Home Remedies using Salt in the Kitchen

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One moment salt is a common ingredient used in many recipes, while the next, it adds flavor to your plate of French fries. You probably didn’t know that salt is an excellent cleaning agent – whether used on its own or in combination with other substances. In the kitchen, home remedies for salt can help clean up the messes left behind by a tasty dinner.

Kitchen Salt Home Remedies

We add salt to our meals and in small amounts – it is beneficial for our health. It’s not safe to overdo it when it comes to our bodies, but in the kitchen, there are plenty of home remedies using salt that you should certainly take advantage of. A handful to explore includes:

a) Revamp a Sponge:

When the sponge you use on your countertops and dishes needs rejuvenation, soak overnight in a solution made up of ¼ cup salt added to each quart (liter) of water.

b) Garbage Disposal Freshener:

To get rid of an unpleasant odor in your garbage disposal, add ½ cup of salt and run the cold water. Start the disposal, and the salt will dislodge any stinky waste. The salt also works to deodorize the odors[1].

c) Remove Baked-On Food:

That lasagna that just doesn’t want to leave the pan can be removed with a pre-treatment of salt. Before washing, sprinkle salt over the stuck-on food, and dampen the area. Let it sit for a bit of time before washing with soapy water. A pre-treatment of salt can also clean greasy iron pans, discolored glassware, and your cast-iron wok.

d) Treat Burn Stains:

Scrubbing burnt-on stains from enamel pans can become a headache, but if you soak the pan overnight in salt water, the stains will lift right off.

e) Glassware Treatment:

Lipstick smudges on glassware are one of those stains that linger on glassware. It’s hard to get rid of the emollients meant to withstand removal. Before washing your glass, rub the edges with salt to erase lipstick stains.

f) Clean the Refrigerator:

After taking out all of your food, mix a handful of salt in one gallon of warm water, and use it to sponge the inside of your fridge clean. The salt will not scratch your surfaces and you don’t have to worry about chemical fumes or odors lingering[2].

g) Cleaning Dough:

Rolling out the dough for cookies has left your countertop a mess, but if you sprinkle salt on top – it is much easier to wipe clean.

h) Take Bitterness out of Coffee:

If you are left with a bitter pot of coffee from leaving it on the brewer for too long, add a pinch of salt to a cup before deciding to toss it out[3].

i) Grease Splatter Prevention [4]:

Cooking bacon and other greasy foods can be a messy start to your morning. To tame the action in your frying pan, add a few dashes of salt to the pan before frying the food.

j) Hurry Up the Food:

When time is not on your side during the preparation of a meal, add a pinch or two of salt to the water you are boiling food in to make the liquid boil at a higher temperature. This means that your ingredient will require less time to cook over the stovetop.

k) Easy-to-Shell Hardboiled Eggs:

An easier way to make sure shelling hard-boiled eggs isn’t a cumbersome task, add one teaspoon of salt to your pot of water before placing the eggs in to boil.

l) An Egg Test:

To test the freshness of your eggs, add two teaspoons of salt to one cup of water, and then gently place the egg in the cup. If the egg sinks, it is fresh. Old eggs will float to the surface.

m) Shell Your Pecans:

If you’re looking for an easier way to shell your pecans, soak the nuts in salt water for several hours before shelling. The meat should come cleanly away from the shells.

n) Crisp Salads:

If you lightly salt your salad right after preparing it, the leaves and other ingredients will stay crisp for several hours.

o) Rejuvenate Apples:

When your apple looks a little wrinkled, soak in a mild salt water solution to make the skin smooth once again.

p) Pretty Fruit:

Browned fruit is usually a visual turnoff in salads and other dishes. To make your fruit look like it’s still freshly cut, soak apples, pears and the like in a bowl filled with lightly salted water.

q) Lighter Cream:

When whipping cream, a pinch of salt added before the process will create lighter results.

r) Firmer Egg Dishes:

Salt added to eggs before beating will cause the ingredient to beat faster and higher, which leads to firmer results when they are cooked.

s) Fresh Milk:

Adding a pinch of salt to a carton of milk will make it stay fresh for a longer period of time. You can also use this remedy for lengthening the life of cream.

t) Prevent Mold:

Prevent mold from forming on cheese by wrapping it in a napkin soaked in salt water before putting it in the refrigerator.

u) Put Out Grease Fire:

A box stored close to your stove can become a life saver when a grease fire overcomes your stove. Toss the salt on the flames to put out.

v) Clean Spilled Eggs:

If you’ve dropped an uncooked egg on the floor, the mess may seem like a headache, but you can cover the spill with salt. The salt will draw the egg together, making it much easier for you to wipe up with a sponge or paper towel.

Resources

[1] http://www.rd.com/home/simple-deodorizer-ideas-for-your-home/

[2] http://www.rd.com/home/clean-and-deodorize-your-refrigerator

[3] http://blog.khymos.org/2010/03/21/a-pinch-of-salt-for-your-coffee-sir/

[4] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 285.

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  • Kathy

    I found the tips very useful particularly the one that describes how salt can help remove burn stains from enamel pans. I would like to share a tip with the readers. You can use salt to clean your stove oven. Mix a teaspoon of salt with vinegar and clean the stove with the mixture. Not only the stains will vanish but the oven will sparkle too.

  • Kathy

    You can use salt to clean your stove oven. Mix a teaspoon of salt with vinegar and clean the stove with the mixture. Not only the stains will vanish but the oven will sparkle too.