15 Unique Ways You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Use Salt

If you didn't already know, that jar of salt sitting pretty in your kitchen shelf can be used in the most amazing ways, outside of seasoning meals. It can be used to test for rotten eggs, clean the toughest oven stains and even help soothe a bee sting! Read on for the most surprising ways you can use salt around your home.

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Salt, regardless of variety, is absolutely priceless because of its importance to cooking. But you're wrong if you think that's all it can be used for; here are 15 unique ways to put your salt to good use.

1. Clean Tarnished Copper

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Create a cleaning solution by mixing hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the copper, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rub clean.

Note: this cleaning solution shouldn't be applied to lacquered copper.

2. Soothe A Bee Sting

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Salt can be used as first aid for bee stings. All you have to do is wet the site of the sting and then cover it with salt.

3. Clean Up Oven Spills

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If food boils over onto the floor or walls of your oven, sprinkle some salt on top of it to stop smoke and odor from forming. Let the oven cool down and then brush away the spillage.

4. Set Color

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If you hold reservations that a dye will run, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you've added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. Repeat until rinse water runs completely clear.

5. Clean A Broken Egg

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If an egg breaks on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for about 20 minutes. You'll be able to clean off the mess easily right after.

6. Keep Windows Frost-free

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To use salt to keep your windows clear of frost, create salt solution and use a sponge to rub it on windows. To apply this hack for your car's windshield, put salt in a little bag made of cheesecloth, slightly moisten it and then rub it on the glass.

7. Clean A Glass Coffee Pot

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Give your coffee pot a deep clean by first letting its inside soak in a mixture of 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Fill with cold water and rinse.

8. Kill Grass Growing Between Your Patio Stones

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Salt can effectively eliminate weed growing in between cracks in the cement or between patio stones. All you have to do is sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Alternatively, you can sprinkle coarse salt on the grass, and let sit all day or overnight, then pour hot water over it.

9. Test For Rotten Eggs

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You can perform a freshness test,M for your eggs using salt solution. All you have to do is put an egg in a cup of water to which you've added two teaspoons of salt. If rotten, the egg will float and if fresh, it'll sink to the bottom.

10. Eliminate A Grease Fire

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If you didn't already know, you should never pour water on a grease fire. Instead, pour salt to quench it quickly.

11. Keep Potatoes And Apples From Browning

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Apples and potatoes turning brown after being cut can be rather frustrating. However, this can be prevented by simply leaving them in cold salt/water solution.

12. Change Your Whipping Game

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To make your cream whip more easily and egg whites whip faster and higher, simply add a pinch of salt!

13. Get Rid Of Brown Spots From The Bottom Of Your Iron

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Spread a sprinkling of salt on waxed paper, slide the iron across it, and then rub lightly with silver polish to permanently get rid of brown spots caused by starch.

14. Repel Fleas

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Prevent your dog from flea attacks by washing the nooks and cranny of the doghouse with salt solution.

15. Clean A Cutting Board

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Your cutting board may harbor long standing stains but they are no match for the potent cleaning effect of salt. Simply, cover the board with a mixture of bleach and salt. Next, scrub the stains with a stiff brush, and rinse with very hot water. Dry with a clean cloth and you'll have your board looking clean like it should be!

There you have 15 unique uses for salt; do you know any more salt tricks?

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