Have you ever tried cleaning with salt? There are so many amazing things that you can use salt for other than in your daily cooking. Let me show you the way!
Salt is a cost-effective and natural way to keep your home clean. You might be thinking that salt is just for cooking and baking, but it can be so much more versatile than that. Salt is simply, it’s natural and it’s a cheaper alternative to other cleaning agents.
Sodium chloride (salt) has been used for cleaning since medieval times and our past generations have been relying on salt to help with all sorts of things around the home. Salt comes in different forms such as refined salt, sea salt, and iodized salt. The most common salts found in homes today are sea salts, table salt and Himalayan salts. For cleaning, you can use any type of salt you wish, as long as it is not Epsom salt. Epsom salt is a different thing altogether.
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If you’re becoming more conscious about the products you use to clean your home? There are so many advantages of using natural cleaners including saving money and creating a healthier, non-toxic home. Natural cleaners are effective and do a proper job in cleaning just as some of the more toxic chemical cleaners do. Isn’t it amazing to know that you can make salad dressings and clean your home with some of the same ingredients? I think that’s awesome.
Many store-bought cleaners are made with water, chemicals and fragrance. Some fragrances can irritate allergies, and create skin sensitivities. They can even be poisonous to pets and small children. Some of these store-bought cleaners have instructions to be in a ventilated room when using or to wear a mask. To me, this is very concerning. Organic and natural cleaners are an option if you do not want to aggravate your allergies and you can rest easy knowing exactly what’s in your cleaning agent.
Guide To Cleaning With Salt Around The House
You can use salt in a few different areas of the house. I mostly use it in the kitchen but you can find a few uses in the laundry room as well! Read on for my best tips on cleaning with salt.
Cleaning With Salt In the Kitchen
Coffee Pot: If you’ve got a grubby looking coffee pot, add one cup of crushed ice, 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to the coffee pot. Swirl it all around and notice the stains disappear. The salt scours the stains on the pot while the ice helps give it a proper scrub. Rinse well with water and enjoy your clear coffee pot.
Mugs: If your mugs are stained with tea or coffee, salt can help scrape away the stain. You can either add salt to your kitchen sponge and scrape away the stain, or add salt right into the mug and wipe it with a cloth. If your stain is extra stubborn add some lemon juice, or use a real lemon to wipe away the stain with the salt.
Cutting Board: If your cutting board has a stain from strawberries, beets or otherwise, sprinkle salt and use lemon to wipe the stain away when you have finished cooking to keep your cutting board in tip-top shape.
Fridge: If you want to know how to deep clean a fridge, I’ve got just the guide for you. However, if you want to use salt as your main cleaning agent combine salt and soda water together to make an all-purpose cleaner that is perfect for the fridge.
Greasy Pan: This is my favourite kitchen salt hack. After you finish cooking a greasy meal out of a cast iron, or a glass pyrex dish, sprinkle salt all over the grease. The salt soaks up the grease and makes it so much easier to wash the pan out with a small amount of dish soap and water. This basically takes away the need to use extra elbow grease.
Oven: If your dinner makes a mess in the oven, sprinkle salt on top of the spill. When the oven is cool, the spill will be a lot easier to sweep up, or even vacuum out.
Drain: I’m sure you’ve heard of this salt hack. Pour some salt into the kitchen drain and follow up with boiling hot water to prevent grease buildup and deodorize the drain.
Save Fruit: Prevent your fruit from going brown by soaking peeled apples and pears in salt water for 5 minutes before drying and storing them in an air-tight container.
Kill Small Grease Fire: If you are cooking and grease fire starts up, use salt to put it out quickly.
Cleaning With Salt In the Laundry Room
Dryer Sheet: Go natural and add Himalayan salt into a cloth bag, and toss it into your dryer with every load in place of dryer sheets.
Wine Stain: If you have a nasty wine stain, salt to the rescue! Blot the spot with a pile of salt and allow the salt to soak in the wine for 30 minutes. Throw the salt away and place your stained cloth in the laundry as usual.
