Salt Hacks That Make Our Life So Much Easier
Salt is one of the most unfairly maligned products in your kitchen. It can not only make your food taste better, but there are a lot of other uses for it too. You may have seen some of these before, but we've looked around the entire internet and found some of the most clever salt hacks in the world. What are they? We'll bet you haven't seen all of them before. From cleaning to helping your hair, salt can be an amazing substance. We'll tell you about all of them! Let's get started!
FIX BURNT SMELLS IN THE OVEN
After some time, ovens might end up smelling like burned food. However, you can remove that easily without much hassle or chemical products. With a mixture of 1/8 cup of salt, 1/8 cup of baking soda, and a bit of dishwater soap, you can clean your oven. Just let it sit for 20 minutes. If you want an even better smell, add some cinnamon to the salt.
MOISTEN DRY SKIN
Since salt is a natural exfoliant, it’s also a great product to heal dry skin. If you’re feeling particularly dry in one area, just rub a mixture of sea salt and warm water to soothe it. It’s fantastic that so many of our daily problems can be solved with the most basic ingredient found in many kitchens.
Salt is often used as a preservative because of its antimicrobial properties. However, you might not think it would work well with dairy. It's actually perfect though. Just take a napkin or cheesecloth, soak it in saltwater, and put it over the cheese. This will keep the cheese fresh and prevent mold. It will also prevent certain types of cheese such as cheddar from ripening, so be careful how you use it.
MAKE YOUR OWN TOOTHPASTE
We have already mentioned that salt is great for maintaining basic oral hygiene, but you can actually make your own natural toothpaste with the material. Just mix baking soda, salt, and some peppermint oil to better the taste. Of course, you can use whatever oil you desire best. It’ a great way to go organic!
Salt is an anti-microbial, so it's good for killing a lot of bacteria. One of the main sources of irritation from bug bites is from that bacteria. The next time you have a bug bite, make a salt scrub with a little bit of water and some salt. Scrub it into the wound. It will probably hurt a bit - there's a reason why the phrase "rubbing salt into wounds" exists - but it will help kill the bacteria and make your wound feel better afterward.
KEEP COLORS BRIGHT
This just means that your clothes will keep their color even when washed. In fact, textile companies actually apply salt to protect the pigmentation. Just mix ½ cup of salt, ½ cup of vinegar, and a ½ gallon of water. Afterward, put your clothes for several hours. The color will be sealed to the fabric as it absorbs salt.
FRESHEN BREATH AND REDUCE MOUTH PAIN
While most people have store-bought mouthwash, salt is a great option for dental hygiene. Gargling warm water with salt actually kills the bacteria that cause bad breath and other problems. Additionally, salt water will soothe the pain from a sore throat or even a canker sore. Just mix two teaspoons of salt in ¼ cup of water, and gargle for several seconds.
Sauerkraut is made with boiled cabbage and a whole lot of salt. It's a natural probiotic and will keep your digestive tract healthy! All you have to do is cut the cabbage and pour some salt where the core used to be. Put it in an airtight container with water and let it sit for at least a month. This will ferment the cabbage and you'll have sauerkraut. You can vary the acidity by how long you leave it to ferment too.
FIX CARPET STAINS
If you spill fruit juice onto your carpet or clothing, grab your can of salt and pour it on. Use as much as you have. The salt will absorb the stain and you should just have to vacuum it up afterward. This is much more efficient than club soda and should lift the stain up entirely.
WHITEN TOWELS WITHOUT BLEACH
White towels get pretty yellow or brown after a while. You might not notice it at first, but soon you'll have gray looking towels. Use some salt to clean them up. Take 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1/2 gallon of water. Feel free to scale up the amounts depending on how many towels you're doing but keep the ratios the same. Boil the towels in this mixture for one hour. They'll come out looking fresh!
GET LIPSTICK OFF OF GLASSWARE
Lipstick is tough to get off of glassware. It has some chemical compounds that make it stickier than most other makeup products. Putting glasses in the dishwasher probably won't cut it. Instead, sprinkle some salt on a damp washcloth and scrub them down first. That should take them right off and won't hurt the glasses either!
CLEAN THE CLOTHES IRON
Salt has a super high melting point - 1473 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that it's ideal for cleaning high-temperature items like your clothes iron. Sprinkle salt on a sheet of paper and run the iron over it on a low setting. It should be abrasive enough to get any kind of gunk of the iron. Wipe it down with a soft cloth and it should be good as new!
NICE CLEAN SHOES
Do your shoes stink? If you're into sports, hiking, or not wearing socks, they probably do. There are a number of ways to clean the smell out of your shoes. One good one is with salt. When your shoes have recently been used, pour two teaspoons of salt in each shoe. Leave it in there, preferably overnight. Then dump them out and vacuum it up. Vacuum the shoes too. They won't smell anymore!
