20 Surprising Uses For Table Salt


Salt is much more than seasoning food. It can be handy for much more uses.

  1. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
  2. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
  3. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.
  4. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
  5. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
  6. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
  7. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
  8. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.
  9. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.
  10. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
  11. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
  12. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.
  13. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.
  14. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.
  15. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour
  16. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.
  17. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.
  18. Clean you iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.
  19. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.
  20. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.

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