15 Uses for Salt

Pass the Salt Please

There are many uses for salt in and around the house.
There are many uses for salt in and around the house.

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!

Restore sponges:

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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Shona Venter 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Yep, Just Ask Susan. It seems like there is something new for us learn every single day. Thanks so much for sharing.


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Shona Venter 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks so much, vocalcoach. Many people have forgotten the tried and trusted remedies of our grandparents, and these are usually the ones that work best too.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I never knew about salt being used to restore sponges. Will have to try that one. I use salt in the winter to melt the ice outside.

Voted up and sharing.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Great tips for using salt. I just tried your tip for an insect bite and it worked! Itching is completely gone. Thank you so much. Voted up and more and will share. ~ Audrey


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Shona Venter 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for these additional tips, kj force. Will definitely be trying them out here, especially the pot cleaning one...they seem to stain for no reason these days. Must be the toxic additives in our water...


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Shona Venter 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, breakfastpop. It's amazing how many uses there are for such a simple household item :-)


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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

Shona Venter.....Great write, very informative...Kosher Sea Salt can also be used as an exfoliator for the body /feet and face..can be used alone or with Coconut oil ( found in the Hispanic food aisle )...salt also can be used to scrub pots and pans to make them shine again....kudos on another great hub, thanks for the share....


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Thanks so much for these great uses for salt. I have a water stain on a table that has been driving me batty. I am going to try your cure right now. Voted up and useful.


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Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks so much, Victoria Lynn. It's amazing how a simple household item can have so many uses - and all at a fraction of the cost of regular cleaning or repair supplies :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This is great! This will be very helpful for watermarks on furniture. Can't wait to try that! many votes!


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Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, grandmapearl. It's truly amazing to see what the common household items can actually be used for. I am currently experimenting with bicarb (sodium bicarbonate) to see what all it can be used for...


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

This is great information Shona. I have used salt and vinegar to return the shine to copper pots, but didn't know about a lot of these other uses for salt. Thanks for sharing!


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Shona Venter 5 years ago from South Africa Author

No worries,Kashmir56. I think there may be many more uses for salt that aren't even listed here...


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Shona,WOW all great useful uses for salt, thanks for sharing this !


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Shona Venter 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Yip Peter. It's amazing what uses some ordinary household items have :-)


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Peter Owen 5 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

interesting. Neve knew some of these items


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Shona Venter 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks so much, kimbrewaa. It's amazing how simple household items can be so handy.


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kimbrewaa 5 years ago

very useful article! I will also share this ;)


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

Very cool. I had no idea regular salt was so effective. Taking out watermarks from wooden tables is a very handy use.


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Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks a stack, Pcunix. Much appreciated :-)


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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

Thanks! I will tweet and FB it.


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Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa Author

That's another good use, Ethel. It's far better than using toothpaste which often contains artificial sweeteners and colourants these days, as well as sodium lauryl sulfate.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

M=y Dad used salt to clean his teeth during world ward 2


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Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you equealla. It's always good to share money saving advice and ideas with those around us, especially these days when finances are a lot more limited than before :-)


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

There are a tip here and there that I knew about, but a lot of it I did not know. Thank you, I am showing this to my friends as well.

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