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Over Sixty Uses for Table Salt


by SanDiegoBizMart.com

Good old table salt has many practical uses besides just seasoning food. Below is a list for over 60 uses for salt. Some you may already know, but many of these uses for salt may be new to you...

CLEANING & WASHING:
  1. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
  2. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.
  3. To remove perspiration stains from clothing, use 4 tablespoons of salt to 1 quart of hot water. Sponge the stains with the solution until the stains disappear.
  4. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.
  5. Yellowed cottons and linens: Boil for one hour in a solution of salt and baking soda.
  6. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on a damp cloth, then run the iron across the cloth.
  7. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.
  8. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
  9. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.
  10. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten your bathtub and toilet bowl.

ODORS:

  1. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
  2. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
  3. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
  4. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.
  5. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
  6. Remove odors from sink drain pipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

STAINS & GREASE:

  1. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet and let the salt soak up the stain.
  2. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.
  3. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
  4. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
  5. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
  6. Tough blood stains: Soak the stained item in cold salty water, then wash in warm, soapy water. Next, boil the item after the washing. (Only for use on cottons, linens or natural fibers that can tolerate high heat).
  7. Wine stains: Blot up as much as possible. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt. Let sit, then rinse in cool water later. For carpet: Blot, immediately cover with salt. Let sit, then later scrape up the salt & vacuum.
  8. Grease stains: To remove grease stains in clothing and carpets mix one part salt to four parts alcohol. Rub vigorously, then rinse.
  9. Mildew & rust stains: Dab stained spots with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Set out in the sun awhile for bleaching. Then rinse and dry. Recommended for white fabric only.

POLISH:

  1. Clean brass, copper, and pewter with a paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour (equal parts of each). Let sit for an hour, then buff.
  2. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look.

IN THE KITCHEN:

  1. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
  2. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.
  3. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
  1. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water: fresh eggs sink and bad ones float.
  2. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs. A cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
  3. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
  4. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.
  5. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and the pancakes won't stick.
  6. Soak unshelled nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.
  7. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.
  8. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.
  9. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.
  10. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.
  11. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.
  12. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.
    Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.
  13. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.
  14. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.
  15. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.
  16. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.
  17. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
  18. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

PERSONAL CARE & REMEDIES:

  1. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
  2. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water (1/2 tsp to a pint of sterile water).
  3. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash (1/2 tsp to 8 oz water). Use it very warm for a sore throat gargle.
  4. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.
  5. A dash of salt in warm milk is more relaxing than plain warm milk.
  6. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.
  7. Sour breath: Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda as a mouth wash (1/4 tsp each to 8 oz water).
    Puffy eyes: Mix a teaspoon of salt to a pint of hot water. Soak 2 pads in the solution and apply to the puffy areas.
  8. Salt glow: To remove dead, dry skin. After taking a bath or shower, and while you are wet, massage your skin with dry salt. Good for your circulation, too.

HOUSEHOLD:

  1. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
  2. A longer life for cut flowers: add a little salt to the water.
  3. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.
  4. To remove white marks on wood furniture: make a thin paste of 50/50 salt and salad oil. Apply to stain, let sit 30 minutes, then rub gently with a soft cloth until clean.
  5. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.
  6. Rub or brush down your wicker furniture with a salt water solution to prevent yellowing. Dry in the sun.
  7. Sprinkle salt in sidewalk cracks and between patio or walkway bricks where you don't want grass growing. Damp it down. Just make sure there is no "run-off" into "wanted" plants or grass.
  8. BBQ Grills: throw a handful of salt on the flames produced from grease drippings. This will reduce the flames and smoke without cooling off the coals like water will do. Just make sure you miss the meat!

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