Generally, we will use salt to add flavor to our meals; our taste buds demand it. Apart from its culinary use, salt has virtues and properties that you would not have previously suspected.
Fortunately for us, salt is an accessible element at a low price and can, therefore, be used as many times as desired for small household odds and ends. You’re certainly anxious to know what else salt can do for you, apart from salting a good dish.
So hang in there and take notes; these tips will be very useful on a daily basis.
1. Get rid of the bad smell from the refrigerator
It is quite common for a refrigerator to end up with an unpleasant odor after a while of use. This odor is bad for the taste of the different foodstuffs stored in the refrigerator. To get rid of it, mix a tablespoon of salt with half a liter of sparkling water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it whenever necessary to clean the inside of your refrigerator. Not only is this cleaner inexpensive, but it also has the advantage of a composition free from harmful chemicals.
2. Shine copper and brass
To clean your copper or brass fittings and utensils, take salt, flour, and white vinegar. Here is how you are going to proceed with the cleaning: take a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of flour and a tablespoon of vinegar. Adjust the quantities according to the scope of the cleaning to be done; each element must simply be present in equal parts. Then, mix everything in a small cup so as to obtain a homogeneous paste. After that, coat the brass or copper with the paste obtained, and rub vigorously with a cloth. All you have to do is rinse the tool after scrubbing.
3. Strengthen the strands of your brooms
In our time, questions of waste are no longer up to date. Wasting is not ecological and is also anti-economic. To act in the right direction, we can start with everyday actions, such as extending the life of a broom for example. So, to extend the life of your broom strands, you just need to take a bucket of warm water that you previously salted. Then immerse the hairs of your new broom in the saline solution. Let the solution act for 20 minutes before removing the broom.
4. A cheap base for artificial flowers
If you like artificial flowers, this tip is for you. So how do you fit your bouquets of artificial flowers in a vase? First, fill half of the vase with fine salt. Then insert the bouquet or each flower stem, as desired, into the vase. After that, pour a small amount of fresh water into the vase, and therefore onto the pile of salt. Wait a few days, and you will see the salt solidify to form a solid block for the bouquets.
5. Bringing wicker furniture back to life
We like wicker furniture for its very soothing natural side. Unfortunately, their exposure to UV rays, dust, and even air, can tarnish them over the years. To bring your wicker furniture back to life, you don’t need to invest in expensive cleaning products. Indeed, you simply have to concoct a warm saline solution to clean your furniture. For cleaning, all you need to do is dip a stiff brush in warm saline water and scrub your furniture afterward. For drying, simply expose the furniture to the sun. Repeat this operation every year.
6. A red wine stain remover
Salt is your best ally when it comes to removing a stain of red wine on a fabric of immaculate whiteness. Please note, you must act very quickly for the operation to succeed. So, as soon as the red wine reaches the white tissue, it will be necessary to reduce its red pigments by pouring a little white wine or white vinegar into it. This done, you should get rid of the stain by proceeding with cleaning with fresh water and a sponge. After that, cover the tainted part with salt. Let the salt sit for 10 to 15 minutes and vacuum it to finish.
7. Remove traces of water that target wooden furniture
You have not always had the reflex of placing a coaster or a small tablecloth on your wooden furniture. Therefore, the beautiful wooded area is riddled with water stains after all the members of the family have put their glasses and bottles there.
To remove these unsightly water stains, form a pasty material based on salt and water. Then, abrade the tainted place with the dough. Finally, lightly varnish the treated areas if necessary.
8. Collect a sponge
Sponges are consumables; however, we always feel better when we manage to recover or revive a consumable! So, to recover your sponge, you simply need to make a saline solution according to the following dosage: a quarter of a cup of salt for a quarter of a liter of cold water. Pour your saline solution in a bowl and add the sponge to collect. Let the solution work overnight. In the morning, simply wring and rinse the sponge.
