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15 Uses of Salt for Cleaning

Updated on November 21, 2011

Usage of salt in cooking is common. Now a days we are controlling it's usage keeping our health in our mind, but don't forget salt is not only used in cooking, it is a wonderful substance that can used for many household activities especially in cleaning.

1. It is used to remove Ink stains on the clothes. Apply salt on stain, leave it for a while, later clean with wet cloth and then wash it.

2. Toothbrush contains some bacteria even after cleaning. It is a better idea to soak toothbrush in lukewarm saltwater for 15 min once in a week to get rid of bacteria.

3. Sprinkle some salt in the microwave and wipe with dry cloth, this not only removes the stains but also remove the bad odor.

4. Pour some salt in glassware and porcelain utensils, add ice to them. Wash them when ice melts. They will shine like new ones.

5. Apply a mix of salt and bleaching powder to the vegetable chopping board and clean under running water tap. It removes the stains and strong smells of onion, garlic etc.

6. Pour handful of salt in a thin polythene cover. Place artificial flowers in it and shake well, all the dust is absorbed by the salt and the flowers get cleaned.

7. When an egg dropped on the surface and broken, then sprinkle salt on that area and clean after 15min.It even removes the smell.

8. Mix a paste of lemon and salt, rub over the piano keys, making sure that you wipe clean with a fresh cloth leaving no residue between the keys.

9. Soak white socks in salted water before washing them and they will come out very clean.

10. To remove tea and coffee stains from cups and teapots, sprinkle salt straight on a damp cloth or sponge and clean them carefully.

11. Soak fresh caught fish in salt water you will be able to remove the scales easier and it also removes fishy smell.

12. Linens and cotton clothes turn yellow with time or storage. Boil them in a salt and baking soda solution to bring back the brightness.

13.To remove mold and rust stains soak first with lemon juice and salt, and spread out in the sun to bleach, after an hour rinse them and dry.

14. Pour boiling salt water down drains to keep them flowing well.

15. To remove blood stains from clothes, soak the stain in cold salt water and wash with warm water.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Swathi, I had no idea there were so many uses to salt besides cooking and some others.

      Voted up and useful.

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      swathi180 4 years ago

      I took a long gap on hubpages but you know this community dragged me again. So I decided to be active again, people like you are really motivating.Thank you for the like and share. I am glad you like it, Try them they really work.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Wow great information! You know I'm loving hubpages more and more everyday because of useful articles such as this one. Great job! voting up, sharing, pinning, and liking!

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      watergeek 4 years ago from Pasadena CA

      BTW the baking soda worked. So cool. My drain flows free again.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, I didn't know about salt being used to clean toothbrushes. And hadn't heard some of those as well. Glad I had stumbled into your hub. I would definitely try those. Voted up and shared! ^-^'

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Hi swathi180 - I usually use baking soda for most of what you use salt for. Wonder if they're chemically related in some way? Anyway, I have a problem with my bathroom drains, so I'm going to try your boiling saltwater method to see what happens. Thanks for the tip.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear swathi180.....Thank YOU for your sweet remark that I shall sleep on tonight. I love nice memories and you have given me one tonight. Thank you and YOU are an excellent writer, my good friend.

      Regards, Kenneth

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      swathi180 5 years ago

      Thanks for voting up Kenneth and don't be sorry for anything.Really you are doing great.I also wish you a Happy and Merry Christmas.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dec. 7, 2011

      My Dear Swathi, GREAT read! Wonderful advice; informative and very well-written. I voted up and away for you are such a talent, my friend. I love your style. And I offer you my apologies for not coming around more, as Ive been working on publishing projects I wanted to get finished before my health worsens. I am sorry, but I will try to do better. Have a Merry Christmas and swathi, I DO VALUE YOU, a LOT, for following me. DO NOT ever forget that.

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      swathi180 5 years ago

      Nice to hear that it is useful frogyfish.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Quite helpful tips. I especially noted the one about a dropped egg...I do that occasionally on ceramic tile and it is messy. Will plan to use your salt tip nest time.

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      swathi180 5 years ago

      Thanks Rose :-)

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      swathi180 5 years ago

      It works try them SAM

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great info. Thanks for the tips. This ones been bookmarked.

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      sam-eg 5 years ago from Happy Land

      Hi Swathi180,Great tips to use salt in cleaning other than cooking,Especially the tooth brush and removing the smell of the egg when it dropped, I think I will try your tips soon, thanks for sharing this useful hub

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      swathi180 5 years ago

      thanks for stopping by and the appreciation

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Thanks for this useful sharing hub swathi180, appreciate your great job done...