Seventy-two Household uses for Table-Salt


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There are many uses for table-salt. Table-salt not only makes food tasty but is can also be used for other things as well. It is one of the most common condiments that live in your kitchen.

What is salt?

Sodium chloride, also known as common salt, is the chemical compound NaCl. It happens naturally in countless regions of the world as the mineral halite. Salt also occurs as mixed evaporates in salt lakes. Seawater is one of the top bases of this natural nutrient. It contains lots of salt. Seawater has a usual of 2.6% NaCl (by weight), or 26 million metric tons per cubic kilometer. That’s 120 million short tons per cubic mile, an infinite source.

Buried salt deposits are what are found in equally bedded sedimentary films and domal deposits. Salt deposits have been found to have captured early microbes as well as germs. Some salt is on the world’s external, such as the dried-up deposit of old seas like the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Salt even lands on earth from outer space. Its existence on the planet Mars has led researchers to ruminate life might be present there. Astonishingly, external salt deposits and man-made salt-works can even be seen from the universe.

Below is a list of astonishing uses for table-salt on everyday items.

Table of Contents

1. Part 1: Uses for table-salt in the kitchen

2. Part 2: Uses for table-salt in the household and cleaning

3. Part 3: Uses for table-salt in health and beauty tips

Part 1: Uses for table-salt in the kitchen

1. Clean your garbage disposal

How to eliminate that disgusting smell fanning from your garbage disposal? Clean it up with salt. Put in 1/2 cup table salt into the garbage disposal. Run the cold water and start the disposal. The table salt will remove trapped remaining food and nullify bad smells.

2. Eliminate baked-on food

How to eradicate stubborn food from plates and cooking pans? Before washing up, scatter the stuck-on food with salt. Moisten the area and let it sit until the salt removes the stuck-on food. Then clean it away with soapy water.

3. Remove burned-on marks off enamel pots

How to remove those burned-on marks off enamel pots? Immerse the pot overnight in salt water. Boil salt water in the pot the next day. The salt solution should completely remove the stains.

4. Keep oven spills from toughening

When food spills in your oven don’t give it a chance to harden. Scatter some salt on the spilled food while it is still soft. So, when the oven cools off, you can sponge up the mess with a clean rag. The same method applies for food spills on the stovetop. Also, the salt will eliminate stinks as well. If you’d like to add a pleasing aroma, combine a little cinnamon in with the salt.

5. Rub off burned milk from a pan

How to remove burned milk stains from a pan? Wet the burned pot and scatter it with table-salt. And wait about 10 minutes and then scrub the pot. The salt eliminates that burned-milk stink as well.

6. Freshen up greasy iron pots

How to remove grease from iron pans? Sprinkle table-salt in the greasy pan before washing it. The salt will eliminate most of the grease. Clean the pot out and then wash as usual with soapy water.

7. Freshen up stained glass

How to eradicate those persistent stains from glassware that your dishwasher or hand-scrubbing failed to do? Mix a handful of salt in a quart of vinegar and immerse the glassware overnight. The marks should rub off in the morning.

8. Freshen up your cast-iron wok

How to stop your cast-iron woks from rusting? When you’re done cooking, and the wok is still hot, decant in about 1/4 cup salt and rub it with a rigid wire brush. Wipe the wok clean. Then apply a light coating of sesame or vegetable oil before storing it.

Please note: don’t clean a wok with a non-stick coating this way. That is because it will mark the none-stick coating.

9. Take away lipstick smears from glassware

How to remove lipstick smears on glassware? Before cleaning your stemware, rocks glasses, or water tumblers, rub the edges with table-salt to remove lipstick smudges.

10. Enhance your cutting boards

Wash your cutting and bread boards with soap and water. Then rub them with moistened clean rag plunged in table salt. The boards will be brighter and lighter in colour.

11. Freshen up the refrigerator

Remove the food and the racks from the fridge. Mix up a handful of salt in 1 gallon or so of tepid water. Then get a sponge and immerse it in the salty water and clean the inside of the refrigerator. The solution isn’t harsh, so it won’t mark exteriors.

12. Hasten the clean-up of messy dough

After you have rolled out dough, scatter your floury worktop with table-salt. Then effortlessly wipe away the floury worktop with a sponge to remove the messy dough.

13. Remove tea and coffee marks

How to remove tea and coffee marks from cups, mugs as well as tea pots. Sprinkle salt onto a sponge and rub in little circles across the tea or coffee ring. With persistent stains, Combine distilled vinegar with salt in equal quantities and scrub with a sponge.

