Unique uses for common household products: Salt

Did you know that there are over a thousand uses for salt, other than for flavoring our food?Find out what some of them are, and how you can apply them, by reading this informative article!

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Unique uses for common household products: Salt

Salt, or Sodium Chloride, as it is scientifically known, is commonly seen on dinner tables at home and in restaurants. It even comes in little white packets with our fast food burgers and fries! Salt is a common seasoning for our food, but did you know that there are over a thousand other unique uses for this common household product? Salt is a versatile compound that can be used for everything from cleaning up a broken raw egg to killing poison ivy plants!

Use 1
Clean Up a Broken Raw Egg on a Tile Floor
Before you reach for a roll of paper towels to clean up the mess, reach for your salt shaker instead. Simply sprinkle the raw egg spill with enough salt to cover it. Let it set a few minutes.
Then, you still won’t need paper towels to clean it up. Simply sweep up the dried egg with a broom and dust pan!
Use 2
Freshen Up and Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Mix together one cup of salt with one cup of baking soda. Stir the mixture into a gallon of warm water until it is completely dissolved. Use a clean sponge and the salt-soda water to clean the inside of your refrigerator. The salt-soda combination will not only scrub off drips, spills and stains, but it will also help to deodorize your refrigerator. Finish by rinsing the inside of your refrigerator with clear water.
Use 3
Cleaning stained cups – Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.
Use 4
Open Stuffy Nasal Passages
You probably know that gargling with a salt water solution can help heal your gums after minor dental surgery. You probably know too that gargling with salt water helps alleviate the pain of a sore throat. But, did you know that you can open up a stuffy nose with salt too? Simply mix up a solution of two teaspoons of salt to a cup of warm water; stir until completely dissolved. Place a teaspoon of the solution into the palm of your hand. Hold your hand to one nostril while you hold the other nostril closed. Sniff the solution up. Repeat this process with the other nostril. After a few minutes, your nasal passages should open up, allowing you to breath freer.
Use 5
Keep Peeled Potatoes, Apples, et cetera, White
Potatoes, Apples, and the like have one thing in common. When they are peeled, and the air hits their inner flesh, they tend to quickly turn brown. You can eliminate this problem by sprinkling some common household salt into the water with the fruits or vegetables.
Use 6
Easily Clean Up Burned On Food Spills in Your Oven
Here’s another unique use for common household salt: you have just baked a fresh cherry pie and when you open your oven up, you spot some burned on cherry spills. What to do? Just sprinkle salt on the spills and let them set for a few minutes. Then, gently scrape the food spills up, and wipe the area clean.
Use 7
Keep a Box of Salt on Hand to Extinguish Grease Fires
If a grease fire happens to erupt in your kitchen while you are cooking, grab your box of salt and shake it onto the fire! Make sure the grease is cooled before you clean the mess up.
Use 8
Kill Poison Ivy and Other Weeds With Common Household Salt
Salt is an enemy to plants, grass, and weeds. If you want to get rid of any bothersome poison ivy, et cetera, simply sprinkle salt all around the roots of the plants. The plants will dry up and die within a few days. Be careful, though, not to get the salt on flowers, grass, or any other plant that you want to keep alive!
Use 9
Remove White Rings on Furniture
Often, setting drinking glasses right on your table tops can cause stubborn white rings to appear on your furniture. Just mix up a paste of common household salt and lemon oil. Gently apply the paste to the white rings. Let stand a few minutes, then clean the white rings off!
Use 10
Perspiration Stains Disappear Like Magic!
Here is yet another unique use for common household salt: Mix up an eighth of a cup of salt with one quart of warm water; stir until the salt is dissolved. Dampen perspiration stains on your shirts with this solution. Then, launder as usual.

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