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9 Highly Useful Things You Can Do With Salt

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Salt can do so much more than just add flavor to your favorite dishes. Today I thought I’d share 9 of the best practical uses for salt both in the kitchen and well beyond it. I think you’ll be as impressed as I was!

9 Practical Household Uses For Salt

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1. Clean Cast Iron Pans

Well-seasoned cast iron pans can usually be wiped clean with ease, but on those occasions when you need a little more scrubbing power, grab some coarse salt. Pour a handful of it into the pan while it’s still warm, add enough vegetable oil to the salt to form a gritty paste, then use a clean, dry dish rag to scrub the salt and oil paste around the inside of the pan.

The salt will provide the extra scouring power you need to remove those stuck-on food bits, while the oil soaks up the grime and helps to build up the seasoning on your pan. When you’re done scrubbing, dump the salt mixture out and wipe up any residual salt and oil with a paper towel or another clean rag.

Read More: How To Clean Cast Iron Cookware The Right Way

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2. Restore Crispness To Veggies

When crisp veggies like cucumbers, radishes, celery, or carrots turn a bit soft while in your fridge, you can use a bit of salt to crisp them up again. Slice the veggies up and place them in a colander along with a dozen or so ice cubes and a pinch of salt.

Use your hands to toss the veggies and ice together and set the colander inside of a bowl. Place the bowl in your fridge for an hour or so, then pat your newly crisp veggies dry and use them up as soon as you can.

Related: 11 Useful Solutions For Some Of The Most Common Kitchen Problems

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3. Clean Up Spilled Egg

Dropped a raw egg on the kitchen floor? Sprinkle salt over the top of the mess and leave it there for about 20 minutes. Then you’ll be able to wipe it right up.

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4. Put Out A Grease Fire

Pour salt on top of a grease fire to smother it and put it out. (And remember, never pour water on a grease fire!)

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5. Clean Artificial Flowers

Put dusty artificial flowers in a bag of salt and shake the bag. Take a look at the color of the salt afterward—yuck!

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6. Erase Stains From Mugs

You can use salt to help you scrub out coffee and tea stains from mugs. Rub them with salt to remove the staining before washing them thoroughly with soap and water.

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7. Absorb Food Stains

If you spill some of your food or drink on the table cloth or your shirt, rub some salt onto the area to help draw out the stain, then put the item in the wash. (This is especially helpful when you’re eating out or at home, because there’s usually salt close by.)

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8. Deter Ants

Forget the harsh chemical pesticides; to keep ants at bay, one of the safest home remedies is to create a line of salt where you’ve spotted ants moving around. Salt dehydrates and kills most insects so they’ll do whatever they can to avoid it.

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9. Make Eggs Easier To Peel

Did you know that eggs boiled in lightly salted water will peel more easily? Add a big pinch of salt to your water and cook the eggs as usual.

Do you have know of any other tips or tricks that use salt?

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  • Another miraculous use for salt, when the coffee pot is accidentally left on for hours, and the coffee ends up cooked all on the bottom of the glass carafe, simply cover the bottom of the carafe with ice cubes, and pour a generous amount of salt over the ice cubes, (about 3/4 – 1 cup) and holding the carafe by the handle, swirl it kinda rapidly around in circles, and just watch it clean itself! It’s amazing! Fast, easy, and works a miracle! It’ll look brand new, with No scrubbing at all! (If this has ever happened to you, then you already know that NO amount of scrubbing will get it out! Lol)

  • I have hardwood floors in my kitchen so I am leery of using salt on it. I can’t let fluids sit very long either.My solution is to call the dogs. The eggs are good for them and they leave the floor free from slime. A fast wipe with a damp rag and we are done.

  • Really interested in your suggestion to use salt to clean silk flowers. I have a silk flower arrangement in a basket, so I’d prefer not to remove each flower and risk not getting the arrangement back the way it was. Would it be feasible to put the arrangement in a large plastic bag with salt and shake it around to clean them? I’ve used old cosmetic brushes to clean the flowers, but that takes a lot of time. Thanks for all your great suggestions!