14. Polish your teapot spout

Teapots with very dis-coloured spouts can be cleaned with table salt. Put table-salt into the spout and let it sit overnight. Run boiling water through the pot. The boiling water washes away the salt to disclose the old sparkle. For persistent stains, treat the rim with a cotton pad plunged in salt.

15. Freshen up your coffee percolator

Percolated coffee that tastes a bit bitter usually means it needs a clean. To clean it, fill the percolator with water and add 4 tablespoons salt. And then percolate as usual. Wash out the percolator and all of its parts well. The next pot you make should be perfect.

16. Recover over-boiled coffee

Over cooked coffee tastes bitter. Instead of throwing it away why don’t you try adding a pinch of salt to a cup? You might be surprised at the results.

17. Stop grease splashes

How to stop grease splatters from burning you when you are frying? Before frying eggs, bacon, etc. add few pinches of salt to the pan. The table-salt will stop the splattering of fat and you won’t have to clean grease off your cook-top.

18. Hasten up cooking time

Add a dash or two of salt to the water you are boiling food in. The table-salt makes the water boil at a higher temperature. Thus, the food you are cooking will need less time on the stove.

Please note: salt does not make the water boil any quicker. As I mentioned above it just makes it boil at a higher temperature.

19. Preventing sugaring

Add a little salt to cake icings to prevent them from sugaring.

20. Improving boiled potatoes

How to give boiled potatoes a fine, mealy texture? Sprinkle them with salt after draining. Then return them to the pan. Shake them back and forth quickly to remove the additional moistness.

21. Fixing over-salted soup sand stews

How to fix over-salted soups and stews? Cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup/stew. The raw potato will absorb the table-salt.

22. Setting gelatine quickly

How to set food made with gelatine quickly? Place the dessert, etc. over ice that has been scattered with table-salt.

23. Shell hard-boiled eggs easily

How to remove hard-boiled eggs shells without breaking the shell into a thousand pieces?  Add a teaspoon of salt to your water before boiling the egg.

24. Cook perfect poached eggs

How to cook the perfect poached egg? That means keeping the whites unbroken like they do restaurants. Scatter about 1/2 teaspoon salt into the water just before you put in the eggs. The salt aids to “fix” the whites in a neat package. Also, adding a drop of vinegar helps. It also improves the flavour of the eggs as well.

25. Check an egg’s freshness

How to ensure your eggs are fresh? Add 2 teaspoons table-salt to 1 cup water. Carefully put the egg in the cup. An old egg will float and a fresh egg will sink.

26. Shell pecan nuts more easily

How to shell pecan nuts more easily and remove the inside? Immerse the nuts in salt water for several hours before shelling. The inside will come easily away from the shells.

27. Clean spinach more easily

How to get the dirt from spinach leaves grooves? Wash spinach leaves in salted water. The grime and salt is driven out in the fresh water rinse.

28. Keep salad crunchy

How to keep your leafy salad nice and crispy? Lightly salt the salad as soon as you make it, and it will keep crisp for many hours.

29. Recover wrinkly apples

How to revive wrinkly apples? Immerse them in slightly table-salted water to make the skin smooth again.

30. Stop cut fruit from browning

How to ensure your cut fruit does not brown after you cut it? Soak them temporarily in a bowl of lightly salted water.

31. Use salt to whip cream and beat eggs

How to get your whipped cream to be lighter or your beaten eggs to beat faster and lighter? Add a pinch of table-salt. They will also firm more easily when you cook them.

32. Keep your milk fresher

How to keep your milk and cream to stay fresh longer? Add a pinch of salt to a carton of milk or cream.

33. Stop mould on cheese

How to stop mould developing on your cheese? Wrap the cheese in a napkin saturated in salt water before stowing it in the refrigerator.

34. Quench grease fires

It is a good idea to store your cheap table salt next to your stove. So, if a grease fire should flare up, you can chuck the salt onto it to douse the flames. Also, keep salt around when you are having a barbecue. Just in case the meat drippings get too high. Sprinkle salt on the coals to quell the flames. Salt will not cause a lot of smoke and it will cool the coals like water does.

Please note: never decant water on a grease fire. Water will cause the grease to spatter and spread the flames.

35. Pick up messy dropped eggs

How to clean up a raw egg more easily? Cover the dropped egg with table-salt. The table-salt will draw the egg together and you can effortlessly sponge it up.