PUT OUT GREASE FIRES
Interestingly, salt is great at stopping fires because it has a high melting point. You can even put out a fireplace with it, and cleanup will be quicker. Meanwhile, if you ever have a grease fire in your kitchen, use salt instead of water. Water will actually spread the oil and cause even more damage. Salt or baking soda are the best options.
People will dandruff have probably used Epsom salt treatments, and they are awesome because salt is an excellent exfoliator. Before you wash your hair, massage salt on your hair. Do this for several minutes remove dead skin. Afterward, just shampoo and wash as normal. You might have to do this several times a week for better results if your dandruff is persistent.
BETTER BOILED EGGS
If you want to hard-boil or poach some eggs, you better use salt. When boiling, add it to the water. It will make the process faster, and it will lift the shells. This makes it much easier to peel afterward. Also, add salt to the hot water when you want to poach as it will stop eggs from cracking, and you will look like an experienced chef.
COFFEE MAKER CLEANUP
If you have a regular drip coffee maker (not a Keurig), this is a great trick. Your coffee maker is one of the dirtiest items in your kitchen. Clean it up by running a saltwater pot. Fill the pot with water and add four tablespoons of salt to it. Then you just run it as you normally would. This will kill the bacteria in the coffee maker and it will taste better too. Make sure to run it again with clean water after the salt bath!
NO MORE BROWN APPLES
Another disappointing food is a brown oxidized apple. It looks nasty and the texture is mealy. The same trick that works on lettuce works on apples and other fruits too. You have to do it in a different way though. Take the cut apples and soak them in water. Put a dash of salt in the water and wait. Take it out after ten minutes and it should be preserved.
MAKE PERFECT STOVETOP POTATOES
Of course, you always add salt to potatoes for the best taste. However, the ingredient can actually make the whole dish better or completely destroy it, if you use it wrong. When you boil potatoes in saltwater, it makes them soft. Furthermore, before making fries, soak them in saltwater for a few hours. This will remove the starch for crispier chips.
KILL A STINK IN THE FRIDGE
Just like the oven, fridges can be cleaned with some salt. Over time, they accumulate smells, especially because they are always a bit moist. However, some people don’t like using store-bought products around their food. Therefore, salt is a great alternative. Make some saltwater and rub with a sponge to clean it up.
STOP CANDLES FROM DRIPPING
While some people love to see a candle dripping, others don’t care for the mess. If you want to stop it, all you need to do is put your candles on saltwater as soon as you buy them. First, boil two cups of water with a ½ tablespoon of salt. Turn off the heat and add the candles for two hours. Then, let them dry before using them.
KEEP LETTUCE CRISPY
There is nearly no food that is as disappointing as a limp, slimy salad. Keep your lettuce fresh by sprinkling some salt on it. It will keep bacteria out, and draw out enough excess water to keep it crisp. You have to be a bit careful with how much you use though. If you use too much, it will cause the lettuce to wilt and shrivel up. That's just as bad as slimy lettuce, so be careful!
SALT AS A PEST DETERRENT
If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like chemical products for your garden, you should try out some salt. The mineral will prevent insects, such as ants, from approaching. Fortunately, salt doesn’t kill them, it just repels. Another great option is vinegar, although some people don’t like the smell. You can mix both ingredients for better results.
SPEAKING OF COFFEE
Since we're talking about coffee, here's another trick. When making your pot of coffee, try adding 1/4 tablespoon to the coffee grounds. Why? There's a chemical reaction that happens with salt and the acid that causes bitterness in coffee or tea. Adding salt to it keeps that acid in check and makes the coffee taste sweeter. You can do it with tea too, just use a dash of salt in the teapot.
CLEANING UP RED WINE STAINS
Since salt absorbs water, it’s amazing at removing stains. Therefore, if you have accidentally spilled red wine on the carpet, all you need a bit of salt. Just pour some over the stain and let it soak for several minutes. Afterward, vacuum the area. Meanwhile, if your clothes have stains from the drink, put a bit on the spot and wait for about three minutes. Then, wash with cold water.
PROTECT YOUR SPONGES FROM BACTERIA
We normally throw sponges away after a while, but you can extend their life with just a bit of salt. Just place it on a bowl with 1/4 cup of salt per two cups of water. Leave it overnight, and the next day, all the grime will be gone. This happens because the salt enters the spaces in the sponge and pushes the dirt away. Of course, it only works on sponges with big holes.
