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Part 2 – Know 44 useful tips and uses of salt

Part 2 – Know 44 useful tips and uses of salt

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

1.Boiling water - To reduce the cooking time one should add salt to water. Remember it will not make water boil faster.

2.One component of salt, sodium (Na), is involved in muscle contraction including heartbeat, nerve impulses, and the digestion of body-building protein.

3.The other component of salt, chloride (Cl) is also essential to good health. It preserves acid-base balance in the body, aids potassium absorption,

4.supplies the essence of digestive stomach acid, and enhances the ability of the blood to carry carbon dioxide from respiring tissues to the lungs

5.Iodized salt is used by 70% of the world’s population to protect against mental

6.Retardation due to Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD).

7.David Marine (1880-1976) is the "father" of iodized salt in the United States. As the result of research on endemic goiter and iodine deficiency by Marine and co-workers research, the Michigan State Medical Society, in 1924, launched a goiter prevention program using iodized salt, making iodized salt the first of what we now term “functional foods.”

8.Many countries fortify salt with fluoride against dental caries in situations where fluoridating drinking water is inappropriate

9.For cankers, abscesses, and other mouth sores, rinse your mouth with a weak solution of warm saltwater several times a day.

10.Mix salt and warm water, gargle to relieve a sore throat.

11.Salt help produce - chlorine, caustic soda and the myriad other products formed from these basic chemicals.

12.Chlorine is an effective disinfectant and bleach. We use it to keep drinking water safe. And swimming pools.

13.Salt is a grinding agent

14.Sodium chlorite is used in the textile industry.

15.Liquid sodium is used to cool nuclear reactors.

16.Metallic sodium is used to make brass and bronze.

17.To make glass, rayon, polyester and other synthetic fibers, plastics, soaps and detergents caustic soda is used.

18.sodium sulfate is used in the manufacture of pulp and paper, dyes and ceramic glazes

19.sodium carbonate is used in manufacturing glass, pulp and paper, and rayon

20.Hydrochloric acid is used in making synthetic rubber and in cleaning gas and oil wells

21.sodium nitrate is used in fertilizers and explosives

22.Salt is used for tablet and caplet polishing

23.salt is used for the production of intravenous saline solutions

24.salt is used for manufacturing hemodialysis solutions used for kidney machines

25.Removing blood stains - Soak the stained clothing or other cloth item in cold saltwater, then launder in warm, soapy water and boil after the wash. (Useonly on cotton, linen or other natural fibers that can take high heat.)

26.Washing spinach - If spinach is washed in salted water, repeated cleanings will not be necessary.

27.Stained cups - Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.

28.Cleaning sink drains - Pour a strong salt brine down the kitchen sink drain regularly to eliminate odors and keep grease from building up

29.Coffee - A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee.

30.Salt and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your refrigerator. It won't scratch enamel either.

31.Salads - Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp.

32.Egg – always boil eggs in salted water, this will make eggs peel easily second is poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites.

33.Checking freshness and quality of egg – take a cup of water, and then add 2 teaspoonfuls of salt in that water. Now put the egg in this salted water, remember fresh egg will sink and if egg is not fresh it will float.

34.Browning – When we peel apples, pears and potatoes they loose their original color. So to keep their original color when we peel them we should drop them in cold lightly salted water.

35.Shelling pecans - Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove.

36.Sugaring - A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.

37.Greasy pans - The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you put a little salt in it and wipe with paper.

38.Ovens - Salt and cinnamon take the "burned food" odor away from ovens and stove burners. Sprinkle spills while oven and burners are still hot; when dry, remove the salted spots with a stiff brush or cloth.

39.Extinguishing grease fires - Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames. Never use water; it will only spatter the burning grease

40.Will we run out of salt? Answer is No
41.The enormity of the Earth’s underground salt deposits, combined with the saline vastness of the Earth’s oceans makes the supply of salt inexhaustible.

42.Soak pecans and walnuts in salt water for several hours before shelling to make it easier to remove the meat.

43.Soak toothbrushes in salt water before your first use; they'll last longer.

44.Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda then dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual to clean your teeth , to give them more shine

Suggested Reading –
1.Part One – Know the 75 Useful Tips and uses of Salt -
Salt Useful Uses and Tips –

2.Know about Salt - The white poison


Latha Nair August 29, 2010  

Wow! That was quite an exhaustive list!!

sm,  August 30, 2010  

Latha Nair,,

chitra August 30, 2010  

Such a long list , other than the 70 odd you provided earlier.

sm,  August 31, 2010  


mamta,  September 03, 2010  

great list