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Part 2: Uses for table-salt in the household and cleaning

36. Get rid of flower deposits from an urn

How to remove flower deposits from your flower vase? Rub the offending circle deposits with salt. Then clean with soapy water. If your hand will not get inside the vase try this method instead. Fill the urn with a strong mixture of table salt and water. Then shake it or brush mildly with a bottle brush. Then wash with soapy water. This should get rid of the deposits.

37. Freshen up fake flowers

How to clean your authentic silk or common nylon fake flowers? Place them in a paper bag with 1/4 cup table salt. Gently shake the bag a few times and, hey presto; you have lovely clean artificial flowers.

38. Keep fake flowers upright

As mentioned before there are many uses for salt. And one of them is keeping false flowers perpendicular in the vase. Fill an urn with table salt and add a little cold water. Now all you have to do is arrange your fake flowers. Basically, the salt will set and the flowers will stay in the arrangement.

39. Keep wicker looking new

How to stop wicker furniture from yellowing with age and exposure from the elements? Scrub it with a rigid brush immersed in tepid table-salt water. Allow the item to dry in the sun. Reiterate this procedure every year or whenever your wicker starts to yellow.

40. Give brooms a long life

How to give long life to your new straw broom? Soak its bristles in a bucket of hot, salty water. Then, after about 20 minutes, take away the broom from the bucket. Then let it dry.

41. Open hair-clogged drains

How to eradicate hair and shampoo remains from amassing in the bathtub drain and blocking it? Melt the mess with 1 cup table salt, 1 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Decant the solution down the drain. Wait 10 minutes, and follow up with 1/2 gallon boiling water. Run your hot-water tap until the gutter runs easily.

42. Eliminate spots on bath enamel

How to remove yellow spots on your enamel bathtub or sinks? Mix up a solution of table salt and turpentine in equal portions. Use rubber gloves to protect the hands whilst scrubbing away the staining. Then rinse carefully.

Please note: don’t forget to ventilate the bathroom while performing this cleaning task to remove the unhealthy turpentine smell.

43. Make it easier to clean up your fire-place

If your fire is still hot in the fire-place, before you go to bed, quench it with salt. The flame will burn quicker, thus, you’ll end up with less soot than if you let it burn. Table-salt also helps the ashes and residue to gather into easy sweepings. Which means it is easier to clean-up.

44. Produce your own brass and copper polish

How to brighten up your brass and copper items? Create a paste by mixing equal portions table -salt, flour and vinegar. Use a soft rag to buff this over the item. Then rinse with tepid, soapy water. And then rub back to its original sheen. This paste should eradicate green taint from copper and brass items that have been exposed to the elements.

45. Eradicate red wine stains from rugs/carpets

Basically, you have to get to the wine spill on your carpet whilst it is still wet. While the red wine is still wet, put some white wine on it to water down the colour. Clean the mark with a sponge and cold water. Scatter the spot with salt and wait about 10 minutes. And just vacuum the whole mess to remove the stain.

46. Remove oil blemishes from rugs/carpets

How to remove stubborn grease stains from your white carpet? Mix up 1 portion table-salt to 4 portions rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease mark. Ensure you rub in the direction of the rug’s natural nap.

47. Eradicate watermarks from wood

How to remove watermarks left from glasses or bottles on a wood table. Just mix 1 teaspoon table- salt with a few drops of water to create a paste. Mildly scrub the paste onto the ring with a soft rag or sponge. Work it over the mark until it has disappeared. Get back the gleam of your wood with furniture polish.

48. Repair a sponge

How to restore your hand or mop sponges to an unspoiled state? Immerse them overnight in a mixture of about 1/4 cup salt per quart of water.

49. Keep windows and windshields frost-free

Other great uses for table salt are to keep windows frost free. Salt significantly reduces the temperature at which ice freezes. So wiping your windows with a sponge dipped in salt water will keep the frost away.

In the winter keep a small fabric bag of table-salt in your car. So when the windshield and other windows are wet, scrub them with the salt bag. The salt bag should deter ice or snow from forming on your car windows.

50. Refresh your dirty plimsolls

Plimsolls and other canvas shoes can get really rancid. Occasionally sprinkle a little table-salt in your canvas shoes to eliminate the pong.

51. Freshen up your fish tank

How to eliminate mineral deposits from hard water in your fish tank? Scrub the inside of the tank with salt. Then rinse the tank thoroughly before putting the fish back in.

Please note: use only plain, and not iodized, salt when cleaning a fish tank.

52. Finish the ant procession in your home

How to stop ants from invading your home?  Stop the ants by scattering salt across the door edge or straight on their tracks. They will be discouraged from crossing the salt obstruction.