THE EGG TEST
Aside from making better eggs, salt actually helps you determine whether they are fresh enough to eat. Just put two tablespoons in two cups of water and drop the egg. If it sinks, then it’s perfect for eating. However, floating eggs are not a good idea. Salt increases the density of the water, and bag eggs will float because they take in air as time passes.
MAKE YOUR SILVERWARE SHINY
We have already mentioned that salt is a great exfoliator, which means that it won’t damage silver or copper. To clean up silverware, just boil some water and add aluminum foil to the bottom. Afterward, add salt and baking soda. Place the silverware inside, making sure that no pieces make contact. It only takes a few minutes. Remove them and rinse.
WHAT ABOUT CLEANER COPPER?
Copper can also tarnish with time. Therefore, make a mixture of salt and a cup of white vinegar. Using a cloth, rub it on the material to remove all stains. However, if you have to clean some big, add salt with white vinegar to a pot of boiling water. Afterward, soak whatever needs cleaning, and it will come off. Once that’s done, wait for it to cool and wash at the sink.
If you need your soda to be chilled faster, try this. Instead of ice, take water, ice, and salt and put it into your cooler. then put your drinks in there. Within five minutes they should be ice cold. Why? Salt lowers the freezing point of water, which is also why it is an effective de-icer. In this case, you're causing the ice to melt faster, and the water gets colder more quickly.
NO MORE SMELLY PLASTIC BOTTLES
Unfortunately, plastic containers will develop a smell after some uses. You might have noticed your water bottle getting nasty. All you need to do to fix this issue is add some salt to the container. Leave it the entire night and wash in the morning. Salt absorbs smell naturally, and almost every store-bought product uses it.
KILL WEEDS IN THE CRACKS
You might have noticed some ugly weeds coming out of the cracks in your yards, and it’s hard to remove them because you normally cannot get them all off. Fortunately, salt is great for this because it absorbs water, and these plants die. Just place some on the cracks and add some hot water. Meanwhile, if it’s poison ivy, you can use 3 pounds of salt and one gallon of soapy water. Spray it on the plant, and they will die after several days.
MELT SNOW EASILY
Salt is a great way to decrease the freezing point of water, which is perfect for melting snow and ice. Unfortunately, snow might have accumulated on top of the car or on the porch, and it can be hard to remove some times. You should sprinkle rock salt on the porch or wherever you desire to prevent snow from sticking to the pavement. Meanwhile, you can wash the windshield of your car with saltwater.
CLEAN UP YOUR PANS
Get some nice thick Kosher salt for this one. Coat the skillet with salt, leave it for ten minutes, then scrub it off. The salt should be abrasive enough to clean off any burned-on food. Just don't use this trick on Teflon-coated or copper pans. It will tend to scrub the coating off too, which is something you want to avoid. It's perfect for cast-iron or aluminum ones!
MAKE A NICE SALT SCRUB
While you are thinking of taking care of your skin, you should also try making your own salt scrub. This can be used to clean off dead skin, similarly to how salt helps with dandruff. It also exfoliates your skin perfectly. All you need is some sea salt, honey, lemongrass, and rosemary oils or whatever you think smells best.
DISINFECT YOUR CUTTING BOARDS
We know that wooden cutting boards can get a bit nasty after some use. Additionally, some food particles will go through the grooves of the wood. Salt is the best solution to this issue. However, make sure to use fine table salt because it can through the tiny holes. Cover the whole thing with salt and rub with a moist cloth. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Unfortunately, wicker baskets can be hard to clean because they break easily, and their grooves don’t allow us to reach certain places. However, you can use some salt to make sure that they don’t turn yellow. Just use a brush soaked in saltwater. Another method is to place a lot of salt in a big bag and put the basket inside to let it work its magic.
KEEP BROOMS CLEANER
Brooms might last for a long time if you treat correctly, and this is a great way to make sure that you don’t have to buy a new one for many years. Pour hot water in a bucket, add about a cup of salt, and soak the brush for 20 minutes. Once you remove it, let it dry before putting it to use again. There you go!
SHINE UP YOUR BRASS
Just like salt is great for silver and copper, it does wonders for brass. Once again, mix ½ cup of salt with a cup of white vinegar, but if you want a thick paste, you can also add some flour. You can soak the brass on the mixture or rub it. Let it take effect for 20 minutes. Afterward, wash away with a damp cloth, and it will be good as new.
ELIMINATE MINERAL DEPOSITS IN FISH TANKS
Unfortunately, fish tanks can dirty because of mineral deposits, and those are seriously hard to clean. However, a mixture of salt and vinegar will work wonders in a similar way to how it did for brass, silver, and copper. Just put some and rub with scrubbing pads. But make sure to move your fish somewhere else before doing it.
