Everyone knows how useful salt is in the winter, but you might be surprised to learn that’s it’s just as handy in the summer. This is a list of how to use salt this summer to make life a little more simple.
Salt is some pretty amazing stuff! All of these years I thought that it was only for seasoning food and removing ice from the roads. It can do so much more than just those two little tasks.
A few years ago I did a WWII series that shared ideas that the women of that era did to run their households on rations. One of the things that I learned was that many of the items that we use today have many more uses then what we thought.
Here are a few of the ways that our great grandmothers may have used outside during the summer.
How to Use Salt Outdoor this Summer
To snuff out the embers of a bonfire, pour some salt on anything that is still burning.
To remove light rust found on garden tools, scrub the rust away with a mixture of 1 cup salt and ½ cup lemon juice. Rinse and dry completely before storing.
To chill drinks quickly, place a layer of ice and a layer of salt in an ice chest before filling with your favorite beverages.
To rid your yard from poison ivy, soak the plant with a mixture of 3 cups salt, 1/4 cup dish soap and 2 cups of hot water. Repeat this every few days until it the plant withers away and dies.
To remove unwanted weeds or grass, pour a mixture of 1 gallon of water and 1 pound of salt onto the plant. When mixing the solution, make sure that the salt is dissolved before you use it, you may have to heat it up to do so. Be careful when using the mixture it could kill plants that you don’t wish to get rid of. It’s ideal to use on plants that grow in cracks.
To clean wicker and keep it from yellowing, scrub it with a stiff brush dipped in a warm salt water solution. Be sure to rinse away the salt residue.
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