9. Protect fruits and vegetables from oxidation
The flesh of some fruits and vegetables turns brown after exposure to the fresh air. It is oxidation that causes this phenomenon. However, in certain situations we are obliged to cut our fruits and vegetables a few hours before the service. So, to keep the beautiful color of these edible plants that we love so much, we just need to prepare a saline solution (not too salty) in a large salad bowl. Then, it will simply be necessary to immerse the slices in the solution.
10. Prepare a chemical-free paint for children
One of the best ways to spark their imagination is to paint their children. However, to preserve the health of your child, you prefer to choose paints without chemicals. By the way, you can make it by yourself, mixing in a large bowl: a cup of salt, a cup of flour, a cup of water and two to five drops of food coloring.
11. Organic anticide
Salt is a very effective anticide. In fact, the smell and taste of salt are not tolerated by ants. To do away with an invasion of ants, you can use two solutions. The first is simply to scatter fine salt in the places most frequented by ants. It’s a simple and effective solution, but it can sometimes be messy. So here’s a second solution: dilute half a cup of coarse salt or fine salt in a liter of fresh water. Let the salt dissolve completely and pour the salt water into a spray bottle. Then you just need to spray the areas overgrown with saline. Repeat this operation as many times as necessary to have a significant result.
12. Deodorize shoes
Salt has an absorbent, deodorant and sanitizing power. It is for these reasons that it can be used to deodorize shoes. To proceed, take an old clean sock that you no longer put on. Add a quarter cup of fine salt to the sock and place it in the shoe. Let the salt act overnight. You can do this every time you take your shoes off.
13. Give shine to windows and mirrors
That’s it, you have decided to use only organic and cheap cleaners to maintain your home. But you don’t know how to restore your windows and mirrors to their former glory. So to make all the mirrored and glass surfaces shine, you need to add a handful of coarse salt and two tablespoons of organic apple vinegar to a liter of lukewarm water. Let the salt melt completely before scouring your surfaces with the solution. To finish cleaning, rinse the windows and mirrors with water.
14. For lasting candles
If you have recently invested in scented or colored candles, make the pleasure of seeing them lit with salt last. So, to get started, you need to melt a quarter cup of salt in a bowl of fresh water. Then immerse your candles in salt water for 4 to 7 hours. Let the candles dry for a whole day before lighting them.
15. Reduce itching after a mosquito bite
Getting bitten by a mosquito is really unpleasant. The more you scratch the bite, the worse the itch will be. In order not to aggravate the bite and at the same time relieve it, here is what you can do: run the tip of your index finger in cold water and then in a small container of salt. Then, lightly rub the prick button with your index finger where the small grains of salt will have hung.
16. Clean your aquarium
Table salt is very effective when it comes to cleaning the inside of an aquarium. Not only is it cheap in this scenario, but it is also safe for fish. Here’s how to clean an aquarium using table salt: place the fish in a bowl of transitional water. Then empty your aquarium. Scrub the inside of the aquarium with salt by rubbing on all surfaces and corners. Rinse the aquarium with fresh water afterward. Finally, fill it with water and put your small aquatic animals back in it.
17. make your toothbrush last
It is common to see the bristles of a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush crumble and twist after two to three weeks of brushing. However, it is advisable to change your toothbrush only every month.
So, to make the strands of an electric brush or a manual toothbrush last, here is what you can do: Make a saline solution with a glass of warm water and a tablespoon of fine salt, Immerse the toothbrush in the saline solution ensuring that the bristles are well submerged, Leave the solution to act for one hour, take the toothbrush out of the saline solution and rinse it.
18. An organic and healthy tooth wash
If you no longer want to use toothpaste for one reason or another, you can substitute it with a baking soda and salt paste. More concretely, in a ramekin, you have to mix equal parts of salt and baking soda; moisten everything slightly. If you want, you can add a drop of peppermint essential oil to the dough. Use this mixture to brush your teeth; it’s economical, healthy and organic!
