Salt isn’t just for flavoring your food. Thanks to HGTV magazine, I just learned of 6 amazing ways to use salt around the house to fix some oops and clean a variety of items from tools to body parts.
1. Remove the stains from a coffee mug
Pour half a teaspoon of salt into a stained coffee cup or teacup, scrub with a dry paper towel, then rinse. The alkaline in the salt gets rid of discoloration from coffee or tea like magic.
2. Neutralize a stinky sink
After cooking smelly things like onions and garlic, add a heaping tablespoon of salt to a quart of boiling water, then pour it down the drain to clear away odor-causing grease and bits of food
3. Lift wine stains
Instead of cleaning a stain with a wet cloth, which can make it spread, blot the area with a dry cloth. Then pour on a heaping mound of salt to help lift the stain off the fabric. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then blot clean with cold water and wash.
4. Eliminate rust
Use a paste of six tablespoons of salt and two tablespoons of lemon or lime juice on a dry cloth to wipe away rust from almost anything metal. Use on bicycles, outdoor furniture, and tools. Rinse thoroughly.
5. Clean a cast iron skillet
Ad a splash of water and a teaspoon of Kosher salt to a cast-iron skillet. Use a paper towel to wipe off food without causing the pan to lose its seasoning.
6. Use as a body scrub
There are many exfoliating products for the body on the market but you can make a scrub at home with just a bit of sea salt. Just mix two parts sea salt and one part grape seed oil and you’ve got a great exfoliating body scrub.
I learned quite a bit from this article in the HGTV April issue. I think the wine tip and the stinky sink fix will come in especially handy at our house. Did you learn anything new? What will you try first?