What Is Salt Used For – List of Uses for Salt
According to the Salt Institute which is run by the Salty Dog, Dr. Morton Satin, there are at least 14,000 uses. There really is no more versatile mineral on earth. It began as a way to preserve food, this allowed people to travel, lessened their dependence on eating seasonal food and spread out the way that they ate their food.
In the beginning salt was very hard to find and use, but of course with our current production techniques salt is one of the most readily available minerals in the world and if you can wrap your mind around this thought, the supply is endless, then you have a realistic view of salt.
It has been used over the years for many different things, eating to cleaning and their are more tricks to use it than you can shake a stick at. I think it is time to go back to the old non toxic ways of things. Also being that salt is much cheaper than the manufactured toxic unfriendly supplies surely we should start re using it.
Of course there are many different kinds of salt, we shall keep it easy here and talk mostly about Sodium Chloride or NaCl. This one salt fills our oceans and is the extracellular fluid for many multi-cellular organisms. It is the table salt that we add to our food to flavor it.
Different types of salt are:
- Unrefined salt (sea salt)
- Refined salt (table salt)
- Iodized salt
- Kosher salt
So let us get into salts uses:
IN THE KITCHEN
- Deodorize your sinks drains – 1/2 cup hot water and 1/2 cup salt poured down the drain once a week will deodorize and cut the grease.
- Copper, brass and silver cleaner – Make a paste of vinegar and salt – Rub the metal, rinse and buff it up
- Pot and pan degreaser – Use to get rid of the grease before scrubbing with soap
- Clean Coffee Makers – 3-6 teaspoons of salt in full pot of water and run it through the cycle
- Clean Sponges – Simply soak in cold saltwater
- Rings and white marks on wood furniture – Make a thick paste with olive oil and salt and rub till marks are gone
- Use to bring out the flavors in food
- Put in water you want to boil – I used to think it helped the water boil quicker, but really it makes the water boil at a higher temperature and thus decrease cooking time
- Cook poached eggs – Adding salt to the water will increase temp and thus cook egg whites quicker
- Test eggs for freshness – Two teaspoons of salt in water, put raw egg in it. Fresh sinks, older floats
- Keep fruits fresh – Peeled fruits will stay fresher if stored in lightly salted water
- Gives peaks – Add small amount of salt when beating whipping cream or egg whites, firmer higher peaks
- Extend cheese life – Prevent mold on cheese by wrapping it in a cloth moistened with saltwater before refrigerating.
- Spill in oven cleaner – If you spill on your oven floor, coat it with salt, it will not smoke or stink and will be easy to clean up after it cools
- Put out Grease Fires – Cover the fire with salt
- Clean cast-iron skillets – sprinkle with salt and wipe out with paper towels
- Clean stained cups – Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains
- Clean refrigerators – Use a mix of salt and soda water then wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator. Clean a glass coffee pot – Add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously, and rinse
CLOTHING AND LAUNDRY
- Attack wine spills – Blot up as much as possible and immediately cover the wine spill with salt. After dinner, soak the tablecloth in cold water for thirty minutes before laundering
- Quell over sudsing – If you accidentally added too much detergent, just sprinkle with salt and it will decrease the sudsing
- Dry clothes in the winter – Use salt in the final laundry rinse to prevent clothes from freezing if you use an outdoor clothes line in the winter
- Deodorize Shoes – Sprinkle salt into the shoes at night; brush out in the morning.
- Brighten Clothing Colors in the wash – Add ½ a cup of salt to colored wash loads to enhance and set the colors. Check out making your own detergent
- Get rid of mold and mildew stains – Scrub the area with salt and lemon juice, then set in the sun. Wash, rinse, and dry
- Brighten curtains and rub colors – Wash colored curtains or washable fiber rugs in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors
- Remove perspiration stains – Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade
- Remove blood stains – Soak the stained cloth in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash
- Clean a gunky iron bottom – Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots
ANTISEPTIC AND PERSONAL CARE USES
- Sore Throat Gargle – Add 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Gargle.
- Teeth and Gum Cleaner – Mix 1 part salt with 2 parts baking soda and brush teeth and gums
- Mouthwash – Mix 1 part slat with 1 part baking soda, then add 1 teaspoon to a glass of warm water. Swirl it around and spit out, rinse
- Soothe your eyes – Mix ½ teaspoon of salt to 1 pint of water. Soak a soft washcloth in the mixture and lay it on closed eyes
- Puffy Eye Help – Use the mixture, above, on puffy eyes, but soak longer. For a puffy eye mask check this out.
- Foot Soak – Foot bath of warm water with ½ cup of salt. Soak your feet for as long as it feels good, rinse
- Removing dry skin – After a hot bath and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It removes dead skin and aids the circulation
- Extend toothbrush life – Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use; they’ll last longer
- Mouth Problems – Rinse your mouth up to four times a day with salt water
- Get rid of bee sting pain – Immediately dampen area and pack on a small pile of salt to reduce pain and swelling
- Mosquito bites – A saltwater soak or poultice with salt and vegetable oil will get rid of the itch
- Poison ivy itching – Works the same as the mosquito bite
GARDEN USES AND AROUND THE HOUSE
- Weed Killer – Sprinkle salt along cracks, sprinkle with water, then pull out the dead weeds
- Poison Ivy Killer – Dissolve 1 cup of salt in 1 gallon of hot water. Pour all over poison ivy
- Deter ants – Ants do not like to walk in salt, so sprinkle it around windows and doors and anywhere else those little things might try to sneak in
- Drip-proof candles – Soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, dry them completly, they will drip far less
- Keep cut flowers fresh – A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer
- Arrange artificial flowers – Pour lots of salt, wet salt with cold water and add flowers, arrange. The salt will dry solid and the flowers will be held in position.
- Play dough – Make with 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons cream of tartar. Stir together flour, cream of tartar, salt and oil, and slowly add water. Cook over medium heat stirring until dough becomes stiff. Spread onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until it reaches a good play dough consistency
- Repair wall holes – For white sheet rock or plaster walls, mix 2 tablespoons salt with 2 tablespoons cornstarch, add 5 teaspoons water to make a thick paste. Fill holes
- De-ice sidewalks and driveways – Sprinkle rock salt on walks and driveways to keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easier shoveling/scraping
- Barbequing – Use salt to still wild flames and calm smoke
A great site to learn all about salt is by the Salt Guru himself – Morton Satin – at http://www.saltinstitute.org/
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