  • This has been very interesting. My Dad has always gargled with salt water-not sure if he adds peroxide. He’s always telling us to do this when we have bad colds. The salt on the weeds in the cracks – reminds me of an old lady who would buy tons of it when I worked at our old stores location. She would say that’s what she was buying it for. I tried once but didn’t notice any difference. I’m sure she’s probably been dead for many years now.

  • This is regarding your tip to remove yellow stains from antique linnens.

    First, let me say, I have found your tips to be very helpful, especially using household items without chemicals.

    I recently bought 2 old linen pillow casses at an estate sale. They were yellow with age and I knew you would have a great way to get rid of the yellow. I followed your instructions, boiled a large pot of water, added 1/4 cup of salt then added 1/2 cup of baking soda. However, you never mentioned the chemical reaction when adding the baking soda. The water exploded and sent a boiling foaming mass up out of the pot all over my stove and burnt my fingers. Thank god I was using the back burner, otherwise it would have burned my face. Please, please include any possibilties of chemical reactions that could cause injury so your readers will be safe.

    Thank you ,
    Claudia Black

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  • Just wanted to add to the point – Keeping milk fresh – Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer – Milk should never be mixed or eaten with sour, bitter, salty, astringent, or pungent tastes. Drinking milk with incompatible food especially salt, leads to skin diseases like Leucoderma etc over a period of time. This is as per Ayurveda and in India we always avoid these food combinations. You may do further research on this to authenticate.

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  • enjoyed these! couldn’t help but notice that in the pic of the tarnished spoon, the pattern on the spoon bowl looks a bit like someone fallen over. lol. good tips!

  • If a restaurant uses a cocktail napkin as a coaster for your drink, sprinkle a little salt on the napkin and it won’t stick to your sweaty glass.

  • CAPRAGLAS

    sorry i just put capra on my 1st inquirey. can i use just plain salt in my bath water? and i would really like to try this on my face and neck. what measurements of sea salt and water would be used? thanks for your patience regarding my questions (: (:

    • Lynn,
      Again, sorry for the late reply; as I said in my first comment, I am not a professional in this area, so everything I said is from personal experience. I never measured the amount of salt I used, it has always been an intuitive process, but I believe the more salt you use the better the result, being more concentrated; so please don’t be afraid to experiment with the proportions and find the concentration you are most comfortable with.
      I am sure that salt in the bath tub is very beneficial as well, but I couldn’t say whether it would have exactly the same effect as my suggested treatment. Again, the main idea is that salt is very good for the skin, you should choose in which way you want to use it, invent your own routine. : )

  • CAPRA:

    i’m curious as to the ratio. 1.3. i’m confused as to the ” 1 part of something, to 2 parts” can it be explained in teaspoons or tablespoons, or cups? hope someone can explain these things to me, yep i’m “that” clueless, lol thanks for any help (: (:

