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Part One – Know the 75 Useful Tips and uses of Salt -

Part One – Know the 75 Useful Tips and uses of Salt -
Salt Useful Uses and Tips -

Reality Views by sm –
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Salt can be used as a medicine, in beauty treatments, in industries. Salt is very important and useful for human life. No other seasoning has yet been found that can satisfactorily take the place of salt. In fact, ancient wars were fought over salt deposits!

1.Gargling - Stir 1/2 teaspoon salt in glass of warm water for use as a gargle for sore throats

2.Cleaning teeth - Mix one part salt to two parts baking soda after pulverizing the salt in a blender or rolling it on a kitchen board with a tumbler before mixing. It whitens teeth, helps remove plaque and it is healthy for the gums.

3.Washing mouth - Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda as a mouth wash that sweetens the breath.

4.Bathing eyes - Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a pint of water and use the solution to bathe tired eyes.

5.Reducing eye puffiness - Mix one teaspoon of salt in a pint of hot water and apply pads soaked in the solution on the puffy areas.

6.Relieving tired feet - Soak aching feet in warm water to which a handful of salt has been added. Rinse in cool water.

7.Relieving bee stings - If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.

8.Treating mosquito and chigger bites - Soak in saltwater, then apply a mixture of lard and salt

9.Treating poison ivy - Soaking the exposed part in hot saltwater helps hasten the end to poison ivy irritation

10.Relieving fatigue - Soak relaxed for at least ten minutes in a tub of water into which several handfuls of salt has been placed.

11.Removing dry skin - After bathing and while still wet give yourself a massage with dry salt. It removes dead skin particles and aids the circulation.

12.Applying facial - For a stimulating facial, mix equal parts of salt and olive oil and gently massage the face and throat with long upward and inward strokes. Remove mixture after five minutes and wash face.

13.Removing tattoos -CAUTION-This is a medical procedure that can be done only by a physician. It is called salabrasion and requires several treatments by rubbing salt on the tattoo. Healing is required between treatments, but there is virtually no scarring

14.Treating varicose veins - CAUTION-This is another medical procedure called sclerotheraphy and is done by injecting a saline solution into the vein.

15.Salt tablets -- Pure 1 gram salt tablets for the preparation of saline or for use as a supplement to offset salt loss during heavy exercise [ under medical guidance ]

16.Extinguishing grease fires - Keep a box of salt handy at your stove and oven and if a grease fire flares up, cover the flames with salt.

17.Do not use water on grease fires; it will splatter the burning grease. Also a handful of salt thrown on flames from meat dripping in barbecue grills will reduce the flames and deaden the smoke without cooling the coals as water does.

18.Drip-proofing candles - Soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, and then dry them well. When burned they will not drip.

19.Removing soot - Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace; it will help loosen soot from the chimney and salt makes a bright yellow flame.

20.Cleaning fish tanks - Rub the inside of fish tanks with salt to remove hard water deposits, then rinse well before returning the fish to the tank. Use only plain, not iodized, salt.

21.Invigorating goldfish - Occasionally add one teaspoon of salt to a quart of fresh water at room temperature and put your goldfish in for about 15 minutes. Then return them to their tank. The salt swim makes them healthier.

22.Cleaning flower vases - To remove deposits caused by flowers and water, rub with salt; if you cannot reach the deposits to rub them, put a strong salt solution in the vase and shake, and then wash the vase with soap and water.

23.Keeping cut flowers fresh - A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer

24.Holding artificial flowers - Artificial flowers can be held in an artistic arrangement by pouring salt into the container, adding a little cold water and then arranging the flowers. The salt will solidify as it dries and hold the flowers in place.

25.Keeping patios weed-free - If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks or blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.

26.Killing poison ivy - Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer

27.Keeping windows frost-free - Rub the inside of windows with a sponge dipped in a saltwater solution and rub dry; the windows will not frost up in sub-freezing weather. Rubbing a small cloth bag containing salt that has been moistened on your car's windshield will keep snow and ice from collecting

28.Anti-icing sidewalks and driveways - Lightly sprinkling rock salt on walks and driveways will keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easy removal. Don't overdo it; use the salt sensibly to avoid damage to grass and ornamentals.

29.Deodorizing shoes - Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors

30.Boiling Water - Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time. (It does not make the water boil faster.)

31.Peeling eggs - Boiling eggs in salted water will make eggs peel easily

32.Poaching eggs - Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites

33.Testing egg freshness - Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; a doubter will float.

34.Preventing browning - Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.

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

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

37.Crisping salads - Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp

38.Preventing sugaring - A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.

