Last Updated on January 19, 2021
If there is a seasoning that is present in every household around the planet, that’s salt! But what if we told you that salt could be used for all sorts of things that do not involve cooking? Here is a list of surprising uses for salt that can save the day!
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1. Defrost the ice on your windshields
If you live in an area where it snows during the winter, you know pretty well how annoying it can be when you try to leave your house in the morning, and your car’s windshields are covered in snow. But do you know what can help? Salt! Put a sock in table salt and rub it onto your car glass every night. Salt helps decrease the temperature, preventing the moisture from freezing. This way, ice won’t form during the night, and you won’t have to deal with an icy windshield in the morning.
2. Fix your clogged toilet
If you want to know how to unclog a drain, sea salt is here to the rescue. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of sea salt and pour down the drain or into your toilet, followed by six cups of scalding water. Then, wait a couple of hours before using a plunger to break up the remaining clog. Who said house maintenance had to be hard and expensive, right?
3. Soften your favorite pair of jeans
From all the things you can do with salt, we can almost bet you never considered using it to soften up your stiff jeans. But it can be done. Dissolve a cup of table salt into a container large enough to submerge your jeans and fill it with water. Let them soak from two to three hours, rinse them off, and then air dry. If you are lazy, you can always add ½ cup of salt into your detergent and throw them in the washing machine.
4. Refresh your sodas and beer faster than ever
Beer only tastes good when it’s ice-cold, and who can say no to a cold soda during a hot summer day? If you just came back from the store with unrefrigerated beverages, we have the perfect trick to get your drinks below zero degrees in no time. Mix 2 cups of water with ½ cup of table salt and some ice cubes. This mixture will result in a solution with a temperature lower than the freezing point of water. You can submerge your favorite drinks, and they will be cold in no time.
5. Fertilize your garden
Sea salt is packed with minerals like iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which is why it can be used to fertilize your garden – unlike table salt. Take a gallon of water and dissolve one teaspoon of salt into it. Pour the mix into a spraying container, and you will have a sea salt spray ready to use on your beautiful garden. It’s recommended that you use this homemade fertilizer one or two times a week during the growing season.
6. Get rid of the annoying weeds in your garden
If you are looking for an organic method to eradicate the weeds in your garden, you can use salt to create an effective and cheap gardening solution. Mix 1 cup of table salt (not the nutritious sea salt we mentioned before, but its pour cousin) with 2 cups water and let it boil. Wait until it cools, and then pour it into a spray bottle. Be careful when spraying this organic mixture on your weeds, as it can also destroy your beloved plants.
7. Extend the life span of your broom
There is no need to buy a new broom every month if you take good care of the one you already own. You can extend the life span of your broom by soaking the bristles in a container filled with salty water. Mix ½ cup of salt into a gallon of water and heat it up. Then, soak the strands for half an hour. Remove the broom and allow it to dry out in the air.
8. Alleviate the pain from bug bites
Being stung by a bee or bug can be quite annoying, but it can happen to anyone. You can reduce the swelling caused by bee stings by applying sea salt onto the area. If you are itching like crazy from bug or mosquito bites, soak the affected area in salty water for 10 minutes, and then apply a generous layer of coconut oil. You will feel the relief in no time.
9. Remove stubborn stains from your pans and pots
Cooking greasy food is bad for your diet, but it’s even worse for your pots and pans. Luckily, there are simple and affordable ways to remove those dreadful stains. If you want to remove a specific grease spot, sprinkle a fair amount of salt directly onto your cookware and then proceed with the scrubbing. However, if you’re going to clean the whole pot or pan, mix ¼ cup of salt into the water you’re using to fill the pot, and let it soak for a while before washing it.
10. Freshen up your morning breath
You can fight your morning breath with a simple rinse of saltwater. The salt has antiseptic properties that will sanitize your gums, tongue, and mouth. And there will be no added sugars or fluoride.