  • I’d like to add a unique and precious cosmetic secret (of mine) regarding salt use; I’m 26, but my skin looks 17 the most, without absolutely no wrinkles or pimple problems, but just a few small blackheads; of course I wouldn’t give the entire credit to my salt secret, but I wouldn’t let a week go by without doing this routine at least once.
    A few years ago I stumbled upon a so-called salt soap bar in a nature shop, so I was intrigued, bought it and did research on it; it is actually a pure salt crystal in the shape of a soap bar (hence the name, it is smooth and round like a rock); this is how I learned about the benefits of salt for the skin. At first I used it according to the instructions: after shower I massaged my entire body and face with the salt bar and let it air dry, didn’t rinse or wipe it off, and went to bed like that. At first you’d say that’s disgusting, the skin would feel very tight like paper and the micro crystals on your body would itch etc., and you’d be right; the next morning though, during shower, my skin felt so moisturised, healthy, elastic and perfect and my face flawlessly moist and clean, without any need to apply any other oil or cream and with fewer blackheads! Since that discovery I’ve been doing this weekly, every time with the same remarcable results.
    Salt has, among others, highly anti-bacterial and healing properties that balance the skin’s PH and sebum secretions, while letting it regenerate by itself. We all know since we were little, that salt on a wound would sting like hell, but would disinfect it and help with the healing too. Some recommend it to be used even daily, especially as an acne, anti-wrinkle and anti-cellulite treatment, and also as a deodorant and after-shave (I suppose it’s similar to the Alaun stone); also, it is insisted that one shouldn’t use any other type oil or cream after applying the salt.
    I am not a specialist in this area and unfortunatelly all the relevant sites I found on the subject aren’t in English, so I can only speak from personal experience: since I started using salt on my body I generally enhanced my skin’s health all over, have fewer blackheads, have less cellulite, my face feels less puffy (during the first day after treatment), even my childhood scars on my knees are less visible. I obviuosly use only the best quality pure salt, be it sea salt or mine salt. I don’t just use that salt bar, but sometimes prepare a highly concentrated saline solution (1:3 ratio of salt to water) and just massage it after shower; this is not about that salt bar, but about the benefits of salt for skin, not as an exfoliant, but as a leave-in treatment.
    I really do hope you will at least try this and have the same surprise and delight while using salt and getting a perfectly healthy and young skin. The word for this treatment would be HEALTHY : )

      • STACEY,
        Sorry for the late reply. I found my salt soap in health shops, I found it here as well
        http://www.amazon.com/100-Pure-Himalayan-Salt-Soap/dp/B001G773BU
        If you can’t find the “soap”, it’s ok, it’s the idea that matters, not the shape of the salt, so you cand use any other form of salt diluted in water, or, in a solid form, get a salt crystal and round up the edges and use it just the same as a salt soap.
        Goodluck!

    • Really got some wonderful ideas from this page and have it bookmarked, but please let me ask you about the salt and skin thing. Do you just rub the salt on your body after you shower and leave it there, or do you make some type of paste. Doesn’t it make your bed gritty? Please let me know.

      Peace and Grace
      Azar

  • Oh and also warm sea salt water rinses for babies with yeasty diaper rashes or other yeast rashes and for adults with yeast problems “down there” or wherever!

  • To make toast with out a toaster sprinkle salt on the bottom of a frying pan. Heat on medium/medium high and put a piece of bread on top. When brown flip (you’ll smell it). I have never noticed a salty taste but I tap/wipe the sides of the toast over the pan to get rid of any salt that stuck to it. I make toast like this when camping, since clean up is easy (you just dump the salt out) and the pan is already heated up for what ever else your cooking.

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  • So many wonderful, easy, practical tips (including those in the Comments) !!!

    Here’s one more ;-) It’s not an original, but a culinary legacy handed down over centuries, possibly millennia?!
    We sprinkle/ rub some salt on bitter gourd [after scraping off the ‘skin’] & leave for a cuple of hours. Then squeeze out the liquid. This eliminates most of the bitter taste as well as the toxins in it. Then, cut/stuff the bitter gourd & cook as usual.

  • Wow, so much information! I’ll definitely be trying the salt while frying, I always get splashed! I wrote a post last summer about cleaning a cast iron pan with kosher salt (or coarse salt) so it keeps its seasoning (here: http://colormedomestic.blogspot.com/2012/07/cleaning-iron-cast-pan.html). And I also want to add, even though using salt on walkways helps with icing over, it’s very very bad for the environment, so I wouldn’t suggest that. Using sand is much better, and you can keep reusing it.

    • However, when the sand doesn’t cut it like the salt will (used judiciously) and you take that nasty fall, you will probably wish you’d used a little salt on the ice. Been there, done that……..learned my lesson. ;-)

  • If you use the salt scrub for BRASS make sure it is not the newer brass that has a thin plastic or varnish COATING on it—the brass will scratch that and it will peel off. For older unsealed brass this will work.

