Household Uses of Salt

Tips for Cleaning, Home, and Health

July 21, 2017
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Salt certainly makes our food more flavorful, but it can also work to fix many of our unexpected challenges around the house. Here are some of our favorite household uses of salt.

When windows won’t open and salt clogs the shaker, the weather will favor the umbrella maker.

Best Uses of Salt in the Home

  • Rub salt on fruit-stained clothes while still wet, then put them in the wash.
  • For mildew spots, rub in salt and some buttermilk, and then let dry in the sun.
  • If you spill wine or fruit juice on your tablecloth, pour salt on the spot immediately to absorb the stain.
  • Apply a paste of salt and olive oil to ugly heat rings on your table. Let sit for about an hour and then wipe off with a soft cloth.
  • To improve your iron, sprinkle salt on a piece of paper and run the sticky iron over it a few times while the iron is hot.
  • To restore some of the color to faded fabric, soak it in a strong solution of salt and water.
  • Mix a tablespoon of salt into the water of a vase of cut flowers to keep them fresh longer.
  • A mixture of salt and vinegar will clean brass.
  • Salt on the fingers when cleaning meat or fish will prevent your hands from slipping.
  • To kill unwanted weeds growing in your driveway or between bricks and stones, pour boiling salt water over them.
  • For perspiration stains, add enough water to salt to make a paste, then rub into the cloth. Wait for an hour, and then launder as usual.
  • Cover spilled raw eggs with salt, then wipe clean with a paper towel.
  • To freshen smelly sneakers (or any canvas shoe) sprinkle their insides with salt. Wait 24 hours for the salt to absorb the odor, and then shake them out.
  • Pour salt directly onto a grease spill and come back to it later.
  • A new broom will last longer if you soak the bristles in hot salt water before using it for the first time.
  • Stainless steel can be cleaned by rubbing it with a gritty paste of two tablespoons of salt mixed with lemon juice. Rinse well and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • Rub two to three tablespoons of salt onto the stains inside your glass vases, and then scrub clean with a damp bristle brush.
  • Gargle with warm salt water (¼ teaspoon salt to one cup water) to relieve a sore throat.
  • Sprinkle salt on carpets to dry out muddy footprints before vacuuming.
  • When silk flowers get dusty, put them in a paper bag with several tablespoons of salt and shake gently for two minutes to clean them.
  • Refresh household sponges by soaking them in cold salt water for ten minutes.

Have we missed any great household uses of salt? Please let us know below!

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For flea infestation inside,

For flea infestation inside, sprinkle salt around baseboards, on rugs and carpet and on upholstered furniture. Let it sit for 3 days then vaccuum it up. Repeat the procedure and you should be free of fleas. If needed you may repeat the 3rd time.

I heard salt sprinkled on

I heard salt sprinkled on carpet helps control the fleas on carpet.

A paste of salt and vegetable

A paste of salt and vegetable oil, plus lots of elbow grease, will remove rust from cast iron.

Rust on cast iron

A strong solution (1/2 cup) of citric acid and boiling water, left to soak overnight will remove rust without scrubbing. I bought an old cast iron cauldron which someone was obviously using as a planter; there was 1 1/2" of rust in the bottom. After treatment it looked like it was new and unseasoned.

Amen to the Margarita

Amen to the Margarita

Ice and salt in a glass

Ice and salt in a glass coffee pot to small for your hands. Swirll to clean.

I have learned this trick

I have learned this trick many years ago Just add salt and ice to a glass coffee pot and swirl around to get the burnt coffee stains out and it works well with any size pot

Helps to revive you after a

Helps to revive you after a hard day of work when applied to the rim of a margarita glass!

If you have a pesky slug that

If you have a pesky slug that you don't want to squish sprinkle salt on it and the next morning it will be dried up and you can easily remove it.

Pesky slug

Poor little slug! What a horrible way to go! Personally, I would just scoop it up with a piece of paper and put it somewhere else. But that's just me...

Dehydrated slug

. . . and me!

Salt also works on leeches.

Salt also works on leeches. They drop off when you sprinkle salt on them.