7 Cleaning Tips Using Salt
Did you know that Salt has over 14,000 uses? We are not exaggerating!
Salt is one of the most versatile ingredients found in every single household and not mention, it is cheap! Salt is an efficient cleaning agent and its granular texture is an added bonus.
Got a rusty, grimy cast iron skillet? Make it cooking ready once more with some salt and a paper towel.
“The coarser the salt, the better it works,” Sardone says. Sprinkle it into a dry skillet and scour using a sponge or paper towel, or coat with a heavier layer and slightly dampen it.
Let sit for 10 minutes, then go at it with your cleaning tool.
Here are 7 tips for using salt around your home! All these hacks revolve around using the ordinary, run-of-the-mill which is the cheapest kind :
1) Remove Wine Stains from Carpets
Red wine stains from carpets are very tricky or even nearly impossible to remove. It is recommended to do this as soon as possible. Remove excess by blotting the stain and pour salt over the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, vacuum and clean with a detergent+warm water solution.
Here is a whole article on How to remove red wine stains?
Works well with clothing as well.
2) Bring Colours Back to Life
Want to keep your bright coloured curtains bright for life? Wash them in saltwater solution from time to time.
You can also brighten old faded carpets and rugs by rubbing a cloth dipped in heavily salted warm water briskly on the fibres often.
3) Unclog Sinks
You will need half a cup of salt and a cup of white vinegar.
Firstly, pour the salt down the drain, it will scour the inside of the pipe due to its texture. Followed by one cup of white vinegar after ten minutes which will help remove the grease and other clogs.
Let it sit for a while and let the hot water run for a short while before using the sink.
4) Clean your Glass Coffee Pots
Coffee pots, especially glass appear to have a brownish tinge to it over time.
Coffee tends to stain the glass. Add a handful of salt and a few ice cubes and swirl vigorously. Doing so the salt scours the bottom and the ice agitates the process delivering better results.
5) Vase Rescuer
Have you ever set out flowers and left them for little too long in the flower vase? Well, you are not the only one guilty of this!
Scum builds and coats glassware, instead of trying to scrub and reaching in to clean.
Fill the vase with hot water and 1/2 cup salt and let it sit for five minutes and close the top to trap the steam in. In five minutes, give it a good swirl and your vase will look as good as new!
6) Control Fires
We have all been there or known someone whose barbecue was burnt because they could not control the fire, sprinkle a bit of salt on the flames to reduce them and minimise smoke.
In case of a grease fire, throw some salt on the fire and it will die down as salt is a great absorber of heat.
However, both of these techniques work on small fires, not big ones.
7) Tile and Grout Cleaner
Make your own non-toxic, green tile and grout cleaner by mixing equal parts of salt, vinegar, and baking soda.
Spread it over your tiles and let it sit for about 25 minutes.
Spray some water over and scrub away. Your tiles will sparkle!
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