    To remove BLOOD from anything–especialy fabric—either soak in a strong solution of salt and COLD water or make a paste of the salt directly on the fabric with COLD water (hot water will make the protein in blood set and cling forever) and then rinse well in COLD water –make sure the stain is OUT before you heat dry. You can repeat as needed–if this is on white fabric you can also use Peroxide to get any lingering shadow out. This also works on EGG YOLK STAINS and MILK spills–any protein stain should come clean with this actually! .

    To brighten up a dingy carpet or natural fiber (sisal) rugs—either spray with a salt water solution or sprinkle with salt; let sit, and either rinse or brush or shake the remaining salt out. (For a flat weave rug old used tea leaves can also be used—sprinkle, let dry, brush off with stiff broom)

    The reason salt will allow you to “set” dye is it acts as a MORDANT and changes the chemical bonds between the dye and the fabric.

    To “Dry Clean” artificial flowers…place them in a bag or container and add salt and some corn starch. Gently shake or roll back and forth–this will get in all the little nooks n crannies and remove dust and grease etc. You will be amazed at the difference in the color of the salt when you remove them! You can also use this on a much larger scale for DELICATE FABRICS such as sheer lace or sheer curtain fabric. Use a garbage bag or old pillow case and add a bunch of salt and shake rattle and roll. Shake out well to get the salt out. This will remove the grungy dust that clings to these things but won’t “clean” as in laundering them–but it will brighten them a lot and avoid damaging them in the washer or even hand washing. You can also use this on any fabric you have hanging on the wall like decorative embroideries–even if they are flat. Cover with salt, let sit. Use a soft paint brush to swish the salt around and dump it off. If you have lingering salt use a vacuum on exhaust or a hair dryer on COOL to BLOW OFF the remaining salt–this avoids damage to the fabric from suction. Can be used for fabric lampshades–use pillow case and a bunch of—well you get it!

    For those of us who live in the Far North–I have read that you can wipe your wiper blades before a snow is expected or heavy frost/ice storm is coming with a strong solution of salt water to prevent the dreaded sticking to the windshield in the morning. I have never done this but seems like it would be worth it.

    IF you break an egg on the counter or floor –you know how hard it is to clean up!!!—sprinkle heavily with salt and let sit for a minute and the whole thing will be much easier to scoop into a dust pan or use a spatula. Clean with a de-greasing cleaner.

    For a boil that you want to “draw” out–use a “poultice” of salt worked to a paste with Fels Naptha Soap. Apply to boil and cover. Should bring to a drainage in a few hours. Old remedy that really works!

    IF you spill something in your oven–sprinkle salt on it to make it easier to scrape out and scrub clean with out smelly oven cleaner.

    To “toughen up” hands that will be doing manual work soak in heavy solution of salt and warm -to- hot water. Old guitar players trick. Also can soak natural drum skins in salt water to tighten them up.

    • GREAT TIPS!! I also wanted to buy artificial flowers but didn’t know how to clean it w/o getting it wet & so I never did buy it.. NOW, I CAN thanks to you!! I also like the TIP on how to get the blood out, I will definitely be giving this a try on my cloth pads. Mahalo again for your added on tips, especially the egg tip as kids do like to help with cooking. ;)

  • P.S. “Woolite Dark” has salt added to it – that’s what keeps the colors from fading! It’s no different than regular Woolite except for the added salt.

  • Salt also works in absorbing pet “accidents” on the carpet or sofa. Liberally cover the area with salt and leave it for a day or two, then brush it off! Works amazingly well.

    • Hi Peggy,
      I’m interested in your accident salt solution. My dogs will undoubtedly want to lick up the salt if I leave it uncovered. Will it still work if I put something heavy over it to keep them out of the salt? Do you have any other tips on getting accident stains out of carpet? I have a rug dr that gets the stains pretty well, but the smell is still there so accidents keep happening. I’m about to crush up a bunch of dog biscuits and sprinkle them around the living room so maybe they will stop!

      • Layer paper towels over the wet spot and press down with shoe to absorb as much as possible. Pour vinegar lightly over the wet spot, let set a minute and take up again with paper towels. Vinegar neutralizes the urine and leaves no smell.

      • OOOO.. I didn’t know that one. I’ll definitely be giving this one a try, thanks for the TIP too!!!

