One of the most staple seasonings in the world, salt is widely used in the kitchen. It is inexpensive and easy to find. But besides adding that extra flavor to your dishes, salt has many other benefits and uses. From cleaning agent to odor remover, here are some surprise uses of your not-so-ordinary table salt.
Feeling the shower curtain stick to your skin is disgusting enough; imagine adding mold into the picture. Wash your curtain with saltwater right before installing it, and you’ll never have that feeling again.
DO RUB SALT INTO YOUR WOUNDS
Well, not “wounds” exactly, but mosquito bites. To relieve that annoying itching after a mosquito bit you, moisten the tip of your finger, then dip it into salt and rub that on the affected area.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A COPPER
Wait, wasn’t it diamonds? Anyways. Prepare a mixture with salt, vinegar and flour or lemon juice to clean tarnished copper items. They’ll shine bright as new!
Ever got burning hot oil in your hands when throwing meat or fish in a pan? Sprinkle a pinch of salt before adding your meat and it will keep hot oil from splattering all over.
HOLD A CANDLE TO SALT
All the romantic feel a candle adds to your evening is ruined when they start dripping wax. Keep the fire going drip-free: prepare a concentrated salt solution and dip your molded candles for several hours. Let them dry before lighting!
Remove smelly odors from your shoes by DIYing a salt bag. Insert the bag inside and let it do its work for a few hours, and your shoes will smell like new. You can also just pour the salt in there and try to remove it all later.
ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT
Prepare saltwater in a bowl and put your sliced fruit and veggies there to prevent them from browning. Never have brown apple or avocado wedges again, any way you slice them.
KNOW YOUR ONIONS
Did you know salt can help remove onion and garlic smell from your hands? Simply wet your hands and rub them with salt. Rinse and you’ll be smell-free.
ADD SALT TO THE FIRE
Literally. If you add fuel to the fire you make it more intense; but if you add salt, you keep it down because salt has the power to cut off the flow of oxygen. Keep a salt container handy, especially when cooking with oil or grease.
It’s common for your windows to collect frost during cold days. Rub the inside of your windows with a sponge dipped in salt to avoid this.