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25 Everyday Uses for Salt (Sodium Chloride)

Updated on December 5, 2011

A Move to More Natural Medicines

Homeopathic and alternative medicine have become big business in recent years. More and more adults are looking for ways to treat common problems and ailments. There is a growing concern about both the expense and side effects of the more complex world of synthetic chemical and prescription medicines. There are physicians that are developing increasingly popular practices using alternative medicines and, there are physicians that are adding alternative medicines as a part of their traditional practices. There was a time, not so long ago, that our mothers and grandmothers were the unofficial holistic practitioners of our families. They knew that the herbs, spices and vegetables they grew in their gardens were good for more than cooking. Do you remember?


Great Uses for Table Salt

One of the kitchen cabinet items used for many things in my house was salt. My mother would reach for the salt for everything from treating minor sore throat pain to soothing aching feet. It is amazing what one can do with one little box of salt. Following is a list of some great uses for table salt.

  • Minor sore throat - mixing a small amount of salt in some warm water and gargling will ease the pain of a sore throat.
  • Tired aching feet - mixing salt with warm water in a foot pail or tub will bring a smile to your face. Mixing salt in bathwater will ease the soreness and ache in our muscles. Epsom salt will work as well.
  • Muscle cramps - I have suffered, of and on, from muscle cramps in my legs and thighs most of my life. My mother taught me to place a little salt in my mouth or under my tongue as it dissolves it begins the ease the pain and help the muscle relax.
  • Sprains or strains - taking a warm, damp towel, sprinkling salt inside and fold, then place on affected area will bring relief until you can get to the doctor.
  • Bee stings - by wetting the sting and covering it with salt will bring soothing relief. If you are allergic to bees then you should do what you normally do. The method just described will sooth and ease the pain.
  • Cleaning teeth and freshening breath - mix salt with baking soda and use as toothpaste. Mixing salt with baking soda and a little water makes a great mouth wash.
  • Mix salt in very warm water dip a cotton ball, cotton pad or small towel in it lay across the eye to reduce puffiness.
  • Sooth the irritation of poison ivy by soaking in a salt-water bath.
  • Make your own saline solution and drops by mixing ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and mixing with 8 ounces of boiling water. Let it cool before use.



Using Salt Around the House

There are many others uses for salt around the house--inside and out. Here are a few:

  • We ate fresh vegetables either from my mother’s garden, roadside vendors, or the grocery’s produce section and before cooking them, of course, they needed to be washed/cleaned. Greens (mustard, turnips, collars, etc) where dirt and grit can be trapped on and between the leaves is cleaned in short order when salt is added to the water.
  • Clean stains coffee and tea stains from cups by rubbing with damp sponge or cloth dipped in or sprinkled with salt.
  • Salt sprinkled on a grease fire will help to extinguish.
  • Salt sprinkled on snow and ice in the winter will melt it from steps and entryways to house.
  • Salt placed in your coffee pot or percolator, filled with water, then boil or percolate as usual, will clean, deodorize, and take the bitterness out of the next pot of coffee.
  • Sprinkling a good helping of salt down the drain and running hot water will help eliminate the grease build up and freshen its smell.
  • Sprinkling salt outside can deter ants.
  • Sprinkling salt on cracks in sidewalk or driveway and pouring on hot water will kill the weeds.
  • Put salt in the water before boiling an egg and it will be much easier to peel.
  • Putting a little salt in vase before adding fresh flowers will keep them fresh longer.
  • Make your own bath salt by mixing equal parts table salt, Epsom salt, and sea salt. Add a few drops of essential oil (your choice of fragrance. May add food coloring and put in decorative jars.
  • Rubbing a cutting board or your counter top with salt and water will clean it….mixing with a little bleach will also disinfect the cutting board. Rinse well after cleaning.
  • Clean up oil spills on driveway or garage floor by sprinkling with liberal amount of salt. Let stand for 15 or 20 minutes lightly scrub with brush and rinse.
  • If the family pet brought in fleas sprinkle carpet and rugs with salt, let stand for a few hours then vacuum.
  • Loosen and clean a glass casserole dish by filling with boiled water plus a few tablespoons of salt. Let stand until the water is cool--wash as usual.



A Final Thought

Are you worth your salt?

Once upon a time in ancient Roman tradition soldiers were paid in salt rather than money. It was called salarium argentums (salt money) which is where the word salary originated.

In ancient Greece salt was traded for slaves and gave us the phrase “not worth your salt”.

Salt was considered a very valuable commodity and people were in constant search for salt mines to strike it rich.

Salt was once used as a symbol of integrity and honesty. A covenant of salt when used as a binding agreement was thought to last forever.

And may you always remember this little fact, you are the salt of the earth.

Love to all,

Nonna


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      your mom 

      2 years ago

      This article is stupid I couldnt find the bleach -_-

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      4 years ago

      Thanks moonlake, so sorry about your fish. I'd never heard that about putting salt on them...but I can see it helping....salt is one of those things that can be used for so many things. Thank you for stopping by.

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      moonlake 

      4 years ago from America

      I was thinking about salt today when we were kids and our fish would be dying my Mom would say to put salt on them and it often helped. It was too late for my little gold fish today. Voted up on your hub.

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      5 years ago

      Thank you DonnaCosmato for stopping by, reading, and leaving a very supportive comment. Salt is one of those things that has many, many uses beyond cooking and seasoning food. Cleaning those greens, especially the one that come directly from ones garden, is wonderful.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      5 years ago from USA

      Wow, I never knew salt could be used for so many things! I'm especially glad to find out it will help clean those greens we love to eat but hate to try and get really, really clean. Thanks for an interesting hub loaded with valuable information.

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Thank you sgbrown, I love it when I find multiple uses for things, like salt, which is very inexpensive. Why pay for more expensive items if your don't have to. Thank you very much for stopping by, reading, and leaving a comment and thank you for the votes....very encouraging.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a very interesting and useful hub! I learned several things from your hub today! Voted up, useful and interesting! Going to share this too! Have a great day! :)

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Thank you EclecticFusion, Yes home remedies are great...this is how I grew up. My friends, over the years, have always been amazed whenever they mention something (commercial product) not working and I give them a natural rememdy and it works. You are wonderful for stoppping by and leaving a comment.

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      Lisa 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      There's a lot here I didn't know. I'll have to try the flea treatment if I see any this coming spring. I hope I don't see any, but I know what I'll do if they show up!

      Thank you for sharing this. I love home remedies!

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      There are so many things we have in our kitchens that will do the work of more costly clearners. The one about the salt down the drain was one my mother used. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Very much appreciate that you did.

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      mljdgulley354 

      6 years ago

      Nonna, that was a very informative hub. I use your salt tips a lot. The salt down the drain was new. I usually use vinegar.

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