Iron: If your iron is getting rusty and crusty, sprinkle salt onto some paper and run a warm iron over until the stains start to go away. Once the iron is cooled, wipe the grime away with a clean cloth.
Sweat: Make a sweat stain remover by adding 2 tablespoons of water to 2 cups of water and soak your fabric in this solution. Wash as usual.
Mildew: Lemon juice and salt make a perfect pair for removing mildew off of fabrics and other surfaces. Moisten the spot of mildew with a salt and lemon juice mixture. If you can, bring the item outside so the sun can naturally take the stain away. Rinse off the mixture and dry the item as usual.
Bloodstains: If you have some blood stains to get rid of, soak the fabric in cold saltwater for 30 minutes and then wash the garment as usual. If you need to further treat the stain, boil your fabric in water on the stove for 10 minutes.
Brighten Rugs: If your rugs are looking dull, dip a cloth in a strong saltwater solution and rub the cloth onto the rug. Notice how your rug starts to shine brightly right away. If you need to wash a full rug and you can fit it into the washing machine, then add 1 cup of salt to the washing machine drum and wash it as normal.
Cleaning With Salt Around The Home
Fireplace: Make a mixture of dish soap and salt to scrub your fireplace. Allow this mixture to dry and then brush it off with a scrub brush.
Ants: Deter ants from entering the home by sprinkling salt at the window sills, doorways and other cracks around the home.
Remove Water Rings: To remove water rings on a wooden table, make a paste with salt and vegetable oil. Buff the water rings with a cloth and your paste mixture.
Poison Ivy: Kill poison ivy by mixing 4 cups of soapy water with 3lbs of salt. Spray or dump the water onto the poison ivy.
Polish Copper: Make a paste with flour, vinegar and salt and rub the paste onto copper. Let this solution sit for an hour and then buff it out with a clean cloth. This works for brass as well.
Rust: Combine water, salt and cream of tartar to make a paste. Rub this paste onto your rusty item and let it sit until it dries. Brush it off with a dry cloth.
Cut Flowers: Keep your cut flowers fresh by adding a pinch of salt to the water in the vase.
Dehumidify Room: If you have a room that has moisture in it this can cause some mold growth issues. Place a cup full of salt near the moisture area and let the salt absorb the excess water out of the air.
Cleaning With Salt – Personal Care
While it’s not exactly cleaning around the home, I just had to share these personal care with salt tricks.
Toothbrush: Make your toothbrush last longer by soaking it in salt water before you use it.
Toothpaste: Make a toothpaste with 1 part salt and 2 parts baking soda. This doesn’t taste the best but it will leave your teeth clean and shiny.
Mouth Rinse: Mix salt and baking soda in water to make a deodorizing mouth rinse. Again, this will not taste amazing but it does the job.
Canker Sores: If you have a canker sore rinse your mouth with salt water a few times a day.
Smelly Hands: Make your hands smell better after handling garlic and onion by washing your hands with salt and water instead of soap and water.
Bee Sting: Make a paste with water and salt and apply it to the bee sting right away to reduce pain and swelling.
Mosquito Bites: For itchy mosquito bites, soak the itchy areas in saltwater to reduce itching. Olive oil can take away itch as well.
Treating Poison Ivy: You can either kill poison ivy with salt or treat a poison ivy reaction with it as well. Make a salt and water paste and apply it to the itchy spots.
Scrub: Make a salt scrub with coconut oil and salt and wipe away dead skin in your body before or during a shower or bath.
Sore throat: Ease throat pain by gargling a saltwater mixture.
Will You Clean With Salt Now Too?
Did you know that salt had so many cleaning uses? If you are looking for natural and chemical-free solutions for your cleaning supply stash, then add some salt to it. If you are interested in zero-waste cleaning, and eco-friendly solutions, I have all the resources you need here.
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