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5 Tips For Using Salt Around The Home

Updated on August 24, 2012
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Salt is one of the most useful substances know to man, from cuisine, farming and cleaning! In this article I will give you 5 quick tips on how to use salt around your home for cleaning and home maintenance. Salt is a great alternative for you to include in your cleaning repertoire. Salt is a great choice over conventional cleaning products due to it being a natural substance and not made from chemicals. This is better for the environment and is a great alternative for people that may have pets that are allergic to the chemicals and eliminates more chemicals from your home for your own health.

#1 - Refrigerator

The first tip I will give you for using salt is the refrigerator. This is one of the most bacteria clustered places in your home and will very easily get dirty and need cleaning. Using salt here is a great idea to avoid using chemicals that might contaminate food once it has been returned. Try mixing a good handful of salt in around 3-4 litres of warm water and apply to the fridge with a clean sponge. This mixture isn't abrasive so there isn't any possibility of it scratching any surfaces.

#2 - Teapots/Tea stains

The second tip I will give you for using salt is cleaning teapots/tea stains. Tea stains can be a handful to remove if they are allowed the time to dry properly. Most cleaning products that will remove tea stains are strong chemicals, that can leave an odour and may contaminate your tea pot/cup. Try applying dry salt to the stained areas and leave to stand overnight or until night time if you did it in the morning. Once the time has passed rinse off the salt with boiling water!

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#3 - Oven

The third tip I will give you for using salt is cleaning your oven. The oven if used regularly will get extremely dirty extremely fast. Small scraps of food combined with heat doesn't bode well for a clean area. Oven cleaning products can be quite expensive and can again leave odour or contaminate. If you use a conventional oven cleaner then your oven becomes unusable until the cleaning is complete, whereas salt allows you to clean and cook at the same time! Try adding salt to the stained/dirty areas of the oven and allow the heat to work with the salt to remove the stains. The salt will bake into a light crust that is dry which simply wipes away. Try mixing some salt in warm water to clean the sides and top of the oven.

#4 - Glass

The fourth tip I will give you for using salt is to bring back sparkle to your old glass! Glass often becomes dull and discoloured over time with use, leaving them looking unappealing. Instead of buying new glasses or replacing any glass in your home try this tip! Try mixing a handful of salt with 1/2cup of vinegar (whatever is the cheapest for you) and soak the glass over night or for the entire day if you do the first step in the morning. When the time is up wipe the glass with some warm water and the glass should be as good as new!

#5 - Cast Iron Pans

The fifth and final tip I will give you for using salt is on cast iron pots and pans. Cast iron can be a problem, no matter how thoroughly you dry it, it will still tend to rust over time when washed in water, warm or cold. When you have finished using the pan add around 1/4 cup of salt and scrub the pan with an abrasive pad, it's best to do this while the pan is still warm. The salt should wipe away one you have worked it into the pan enough, leaving you with a clean rust free pan!


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      Adamowen 5 years ago from England

      @Mrs Jil Manning thank you for the comment! I agree on the oven cleaning products, makes the you dread cleaning the oven!

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      Mrs Jil Manning 5 years ago from Sussex, England

      Love the oven cleaning tip, and I'm going to give that a go tomorrow. I really hate the usual oven cleaning fluid as it stinks and makes such a mess! Salt's so cheap too. Since my dishwasher blew up my glasswear has looked a little dull so I will try that too! Thank you!

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      Adamowen 5 years ago from England

      @tillsontitan thanks! I have some more hubs that are similar on vinegar and bicarbonate of soda + more salt ones to come!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Never realized these uses for salt. This hub was very informational...I've used salt for a sore throat but never to clean the oven. I'm going tohave to try your tips!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.