19. Prevent oil from jumping from the pan
If you are one of those people who avoid cooking for fear of being burned by splashing oil, the time for your release has come !!! So, to prevent the hot oil from popping out of your pan when you stir in the food, sprinkle the oil with half a teaspoon of salt. The salt will trap the water in the food until it has completely evaporated.
20. Know a fresh egg
How do you know if an egg is still edible? Here’s the answer: fill a glass with fresh water. Then dissolve a tablespoon of fine salt in it. Touch the mixture well so that the salt dissolves completely. After that, gently store the egg in the glass of water. If the latter floats, it is no longer fresh; if it does leak, you can still eat it.
21. Cook the meal faster
If you did not already know, it is high time for you to learn that salt has a thermogenesis characteristic on water. In other words, it increases the temperature of already boiling water tenfold. To cook your meals faster, you can add two pinches of salt to the cooking water.
22. Sterilize and thoroughly clean the cutting board
Your cutting board can become a real bacteria nest after a while of use, even if you are used to cleaning it with soapy water. So, to sterilize and clean your cutting board, first, rinse it with clean water. Then dip a clean cloth in fresh water and wipe it over a plate of fine salt. For cleaning, you just need to scour the surface of the board with the cloth.
23. Kill bacteria and microbes stuck to spinach leaves
There are certainly washing solutions, of the bleach type, specially dedicated to fruits and vegetables on the market. However, they are not always the best for our health. To put it simply, you can therefore opt for salt. To wash your spinach and get rid of germs and bacteria completely, use a saline solution. So all you need to do is dissolve a tablespoon of fine salt in a liter of water to sterilize your spinach. Be sure to rinse the spinach thoroughly after allowing them to soak in salted water for 15 minutes.
24. Easily clean up spilled eggs
You inadvertently dropped your raw egg on the ground. You are very disgusted and sad for the waste. Okay, don’t panic, you can always clean your floor by first covering the spilled egg with table salt. Then you just need to pick it up with a paper towel. Besides, you can always incorporate the waste into your composting bucket. So in the end, the mess is not as huge as it seemed
25. Scouring the soleplate of an iron
The best way to scour the soleplate of iron is to abrade it with a grain of salt. How to proceed? Take a paper without ink and sprinkle it with table salt. Then turn on the iron and set it to the lowest temperature. Then you just iron the paper sprinkled with salt for a little while (5 to 7 minutes). The salt and the heat will act together to completely clean the soleplate of the iron.
26. Keep the color of your bath towels
Often, colored textiles lose their color during the first three washes; and the case is very present when it comes to bath towels. In order to preserve the color of your bath towel, you can therefore incorporate a cup of fine salt in its washing water the very first times. You can also do the same for colored clothing.
27. Properly clean perspiration stains
Sweating is normal, even if we can’t always bear having these unpleasant yellow spots on the armpits of our tops. To properly clean clothes stained with sweat, we can do the following:
Take a liter of hot water and dissolve 4 heaped tablespoons of table salt in it;
Soak the tainted parts with the saline solution and rub vigorously;
Repeat the operation as many times as necessary;
Pass the soap to finish and rinse.
28. Body treatment with fine salt
Salt works wonders for our health if we know how to use it wisely. Know that you can use fine salt to heal your skin and at the same time improve your blood circulation. For this, take your usual shower and do not wipe yourself immediately! On your skin, where the water is still beading, sprinkle with fine salt. Perform light massage movements afterward. You can also ask a third person to do the massage for you. To finish your treatment, you can immerse yourself in a good hot bath or simply rinse off with hot water.
29. Remove weeds
To remove weeds, you need shock treatment. However, it is not always useful to take a mechanical, electrical or chemical herbicide. To remove weeds from your yard or garden, mix two tablespoons of salt with one liter of hot vinegar water (as hot as possible). Pour this herbicide solution into a spray-tip bottle and spray the weeds at their roots.
