Many of us underestimate the power of this food staple. Other than simply adding some flavor to our dishes, there are some interesting uses for salt that you may never have thought of:
- To soothe a bee sting. Wet the sting and cover with salt.
- To repel fleas. Wash the doghouse or sprinkle a little on your pet’s bed
- To extend toothbrush life. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use.
- To clean up oven spills. When food spills over to the oven floor, sprinkle salt on top of it. When the oven cools down, you can just brush away the spot.
- To eliminate a grease fire. Simply pour salt.
- To repair walls. To fill in small chips or holes on your wall, mix 2 tbsps. of salt, 2 tbsps. of cornstarch, and about 5 tsps. of water to make a paste to plug into those pesky holes.
- To test for rotten eggs. Pour a cup of water with two pinches of salt. If the egg floats in the water, then it’s time to toss it out.
- To clean coffee and tea stains from china cups. Rub them with salt.
- To brighten fabric colors. Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution.
- To “soften water”. A salt-based water softener removes hard minerals like calcium and magnesium that cause scale buildup. Because of this, appliances run better, last longer and are cheaper to operate. And studies show that, with soft water, you can use half as much laundry detergent at colder temperatures and still get better results than with hard water.
For more inspiration, check out this cool salt campaign.