Home Remedies using Salt for Cleaning

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Salt possesses an abrasive nature that effectively yet gently cleans a multitude of objects. You can use the grainy substance on your kitchen countertops and across your bathroom tile. When mixed with other ingredients, the sanitizing and cleansing power becomes much stronger. Home remedies using salt can also save you money when you no longer have to purchase many different cleaners for your household.

Salt Cleaning Home Remedies

With a damp sponge, rag, soft cloth or old toothbrush, you can turn salt and water into an effective cleaning tool. There are plenty of ways to easily remove the dirt, grime and other substances that accumulate throughout your household. To explore what home remedies using salt can do for you, consider some of the following suggestions:

a) Lipstick Stains:

The emollients that make lipstick able to last long on your lips can linger on your glassware. To remove smudges, rub the edges of glasses with salt, which acts like an eraser on lipstick stains.

b) Baked-On Food:

To remove foods that are baked on your cooking pans or serving plates, pre-treat with a sprinkle of salt over the food. Dampen the cookware, and let it sit for a little while before washing away with soapy water.

c) Enamel Pans:

Remove the stains left behind by burnt food from your enamel pans by soaking overnight in salt water. In the morning, you will find that the stains should lift right off.

d) Greasy Iron Pans:

To remove tough grease stains from iron pans, sprinkle salt on the pan before you wash it. The pan will absorb most of the grease, and you can easily wipe the pan out and then wash like normal.

e) Discolored Glassware:

When stubborn stains linger on your glassware, mix a handful of salt in a quart of vinegar for an overnight soak of the glassware. The stains should easily lift off in the morning.

f) Clean Artificial Flowers:

When artificial flowers start to look dull and lifeless (no pun intended), treat the authentic silk ones and common nylon creations by placing them in a paper bag with ¼ cup of salt. Gently shake the contents, and the flowers should come out looking refreshed.

g) Clean the Fireplace:

Douse the flames of your fireplace with salt and the fire will burn out more quickly – meaning you will have less soot to clean up. The salt will also make it easier for you to gather the ashes and residue when sweeping up the remains.

h) Polish Brass and Copper:

To make homemade polish to clean your dull brass and copper belongings, make a paste out of equal parts of salt, flour, and vinegar. With a soft cloth, rub the paste over the material and rinse with warm, soapy water. Follow up by buffing with a cloth to bring out the shine.

i) Grease Remover:

Clean your rugs of grease stains by mixing one part salt to four parts rubbing alcohol. Vigorously rub in the mixture into the grease stain – making sure to rub in the direction of the rug’s natural nap.

j) Fishtank Cleaner:

To get rid of hard water mineral deposits that can form inside of your fish tank, rub the interior with salt, and then rise the tank well before transporting the fish back into their home. You must use plain, (not iodized) salt for this remedy.

k) Remove Coffee and Tea Stains:

When your cups and pots show the signs of coffee and tea stains, scrub away the rings by sprinkling salt onto a sponge, and then rubbing in a circular motion across the stain. For persistent stains, add equal parts of vinegar and salt to make a more potent cleaner.

l) Treat Perspiration Stains [1]:

When you can no longer stand the stubborn yellow perspiration stains that form on your favorite shirts, dissolve four tablespoons salt in one quart of hot water. Sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears.

m) Clean Coffee Percolator:

Remove the bitterness that a compromised percolator causes your coffee by filling it with water and four tablespoon of salt. Percolate as usual, and then rinse the unit and all of its parts well. The next time you make a cup of Joe, it will have a fresher, more flavorful taste.

Resources

[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 287.

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