30. Remove the smell of onion or garlic on the hands
To remove garlic and onion odors from your hands, you can use salt instead of soap. Indeed, salt is a powerful deodorant. Since it has a fairly neutral odor, it will not increase or change the aroma of garlic or onion stuck on your palms either. In short, it will simply eliminate unpleasant odors! To do this, wash your hands with tap water, use a teaspoon of salt instead of taking soap, rub your hands well with the salt, and finish with the rinsing.
31. Deodorize the house
Salt, as we already mentioned in the previous tips, is a good organic deodorant. To get rid of moldy odors and other unpleasant smells in all the rooms of your house, you need ramekin, coarse salt, essential oil of your choice. You’ll understand, just pour the coarse salt into the ramekin and pour a few drops of essential oil. During the orange season, you can also cut an orange in half, empty each half, and use the bowl of orange peel instead of the ramekin.
32. Scouring the sink
Cleaning your kitchen with natural means is a very good thing. Indeed, by dint of using only chemical cleaners, we risk in the long run to affect our health. So to scrub your sink, you just need salt and lemon juice. The goal is to form an abrasive and cleaning paste with these two ingredients. Adjust the quantities according to the surface to be scoured. Cleaning is done by rubbing the paste on the scouring surfaces.
33. Whiten the tile joints
The joints of our tiles, whether in the bathroom or in the kitchen, accumulate dirt over the years. To make them white you can use coarse salt. To do this, you must first spray water over the entire surface of the tiling. Then, sprinkle the surface with coarse salt, and continue with the scrubbing with a stiff brush. To complete the cleaning, dip the brush in water with white vinegar before rubbing the joints.
34. Treat dandruff
Because salt is a good exfoliant, it can also abrade persistent dandruff that annoys your scalp. Whenever you go to wash your hair, start by soaking your scalp with a generous amount of water. Then run your fingers through salt and massage your scalp while aiming to exfoliate each small patch. Whenever the salt dissolves, iron it on your fingers. After exfoliating the scalp massage, rinse your head thoroughly and shampoo.
35. Have good breath
Because you are not always obliged to use chemical products to preserve your hygiene, do not hesitate to make good use of salt! So, to get rid of possible bad breath, you can use a solution of water, salt, baking soda. To do this, you need to dissolve a tablespoon of each ingredient in half a cup of water. Use this solution instead of your usual mouthwash.
36. For an immaculate bathtub
In order to rid your bathtub, or even your sink, of the unpleasant yellow spots that have formed over the years, here is what you can do:
- Take table salt and turpentine in equal parts
- Mix the two ingredients
- Protect your hands with household gloves
- Scour the stains with the mixture
- Rinse thoroughly
37. Collect a flowerpot
Before reusing a flowerpot, it is necessary to clean it. Indeed, a flowerpot that has already been used could contain bacteria harmful to the new plant. Thus, to recover a flowerpot it is better to proceed with salt cleaning. To do this, you just need to rid the pot of its soil residue, and then scrub its surfaces with table salt using a soft brush. The salt will abrade the dirtiest surfaces and will also sanitize the pot.
38. Scare away slugs and snails
Slugs like snails are pests; they affect the health of garden plants and are also quite unpleasant to see. To get rid of it, you can once again use salt. Here’s how: sprinkle the soil around the plants most popular with these little critters with salt. Besides, you can simply place a container filled with salt in the garden.
39. Clean up the garbage disposal
If there is a smell of waste from your garbage disposal, you can clean it up by pouring in half a cup of salt and initiating disposal while sending the tap water. This process will not only deodorize the crusher but will also help it better eliminate any residues stuck in its mechanism.
40. Store the cheese
This last tip is for all foodies and gourmets! So, to keep your cheese better, and therefore to prevent it from becoming moldy, soak a clean piece of cloth with salt water. Then place your cheese in the soaked cloth before placing it in the refrigerator. You can use this tip on hard and soft cheeses.