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SALT & ITS USES IN THE HOME

Updated on March 31, 2010

You may be surprised to hear some of the many uses for salt.

In this lens i am going to tell you some of the many uses there are for salt..yes, everyday table salt can be used in such a large variety of ways apart from the obvious more known uses. Salt has been used for centuries maybe thousands of years by mankind for so many different things other than for seasoning food such as wages for Roman soldiers to cleaning various metals and preventing damp. There are literally hundreds of uses for salt and here i shall let you know of the ones which i myself know of.

Whipping-cream

This may sound revolting to many of us..but it works ..i don't know how but it does..Really!

Have you ever gotten half-way through whipping cream and felt as though your arm is about to drop off because you have been whisking it for such a long time?..i know that i have! Here is a great little tip for reducing the whipping time incredibly which really works. Add a small pinch of table salt to the cream before whisking..that's all you need to do..and no it doesn't make the cream taste salty either

Meringues that melt in your mouth!

A simple tip for making meringues with ease.

As with the tip for whipping cream which i told you about above the same tip applies to beating egg whites when making meringues. A pinch of salt added to the mixture before beating dramatically reduces the beating time and causes the meringue mixture to form much higher peaks which makes for a crispier and crunchier result and also prevents the meringues from browning giving you a perfectly cooked white meringue..and again no it does not affect the taste of the meringue in any way.

Fish Fingers!

Do you ever prepare raw fish but have a job ridding your hands of the distinct "fishy odour" that remains?

A simple, much tried and tested way to remove the unpleasant "fishiness" from your hands after preparing it for cooking is by rubbing your hands liberally with the wedge of a large lemon and salt..any type of salt will do as they all work just as well as each other..try adding a little pinch of sugar too as this will help to exfoliate your hands leaving them baby-soft and "pong" free.

Dirty brass, copper or pewter?

For a cheap and very effective way to clean all of your brass, copper and pewter items try this tip.

To clean tarnished brass,copper and pewter items effectively leaving them bright and shining you should mix up a paste using equal parts of salt and vinegar to which you add another equal amount of flour to thicken. Use in the same way as you would use a bought over-the-counter cleaner whilst saving you money..you will find that it does the job just as well..if not better than the bought products which you might normally use.

Got a blocked sink or drain?

Use this trick as a preventative for blocked sinks and drains as well as a way of budging the blockage once it has happened.

When your sink or drain becomes blocked mix up a bucket of extra strong salt solution using hot water and tip the entire bucket load down the blocked plug-hole or drain, this will dissolve the grease build-up and eliminate any "nasty-niffs" as well as keeping the sink and drain blockage free when you continue using it regularly..once a week is plenty!

Moths, Ants and Slugs!

Have you got moth holes in your clothes, ants in your pants and slugs in your lettuces?

If you have got either or all of the above annoying pests which you want rid of then salt is the answer to get what you want. Yes a thick line of salt across the doorstep and outside window frames will keep ants at bay so preventing them coming indoors, whilst a bowl of salt in your wardrobe or chest-of-drawers and airing-cupboard will prevent moths from laying and their larvae from hatching which in turn prevents moth holes from your clothes and bed-linen, bowls of salt left out in the garden helps prevent slugs and destroys them when thrown over them..though i always think prevention is more environmentally friendly than this last method!

White marks on your wooden tables?

Has your wooden table or cabinet got white marks or rings on that you just cannot get rid of no matter how hard you have scrubbed them..if so then i have the solution for you to try which actually works rather well.

If you have ruined the appearance of your wooden table top or cabinet by placing either a hot cup or plate or a glass of wine down on it without thinking of the consequences such as unsightly white marks or rings and you have tried everything that you can think of to budge them without scratching the wood to no avail then try this. Mix a thin paste using table salt and a drizzle of salad oil and rub the marks gently in a circular motion with a soft cloth until the marks have vanished..yes it really works!

Sore throat remedy

Salt gargle and mouth-wash.

Salt has great antiseptic qualities about it which makes it an excellent cure and soother for sore throats when mixed with warm water and gargled. Simply add a few teaspoons of table salt to a glass of warm water and use it to gargle with until the entire glass has gone..repeat this a few times a day whilst your throat is sore but in no way am i recommending this method for curing bad infections such as tonsilitis for which i suggest that you gargle until the soonest possible time that you can get an appointment to visit your GP. The same solution is also a good cheap method for a mouthwash and bleeding gums.

