Table Salt is something in our homes that has a purpose, to season and flavor our meals. But like most things you can find in the average home, salt has many different uses and can fill an array of needs.
One of the best things about salt is that it’s inexpensive and you can find it just about anywhere. So for example, if you need an all-purpose cleaner but happen to be out…as long as you have salt on hand you can make it yourself! Want to know how? Check out some unexpected uses for salt below.
- Make an all-purpose cleaner. Salt makes a great cleaner because of its mineral properties. In a spray bottle, mix together 1 part vinegar and 1 part water with a tablespoon of salt. Swish it around until the salt dissolves and spray to clean any non-sensitive surface.
- Test how fresh your eggs are. Not sure how long your eggs have been in the fridge? Put 2 teaspoons of salt in a cup of water and put the eggs gently inside. If the egg floats it’s time to toss it, if it sinks to the bottom it can go back in the fridge. If it hangs out in the middle…that would be a judgment call. J
- Kitchen sponges not looking the best? Soak them over night in a mixture of one quart of water and ¼ cup of salt. By morning they will be looking brand new!
- Soothe poison ivy or bee stings. If you get stung by a bee or into some poison ivy, wet the affected area and sprinkle with salt.
- Keep the ants away from your home by simply sprinkling salt in the doorway.
This list doesn’t even come close to listing all the uses for salt. The Salt Institute so far has found over 14,000 uses for salt and counting!
What are your favorite uses for salt, besides using it to flavor food?