13 Cleaning Hacks Using Table Salt

Table salt is a staple in every household no matter which part of the globe you may be in. We all use it to enhance the taste of food. But once you learn the number of other uses it can be put to, this seemingly ordinary looking staple off your kitchen shelf will stop looking so ordinary. Read on to know more!

1. To Clean Artificial Flowers

Cleaning artificial flowers can be an arduous job. But not if you have salt handy. Just place the flowers in a paper bag with ¼ cup of salt and give the bag a few shakes. Your flowers will turn out good as new. This works well for both authentic silk flowers or the nylon variety.

2. To Remove Watermarks From Wooden Surfaces

If you are tired of the constant water marks that glasses leave behind on your wooden table, then this is one hack you need to try. Just make a paste by mixing one teaspoon of salt with some water and gently rub the paste onto the rings with a soft cloth, and watch the rings disappear. You can then simply use some furniture polish to restore the luster of the wood.

3. To Clean Windows

The next time you want to clean your glass windows, mix one gallon of lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of salt and use the mixture to clean them. This doesn’t just help remove stubborn stains, it leaves your windows shiny as new. You can use the same mixture for your car windows too. Cleaning windows with a salt solution also keeps your windows clean for a longer time.

4. To Keep Ants Away

Just sprinkle some salt in the areas that you notice ants in your house. This doesn’t just deter the ants, it also reduces the level of humidity and moisture in your home.

5. DIY Brass And Copper Polish

Instead of using expensive store-bought cleaning products to polish your dull brass and copper items, make your own cleaner by mixing equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar. Use a soft cloth to apply this paste to the item, and rinse it with warm soapy water before buffing it back to its shine.

6. To Clean The Refrigerator

Cleaning the refrigerator was never this easy. Just mix a handful of salt in 1 gallon of water and use the solution to clean your refrigerator with a sponge. The mixture wouldn’t scratch the surfaces and you will be spared from inhaling the fumes of chemical cleaning products.

7. To Clean Sink Drains

Mix some salt and hot water and pour this mixture into your kitchen or bathroom sink. This is a very effective and natural remedy for clogged and smelly drains.

8. To Make Brooms Last Longer

If you want your new straw broom to last longer, just dip the bristles in a bucket of hot, salty water and remove it in about 20 minutes and let it dry.

9. To Cure A Toothache

Make a natural mouthwash by mixing some salt in some warm water. Let it dissolve completely before rinsing your mouth with this solution. This is a tried and tested remedy against toothaches and mouth sores.

10. To Protect Your Clothes

Add some salt in the washing machine along with your dirty clothes. This doesn’t just protect your clothes from shrinking, it also makes them clean and soft.

11. To Make Sneakers Odor-Free

Just sprinkle some salt inside your sneakers or canvas shoes to keep them odor-free. The salt absorbs the moisture from the shoes that keeps the odor away.

12. To Clean The Fish Tank

Salt can come in handy when you need to remove the mineral and hard water deposits from your fish tank. Just rub the insides of the tank with salt and rinse it well before transferring the fish back. And make sure you use non-iodized salt.

13. To Scrub Off Burned Milk

If you’ve ever had to scrub off burned milk off a pan, you will know that it is one of the toughest stains to remove. If you have salt handy, it becomes a lot easier. Just wet the pan, sprinkle some salt on it and let it sit for about ten minutes before scrubbing it off. Not only does the salt make it easier to remove the stain, it also helps remove the odor.