Helpful tips and tricks on how salt can be used around the house to make life a little easier and more manageable.
Did you know that there are over 59 different ways that you can use salt? and surprisingly most of these uses don’t involve seasoning food. I thought that I would share with you some of the ways that salt can be used outside of the kitchen. These tips and tricks will make your housekeeping a little easier and more manageable, plus save you some money in the process.
How to Use Salt Around the House
1. Air Freshener
You can make your own fragrant air freshener by layering flower petals and salt in a jar. The more fragrant the flowers the more fragrant the air freshener will be
2. Artificial Flowers
If your artificial flowers are getting a little dusty you can easily clean them. Pour salt into a paper bag, place the flower in the bag, petals first and then give the bag a few of gentle shakes.
If your enamel or porcelain bathtub has a yellow hue, scrub it with 1 cup salt mixed with 1 cup turpentine, rinse thoroughly. This mixture will also give your bathtub a beautiful shine. Remember to wear gloves.
If you have brass items that are looking a little dull, mix together a paste using ¼ cup salt, ¼ cup flour and ¼ cup vinegar. Using the paste buff away the dullness with a soft cloth.
To make the bristles of a straw broom last longer, soak it in warm salt water for an hour. Let it dry completely before using.
If you hate the mess caused by dripping candles, try soaking the candles in a really strong salt water solution for a few hours. This will considerably cut back on the dripping.
To clean and brighten your carpets, sprinkle your carpets generously with salt before vacuuming.
To clean and shine chrome, wipe them down with a rag dipped in a solution made up of equal parts vinegar and salt.
To clean and polish copper items, mix together a paste using ¼ cup salt, ¼ cup flour and ¼ cup vinegar. Gently buff the copper with the paste and a soft cloth.
If you’re having a hard time removing stuck on messes, sprinkle the area with a little salt and scrub away the mess using a damp cloth dipped in vinegar.
Clean your countertops with an all-purpose cleaner made with 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour into a spray bottle, shake well and use as needed.
To keep your drains fresh and flowing, pour 1/2 cup of salt down the drain and run the hot water for a few minutes. Repeat a couple of times a month.
To easily clean the soot out of your fireplace, periodically pour salt over the ashes. Then when it comes time to clean you’ll easily be able to scoop it out, leaving less of a mess.
14. Kerosene Lanterns
To get your kerosene lanterns looking clean and bright, polish it with salt and a damp cloth.
To clean your mops, soak them in a bucket filled with 1-gallon of hot water and 1-cup of salt. Let it soak for 12-24 hours and rinse away the dirt.
16. Piano Keys
To keep the ivory of piano keys clean and bright, polish them with a paste made from lemon juice and salt. Using a damp rag gently polish the keys with the paste and wipe away any residue with a clean rag.
To clean silver, place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a sink, place your tarnished silver on the foil. Pour a mixture of 1 tablespoon washing soda and 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 4 cups hot water into the sink. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes, then rub with and soft cloth and rinse.
To keep your windows from frosting up, wipe them with a solution made with 1 gallon hot water and 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Artificial Flowers – to arrange, fill a vase with salt, pour cold water over the salt, just enough to get the salt wet. Arrange the flowers, the salt will turn hard and hold them in place.
- Paint Brushes – to soften, soak in a mixture of ½ cup kerosene, ¼ cup salt and 4 cups water for 2-3 days.
- Shoes – to get rid of odors, sprinkle them with salt and let the sit for 24 hours before removing the salt.
- Fleas – to kill them, sprinkle salt into your carpet and leave it for 7 days, it will suffocate and kill them, then vacuum them away. ~Missy Shay
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Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather says
Wow, these are some really great tips! My friend told me about salt for cleaning dust off artificial plants and I thought she was the only one who knew this kind of thing 😉 Pinning for later!
If you like the salt tips you should check out our WWII Frugal Living page, it lists a bunch of different household products and all of the amazing things that you can do with them. You may be able to teach your friend a thing or two. Thanks for Pinning 🙂
April J Harris says
I knew about some of these, but definitely not all of them, Robin. I especially like the one about the piano keys! Pinning and sharing including on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link party. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!