Salt has a multitude of uses around the home (beside seasoning food), and some seriously incredible cleaning abilities. Here are 20 great things to use salt for around your house that you’ve probably not thought of before. Keep it handy for later (even better, pin it!)
Fabulous salt foot scrubs
Salt is fantastic exfoliator and makes a great foot or body scrub. I’ve written a post with some recipes for homemade foot scrubs here.
Salt removes wine stains
If you spill wine on your clothes or carpet, absorb what you can immediately with a paper towel and then cover with salt and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash clothes as normal or vacuum carpet. In many cases this will completely remove the stain.
Say goodbye to sweat stains with salt
Do you have those yucky yellow stains around shirt collars and under arms? Mix several tablespoons of salt into a cup of water and dab on stains until they are gone. Then wash clothes as normal.
Ants don’t like salt
Ants REALLY don’t like salt. Keep them away by creating a line of salt in pavement cracks or outside doors.
Keep snails and slugs away
The same goes for snails and slugs. Keep them out of garden beds by sprinkling with rock salt. Table salt can absorb quickly into soil so be careful using too much, you can kill your garden!
Remove blood stains from clothes
As soon as possible after you notice the stain, soak the clothing in a salt water mixture (1 bucket cold water, 1 cup salt). Leave for a few hours and then check to see if the stain has gone. Wash as normal in cold (not warm or hot) water.
Keep weeds at bay
Salt is a natural weed repellent and is ideal for preventing weeds in paths and other areas with cracks. Sprinkle salt and then pour a small amount of water over so it absorbs into the soil.
Chill drinks faster
Add salt to your ice to lower the freezing point, place your wine or beer deep into the ice mixture and cover with water. This will chill drinks much faster that just ice.
Stop cut fruit going brown
If you want to prevent your fruit from browning in lunch boxes or on display, soak it for 1-2 minutes in the sink with 4 cups of cold water and 2 tablespoons of salt.
Get grease out of carpet
Salt is great at removing stains from carpet if you act immediately. Pour remove what you can with paper towel and then cover liberally with salt. Once it has absorbed up the stain, vacuum as usual. You might also find this post on removing oil stain from clothes helpful.
Remove watermarks from wooden furniture
Mix salt with a few drops of water to make a paste. Rub the paste over the watermark until it is gone. Polish as usual.
Take the sting out of bites and stings
Soak a cotton pad in salty water and apply to the sting or bite to help reduce the pain and inflammation. This also acts as a mild antiseptic.
Deal with spills and stop them sticking
Throwing some salt over any messes at the bottom of the oven before they set will help stop them sticking and make them easier to remove. The same works with pans that you can’t clean immediately.
Deodorise and freshen up your cutting boards
After cleaning your cutting board as usual, make up a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it over the cutting board. This will make it brighter and get rid of any odours.
Make eggs easier to peel
Eggs that are boiled in salt water are easier to peel!
Stop colour running in the wash
If you are washing towels or something heavily coloured for the first time, add 1/2 a cup of salt to the wash to help set the colour and stop it running.
Sooth a saw throat
Salt gargles are an age old remedy for a sore throat. Dissolve some salt in a glass of warm water and gargle for as long as possible. This same technique is also helpful for mouth ulcers and toothache.
Poach eggs more easily
Add a teaspoon of salt to your water when poaching eggs to help set the whites and create better poached eggs. You can find out all about how to poach the perfect egg here.
Get coffee stains out of cups
Apply some salt onto a sponge that has been soaked with a little vinegar. Rub the stain in circular motions to remove.
Reduce puffy eyes
Soak cotton pads in cold salty water and then apply to tired, puffy eyes to help reduce puffiness.
Do you know any other uses for salt? Share them in the comments 🙂