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11 Other Uses for Salt



We never have everything we need around the house, so it is always good to have tools and products that have multiple uses. Not only does this save storage space, but also money and aggravation. Salt is another versatile item that we like to keep in stock. Not only does it make popcorn irresistible, but it can also help you clean up, keep insects at bay and make your kitchen safer.

Clean flower residue from a vase. The flowers were pretty, but the brown residue is not. To clean your vase, rub the stain with salt then wash with soapy water. If your hand or a bottle brush won’t fit inside, fill the vase with a strong solution of salt and water and some ice, preferably crushed. Shake the bottle so that the ice scrubs against the stain and then then wash the vase out with soapy water.

Keep wicker looking new.  To combat yellowing of aging wicker furniture, scrub it with a brush dipped in warm salt water and let the furniture dry in the sun.

Remove red wine stains from carpet.  First, while the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water and lightly sprinkle the area with salt. Wait 10 minutes and the vacuum the area.

Remove watermarks from wood. 
Mixing one teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge until the watermark disappears, then clean the entire surface with furniture polish.

Restore a sponge.  Clean up those gross sponges by soaking them overnight in a solution of about 1/4 cup salt per quart of water.

Deter ants. 
If you are having an ant problem, sprinkle salt across the bottom of door frames, window sills or other areas where you believe they may be letting themselves in.

Soak stains off enamel pans.  Quit working so hard to remove the casserole stains. Soak the enamel pan in salt water overnight then boil salt water in the pan the next day and wipe them with a clean sponge (that you cleaned as instructed above).

Extend broom life.  To keep your broom performing like new, soak its bristles in a bucket of hot, salty water for 20 minutes and let it dry in the sun.
Keep oven spills from hardening

Clean the ‘fridge.  Remove all the food and the racks from the fridge. Now dissolve 3/4 cup of salt in 1 gallon of warm water and use your clean sponge to clean the inside of the refrigerator. By using this method you avoid fumes that may linger in the fridge and migrate to your food.

Remove tea and coffee stains.  Tea and coffee stain cups and pots. Scrub away the stains with an equal mix of white vinegar and salt. Rub the solution on the offending stain for clean kitchenware.

Extinguish grease fires.  Never pour water on a grease fire! The water will cause the grease to splatter and spread the fire. Store a box of salt next to your stove. Should an unfortunate grease fire erupt, dump the salt on the fire. Sure- it will ruin your meal but you will save your kitchen.

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