  • If you spill a drink on carpet, cover with salt. Let the salt absorb the liquid, sweep salt into a dust pan and vacuum carpet. The carpet won’t be stained.

  • Wow, Who knew all these tricks? Thanks for putting them all in one place, Jillee! I do know (unfortunately from personal experience) that salt WILL scratch corian countertops. I spray down my cutting boards with a bleach and water mix, sprinkle with salt, then scrub and rinse in the sink. If you don’t get all the salt off, it will scratch if you slide it on the counter.

  • Can I tell you that I am in love with your site?! I just recently found it and am loving your tips. I have had lip prints and what looks like milk marks on the tops of my glasses for some time. I just got used to it, but the other day my son’s girlfriend came over and I was mortified when I tried to find her a glass that looked clean (wasn’t successful). I saw your tip on rubbing the salt on the stains today and it worked beautifully! Now I don’t have to buy new glasses. Thank you!

  • a long time ago, I was working in the concession stand at the movies. I was making popcorn and accidentally pulled the coconut oil container out too fast and spilled ONE GALLON of oil all over the floor, 5 minutes before the intermission. A sailor walked by and told me to put salt all over it, then I was able to sweep it up. My boss never found out, thank goodness. LOL!

  • I used to be all excited about salt making water boil at a hotter temperature. Then I learned more chemistry, and it turns out that the temperature change isn’t really significant enough to noticeably affect cooking times. Boo. The salt does, however, help the food taste salty and therefore more delicious.

  • For the goldfish tip, any fresh water fish will benefit from adding marine salt to their tank. It helps balance out the Eco system, helps them heal after getting ick or other illnesses, and just makes for a happier fish. You can find marine salt at any pet store and just follow the directions on the box

  • Jillee, my mom is an adamant user & advocate of putting salt immediately on
    -BURNS from cooking due to hot grease, steam, etc…
    -BRUISES

    I was always skeptical and have never done it for myself, but I’ve seen her do it many a times and she **swears** that it works amazingly well.

    Tip: she wets the area slightly, then liberally covers it with just plain old salt.

      • It works on burns by helping dry the plasma that gathers under the blister and on bruises pretty much the same way, the blood vessels are burst under the skin, it will aide in drawing away excess moisture from those burst vessels.

      • Sorry, but I have not seen either if them to benefit my garden in any way. In fact, slugs COMPLETELY destroyed my herbs this summer :(

    • I would be careful about using the salt in the garden. Yes it will deter slugs but the salt also is a great weed killer so as it gets rained on it will go into the soil. Even if this does get too close to the plants it is wicked to the beneficial insects, worms etc in the soil.

      • I mix 1 cup of salt with 2 litres of BROWN Vinegar to use for weedkiller. It works quicker than the commercial products.

  • You’re from Utah (me too) so MAYBE you have tried this-I used to take new summer sandals and new hiking boots down to the Great Salt Lake and wade in the water while wearing my shoes, for about half an hour. If the boots were too tight they softened up and stretched to fit my foot perfectly, and my sandal leather never got thin and loose from wear.
    Additionally, because the “sand” on land was tremendously salty, I would dig a deep pit, built a small fire, put rocks and lake soaked weeds/grasses on top, put a layer of husked corn over that, more damp weeds and let the corn ‘bake’ for a few hours.
    I would NOT do that now…probably the lake is not as clean as it used to be.

  • I embroidered a towel when I was a child and the metal embroidery hoop left rust marks on the fabric.

    My mother had me drench the rusted spots in lemon juice and then put a liberal amount of salt on the rust stains. Left it outside in the sun and kept the salt wet with additional lemon juice as required until the rust was lifted out of the fabric.

  • You mentioned the greasy pan idea, but salt is also the best way to clean cast iron that has food bits stubbornly burned on. Generously sprinkle with salt and scrub with a plastic “scrubby” and it will clean right up without losing the pan’s seasoning.

  • You can also soak white lingerie to keep them white. I learned this from a lady that sold lingerie. I use salt and vinegar on all of my new clothes.

