Did you know that a lot of your everyday household items can be used for a variety of problems? I have some great tips to get the most out of your items. This will help you save money because you can already use what is in your home instead of going out and buying cleaning supplies, deodorizers, and more. It will also help keep harsh chemicals out of your home.
I will be highlighting a new item each week like vinegar, baking soda, and whatever else I can come up with. This week we will be starting with salt. Not only does it add flavor to our food but it has some great uses you may never have thought of before. Here are my top 10 uses for salt:
1) Treat a Bee Sting: Immediately dampen area and pack on a small pile of salt to reduce pain and swelling
2) Clean a Dirty Iron: Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.
3) Keep cut flowers fresh. Add a dash of salt to the water in a flower vase. It will keep cut flowers fresh longer.
4) Remove perspiration stains. Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the mixture until the stains fade.
5) Remove water rings. Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by glasses and hot dishes on wooden tables.
6) Clean a glass coffee pot. Add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl, and rinse. The salt scours the bottom, and the ice helps to agitate it more for a better scrub.
7) Keep patios weed-free. If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks, carefully spread salt between the bricks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.
8) Improve coffee – A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee.
9) Brighten cutting boards – After washing them with soap and water, rub cutting boards with a damp cloth dipped in salt; the boards will be lighter and brighter
10) Shell pecans – Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove
I hope this has given you some ideas to get the most out of your regular salt. If you know of any other great uses, please share them in the comment section.