Did you know? Amazing uses for salt
An interesting fact about salt.
Did you know there's actually a SALT Institute?
They have reported over 14,000 different uses for salt. A very versatile mineral indeed.
Swiss Army Knife of minerals.
Is there really anything else as versatile as this mineral. Since time began, salt has had so many uses, from cleaning wounds to preserving meat.
In ancient times salt was extremely rare, so the cost for it was very very high. Nowadays just go to Walmart and there it is for fairly cheap. Amazing how times have changed, huh?
We all know how good salt tastes on food when seasoned correctly, but did you know just how many ways you can actually use this amazing substance as a simple household remedy?
I was actually astounded to find out all the different ways, and I'm hoping you will too.
In this hub I detail out several ways you can use it according to topic.
Enjoy making your brain bigger!
Uses for your health.
We always hear about how salt is so bad for your health, how about when it's good?
Bee stings - Put water on the sting and then pour salt on top. This should help with the pain. I remember this coming in handy when I was a kid and had ventured upon a swarm of angry bees....needless to say, I needed some pain relief.
Mosquito bites - Saltwater is awesome for this. Soak the bite, then apply a mix of crisco (cooking lard) and salt.
Poison Ivy - Yep, if you soak it in hot saltwater, you'll see how nice this remedy is. Great to use if you've been backpacking!
Sore throat - I've used this remedy before myself. Just gargle some warm saltwater and you'll notice some relief. Just don't swallow it!
Want some clean teeth? - Out of toothpaste? You can use a blender to break the salt up. Mix it with 2 parts baking soda to 1 part salt. Put a little water on the mixture and start brushing! You'll get whiter teeth in no time!
To keep you beautiful.
Admittedly, not a lot of guys will be reading this section, but it's definitely beneficial if you want to impress your wives!
Sore feet - Warm water, throw some salt in, begin soaking. Talk about wow factor. Go ahead, say it with me ladies.......wow!
Tired puffed up eyes - Get a pint of water and a teaspoonful of salt. Get yourself some absorbent pads to apply this to your eyes.
Good for a facial - Massage a mixture of equal amounts of olive oil and salt into your skin and then rinse off after just a few minutes.
Can be used as a cleaner.
There are several different types of things you can clean:
Lightening up your cottons and linens - When these begin to yellow, use a mix of salt and baking soda and boil for about an hour. You can also clean your curtains or rugs with a powerful saltwater solution and scrubbing them out.
Wine stains - Right after a spill, use paper towels to get up as much as you possibly can and then quickly pour salt on the spot. Doing this will allow the salt to dry up the rest. If it's a tablecloth, wash in cold water. If it's a rug, wipe up the salt and vacuum.
Blood stains - Okay, so you got in a fight and bloodied your shirt. Not to worry, soak it in cool saltwater, wash warm, then boil afterwards. But only do this on items that are made for really high temps.
Ugly, disgusting sweat stains - Remember those SURE anti-perspirant commercials? Well, if you're one of the people who end up being UNSURE, then add 4 tablespoons of salt to at least a quart of hot water and then rub the fabric with a paper towel or sponge until you become SURE again.
Brass - Mix equal parts flour, salt, and vinegar. Rub the paste on the brass and leave for about an hour, then wipe off. Couldn't be any simpler!
Rust stain - Wet the spots with lemon juice and salt mixture. Spread the object in the sun and let bleaching take place. Then rinse thoroughly and dry. Can also work for mildew stains.
Do you think you could use some of these remedies in your day to day lives?
Working in the KITCHEN.
We all knew this was coming! I've found many many many great uses for the kitchen personally. Let's see how many you know:
Keep fruit from browning - After peeling your fruit, put it in water that has just a little bit of salt in it. I can't stand the fact that while I'm chewing on an apple, the flipping thing starts turning brown right in my hands so this is a biggie for me.
Freshen up your milk - If you add just a tiny bit of salt to your milk, it will stay fresh longer than it should.
Sticky pans - Sprinkle a little bit of salt on your pan, waffle iron, griddle to help keep your food from sticking. Special note: If it's a griddle, just rub in a small bag of it.
Fixing over salted soup - This isn't a salt remedy, rather it's a way to remove excess salt from your soup. Cut up one or two raw potatoes and drop them into the pot. It actually sucks up the extra saltiness.
Coffee pot bitterness - I'm sure most people forget to clean these, but the buildup over time is disgusting. Use about 4 tablespoons of salt and run it through your coffee maker as normal. Then run regular water through the coffee maker. Good as new.
Boiling eggs - Add some salt to your boiling water and you'll notice it'll be a lot simpler to peel the eggs.
Boiling water - Adding a few pinches of salt to boiling water won't speed up the boiling process per se, but it will boil at a higher temperature so your food will cook quicker. Also, on a side note, have you ever heard that a watched pot never boils? Where'd that come from?
Removing grease from a pan - I hate greased up pans....I especially hate cleaning them. If you add a little salt and wipe it with a paper towel when you clean it, it will come out with a quickness.
Egg tester - Speaking of eggs, add two spoonfuls of salt to a cup of water and then drop an egg in. If it's fresh it won't float. Rotten eggs will.
No Mold Cheese - This is a biggie for you cheese lovers. If you want to make your cheese last longer, then wrap a saltwater damp paper towel or cloth around your cheese before storing it.
Stopping a Grease fire - Instead of using water, throw salt on top of it. It will choke the flames out.
Over cooked coffee - I hate burnt coffee...that's one reason I stay away from Starbucks these days. If you hate it too, throw a pinch of salt into your cup of burnt coffee, it will take away some of that horrible bitterness.
Keep that drain clean - We recently had a drain buildup so bad it took a few days to clear it, so throw yourself some salt brine down the drain at least once a month to help clear the grease and smell out.
Clean fridge - I know this is a huge one for some people. Just scrub your fridge with salt and soda water mix. It will clean it up in a jiffy!
Here's some off the wall random uses for salt as well. You may yet find something beneficial to you. Or maybe you won't and this list is wasted here. You make the call:
Repel ANT invaders - Alright troops, listen up! Our enemy is the size of a pinhead and likes to sneak food off in the middle of the night from our picnic baskets. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to cut off the enemy food supply. How? Use your sodium chloride grenades and sprinkle them on window sills, doorways, and any other places you notice the enemy coming through. This will make them think twice about messing with you again! Hoorah!
Freshly cut flowers - I need to remember this one for my wife. Add a tiny bit of salt to the vase of water you keep your flowers in, they'll last quite a bit longer.
Dripping candles - I hate it when candles drip everywhere. If you're like me then, soak your new candles in saltwater for at least 4 or 5 hours. Dry them and then light em up when you're ready. Look Ma, no drip!
Chimney cleaning - I hate having to hire a chimney sweep. To keep this from having to happen for a long time, throw a handful of salt on your fireplace when you have a fire going. It will help to loosen soot and grime in the chimney over time.
Keeps windows from icing up - You want to keep your car or house windows from frosting up in cold weather, just rub some saltwater over the windows and dry them well.
Well guys, I hope this helps you out in your day to day lives. If you've got any extra additions as I know you will, please throw em out there!
Kasman will return with another hub soon!
Thanks so much for reading!
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