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The Versatility of Salt

Updated on July 11, 2016
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Salt - Good For More Than Just Seasoning

Salt is good for many things other than seasoning your food. I was amazed when I first started looking at the many uses. I decided to share some of what I consider the best uses with you.

  • Make a little paste using equal parts of salt and starch using enough water to make a stiff paste to fill plaster holes in your wall.
  • Use salt to kill weeds in your lawn.
  • Soak new glasses in warm salty water for awhile before using.To prevent your clothes from freezing to your clothesline soak your clothesline in salt.
  • To prevent your clothes from freezing on the line use salt in your final rinse cycle.
  • To prevent your wicker furniture from yellowing rub it with salt water.
  • To freshen your sponges, soak them in salt water.
  • To remove burned-on stains from enamel pan, soak them overnight in salt water and then boil salt water in them the next day.
  • To clean your piano keys, use a mixture of salt and lemon.
  • To remove ink from your carpet, pour a mound of salt on the mark and let it soak it up.
  • Before using clothespin boil them in saltwater, they will last longer.
  • Use salt to clean your stained coffee pot.
  • To keep ants away, sprinkle salt on the windowsill.
  • Clean greasy pans with salt and a paper towel.
  • If you have a pair of mismatched knee high hose boil them in salty water and they will come out matching.
  • Use salt and soda to sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
  • Salt and cinnamon will remove odors from your oven.
  • Lemon juice and salt removes mildew.
  • To remove grease stains from clothing mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.
  • To stop grass from growing between sidewalk bricks, sprinkle salt between them.
  • A strong solution of hot salty water will remove odors from your sink drains.
  • A sprinkle of salt in a milk scorched pan will remove odor,
  • To prevent fruit from discoloring, soak them in mildly slated water before peeling.
  • To make your milk stay fresh a little longer add a little salt to it.
  • A pinch of salt makes cocoa more flavorful.
  • When boiling eggs, salt water boils faster.
  • Salt, just a touch, improves the flavor of coffee.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt to help Gelatin set faster.
  • When cooking pancake, if you rub a little salt in your pan the pancakes will not stick.
  • Mildly salted water is a great mouthwash.

These are just a few of the many uses of salt. Everyday it seems someone comes up with a new way of using it. It's great to be so versatile.

Sea salt
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Salt Facts and Trivia

  • A good quality sea salt contains many of the essential minerals that your body needs.
  • Processed food accounts for most of the sodium and salt used in food.
  • Napoleon's troops died during his retreat from Russia, because their wounds did not heal because of a lack of salt.
  • Salt was used as a ritual method of suicide among the nobility years ago. To die by means of salt you need to take 1 gram of salt per kilogram of weight.
  • The adult human body contains about 250 grams of salt equal to about 1/2 a pound.
  • You should eat less than the total of 1 tsp of salt a day.
  • In Buddhist and western spiritual traditions, salt repels evil spirits.
  • During the Middle Ages salt was so expensive that it was commonly referred to as 'White Gold'.
  • Fruits and vegetables are nearly salt free.
  • Salt is one of the four tastes that the human tongue can distinguish. The other three are; Sweet, sour and bitter.
  • Only 6% of all salt used in the US is used in food.
  • "Natural" sea salt can cost up to $56 a pound.

Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt | Source

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      manu6076 5 years ago from Hong kong

      Its a very informative hub ...

      Hats up !!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      manu6076, thanks. I was amazed at some of the uses of salt.

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