Salt is another household staple that offers a lot of uses beyond its intended one. You may already know that salt is a natural abrasive, which makes it good for scrubbing hard-to-clean surfaces, but did you know it can also soak up stains, treat canker sores and brighten laundry? Check out these and other uses for salt below!
11 Uses for Salt
1. Remove caked-on food from pots and pans. Soak 3 tablespoons of salt in enough water to cover the crusted-on food. After a thorough soak, the food should scrape off easily.
2. Treat fresh stains. Soak up coffee, red wine or other fresh stains from your carpet by pouring an ample amount of salt on the spot. After the stain and salt have dried, vaccum them up.
3. Make your own “scrubbing bubbles” cleaner. Avoid chlorine-based harsh scrubbers by making your own one-ingredient abrasive cleaner. Just wipe the countertop, bathtub or other dirty surface with hot water, pour on salt, wait a few minutes, then scrub with a rag, sponge or brush.
4. Make a natural oven cleaner. Cleaning your oven is one of the most arduous tasks. To save yourself hours of backbreaking work, try using salt. First, make sure the oven is completely cool. Next, wipe the bottom of the oven with a damp cloth. Then pour a generous amount of salt on the bottom of the oven and let it soak for 10 minutes. Wipe away whatever comes off easily with a damp cloth, then either scrape the remaining gunk with a scraping tool or repeat the process to loosen more baked-on food.
5. Clean your teeth. When combined with baking soda, salt makes a good dentrifice for cleaning teeth and gums. Mix three parts baking soda with one part salt. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush as normal.