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Salt is such a precious commodity that in ancient times it was used to pay workers. The word salary, is in fact derived from the ration of salt a worker would be given. Then as now, salt is used to liven the taste of food and for many other necessary things. Here are ten ways to use salt around the home:
Genius Salt Hacks
1. To Clean Chopping Boards
A handful or so of coarse salt mixed with the juice of half a lemon is just the thing to scrub a chopping board with to clean and disinfect it.
2. To Polish Brass
To remove an especially stubborn tarnish from brass, use a paste of salt and vinegar. Again, a half a lemon dipped in salt and used as a rub is also good. Rinse with tepid water, and buff dry with a clean, white, lint-free cloth.
3. To Clean Burnt Cookware
If cookware burns, wet the burned area on the pot or pan, apply some salt, and let it stand for about 10 minutes. Then, scrub and rinse. Another way is to fill the pot with water and a handful of salt and let it soak overnight. After the pot or pan has soaked, turn the burner on beneath it and bring the salt water to a boil. This should get rid of the burn marks. Then, wash the pot or pan out. Repeat the process if necessary.
4. To Extinguish Stove Fires
If a pot or pan catches fire on top of the stove, turn off the burner, and extinguish the fire with handfuls of salt or baking soda. Never use sugar, baking powder or flour.
5. To Melt Ice On Walks
Throw rock salt on a path before the expected snow or sleet falls. This will keep the ice from sticking to the surface of the path, especially if it’s made of concrete.
6. To Remove Coffee or Tea Stains
To remove coffee or tea stains from a ceramic cup or mug, scrub it with a salt or a paste of half salt and half white vinegar. Water rings in vases can also be removed by rubbing them with salt. If the vase has a narrow neck and the inside is had to reach, fill it with a strong saline solution and shake it. Then, wash.
7. To Ease the Pain of a Pulled Tooth
Rinsing with warm salt water after a tooth has been pulled soothes the area because of the heat. The salt in the water fights bacteria and the water itself washes away any food particles. This also helps with gum pain.
8. To Ease Insect Bites
Make a paste of table salt and water and apply it to the insect bite for about 10 minutes. Make sure to clean the area thoroughly first to avoid the spread of disease.
9. To Kill Slugs
Toss some salt over slugs in the garden. This will cause them to dry out and die.
10. To Treat Colds
The common cold also responds to salt. A salt water gargle eases a sore throat, and stuffy noses can be cleared with a saline solution made of a teaspoon of salt in a pint of water. The person uses a nose dropper to put it in their nose, then blows their nose into a tissue.
Salt, as can be seen, is a versatile compound. Not only is it useful, it is one of the least expensive grocery items on the grocery list!