salt of the earth…

Who knew that I could find out some information that is so exciting?   According to the Salt Institute (Yes!  There is actually a Salt Institute) there are about 14,000 ways to use salt.

“How versatile,” you are saying……..or not saying.

(Sidenote:  ok….I checked out their website and …it seems that they need our online comments to defend our “salt freedom”.  Hmmm… They even have a Facebook page! Ha!!  Check out their video with the Salt Guru…..this is almost as sad as the pillowcase fiasco)

Where were we?  Oh……

The use of salt to preserve food (especially for traveling long distances) was one of the first uses.  But nowadays there have been many uses of salt in the area of cleaning and also for nifty little tricks around the house.

“How versatile,” you find yourself repeating.  Yes, it is…..and here are some tips for you…


Salt works as an effective, yet gentle, scouring agent.  For a basic salt scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap and use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc.

Clean sink drains:  Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.

Remove water rings:  Gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks caused by beverage glasses and hot dishes, on wooden tables.

Clean greasy pans:  Cast iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.

Clean stained cups:  Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.

Clean refrigerators:  A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator, which is a very nice way to keep chemical cleaners away from your food.

Clean rust:  Mix salt and cream of tartar with just enough water to make a paste.  Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and then buff with a dry,  soft cloth.  I say get one of your kids to do it, because it sounds like a good punishment exercise.

Clean a glass coffee pot:  Add salt and ice cubes to a coffee pot, swirl around vigorously and rinse.

Remove perspiration stains:  Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water and sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade…..oh, and take off the shirt first.

Tomorrow we will discover how to use it all around the house!

Naaah…too boring…… Salt is so over

2 thoughts on “salt of the earth…

  1. You are a WEALTH of information, and who knew you could do so much with it! (I still like it on my fries, though) Oooh, you should post that pic of you at the Dead Sea with the handful of Dead Salt!! And you’re doing the eyebrow thingie too… that’s my favorite Sandi pic 🙂


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