Salt is one of the elements that has never been missing from the kitchen since the olden times.
How many ways can you use salt?
The use of salt to preserve food was one of the early cornerstones of civilization (preservation lessened the dependence on seasonal food, and provided sustenance for traveling over long distances). However, salt was very difficult to obtain. With modern production methods, nowadays salt is the most common and readily available nonmetallic mineral in the world; in fact, the supply of salt is inexhaustible.
Salt is an extraordinary cleaning and deodorizing agent for your entire home.
Here are just a few of the many ways you can put salt to good use in your home:
Salt works as an effective yet gentle scouring agent. Salt also serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as vinegar, to boost cleaning and deodorizing action. For a basic soft scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.
- Clean stained cups. Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.
- Remove water rings. Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.
- Clean greasy pans. Cast-iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.
- Clean rust. Mix salt and cream of tartar with just enough water to make a paste. Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and buff with a dry, soft cloth. You can also use the same method with a mix of salt and lemon.
- Attack wine spills. If your tipsy aunt tips her wine on the cotton or linen tablecloth, blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine with a pile of salt, which will help pull the remaining wine away from the fiber. After dinner, soak the tablecloth in cold water for thirty minutes before laundering. (Also works on clothing.)
- Brighten colors. Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors. Brighten faded rugs and carpets by rubbing them briskly with a cloth that has been dipped in a strong saltwater solution and wrung out.
- Remove perspiration stains. Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade.
- Remove blood stains. Soak the stained cloth in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash. (Use only on cotton, linen or other natural fibers that can take high heat.)
- Clean a gunky iron bottom. Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.
- Deter ants. Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.
- Keep cut flowers fresh. A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.
- -Protect wicker furniture and prevent them from turning yellow by applying salt with a wet brush and letting it dry out in the sun.
- Lengthen the life of bathroom or kitchen sponges. After you use them, soak them in salt water.
- Prevent frost from forming on your house and car’s windows by scrubbing them with a sponge soaked in water and salt.
- Deodorize your shoes by spraying a little salt on the inside. It will eliminate moisture and bad odor.
- Deodorize and clean the refrigerator. Apply salt and seltzer water to the door and inside for a few minutes before defrosting or cleaning it.
- Remove ice from roads and sidewalks by sprinkling it on top of the snow or frost, which will prevent ice from sticking to the ground.
- Keep ants away by sprinkling it in your house’s entrance, around the windows, and underneath doors.