  • I learned the setting colors trick from using the boxed die on the laundry row. According to it you just add 1 cup salt to the water. It works great. My daughter’s favorite zebra beach towel would come out of the wash just fine, but when she wrapped up in it at the pool & it held water for a while the black kept bleeding onto the white. Since I knew the black would come off the white by running through the wash I washed it to get it out, then ran it through another time with salt in the water. No more color bleeding. Since then I like to wash new colors in salt water to set the colors, especially if they are a dark color with white stripes.

    This post gives me a lot more great ideas for using salt around the house! =)

    As I was mixing up some sugar scrub yesterday an idea came to mind. My favorite bridal shower gift to give a new couple that still live with their parents up until they move in together after the wedding is a laundry basket that I pack full of all the little things a new couple needs to start off a new home – foil & plastic wrap, cleaning supplies for dishes, laundry & home, some basic staples (flour, sugar, salt, etc) & some basic paper goods. It always seems to be well received, since the ones that don’t live on their own before marriage have to start a house from scratch.

    I’ve learned through making my own cleaning supplies that you really only need a few ingredients to clean a whole house & all of it’s laundry. A neat variation on the basket idea would be to include some of the homemade cleaners in nice containers along with the supplies need to make them & the formulas. I’m already making copies of my favorite formulas so I don’t have to boot up the computer every time I need to make a batch. It goes on a card in my recipe box & I’m also going to make extra sets so that I can fix my kids one of those laundry baskets when they set up their first homes.

    • Landon, I have done this, too. The only difference was that I used a laundry hamper. I added some hand made items, too. (This was for the shower.) I put in a handmade handkerchief that could be sewn into a baby’s cap. Lots of odds and ends of items. At the moment, I can’t think of what all was in it, but it was heavy and full! =) I have done the laundry baskets full of thing for our children for Christmas gifts. My mother started doing this for us almost as soon as we married.

      • What a wonderful idea! All the weddings I know in the next year have all been on their own for awhile though. A spin on this would be a graduation present for a kid going off to college. Not all the cleaning recipes but the detergent and laundry basket would be two good ones.

        On the post with the $30 of laundry soap for a year, one of the commentors had a great idea, she took the soap and put it in a folded coffee filter, sewing the opening shut, instant little soap packets like the pods that are available now, great for students going to the laundry room. I had the idea of spraying the filters with vinegar or fabric softener and letting them dry first, as an all in one detergent and softener.

        Also some type of lavender spray or lavender infuse baking soda to sprinkle on the college mattress (lavender repels bed bugs)

      • I make the coffee filter pods– soaking in vinegar first might not be the best idea– I read that vinegar reduces the effectiveness of the soap. That is why vinegar should be added to the rinse cycle. Anything to that Jillee?

    • My ex-MIL did essentially the same thing except that she took a kitchen garbage can & tied to a string many of the small kitchen utensils that I would need. It was fun pulling on the ribbon to find a new utensil about 10 inches down at a time.

  • Working in he food industry years ago, I learned a neat trick. To clean coffee stains out of the glass coffee pots, pour in a generous amount if salt (1/3 of a cup?) and add 1/4 of a pot of CRUSHED ice. NOTE: only do this when the pot is cooled off. Do NOT put ice in a hot pot, it will shatter!!!! Swirl it around vigorously for a few minutes until the glass is clear again. The ice and salt scrub away all the stains and burned coffee that accumulates over time. They look brand new! We even used it to save pots that were “ruined” by being left on the warmer too long.

  • thanks so much for this list! there are several great ideas i’m writing down to try! i keep a parmesean cheese container filled with a mixture of half salt/half baking soda by my kitchen sink, i use this along with a little dish soap to scrub my sinks & pans…works like a charm

  • I use salt to clean my bathrooms. I keep an old coffee creamer container full of kosher salt (and a couple drops of essential oils), sprinkle into the toilet/sink/tub as needed. It’s been great, especially for when my kids manage to get toothpaste everywhere.

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