Almost everything made out of metals that we use every day is affected by rust. However, you can rub it away with some salt and lemon juice. Mix two tablespoons of juice with six tablespoons of salt so it becomes a paste. Use to clean the area and rinse with lots of water. An alternate method involves rubbing salt on the area and then pouring some lemon juice over it.
REMOVE SOOT FROM THE CHIMNEY
Salt can stop fires quickly, but it’s also an amazing cleaner for soot in the chimney, especially those made out of bricks. When you have some fire, sprinkle a few tablespoons of salt on it. Not enough to extinguish it, though. This will create some pretty yellow flames, and when you put it out, the soot will be much easier to clean.
CLEANING STAINED TEA CUPS
We have already mentioned that salt is amazing for cleaning coffee makers, condensation rings, stains on clothes, and here is another tip. If you have cups that have been stained by tea or coffee, you can clean them up with the ingredient. Just rub some salt on the markings, and then, rinse it out.
CLEAN CONDENSATION RINGS
Unfortunately, you have probably left condensation rings on a table at some point in your life. These are awfully hard to remove from wood. Luckily, salt can help with that as well as coffee rings. Just sprinkle some on the area and wait a couple of minutes. Afterward, soak a cloth with cooking oil and rub it on the ring.
KEEP FLOWERS FRESH LONGER
This tip might sound counterintuitive considering that we already said that salt kills plants. However, it’s a bit different. If you want to keep your bouquet of flowers looking fresh for longer, you need to add a bit of salt to the water in the flower base. This will keep them blooming for more time!
REDUCE PUFFINESS IN YOUR EYES
This is a great tip, but you have to be careful while applying it so that nothing gets inside your eyes. If you have puffy eyes for some reason, you can quickly soothe with some salt and hot water. Just soak some cloth with the mixture and put it over your eyes. Press carefully so that it will take effect!
LESS STICKY FOOD ON PANS
While we already know that we can wash our pans with salt, we can also prevent more food stickiness with the ingredient. You just need to add a bit of salt to a warm pan. Remove the excess, and it’s ready for your next meal. Of course, it also works great to remove what already there. Salt is truly a miracle!
DIY DRAIN CLEANER
In a previous article, we talked about using baking soda to clear out drains. Salt also works really well for this mixture too. Pour some boiling water down the drain, then pour one cup of salt and one cup of vinegar down the drain. Let that sit for 15 minutes. Then pour some more boiling water down the drain and you should be clear. If it's not, try pouring dry salt down the drain, and then a pot of boiling water. That should do it!
CUTICLES AND NAIL TREATMENT
You don’t have to pay for a manicure anymore because salt is the best product to keep your nails beautiful and healthy. Make a mixture of salt, baking soda, lemon juice, and hot water. Dip your fingers for several minutes. Afterward, scrub and rinse. This helps soften your cuticles while strengthening your nails.
CLEAN STINKY HANDS
People who love to cook know that garlic and onions can often leave smells on your hands that stay for a long time. Even if you wash them with soap, your hands can still retain the smell for several days. However, all you need to do is rub with a mixture of salt and vinegar. Of course, vinegar has a strong scent, but that one will be gone when you rinse.
We have already mentioned that salt is an amazing pesticide, but it’s best when it comes to repelling ants. Basically, you just have to sprinkle it on the area where you don’t want ants accumulating. You can also make a spray with some water to use on windowsills, doorways, and other places. The best part is that it’s natural!
While this is a great tip, we should caution not to overdo it with the salt because it might irritate the wound in the end. To keep piercings fresh, it’s best to soak them in saltwater. This will prevent infections, and it also incentivizes healing. Just a little of salt in the water will do the trick.
FIX POPPING OIL
It’s interesting how much salt can help in the kitchen, and it doesn’t even have to do with making food taste better. Cooking eggs can be easier as well as cleaning. Well, you might also prevent oil burns with salt. Just sprinkling a bit on boiling oil will stop it from popping, and it will enhance the scent of fried food.
Many of us have probably been cooking pasta in saltwater for our entire lives. The reason is that noodles are actually chewier when salt has been added. It’s not just because of the taste. Additionally, adding salt will make sure that the water boils quicker.
CLEAN UP BROKEN EGGS
Here is another tip regarding eggs, but it has nothing to do with cooking. It’s rather about cleaning. Unfortunately, eggs are pretty fragile. So, the chances of breaking one on the counter or the floor are high. If that happens, just sprinkle some salt on the mess and wait several minutes. Now, it will be easier to clean it.
We hope that these tips will help you get more out of your salt. It can make a lot of tasks easier for you and has a million uses. Considering that you probably have a giant box of it in your house, we're sure you'll find some great ways to use it! If you liked this article and find it useful, please share it with your friends. Thanks for reading!