39.Improving boiled potatoes - Boiled potatoes will be given a fine, mealy texture by sprinkling with salt after draining, then returning them to the pan and shaking them back and forth quickly to get rid of the excess moisture.

40.If you plan on adding salt to boiling water for pasta or vegetables, wait until the water boils before adding it. Salted water takes longer to boil.

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

42.Cleaning stained cups - Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups

43.Cleaning 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

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

45.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.

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

47.Improving poultry - To improve the flavor of poultry, rub the fowl inside and out with salt before roasting.

48.Removing pinfeathers - To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.

49.Cleaning tarnished silverware - Rub tarnish with salt before washing

50.Cleaning copper pans - Remove stains on copper pans by salting area and scouring with a cloth soaked in vinegar.

51.Cleaning coffee pots - Remove bitterness from percolators and other coffee pots by filling with water, adding four tablespoons of salt and percolating or boiling as usual.

52.Humidity and moisture will cause salt to clump and stick together. Add about ten grains of raw rice to the shaker to absorb the moisture and keep the salt flowing freely.

53.Salt pulls juices out of vegetables. This is a good thing for some watery vegetables like cucumbers and eggplant in some dishes, but if you want mushrooms to remain plump, add the salt at the end of cooking.

54.Do not store salt in silver containers. The chlorine in the salt reacts negatively with the silver, causing a green discoloration.

55.A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness to yellowed enamel bathtubs and lavatories.

56.A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. Strong brine poured down the kitchen sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors.

57.Salt helps destroy moths and drives away ants. A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish.

58.A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.

59.Canvas: If a canvas bag or any bags develop a musty smell, deodorize them by sprinkling salt on the inside, zipping up the bag, and letting it sit overnight. Remove the salt in the morning, and then allow the bag to air out.

60.Rust: If rust develops on bike handlebars or tire rims, clean it away by making a paste of 6 tablespoons of salt and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply the paste to the rusted areas with a dry cloth, then rub, rinse, and dry the area thoroughly.

61.Oil spills: If you accidentally spill oil onto your garage floor, sprinkle salt on it and wait 15 minutes. The salt will help soak up some of the liquid and make cleaning easier.

62.To quickly heal your mouth, dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a small cup of lukewarm water and gently rinse your mouth with it. Do this 3 or 4 times a day.

63.Dissolve a little salt in the water for a vase of cut flowers to make them last longer. Recut the stem ends every 3 days, wash out the vase and replace the lightly salted water in it.

64.Sprinkle salt on raw eggs dropped on the floor to easily clean up the spill. After a wine spill, immediately cover the spill with salt and later you can rinse out the stain in cool water.

65.Mix 1 teaspoon of salt to 4 teaspoon of alcohol and apply to grease stains on clothing to remove them.

66.Mix equal parts salt with lemon juice and lightly scrub to remove light mildew. Clean tarnished brass and copper with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with a bit of flour, rinse and dry well.

67.Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

68.While still hot, sprinkle a mixture of salt and cinnamon to remove offensive odors from your stove burners and oven and sprinkle a bit more salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

69.Easily clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt (do not use on Teflon coated pans).

70.To truly cleanse your home and free it of negative energy, utilize the properties of sea salt according to the Chinese art of feng shui. Place sea salt strategically for maximum effect in stabilizing the chi inside your home. Fill two small ceramic dishes or little bowls with the sea salt. Place these dishes at the northeast and southwest corners of the house. Every 2 months, exchange the used salt for some fresh.

71.Use only a little bit of salt, about 5 spoonfuls in a bucket of water. Mop the hard floors with this solution as often as you can

72.crystal salt lamps are effective in improving the air quality

73.Removing onion odors from hands - Rub fingers with salt moistened with vinegar.

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

75.Brightening cutting boards - After washing them with soap and water, rub bread and cutting boards with a damp cloth dipped in salt; the boards will be lighter and brighter.

Continued -

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chitra August 18, 2010  

Excellent tips. shall bookmark

deeps August 18, 2010  

not very salty as it sounds ha?
thanks for sharing...

sm,  August 18, 2010  


sm,  August 18, 2010  

दिगम्बर नासवा,,

sm,  August 18, 2010  


Amrit August 19, 2010  

Wow. SM is now almost a doc :) You really provide a lot of contents in your post.Well researched and thorough...

Samvedna August 19, 2010  

good compilation!!! few of them we already do, for the rest I will keep them in mind:)

sm,  August 19, 2010  


Insignia August 24, 2010  

Lotta help this is. Thanks for sharing

sm,  August 24, 2010