53. Freshen up your iron’s metal soleplate

How to keep your iron smooth and remove any rough item that is stuck to it? Put your iron onto the high setting. Scatter table salt onto an area of newspaper on your ironing board. Run the hot iron over the salt, and you’ll iron away the bumps.

54. Make a quick pre-treatment

Say you are out eating with friends and notice that a something greasy has landed on your trousers. Act quickly by putting some table salt on the grease stain to absorb it. Wash as usual when you get home.

55. Eliminate sweat marks

How to eliminate persistent yellow sweat marks from on shirts and long sleeved dresses. Melt 4 tablespoons table-salt in 1 quart hot water. Sponge the clothing with the mixture until the sweat mark vanishes.

56. Set the colour in new towels

How to keep the colours bright in new towels? The first 2 or 3 times you launder new coloured towels; add 1 cup table salt to the launder. The table salt will set the colours so your towels will stay bright much longer.

57. Halt weeds in their tracks

How to eliminate those stubborn weeds that pop up in the cracks of your walkways? Bring a mixture of about 1 cup table table-salt in 2 cups water to a boil. Decant straight on the weeds to destroy them. An additional similarly effective technique is to put table salt straight onto the weeds that come up between patio bricks or blocks. You can also put table salt on unwelcome grass as well. Scatter with water or just wait until rain does the job for you.

58. Free your garden of snails and slugs

How to get rid of snails and slugs? Take a dish of salt into the garden and cover the little guys with it. Though, you may have a conscious and decide that they have as much right to live in your garden as you do? It’s your choice.

59. Freshen up flowerpots without water

How to clean a flower pot without making a muddy mess? Sprinkle in a little table-salt and scrub off the dry dirt with a rigid brush. This method is especially handy if your potting bench is not near a water source.

Part 3: Uses for table-salt in health and beauty tips

60. Refresh your breath the old-fashioned way

How to freshen up your breath without using costly mouthwashes? Combine 1 teaspoon table-salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda into 1/2 cup water. Rinse thoroughly and gargle.

61. Cleaning teeth 

How to whiten and help remove plaque from teeth? First pulverize the table-salt in a blender or roll it with a tumbler on a kitchen board. Then combine the crushed salt with one part salt to two parts baking soda. It is also good for the gums.

62. Bathing eyes 

How to sooth tired eyes? Combine 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and use pure cotton buds to bathe your eyes with.

63. Reducing eye puffiness 

How to reduce eye puffiness? Combine one teaspoon of table-salt in a pint of hot water and apply pads soaked in the mixture on the puffy spots.

64. Relieving tired feet

How to relieve tired and sore feet? Soak them in tepid salty water. Afterwards, rinse in cool water.

65. Relieving body fatigue 

Relax and soak for at least ten minutes in a tub of salty water.

66. Applying a facial 

How to stimulate your face and throat with a salt facial? Combine equal portions of salt and olive oil and carefully massage the face and throat. Use long upward and inward strokes to massage the face and throat. Remove the solution after five minutes and wash off with fresh cold water.

67. Gargling 

How to ease a sore throat? Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce glass of tepid water and use it to gargle with.

68. Sooth stings, bites, and poison ivy irritation

Other uses for salt are that it can diminish the discomfort of bee stings, bug bites, and poison ivy irritation. Below are a few uses for salt to ease pain:

How to ease a bee sting? Instantly wet the sting and cover it with salt. The table-salt will ease the discomfort and lessen the swelling.

 Please note: if you are allergic to bee stings you should get immediate medical attention.

  • How to stop the itching of mosquito and chigger bites? Bathe the spot in table-salt water. Then smear a veneer of lard or vegetable oil over the spot.
  • How to relieve the itching made by poison ivy? Soak the area in hot salt water. Though, in extreme cases, you might want to submerge yourself in a bath full of salt water.

70. A pre-shampoo dandruff treatment

The harshness of common table-salt is great for washing out dandruff before you shampoo. Grasp a saltshaker and shake some table-salt onto your dandruff scalp. Massage it through your scalp. The salt will have removed the flaky skin. Then you are ready to shampoo.

71. Cleanse your skin

Instead of using expensive bath salts in your bath why not use common table-salt? Melt 1 cup table salt in your bath and bathe as usual. Your skin will feel markedly softer and smoother. For a real treat use sea salt instead of table salt. It is more expensive but is will condition the skin even better than table salt.

72. Give yourself a salt massage to remove dry skin

How to remove dead skin bits and improve your circulation? You can either soak in table salt water or massage the dry table salt into your damp skin. Common table-salt works well. The bigger sea salt crystals also do the job.

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