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Home Made Cleaning solutions...20 ways to use salt in your home

Updated on November 16, 2010


Uses for salt around the home

Salt is a wonderful house item that has more uses then many people first suspect. From cooking to house hold cleaning all the way to medicinal, this isn’t that surprising when you consider how long salt has been used by civilizations across the world.  Wars throughout history have been fought over the valuable resource that is now standard in most households across the world.

20 Uses for salt in your home.


Salt and candles

By dipping your candles in a strong salt bath for a few hours and letting them dry thoroughly. They won’t drip wax when burned

Homemade Polish

By mixing salt and Vinegar into a thick paste and applying onto a soft cloth you have a great homemade polish to use on copper and silver. After buffing your items make sure you rinse them well.

Quick clean

When dealing with broken dropped eggs or oil spills and splatters, simply cover with salt leave for a few minutes to let it absorb the moisture before wiping up.



Pest control

Like Vinegar and baking soda, salt can be used as a deterrent to ants, simply make a small unbroken line of salt across the doorways and windows frame to stop ants entering.


Iron cleaner

After time and use irons can develop a buildup of residue salt can be a great aid in dealing with this effectively. Simply sprinkle salt onto a sheet of paper and run the iron over it a few times, use the stream function to help clear the iron of salt before wiping down with damp cloth once it’s cool to the touch.


Tea and coffee stains

To remove tea and coffee stains from cups and teapots, sprinkle salt straight onto a damp cloth or sponge and clean in circular motions.



Dissolve a 1/4 of a teaspoon in a small glass of warm water and gargle and swish. Can also relive mild toothache.


Cutting board.

Rub your cutting board down with salt to kill odors and kill germs. Let it sit for a while before rinsing well with warm water.


Fire Extinguisher

salt works well at extinguishing grease fires, keep a box handy by the bbq to pour on any small always safety should be considered so its salt should be only used as a backup ...always have a working fire extinguisher on hand.


Weed Killer

For a great homemade weed killer mix 1 part salt with 3 parts boiling water and pour straight onto weeds.


Yellow fabric

Linens and cotton go grow yellow with time or storage one way to bring them back to brightness is to boil them for an hour in a salt and baking soda solution.


Removing blood stains.

Removing blood stains from cotton and linens, soak the stain in cold salt water, run through a warm wash in the machine and finish off for best results by taking the time to boil the garment. This can also work well on other natural fibers resilient to high heat.


Mildew and rust stains on clothes

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


Cleaning piano keys

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

Cleaning Ivory

Cut a lemon in half and dip in salt, rub the lemon over the ivory squeezing the lemon to let the juice run over the item as you clean. Re-dip into the salt as needed. Once your finished scrubbing let the ivory item air dry, do not wipe dry at this point.

Once dry wipe down with a damp cloth, making sure to remove all the salt again allow to air dry. This process may take a couple of applications to bring back the true white of ivory.

Greasy Pans

Sprinkling greasing pans with salt can do a lot to the healthy clean up, the salt absorbing the grease easy to wipe out with a paper towel, better in the bin then down the sink. It will also cut down the elbow grease needed when washing.

Perspiration stains

Removing those stubborn yellow stains of perspiration with salt is easy. Create a salt solution by adding 4 tablespoons of salt to one litre of water. Then Sponge the shirt with solution until stain is gone.

Hair clogged drain

Clear a messy hair clogged drain, by mixing 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar and pour down the drain. 10 minutes follow by pouring 2 litres of boiling water down the drain, run hot water tap till it drains freely.


Salt facial

Mix equal parts of salt and olive oil, and gently massage into face, always long and upward strokes, leave on for 3 to 5 minutes before washing off

Puffy eyes

Mix a teaspoon of salt with 570 mils, and using cotton pads or balls to apply to puffy areas for a lift.

As you can easily see there are many uses for salt, many more i am sure that i have yet to discover. So salt has its place in the cleaning cupboard along side Vinegar, baking soda and lemon all making great home made cleaning solutions.


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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia


      I am so glad that you found it useful :)

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      Claudia Tello

      I personally was amazed at how useful salt can be in the home. the salt facial is a great exfoliate but its not a moisturizer in its own right, if you are looking for homemade facial products please check out my other hubs

      on homemade beauty

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This is a super list of ways to use salt for solving everyday problems--thanks!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      You have some fantastic uses here: silver polish (store bought is every day more expensive), perspiration stains and mouthwash! All very useful. The salt facial exfoliates and moistures?

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much I am so so glad you got something out of it:)

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      Great hub! Amazing tips on cleaning, I am on to check out your other hubs! Voted interesting.