over the mark or stain until it has disappeared. Polish afterwards with regular furniture oil or polish.
Clean discolored glass products:
Mix a handful of salt in a litre/quart of vinegar and soak the glassware items overnight. The marks and discolouration should wipe or rinse off the following morning.
Eradicate garden invaders naturally:
Sprinkle salt directly on to weeds which come up on your garden paving or walkways. Add a little water over it. Far better than chemical weed killers.
Keep milk and cream fresh for longer:
Sprinkle a pinch of salt into your carton of milk or cream to keep it fresh for a little longer.
Set the color in new towels and clothing:
When you're washing clothing or towels for the first time, add a cup of salt to the washing load. The salt will help to set the colours and keep the garments looking new and bright for a lot longer, not to mention stop them from coloring other garments in the wash load as well!
To help restore bath or mop sponges, soak them overnight in a solution of 1/4 cup of salt and a litre/quart of water.
Keep ants away:
Sprinkle salt across doorways or directly on paths where ants frequent. This normally keeps them away.
Clean your fish tank:
To remove stains and mineral deposits inside your fish tank, rub the inside of the tank with non iodated salt, and rinse well before placing the fish back in the tank.
Prevent grease splatters and splashes:
Before frying food, add a few dashes of salt to the pan before putting the food in. This helps prevent the grease from splattering and possibly burning you in the process.
Freshness tester for eggs:
Add 2 teaspoons of salt to a cup of water and gently put the egg into the cup. Fresh eggs will sink, whereas old eggs will float to the surface.
Clean dough off countertops:
After rolling dough out oncounter tops, sprinkle salt on the counter top, and you will be able to wipe up the dough residue easily, without it forming sticky lumps.
Extinguish grease fires:
Keep a box or bag of salt close to the stove. Should a pot or pan set alight, toss the salt over the flames to safely extinguish them.
Natural breath freshener:
Use 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, mixed in 1/2 a cup of water, as a very effective and all-natural mouthwash - no sweeteners, colourants or alcohol to contend with!
Pre-treatment for stains on clothing:
Eating out and dropped sauce or dressing on your clothing? Quickly sprinkle a little salt on the still damp sauce or dressing to absorb it. When you arrive home, wash as normal.
These are just a few tips and ideas. Feel free to add any more in the comments section if you are aware of any others.
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