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How to use Salt for Cleaning Around the House

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Salt now has a bad reputation and we all need to cut back on our salt consumption. Salt does have other uses besides making food taste delectable. There are around 14,000 uses for plain table salt. Using salt for cleaning is cheaper and more environmentally friendly (a form of going green you might say) than most chemicals and cleaners. The result of using salt for cleaning may not work, but surely some do work or they wouldn’t have been passed down throughout the generations. Below are some tips on how to use salt for cleaning and other projects that involve some sort of cleaning.

Water rings or rings from hot dishes: make a thin paste of salad oil and salt. Then rub the pasted into the ring(s) with your fingers. Let stand for one hour or two, wipe off with a dry clean cloth.

Perspiration stains: add 4 tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the hot water. Dip sponge into the hot salted water and sponge the fabric with the solution until the stain(s) disappear.

Mildew or rust stains: mix together equal parts of lemon juice and salt. Moisten stained spots with the mixture and place item(s) in the sun for bleaching. Check after an hour and if stains are still visible, leave out for another hour. Then rinse the items and dry them too.

Sticky iron: using a piece of newspaper or paper towel, sprinkle a little salt onto the paper and run the hot iron over the paper to remove sticky spots. You may need to do this more than once depending on how much sticky buildup is on the iron.

Fish tank cleaning: to remove water deposits from the inside of the fish tank, rub the inside with salt. RINSE WELL before returning fish to the tank. USE ONLY PLAIN SALT, NOT IODIZED SALT. Fined grained sea salt could be used, make sure it doesn’t have iodine.

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