Unsightly yellowing of the teeth?

If you smoke or drink a lot of tea then you may notice that your teeth look rather yellow.

If you notice that your teeth are yellowing especially those of you that smoke or drink a lot of tea yet you brush regularly then try this simple method to remove the yellow stains and brighten your smile. Mix a thick paste of salt, bicarbonate soda and water and brush in the same way as you would normally when using tooth-paste..circular motions are best especially for getting in between the gaps and cracks. After just the first time using this method you will notice a significant difference to the colour of your teeth and when used once a week on a regular basis will prevent the yellowing from occurring in the future.

Do you want a clean and clear complexion?

Ever wondered how the ladies of old kept their complexions clear and fresh..here's how they did it.

For a clear and fresh complexion mix three parts salt..sea salt is very good for this..with one part light baby oil and use it to massage your face using gentle circular motions, this removes any dead skin cells and invigourates the new skin, rinse well with warm clean water and pat dry which will leave your complexion looking and feeling rejuvinated every time..once a week is often enough to keep your face clean, clear, fresh and healthy.

Salt and the Romans

Salt was often used as currency as far back as when the Romans were Latin speaking, salt even has a mention in the Bible.

Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt, Sal dare {sol dier} means "to give salt". The word salary was also derived from sal dare.

To sit above ..or below the salt identified precedence in the Romans seating arrangements at a feast according to ones rank in the Roman army. Not to be "worth ones salt" was considered to be a great insult.

Even the Bible compliments some men as "being the salt of the earth" .

Last one is a rotten egg!

How to detect if an egg has turned bad or "rotten" without first cracking it.

If like me you have ever cracked open an egg only for it to explode coating your kitchen, clothes and face with the stinking rotten smell that a bad egg has then you will know why it is always a good idea to test your eggs before using them, for the stench from a rotten egg is absolutely disgustinging and lingers in the air for days even after cleaning up the mess and really turns your stomach over not to mention having to explain to all your visitors that you have for the next week or so afterwards just what has caused the smell which lingers in the air and remains in your nostrils for ages ..yes it really is as bad as all that..trust me ..i know from experience, anyway back to the point lol..to prevent this from ever happening to you then just fill a bowl with water to which you add half a cup of table salt and place your egg into it gently..if the egg sinks to the very bottom it is very fresh..if the egg is suspended halfway between the top and the bottom of the bowl then use it within a day or two, if it sinks almost but not quite to the bottom then it is probably safe to keep for about 4-6 days and if the egg floats almost or totally to the top then it's a sign that it has started to turn bad and i wouldn't risk eating it...and when it floats and bobs on top of the water discard it carefully by placing it in a bag and sealing it and then another bag for luck and put it straight in the outside bin taking great care not to crack it if possible because the last one is a rotten egg..lol

Please leave me a comment about your views on this lens. - Whether you thought this lens interesting or boring i would love to hear your views and comments..hea

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      WG-Tiaras 4 years ago

      This is a great lens, I used baking soda a lot with vinegar but never thought of using soap too. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In my experience salt is not effective against ants. They just walk over it! Use a commercially available ant and cockroach killer spray.

      Use soda crystals (Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate) for unblocking sinks and drains, not salt.

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for filling me in with your egg/salt comment Judy...and you are right of course x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can float an egg in water without the salt and it works perfectly

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing us your knowledge of salt's many uses.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      some very good tips here! 5*****

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      Hi Alfie, thanks for your very kind words. I love this lens about salt. I use salt a lot for practical and esoteric purposes, and I must return the compliment here...I wish I had done this lens myself.

      I am going to try the merinque tip, as I have had a strange urge to make them, and they keep turning out all soggy. My father taught us all from an early age to gargle with salt at the first sign of a sore throat, I always put salt in my cleaning water...but I can't bear to hurt the slugs and snails...we have to share our veg with them in our garden. Actually, that gives me an idea for a lens...my love affair with snails.

      I've started a still room blog; it's in its really early days, but I am going to put a link to this on it.

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      The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

      Great tips, and I loved the word origins also. I use sea salt and olive oil as a total after shower body rub for baby smooth skin. (While still in shower with barely moist skin.) 5*s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      well i never.....

      handy tips there mum xx