Salt is an incredibly versatile substance with practical applications that extend far beyond the kitchen. From cleaning and stain removal to beauty treatments and throat remedies, there are countless ways to put salt to use around the house. Plus, let’s not forget how it can elevate the taste of food – so much so that it was once used as currency in some cultures. But enough about the fascinating history of salt – let’s dive into some of the most surprising and effective ways you can use it in your home.
ABSORB FOOD SPILLS
When an accidental spill happens, be it juice on the tablecloth or ketchup on your shirt, salt can come in handy to absorb the stain. Simply sprinkle salt on the affected area, let it sit for a while, and then wash as usual. You can also use salt to absorb spills on the carpet instead of using toxic household cleaners.
REMOVE WATER STAINS FROM WOOD
Watermarks on wooden furniture can be unsightly, but salt can help remove them easily. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to make a paste, apply the paste onto the mark using a soft cloth or sponge, and gently rub it until the mark disappears. Restore the luster of your wood with furniture polish afterward.
ELIMINATE SWEAT STAINS
Sweat stains can be a real pain, especially if you have white clothing items that are prone to discoloration. However, a simple paste made of salt and water can do wonders in removing pit stains. Apply the mixture to the affected area, let it sit for at least an hour, and then wash as usual.
CLEAN YOUR REFRIGERATOR
Cleaning your fridge every few months is important to maintain its hygiene and freshness. But sometimes, regular cleaning methods are not enough to get rid of stubborn stains and odors. To tackle this, mix 1/2 cup of salt with 2 liters of warm water and use it to scrub the shelves thoroughly.
Canvas shoes, such as sneakers, can become quite smelly, especially during the summer months when worn without socks. To combat odors and absorb moisture, occasionally sprinkle a little salt inside your canvas shoes.
KILL GRASS AND WEEDS
If you want to get rid of grass or weeds growing in the cracks of your pavement or between patio stones, salt can help. Sprinkle salt over the unwanted plants and pour boiling water over them. Alternatively, you can sprinkle coarse salt on the grass or weeds, let it sit for a day or overnight, and then pour hot water over it.
EXTINGUISH GREASE FIRES
In the event of a grease fire, using water is not recommended as it can actually spread the flames. Instead, quickly douse the fire with salt or baking soda, or cover it with a metal lid to smother the flames.
REMOVE BAKED-ON FOOD
Baked-on food can be difficult to remove, even with a strong scrub brush. But you can make it easier by pouring salt on the affected area and letting it sit for a few minutes. Then, pour on a little more salt and use a lime wedge to scrub the area. The salt will act as an abrasive and absorbent, making it easier to remove the baked-on food and leaving your cookware clean.
RELIEVE BEE STINGS
Getting stung by a bee can be painful, but salt can act as a natural remedy. Immediately wet the sting and cover it with salt to ease the pain and reduce swelling. Most bug bites and stings can be treated at home.
CLEAN COFFEE POTS
Over time, coffee pots can become stained and discolored, but salt can help restore their shine. To clean a glass coffee pot, add 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes, swish the mixture around, let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
PREVENT FROST ON WINDOWS
You can prevent your windows from frosting up during cold weather by rubbing them with salt water. Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on your windows to prevent them from frosting up, even when the temperature drops below freezing. You can also create a similar effect on your car’s windshield by putting salt in a small bag made of cheesecloth, moistening it slightly, and rubbing it on.
KEEP ANTS AWAY
To keep ants at bay without using harsh chemical pesticides, create a line of salt as a barrier. The ants won’t cross the salt line, making it a safe and natural way to deter them from entering your home.
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- “25 Ways You Should Use Salt Around the House.” Gardening Channel
- “20 Surprising Uses For Salt.” Today. March 18, 2013
- “60 Clever Uses for Salt—That Don’t Involve Cooking.” Readers Digest. Brooke Nelson and Lauren Cahn. March 21, 2023.